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Assuming the role of interim chief operating officer at the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame felt more organic than Peter Maiurro expected. “I never anticipated this, but when I think about it, it’s actually a very good convergence of interests of mine,” Maiurro said. “I love history and storytelling; I’ve always loved the […]
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Most weekends, Rachel Fey transforms herself into a fairy-tale princess and lives out every little girl’s dream. Fey, the owner of Premier Princess Entertainment, and her staff of princesses, dress as characters that range from a snow queen to a mermaid. Fey, 26, and her princesses are actors and singers who delight children with birthday […]
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Emily Shuman has always had an affinity for working with people with disabilities. As media coordinator for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, an organization that provides information and resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act, she helps individuals and businesses in a six-state region understand and comply with the law. Shuman, 30, is a Colorado […]
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Heather Steinman doesn’t set unattainable goals. She’s simply trying to change the world every day. “That’s all,” Steinman said with a laugh. As the Colorado Springs Conservatory’s chief operating officer, Steinman is well-positioned to do exactly that. The Aurora native brings a wealth of experience from her previous career with the YMCA, for which she […]
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A self-described free spirit with a “rebel heart,” Brittany Lippert’s career plans were never set in stone. She knew one thing for certain, however — the 9-to-5 world wasn’t for her. “I’ve always had this part of me that doesn’t love status quo,” Lippert said. “I feel like a lot of people are trying to […]
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Chef José Mota brings a love of seafood and dedication to customer service to his catering business, Mota’s Best. Of course, the Mexico native creates gourmet Hispanic dishes, but he also loves French cooking. Although he has no culinary school training, he learned by working with some of the most skillful U.S. and international chefs. […]
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Nestaseyah Baadani remembers vividly the time before she worked in coffee — feeling that she was sleepwalking through life, that she didn’t measure up, that she had no idea what to do. The people who mentored her over a decade working as a barista changed the way she saw herself, she says, and that changed […]
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Stuart Coppedge wanted a career that would allow him to simultaneously nurture the technical and creative sides of his brain. He “happily” ended up in architecture. “I actually started out wanting to be a marine biologist and then shifted to chemical engineering,” said Coppedge, one of five principal owners of RTA Architects in Colorado Springs. […]
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Victoria Mann took on lots of responsibility and a big learning curve in her first full-time job after college. But the 23-year-old quickly got her feet under her as project coordinator at the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization — or C-TRAC — a nonprofit organization that brings together government, education and industry partners to […]
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When Jon Severson’s mother gifted him with a copy of “The Bug Club,” the then 9-year-old immediately took to the streets of his Winona, Minn., neighborhood in search of fellow bug collectors. “I went door to door with a notepad getting everybody’s phone number and asking if there were any kids who’d like to join […]
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By Lily Reavis Emma Tang is a self-professed “feminist in progress.” Although she has spent the past three years participating in political debates, growing her online advocacy network and planning her 2040 presidential campaign, the 17-year-old firmly believes that she will never stop learning how to best fill the ever-changing role of a feminist leader. […]
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For those who have lived in southern Colorado for some time, Jay Cimino is a familiar face. He is recognizable not only for his appearances in local Phil Long auto dealership television commercials, but for his multiple other businesses and tremendous community involvement as well. Cimino is a Colorado native, hailing from Trinidad. He’s a […]
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