The U.S. Department of Commerce has a new Secretary, Penny Pritzker, who has put forth what she describes as a bold vision for the future. Pritzker was sworn into office in the summer of 2013, with only a single dissenting Senate vote at her confirmation.
Secretary Pritzker, a billionaire real estate mogul and daughter of one of the founders of Hyatt Hotels, has prior experience working with President Obama's administration. Before taking the helm of the Commerce Department, she was a member of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Nestled within the tapestry of Washington, D.C.'s rich history and stately architecture are communities ripe with buildings that hold the stories of generations of minorities who helped knit the fabric of the city. No one is more committed to preserving those buildings and influencing the community than D.C. architect, educator and native son, Ronnie McGhee.
"My interest is in doing something that, long term, affects many people's lives and neighborhoods. Architecture [is] probably one of the more long-term activities that would affect people and the way they live," McGhee says.
A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc., is an enterprise borne of adversity and made strong through the challenges it faced while still in its infancy. Leah Brown started A10 shortly after experiencing what many might describe as a week from hell. "I was probably at the worst stage in my life," she says. "I went through a divorce after 18 years of marriage. I had been downsized from a company that I put my heart, soul, and tears into for 15 years. This all happened in the same week."
John Lewis, principal at Thash Advisory LLC, attended Stanford University and began his academic career studying civil engineering. But somewhere along the way, he decided to follow his personal passion and make environmental engineering his focus. It was a decision that would set the course for his career...
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