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Black Women Rock & Next Generation of Black Female Activists

While the 14th Annual Black New England Conference (September 25 – 26, 2020) entitled Black Women Rock: Leading the Charge for Social and Political Change is chock full of incredible speakers ranging from US Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to Essence Emerita Editor in Chief Susan L. Taylor, on the extraordinarily prescient topic of leadership of Black […]

Doing Good NH with Jessica DellaValla

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Jess DellaValla of Jackson. Jess is the Director of Project SUCCEED, a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Before and Afterschool Program in the Conway School District. She is a Consultant with DellaValla Group, which provides facilitation to groups, as well as guidance, goal-setting, and problem-solving […]

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Doing Good NH with Katie Barnfield

This week I spoke with Katie Barnfield of Hampstead. Katie is a special education teacher in Concord, and the President and Founder of Aubrielle’s Hope, a non-profit that provides financial aid to NH families who lose a child five years and younger.  Katie was born and raised in Londonderry, and although not a huge fan […]

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Doing Good New Hampshire with Whitney Vachon

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Whitney Vachon! Whitney was born and raised in Laconia, NH and now lives in Franklin, NH. Growing up Whitney was very active in the school community, but decided to leave New Hampshire and live in the Detroit, Michigan area. After a year away, New Hampshire was […]

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Creative Expression on Juneteenth

Creative expression is vital to celebrating and honoring the joys and sorrows of the past. One part of our country’s history that is remembered this month is Juneteenth. If you are not familiar with it, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, […]

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Rooted in NH: A Conversation with Tim Pipp from Beeze Tees

Manchester can feel like a big, small town. In fact, I often hear that the proverbial seven degrees of separation are closer to at least two or three. My boss was in the inaugural Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10kSB for short) along with Tim Pipp, owner and founder of Beeze Tees, a screen […]

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Part 2: (More) NH Small Businesses Showing Resilience During Pandemic

In my last article I wrote about multiple New Hampshire businesses showing resilience during the coronavirus pandemic, including the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association,  BerryDunn, and Silvertech. Today I share with you some additional stories of the adaptation and evolution occurring at businesses all around the Granite State. Aisling Organic Cosmetics As an eCommerce, online-only […]

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Strong Society with the New Hampshire Theater Project

FW: Improv? Recently a friend emailed me a link to a virtual program offered by the New Hampshire Theater Project (NHTP) and just said “Laura! See below and then DO THIS!”. Below was a link to Game Night! Online Improv Playground. Why did my friend send this to me? Because I have been talking, for […]

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NH Small Businesses Showing Resilience During Pandemic

The events in which our state finds itself must not have been imagined by General John Stark when he coined the phrase “live free or die” in 1809. As I write these words, most Granite Staters are restricting their movements (among other behaviors) in an attempt to prevent the same death about which Stark wrote. […]