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Sharon Richman

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 2:15 AM
59/60 Sharon Richman has looked at life from both sides now, and finds herself wanting to return to the nonprofit side. "Even though nonprofits need to run like businesses, because you have to pay attention to how you manage staff, how you deliver services," said Richman, 57, of Penn Valley, "the... Read more

K. Edward Rice

Monday, March 7, 2011, 2:15 AM
58/60 Maybe going into pre-med wasn't such a good idea. "I started the organic chemistry lab on fire," K. Edward Rice said, laughing at the memory. "We put it out, but I didn't get a good grade in organic chemistry." Rice, 53, a man with a relentless intellect and a love of knitting, goes where his... Read more

Todd Cosey and Robert E. Cosey Jr.

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 6:30 AM
57/60 Todd Cosey is nearly in a state of paralysis when it comes to figuring out his life. He's only 21 and he's already been laid off from a job - as a cemetery stone-setter. He'd like to get some training in something he would enjoy, something working with his hands, something that involves moving... Read more

Edith Petillo

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 2:15 AM
56/60 Nothing in life has meant more to Edith "Edie" Petillo, 57, than her years as a college student at Immaculata University. "I found I could truly be myself," Petillo said. "Immaculata has impacted everything in my life." And that would be particularly true when it has come to Petillo's career... Read more

Naeemah Felder

Friday, March 4, 2011, 2:15 AM
55/60 Naeemah Felder believes that if employers would meet her, they would hire her. "I have a very strong work ethic," she said. "I stick to plan. I'm a people person." But, instead, her resume, like the resumes of other job-seekers, gets sucked into yet another anonymous computerized database. "You... Read more

Kathy Mackie

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 2:15 AM
54/60 When Kathy Mackie was growing up, she dreamed of being a doctor, but there was no money for college. So her mother gave her advice: "If you learn bookkeeping, you will always have a job." Maybe mothers aren't always right because it's been 20 months since Mackie, 54, had work as a bookkeeper... Read more

Abdulkarim Mokbil

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 2:15 AM
53/60 It takes Abdulkarim "Kimo" Mokbil, an unemployed business owner from Ethiopia, a few minutes to count how many times he has been uprooted from his home, only to arrive in a new place with what he owns in a suitcase. Six times - starting at age 9 when he and two brothers left Ethiopia to avoid... Read more

Alayne Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:15 AM
52/60 Alayne Green has a pretty simple way of describing her expertise: "I run businesses." "I take something that isn't working - whether it's a project, or a team or a business, assess it and figure out how the options of how to make it better and then get it done. "I'll figure out the process... Read more

Harvey Brown

Monday, February 28, 2011, 2:15 AM
51/60 As a boy, Harvey Brown used to follow his father around, picking up carpentry and other building trades. "My hand-working skills just came naturally to me," said Brown, now 61, of Philadelphia. And so, Brown relied on his hands to make a living in manufacturing. For 20 years, Brown operated... Read more

Jeanne Page-Soncrant and Bob Soncrant

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
50/60 In this era of two-income households, many of those who lose their jobs find themselves relying on a spouse's paycheck to make ends meet. But what happens when the spouse gets laid off, too? That's what is facing human resources manager Jeanne Page-Soncrant and her husband Bob Soncrant, a loss-prevention... Read more
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