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Kelly McKay (access required)


Kelly McKay sees herself as a muscle-car sort of woman. “Like a Dodge Charger,” she says. “I like to surprise people and think I would do that by rolling up in a sweet-looking muscle car with a V8 hemi engine.” ...

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Crystal Williams Mayer (access required)


Crystal Williams Mayer was just 27 when she was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006. She was also seven months pregnant with her first child. “I’ll be honest; I was scared,” she says. “Not only did I worry about myself, ...

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Michelle Long (access required)


Michelle Long admits defining mere “satisfaction” is a tough thing to ask a perfectionist to tackle. “I find satisfaction when I’m able to see the positive results of a project or performance,” she says. “Whether it is a play I’m ...

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Moira LoCascio (access required)

Moira LoCasio Mclaughlin Young Group

Moira LoCascio’s favorite expression is “taking a pause,” because she has learned to pause before reacting to a difficult person or situation. She has had plenty of practice to develop this successful strategy. As CEO of the McLaughlin Young Group, ...

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Katherine L. Lambert (access required)


When Katherine Lambert earned the badges that adorn her Girl Scout sashes, she never imagined she would someday play a key role in managing the large Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council of Charlotte, The council serves 23,000 members, including 6,500 ...

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Christy Koury (access required)


When Christy Koury went to an emergency room with her young daughter who had been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, the attending physician had to go online to look up information about that disease. Since that day six years ago, Koury ...

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Marsha C. Kennedy (access required)


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)


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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Stacy Sumner Jesso (access required)


Stacy Jesso spent most of her adult life nurturing her love for the nonprofit industry through volunteer work, racking up a long list of civic organizations she has touched, and honing her leadership skills at the head of a variety ...

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Jenn Jackson (access required)


Jenn Jackson took a risk in 2010 that has paid off for her in a big way. “After 10 years of sales and management with the same company, I took a leap of faith and jumped to the competition,” she ...

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