The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor
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The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor

On a U.S. Army base in Germany in 1982, trained by her father and wielding a jar of colorful glass globes, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed black belt ninja of marbles emerged and beat the boys who’d spurned her, winning every marble in the ring. The next day, she sold the marbles back to the boys at a premium and, in so doing, revealed — like Superman’s Clark Kent or Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince — an alter ego: Dia Draper, businesswoman....

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Nerd Wallet: Why NFL Players Go Broke, and What You Can Learn
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Nerd Wallet: Why NFL Players Go Broke, and What You Can Learn

Terrell Owens originally was famous for his many National Football League records and over-the-top touchdown celebrations. But he’s also famous for running through most of the $80 million he made during his 15-year career, thanks in part to bad investments and business deals. “Having a lot of money, it’s good, but at the same time you have to be smart with it,” Owens said. “You have to really find the right people to help you manage...

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From the Editor: November 2017

How many times could Dia Draper have quit? When she was a 10-year-old Army brat shunned by her playmates? When money got tight during her sophomore year of college? When her first marriage dissolved after less than a year? When the diagnosis was stage 3 colon cancer? Truth is, there’s no quit in Draper. As she told contributor Rebecca Perkins Hanissian for this month’s cover story, Draper is “super extroverted,” embraces change, knows...

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The Exit Interview: Paul Gross
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The Exit Interview: Paul Gross

When Paul Gross arrived at Dartmouth College as a freshman in 1969, making jewelry was the farthest thing from his mind. “I had done a little woodworking at home, but never had a chance to take shop or even an art class in high school,” he said. Then one day, the psychology major walked into the student jewelry workshop at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and discovered his passion, and talent, for the craft — which he called “an...

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People in Business: November 2017
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People in Business: November 2017

Kathy Underwood, of Hanover, president and CEO of Ledyard National Bank, has been named the Eastern region 2017 Community Banker of the Year by the Independent Community Bankers of America. The annual award recognizes the work and commitment of individual community bankers and their dedication to their communities. Underwood was nominated for the award as “a shining example of a business leader who has made a tremendous impact on her...

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Workplace Navigator: Are Bigoted Workers Entitled to Protections?
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Workplace Navigator: Are Bigoted Workers Entitled to Protections?

In the early days of this column, I responded to a reader about socializing at an office party with a “bigot” of a co-worker who subjected others to “talk of collecting Nazi memorabilia and pictures of her husband’s swastika tattoo.” Confident that such people belonged to a long-disgraced fringe group, I breezily advised the reader to remain polite and professional, and to prepare small talk as well as responses to potential offensive...

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The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters
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The Business of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Programs Sow the Next Generation of Local Agriculture Supporters

“Farm to school” practitioners connect students to farms through curricula, field trips, gardening, farmer correspondence, Vermont and New Hampshire Harvest of the Month, Agriculture in the Classroom, oral history, and myriad other projects. These educational initiatives leverage local landscapes and businesses as a teaching resource, whether it be for math, nutrition, writing skills, botany or job training. The aim is for students to...

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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience
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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience

Growing up in rural Florence, Vt., Caitlin Christiana couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. In 2001, she moved to Utica, N.Y., as a sculpture major at Pratt Institute, where she became interested in jewelry making. After two years, she transferred to the Brooklyn campus, but the city offered more excitement than she bargained for. “I was robbed at gunpoint on my third day, which was very traumatizing,” said Christiana, executive...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot
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Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot

At the Wells River headquarters of Silly Cow Farms, the Vermont hot chocolate company that has become a nationally recognized brand, Christmas started way back in June. That’s when production kicked into high gear and the company began filling cocoa orders for the holiday season. The holiday rush will be followed by the winter rush, and there won’t be a lull in production until March. There are no Christmas carols playing in the...

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Career Coach: Five Questions to Help Build Your Confidence
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Career Coach: Five Questions to Help Build Your Confidence

Confidence. It’s a state of mind, a way of being and a belief in one’s self. We know it when we see it. It’s courage, energy, self-assuredness and a comfort in one’s own skin. Lack of confidence can stem from a number of factors — lack of knowledge, lack of experience, aversion to risk or change, or fear of looking foolish, to name a few. Depending on the situation, a lack of confidence can hold us back in our careers too, resulting...

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