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Makayla McMorris isn’t afraid to take calculated risks, from competing on a reality TV show to leaving a successful career in media marketing for a challenging position in university communications.

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In 1996, Andee Hoig purchased a small, struggling publication called Metro Monthly from her father, Midlands Business Journal founder and publisher Bob Hoig. 25 years later, she reflects on the evolution of Metro Monthly into today’s metroMAGAZINE and multimedia company ALH Publications, Inc.

“The word of the year for 2020 is ‘unprecedented,’” Sue Morris said. She was talking about world events, but the word is also an apt description of her 25-year career with Heritage Services, from which she resigned last year.

With a ‘say yes’ approach and a willingness to learn, Carmen Tapio has seized opportunity throughout an exceptional career that’s taken her all over the world. Today she helps others take advantage of opportunities and launch their own careers through her company, North End Teleservices.

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It took years of attending college classes while working full-time and raising a family, but Gail DeBoer always kept an eye on the next step in her successful career. In 2007, she became president and CEO of Cobalt Credit Union, the highest position in the company.

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Kathy English enjoyed living in Texas and had modest expectations 29 years ago when she accepted an offer to interview for a medical position in Omaha. Today she’s an executive at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center during an exciting period of growth, and Omaha feels like home.

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It’s been an interesting journey from New York City and suburban Chicago to Omaha—and all over the world in between—for Janyne Peek Emsick. The former theater major now helps corporate executives develop their leadership skills and local professionals make important connections. And that’s just a piece of what she’s done.

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Even under the best of circumstances but especially in a time of political strife and divisiveness, making a run for public office is a daunting proposition. For Patty Pansing Brooks, the state senator representing Legislative District 28 in Lincoln, the calling to make a difference is stronger than any deterrent.