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Martha Hawkins Curran (access required)


Martha Curran has won six elections and is serving in her 22nd year as Clerk of Superior Court in Mecklenburg County, but she doesn’t take her success for granted. “Going to law school, graduating, taking and passing two bar exams ...

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Laura Clark (access required)

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Laura Clark doesn’t have kids of her own, but she believes a person does not have to be a parent to care about children. “It is fundamental to our community’s health to ensure that all children are nurtured, well-educated and ...

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Kelly Chopus (access required)

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Kelly Chopus loved her job as director of community relations at Goodrich Corporation, but after six years in that position, it all came to an end when Goodrich was acquired by United Technologies Corporation. Through it all, Chopus faced the ...

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Marilyn Celenza (access required)


Nearly 20 years ago, Marilyn Celenza suffered a near tragedy when her daughter almost died from an illness contracted in a restaurant playground. “She spent more than a week hospitalized, and I almost lost her twice from fecal contamination,” Celenza ...

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Mara Campolungo (access required)


Mara Campolungo, a self-described serial entrepreneur, has worked as a radio and television reporter, a marketing and branding specialist, a print-marketing specialist and a consultant to the hospitality industry. In 2011, she set her business endeavors aside and jumped feet ...

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Debra Campbell (access required)


Debra Campbell thought she was going to study law and become a lawyer until a professor in the urban planning program at Middle Tennessee State University, where Campbell was a student, went on a recruiting mission among minority students. Campbell ...

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Marjorie Bray (access required)


Marjorie Bray’s identity is wrapped up in her passion for philanthropy and fundraising. As director of development for the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bray is in charge of major gift fundraising. ...

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Tanya Blackmon (access required)


Tanya Blackmon finds satisfaction in following her passion. “It means waking up every day and working to add value to someone else’s life,” she says. As president of Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville Medical Center, Blackmon is finding her satisfaction ...

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Terri Bennett (access required)


Terri Bennett has one of the most recognizable faces in Charlotte. For 16 years, she was the on-air face of the weather for WSOC-TV and WCNC-TV, but in 2007, she faced a turning point when WCNC did not renew her ...

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Donyel Barber (access required)


As executive director of Family Promise of Gaston County, Donyel Barber devotes her life and her career to helping homeless families find places to live. She finds her own success through the success of others.

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