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‘Twas three weeks before Christmas, when all through the state
Every creature was rushing, hoping not to be late.
Most presents were bought at malls with scant care,
In hopes that family would be fond of those wares.
Our kiddos were rockin’ the latest threads,
While visions of X-Boxes danced in their heads.
And mama in her yoga pants, and I in my North Face,
Had just braved the crowds…what a disgrace!
By Laura Cook Newman

A board's path to diversity?
International competition is growing as new customers emerge, and demographics shift both at home and abroad. Corporate directors must address these challenges to ensure the future success of their companies. The good news is that most business leaders realize that a proactive diversity policy at the board level is the best way to apply the mosaic of human experience to corporate decision-making. By Taylor Simonton
I enjoy reading Tom Frey's articles on jobs for the future. As usual, I'm sure he's right on some things and not on others, but that is the fate of all prophets. Most people, though, are focused on their immediate future. Here is my take on the jobs winners and losers for the next 10 years. By John Heckers

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Rob Smith says he’s been on a journey his whole life, and that was never more evident than this past summer, when he embarked on a solo cross-country bike trip. Smith, executive director and co-founder of Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, was awarded a 2012 Bonfil-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellowship, which gives five nonprofit standouts $25,000 apiece to enhance their leadership skills. By Mike Taylor
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