Human Element

From struggling teenager to CEO: How personal experiences shaped Jamison Monroe’s approach to mental healthcare

As a teenager and young adult, Jamison Monroe Jr. struggled with depression and anxiety. When he recovered, he decided to
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Juanita ‘Busy Bee’ Britton started her entrepreneurial career at age 10, and she hasn’t slowed down since

Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton displayed an acumen for business at an early age, when she turned her lemonade stand into
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At WaterAid America, CEO Sarina Prabasi leads a small team with a big footprint

Since taking over as CEO of WaterAid America in May 2014, Sarina Prabasi has left her mark on the organization,
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The Price brothers used pig noses and Philly can-do spirit to build a national advertising brand

You might not have heard of Oink Ink Radio, but you’ve definitely heard at least a few of the commercials
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How second-generation owner Debbie Gosselin grew Watermark’s footprint in the Chesapeake region

Watermark got its start in 1972, when it was founded by Ed Hartman, an attorney with a love of boating.
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Kathleen Teaze wants you to know what your library can do for you — in Maryland and beyond

Kathleen Teaze has been leading libraries around the country for nearly 30 years. Today, she serves as CEO of the
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How a Philadelphia coffee shop is helping kids transition out of the foster-care system

When you order coffee from The Monkey & The Elephant, you aren’t just getting your morning jolt — you’re supporting
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How Carrie Howell helps residents and staff at Hospitality House of Charlotte navigate challenging times

Carrie Howell leads Hospitality House of Charlotte, a nonprofit that provides lodging for families with a loved one who is
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How Luis Solis and Caribé Juice are connecting poor Dominican farmers with the U.S. market

When Luis Solis was an MBA student in Virginia, he had an ambitious idea: to connect poor farmers in his
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How newly minted Hopkins grad David West’s company is shaping the future of cancer diagnosis

At 22, David West Jr. is already a successful entrepreneur. Inspired by his mother’s battle with breast cancer and a
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How veteran Baltimore caterer Charles Levine is taking his legacy in new directions

Decades ago, circumstance thrust Charles Levine into a catering career that he never planned on, when he found himself running
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How Lauren Danziger is creating a sense of community in NYC’s Meatpacking District

In 2010, Lauren Danziger was part of a small group of people who formed the Meatpacking Improvement Association (MPIA). As
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How James Donio is leading the Music Business Association into the age of streaming

James Donio has been with the Music Business Association (Music Biz) since 1988, when he impressed its then-leader so much
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How failing the GMAT 4 times turned Elad Shoushan onto a winning business idea

Elad Shoushan was playing basketball professionally in his native Israel when an injury forced him to switch tracks to a
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Robyn Santiago went from bartender to business owner, and found love along the way

When Robyn Santiago started working at Hartsdale, NY’s Villaggio Italiano restaurant as a bartender in her early 20s, she never
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How former U.N. peacekeeper Nick Clark is working to keep today’s soldiers safe

Nick Clark has founded four companies, but first, he was a soldier. He served in the Defence Force of his
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Susan Hahn’s near-death experience led to a nonprofit partnership that’s helping Baltimore-area youth

On October 14, 2013, Susan Hahn was hit by a car traveling more than 50 miles an hour. She had
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A labor of love: How Melissa Levy helps animals and her community

Melissa Levy found herself more interested in her volunteer work with people and animals at PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society),
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Entertainment lawyer, nonprofit founder, teacher: John Burns is a man with many hats

Sure, John Burns is an entertainment lawyer taking on high-profile cases from New York to Los Angeles. But he’s also
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With a splash of color, nonprofit leader Ruth Lande Shuman connects students and executive mentors

In the 1970s, Ruth Lande Shuman realized that the dark, prison-like environment in many public schools was contributing to poor
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A love of grass-fed beef (and beef-fueled travel) launched Dana Ehrlich’s entrepreneurial career

Dana Ehrlich always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but spent his early career plugging away as an engineer and product
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How a weekend trip launched Michael Praeger into Charlotte’s tech scene

Michael Praeger started his career working for a venture capital firm in Boston and went on to launch three software
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What a globe-spanning career taught Calvin Sims about leadership and human nature

Calvin Sims spent 22 years with the New York Times, many of them as a foreign correspondent in South America
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How serial entrepreneur Dan Naor helped revitalize the Baltimore waterfront

Dan Naor, a former captain in the Israeli Navy, came to Baltimore in 1991. At the time, Canton’s waterfront was
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How Chris Cardillo built one Castle Windows franchise into a South Jersey empire

When brothers Nick and Chris Cardillo took over leadership of a Castle Windows franchise in Pennsylvania from their father, they
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A passion for PR (and shoes) helped Monique Tatum turn a side gig into a thriving business

Monique Tatum was in the middle of a high-profile career in marketing and PR when a friend approached her, asking
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Road to recovery: What one stray bullet taught Iris Sherman about entrepreneurship

As Iris Sherman, co-founder and president of Kitchology, Inc. drove to the Metro station to pick up her son, she
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Meredith Sheperd is sprucing up DC with love and carrots

Urban agriculture is growing throughout the country, but right here in DC, Love & Carrots founder Meredith Sheperd is helping
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Dario Altieri’s golden ticket: How a serendipitous discovery created a lifelong passion

When Dario Altieri left Milan to continue his educational journey in America, he was immediately struck by the scientific community.
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Sheela Murthy’s journey from young immigrant to high-powered lawyer and philanthropist

Sheela Murthy is the very embodiment of an immigrant success story. Born in India, she initially attended law school there,
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How a health scare inspired Stu Libby to save the U.S. economy billions of dollars

The U.S. spends up to $289 billion each year on health complications that result from non-adherence to prescription medication, according
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How Tim McFadden turned his passion for glass art into a career

Tim McFadden was pursuing a degree in business marketing at Salisbury University when he fell in love with glass blowing.
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How Marina Peredo built a career in dermatology by not taking ‘no’ for an answer

When Marina Peredo arrived in New York City, she was just 18 years old. Born and raised in Ukraine, she
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How globetrotting CEO Helene Raynaud fell in love with a Baltimore nonprofit

Following a distinguished academic and professional career in Europe and a stint at Fannie Mae, Helene Raynaud was looking for
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Jerry Flanagan: Hauling junk and putting veterans to work

JDog Junk Removal’s connection with the military is impossible to miss. When you call them up to haul away some
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How Noah Nordheimer went from fighting drug addiction to helping others overcome it

Following surgery on his back, Noah Nordheimer developed an addiction to prescription painkillers. As he recovered, he realized that he
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Nicole Paul: Using wigs to help cancer patients (and actors) gain confidence

Nicole Paul spent most of high school working with wigs behind the scenes of major productions. Today, the creations of
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How Gina Foringer gives back to Baltimore and the veteran community

Gina Foringer served as an Army transportation officer from 1990 to 1994, earning a Purple Heart and a Meritorious Service
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How Marc Friedman helps empower youth in New York and around the world

As the COO of nonprofit buildOn, which helps high school students find purpose and builds schools around the world, Marc
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How John Hoey and the Y in Central Maryland are helping Baltimore through its rough patch

Almost a decade ago, John Hoey was working a private-sector job that made him happy and challenged him intellectually. That’s
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How Michael Parrella went from surviving on microwave meals to running a global franchise

After growing up in a hard-scrabble Queens environment, Michael Parrella found tremendous success as an entrepreneur in his 20s. Then,
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How Samuel Menaged’s career switch helped change the conversation on eating disorders

When Samuel E. Menaged first learned about the devastating effects of eating disorders, he felt so moved that he upended
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Passion for the mission: How Stephen Morgan makes a difference

Through the efforts of Morgan and his team of 800 employees, The Arc Baltimore helps children, families and individuals with
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William McLennan: A life dedicated to service

William J. McLennan, executive director at Paul’s Place, lives a life dedicated to service. For over 30 years, Paul’s Place
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Scott Kremp: How 'The Goldbergs' helped business grow

The Kremp family has been flourishing in the floral business for over 55 years and three generations. President Scott Kremp
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How Limor Fried plans to make the world a better place through engineering

Limor “Ladyada” Fried is hard-wired for success. In 2005, shortly after earning her Master of Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of
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Heidi Burkhart’s philosophy: Choose happiness and give back to the community

At 33, Heidi Burkhart already has more than a decade of experience in the real-estate industry. With her company, Dane
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Antonio Rico: A success story fueled by his family’s entrepreneurial legacy

Antonio Rico is one of many entrepreneurial success stories in Frederick, MD’s economic upswing. Citizen Frederick, the men’s clothing store
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How a career in elder care has shaped Terry Snyder’s outlook on life

Terry Snyder has been president of continuing-care retirement community Roland Park Place (RPP) for more than 10 years. Between her
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How Ray Lopez uses Navy leadership lessons to steer his business and life

Ray Lopez is a veteran in more than one sense: After nearly three decades in the U.S. Navy, he founded
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