In 2020, metroMAGAZINE explored how the COVID-19 pandemic affected our local nonprofits’ operations and how they continued to serve the community despite unforeseeable demands on staff and resources. Now we look at how they are moving forward in 2021.

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These five women stand on incredible achievements in very different areas, but they have one thing in common: their leadership is pioneering the way for others to follow.

Jill Orton’s two-decade American Red Cross career has been diverse and interesting and she’s had the opportunity to grow as a leader as she helps execute the organization’s life-saving mission to alleviate human suffering.

Although hope is rising that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is coming, it's still not over. The last year has been emotionally and sometimes financially draining to nearly everyone, but the people of our community’s hospitals have been on the front lines the entire time. The impact for these healthcare heroes goes beyond managing direct care of COVID-19 patients, and the challenges have evolved along with the pandemic. However, innovation can be the brainchild of crisis, and the pandemic has presented other opportunities including the discovery of resiliency.