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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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JonMarc Radspinner never anticipated staying in the Springs — where he moved at age 3 from his native Houston — beyond his 2014 graduation from Colorado Springs Early Colleges. “When I was 18, I wanted to move away because I felt like I was going to stagnate in Colorado Springs,” said Radspinner, the 23-year-old general […]
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For Spark Mindset CEO Lawrence Wagner, 2019 is a big year. He just spent three months running Spark Mindset’s first pilot program with high school students in New Orleans, La. — and this week he’s back in the Springs to get started with Exponential Impact’s 14-week accelerator program. Spark Mindset is one of seven startups in […]
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Montana Horsfall moved to Colorado Springs with two suitcases, one guitar, no job and no place to live. It’s not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She’s been an EMT, an office assistant, a veterinary technician, a social work student, a science student, a restaurant manager, and a Nashville stage manager. Now an acclaimed bartender […]
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Linda Warren learned about being neighborly while she was growing up in a small, rural town — Davenport, Neb., population 420. Her dad worked at the local Skelly gas station and provided fuel to the local farmers; her mom was a schoolteacher. “I learned very organically about being involved in your community,” she said. “It’s […]
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Ashley Felice fulfilled a dream of becoming a police officer while serving with the Army. “As a little kid, I actually wanted to be a homicide detective,” she said. “And I still have a passion to be a police officer.” Now, married to a Colorado Springs Police detective and the mother of five kids ranging […]
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Loren Lancaster is on a mission to find “noble-hearted business leaders.” After decades-long careers in music and engineering, the international business banker is helping to shape business culture in Vietnam — and building relationships between companies there and in the United States. He’s dedicated to supporting startups and professionals in both countries — serving as […]
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