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Collaboration a byword of nonprofits during pandemic (access required)

Karen Zandi

Every business and nonprofit organization has been affected by the pandemic that took the world by storm nearly a year ago, and each of them has had to make sacrifices or change the way they do business and interact with ...

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Wealth management and business banking help drive modern day ESL (access required)

Marcelina Nobrega Courtney, ESL's senior vice president of retail banking. (Matt Wittmeyer)

For over 75 years, ESL Federal Credit Union stuck to a traditional consumer banking formula that worked well for the bank, for Eastman Kodak employees and, ultimately, the entire Rochester community. The expansion of services offered into wealth management in ...

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ESL strives to cultivate strong workplace culture

Shevonne Wroten, a financial consultant in ESL Investment Services LLC’s Batavia office. (Matt Wittmeyer)

In the nine years Shevonne Wroten has worked for ESL Federal Credit Union, everyone has always been extremely friendly and she has seen an emphasis on caring about people and doing the right thing. “When I first started, I thought ...

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Community impact a century-old priority for ESL

Maureen Wolfe, ESL senior vice president and director, human resources and community impact. (Matt Wittmeyer)

ESL Federal Credit Union’s impact on the region extends beyond its traditional role as a lender. The credit union counts among its priorities helping the area through its community impact efforts. The community impact team — a staff of five ...

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Lawyers and remote work: ‘No universal truth’


Kevin J. Mulvehill, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP and the firm’s Rochester office leader, says that there is no “universal truth” on whether lawyers and law firm staff are more productive working from the office or working from home. ...

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Hybrid, hyflex learning models may be here to stay (access required)


Many area schools have adopted a hybrid model of learning due to COVID-19 and local educators believe at least a portion of that modality will continue even post pandemic. The hybrid model uses a mix of classroom and online learning. ...

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Scholarship program allows Mary Cariola staff to reach full potential as well

Through the staff scholarship program at Mary Cariola, teacher aides return to school to become certified teacher assistants, teacher assistants take courses to complete their teaching certificate, and others staff members sometimes pursue degrees in related fields. (Kate Melton)

Every day, every week and every month for the past 70 years, the Mary Cariola Children’s Center has helped individuals with complex disabilities fulfill their potential. The center also does the same for the people they employ. Through the staff ...

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In multiple ways, children’s center serves community

Mary Cariola Children’s Center’s Cariola Collaborative optimizes support for staff and members of districts they serve. “The collaborative is our initiative to provide
additional trainings and consultations to school districts and different community partners,” says Erin DiCesare, director of learning & organizational development. (Kate Melton)

Seventy years after the inception of Mary Cariola Children’s Center, the mission remains the same: To identify critical community issues surrounding education and finding ways to solve them. The Mary Cariola team is committed to being an active community partner ...

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Junior Achievement: Turning ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’ and dreams into plans


Every year the Rochester Business Hall of Fame inducts new entrepreneurs and innovators who have helped shape our region.  They have made significant contributions to their industries, given generously in our community, and serve as excellent role models for the ...

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Family values helped pave way in construction for John and Richard DiMarco

John DiMarco, left, and Richard DiMarco. (Provided)

Their maternal grandfather owned his own construction firm: D. Giamberardino Construction Co. So did their father: Richard DiMarco General Contractor. Thus, it was only natural for his sons, John and Richard, to follow in those mortar-dusted footprints—first doing masonry with ...

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