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Marsha C. Kennedy (access required)

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Marsha Kennedy believes failures and setbacks are just stepping stones to success. She learned that lesson in high school after she failed to make the cheerleading squad, then compensated with a sport that turned out much better. “I was devastated ...

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Lisa Kelly (access required)

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When Lisa Kelley decided to go to college right after high school, her grandfather patted her on the back and assured her she might meet a man there. “I will never forget his laughter when I told him I wanted ...

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Kati Hynes (access required)

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When Kati Hynes looks back on the Chiquita Brands International move from Cincinnati to Charlotte, the memories are bittersweet. Hynes, as vice president for economic development with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in helping the Queen City land ...

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Liz Hilliard (access required)

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Liz Hilliard wishes Title IX had been in place when she was a standout on her high school basketball team. “I was the leading scorer in my conference and all-conference for three years,” she says. “I loved basketball and was ...

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Penny Hawkins (access required)

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Five years ago, Penny Hawkins quit her corporate marketing job and entered the world of nonprofit management. She set a goal to devote every day to doing something that matters to people in need. “My desire to help others is ...

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Bert Harper (access required)

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Although Roberta “Bert” Harper devoted her entire 40-year career to Bank of America, working that long for the same company was anything but uneventful. After all, she held 19 different positions in her time there. “It was an ongoing growth ...

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Judge Ty Hands (access required)

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Judge Ty Hands calls herself “the poster child for never giving up.” Despite a lifetime of tragedy and hardship, Hands found sources of strength and perseverance when many people would have collapsed. “I could have given up when I learned, ...

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