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Bert Harper (access required)


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)


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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Joy Greear (access required)


Joy Greear has always been drawn to the people side of health care. As vice president of professional and staff services at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Greear heads a team of department leaders who support hospital operations to create ...

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Nan Gray (access required)


Nan Gray’s mosaic life is colored by great success, trauma, bitter hardship and grace. She was in college at the University of Kentucky when a serial rapist broke into her apartment, attacked her and raped her in her own bed. ...

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Lisa Marie Fry (access required)

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For Lisa Fry, success means leading a balanced life. “Success is defined as strong faith, a solid and loving family, a great marriage, a wonderful career, and time to give back,” she says. Fry admits she did not find success ...

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Liz Etheredge (access required)


When Liz Etheredge first met her husband-to-be, Howard Etheredge, he came with a maintenance-painting business and two small children. By the time the couple was engaged in 1994, she was part of the team and working in the family business, ...

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Natalie Haskins English (access required)


Natalie Haskins English likes to tell people she is “an inch deep and a mile wide.” As senior vice president for public policy with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Haskins English juggles many priorities. From traveling to Raleigh on legislative ...

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Jodi Dodds (access required)


Dr. Jodi Dodds sets high standards for herself. In 2011, at the age of 32, she took her career as a neurovascular physician to a new level when she led the way in establishing a comprehensive neuroscience center at the ...

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Bygie Dixon (access required)


Bygie Dixon considers her life, her career, and her experiences a journey, one based on faith, hard work, and overcoming obstacles. Dixon, who grew up in North Carolina, was a young runaway. “I ran away from North Carolina to the ...

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Crystal Dempsey (access required)


On her company’s website, Crystal Dempsey describes herself as a storyteller, former journalist, social media advocate, connector, instigator, raging extrovert, rock-solid fan of the arts, and bandwagon fan of sports. In 2009, Dempsey took a leap of faith and raised ...

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