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Nelms has found a path to success at East High (access required)

Shaun Nelms said no to the East High School Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) superintendent job several times before finally accepting the offer in 2016. That’s what past experiences will do to you. “Frankly, my experience as a school chief was ...

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Ravindra had structured plan for growth for Ravi Engineering (access required)

When designing a building or a bridge, every detail must be exact, every measurement precise. There can be no surprises, no ad-libbing. Life, however, doesn’t work that way, as Nagappa Ravindra will attest. When he completed his bachelor’s degree in ...

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Marc Mayer makes most of a non-linear path, now leads Manning & Napier (access required)

As a youngster, Manning & Napier CEO Marc Mayer was focused science. “I thought I might want to be an anthropologist or archeologist possibly,” he said. But after a summer of digging up Indian ruins as a teen, Mayer decided ...

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Silverstein simultaneously upholds tradition, leads progress at WXXI (access required)

When he arrived in Rochester in December of 1995, hired by WXXI Public Broadcasting Council to run its radio and television operations, Norm Silverstein assumed there would be a very finite timeline to his stay. A New Jersey native who ...

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Ibero CEO leans on lessons she learned from traveling a rocky road (access required)

At one time, Angelica Perez-Delgado was a teen mom who had dropped out of high school to care for her child. Today, she runs the Ibero-American Action League Inc., a local nonprofit with more than 200 staffers that serves roughly ...

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MCC’s incoming president DeAnna Burt-Nanna a ‘staunch advocate’ for diversity, educational access (access required)

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna found herself in unfamiliar territory this year, when, in the midst of a global pandemic, she accepted a new job in a new state. The interview process, as well as the search for a new home, were both done virtually before Burt-Nanna had ever set foot in Rochester. “It was ...

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Porter puts her retirement to work for the community (access required)

Aqua Porter spent four decades in the for-profit world before making the switch, while in retirement, to nonprofits. It is a move that has served her, and the community, well. “I was at Xerox for 36 years — right out ...

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