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Despite the usage of the terms “spouse” and “marriage” frequently in federal law, the recognition of marriage has historically been a state law question. The obvious conflict arose: would an individual subject to a valid marriage to someone of the same gender currently living in a state not recognizing that marriage be treated as married for federal law purposes? The Internal Revenue Service became one of the first federal agencies to weigh in. By Kevin Selzer

 
Rethinking leadership development
I have seen three types of leadership programs. Shotgun leadership programs teach many different topics based on a laundry list of desired competencies. Rubber-glove leadership programs probe and surface blind spots and strengths through numerous assessment instruments. Feel-good leadership programs tap great speakers to convey their decades of wisdom in exciting, hour-long lectures. Each of these programs has its merits. However, they all have one common problem: They don't go below the surface. By Michael Vaughan
 
 
GenXYZ winner: Michael Davis
"I worked in politics for a long time, and I worked for big law firms for huge clients. When I was a kid and I dreamed of being a lawyer, I did not dream of the minutiae, of pushing papers. I wanted to make an impact on people’s lives. If a huge corporation loses $5 million, it’s just a bad day. If a small client loses $5 million, it’s game-over." By Nora Caley

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Best of CoBiz: The world's most powerful sales tool
To perform at their best, pro athletes don't show up for the game without stretching, professional singers don't go on stage without vocalizing, so why should we, professional salespeople, go on the business stage without warming up? If you want to give a memorable and persuasive performance, take a cue from actors and develop a consistent training program for your most important sales tool. By Julie Hansen
 
 
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TopCo Ecosphere
Janet Wolf, vice president of Ecosphere, talks about why her company is a 2013 Top Company finalist. Read more about Ecosphere.
 
 
 
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Who are the best and brightest of Colorado's creators of goods and products? You tell us!
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 A movie-themed celebration benefiting Jewish Family Service
Monday, December 2, 2013/The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
                          Starring our Honorees:
Norman Brownstein/Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year
Rabbi Steven and the Honorable State Senator Joyce Foster/Jack Shapiro Community Service Award

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