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    From tears to triumph

    The longer Maria Salter was away from her job, the less hope she had of returning. For three-and-a-half years, Salter worked as a training manager at a local casino resort. Despite being a self-described introvert, she relished being an “edutainer” — a role that required meeting all the new hires, sharing her experiences with employees […]

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    The men beside successful women

    Perfect partners: Mark and Mary Cracchiolo Spain When he spotted Mary Cracchiolo at Jazzeppi’s Italian restaurant, Mark Spain requested a second champagne flute. Handing her the glass of bubbly, “I said, ‘Here’s to life,’ and from there, we started talking,” he recalls. “It was love at first sight pretty much.” At the time, Mark says […]

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    Pivoting in a pandemic

    As a nurse, Tresse Sumrall’s most formative experience was working in a level-one trauma emergency department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. She started there less than a year out of nursing school and found herself dealing with the “sickest-of-the-sick” patients. “Gunshot wounds, stabbings, high-speed car and motorcycle accidents and burns were all […]

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