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One fine summer day on my one hour commute through the Green Mountains of Vermont, I was reflecting on the observation that while most business have suffered varying degrees of decline in the Great Recession of 2008, many have not. Why?

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I have a friend who used to be an enthusiastic goal-setter and self-improvement specialist. She’s read many self-help books, diligently set New Year’s resolutions, and lived in steps (i.e., 5 proven steps to a better night’s sleep, or 3 steps for a slimmer waistline).

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Now I sit at a desk at NRG Systems in a community outreach role, after a career in social services and higher education. Like many people of my generation, I left college believing there was an unbridgeable divide between jobs that save the world and jobs that don’t, summed up...

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Vermont, where I live and work, is one of the least diverse states in the United States. The percentage of the State's population that is non-Hispanic white just recently dropped to 94%, according to the 2010 US Census.

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Two of the many presentations and speeches at Windpower 2011 particularly caught my attention. Both speakers broke from the wind industry refrain of lamenting its current situation and constantly calling for long-term policies and pleading for extended tax credits as the solution.

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It had been 10 years since I had attended AWEA’s annual conference, Windpower. My memories of Windpower 2001 in Washington DC include meeting with then Representative Bernie Sanders, an exhibition area in the basement of the hotel, lines of people waiting to talk at our booth, and the budding excitement...

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I’m often asked by individuals I meet outside of NRG Systems to describe our company’s culture. I generally don’t like this question, even though I have an easy answer.

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I’m often asked by colleagues and other business professionals how we are able to recruit star candidates and hire to maintain a top workforce. The question that I believe is on their minds but often isn’t asked is, “What’s our secret sauce for hiring and retaining the best and brightest?”

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Over a longer-than-I-care-to-admit business career in businesses of various sizes and in various stages of development, my colleagues and I have struggled mightily with the challenge of providing affordable, effective, and fair health care insurance to our employees.

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Owen Clay speaking with his engineering team

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