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J.D. Power founder Dave Power grew up in Worcester and attended Holy Cross.


$3 million gift to Holy Cross creates J.D. Power Center

Dave Power’s family foundation is making another donation to the Worcester college.


Matt Light and partners predict a wide reception for their vodka

Bold Types: Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Light hopes to be selling his light vodka in every state in the country.

Dara Torres, then 41, capped her career off with a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Former Olympian Dara Torres retrains, for profit and for health

Torres proved you can compete in the Olympics in your 40s, and now she’s going back to school in her 50s.


Boston-based Capstone seals the deal for a Denver investment bank

John Ferrara has steadily built Capstone Partners into one of the region’s biggest investment banks.


Celebrity chef aims to know what you want before you know

Bold Types: Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball says he’s trying to figure out what people want before they know they want it.

Deborah Jackson will be the first woman in the lead director position in Eastern Bank’s 200-year history.


Diversity-conscious bank’s new lead director is a first for board

It should come as no surprise that Eastern Bank’s new lead director is a black woman.

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley sees a bright future for Southborough-based RxAdvance.


Ex-Apple CEO predicts RxAdvance will be one of Boston area’s biggest names

John Sculley sees a bright future for the Southborough-based company.

Kristen Cavallo (above) had been president of the ad agency Mullen’s Boston office.


Yes, staying in Virginia helped make her a CEO

Kristen Cavallo, once head of Mullen’s Boston office, will get to run an ad agency, after all.

Michael Hanson wants to take Boston-based Cengage to new heights.


College textbook company aims to be the Netflix of higher education

Michael Hanson’s Cengage is unveiling a subscription service in time for next fall’s classes.

Carol Bulman, daughter of the late Jack Conway, wants to capitalize on growth opportunities in the city.


Real estate firm aims to make Boston part of Conway Country

Carol Bulman, daughter of Jack Conway & Co.’s founder, wants to expand the agency’s presence inside the city limits.

Julie Jones will be Ropes & Gray’s first woman chair.


Unexpected Ropes & Gray lifer will be law firm’s first female chair

Julie Jones will take the post in 2020, after current chair Brad Malt retires.

Julie Burns has created an organization to raise money to fight opioid addiction.

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On the attack against opioid addiction

Julie Burns is learning the hard way that addiction not a cause that easily fits into local companies’ philanthropic plans.

Lisa Wong (left) and Mary Chin of the Asian American Civic Association.


Fitchburg’s former mayor is Chinatown nonprofit’s No. 2

Lisa Wong now works for the Asian American Civic Association.

Bertucci’s chief executive Brian Wright won’t let fast-casual chains muscle out the restaurant.


Bertucci’s Express Lunch: If it isn’t fast, it’s free

The Express Lunch promotion is to promise servers will deliver every order within 15 minutes.

Alexandra Lee will be in charge of the Sasaki Incubator.

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A unique job: Expanding a famed architect’s legacy

Alexandra Lee will lead the Sasaki Incubator, part of a company founded by Hideo Sasaki.

Ruth O’Brien, 85, recently received the second annual Pioneering Relauncher Award.


Ruth O’Brien, a lawyer in the ’50s, gets a career award (and son Conan cracks some jokes)

O’Brien was recently recognized by the Boston career reentry company iRelaunch with the second annual Pioneering Relauncher Award.

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, chief executive of The Home for Little Wanderers, is retiring.


For this CEO, each ‘little wanderer’ deserves a clean slate

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, head of The Home for Little Wanderers for 14 years, will retire in January.

Bentley University president Gloria Larson has released a new book, “PreparedU.”


Before Gloria Larson’s Bentley swan song, a new book

Larson’s higher education book, “PreparedU,” was just published by a division of John Wiley & Sons.

Meg O’Leary is leaving the PR firm InkHouse to join a Brooklyn-based startup.


Meg O’Leary cashes out of PR firm to rejoin startup life

O’Leary helped build InkHouse from a small business into one of the region’s biggest PR firms within a decade.

Mark Smith (left) and Vincent Pisegna were frat brothers at the St. Lawrence University chapter of Sigma Chi.

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Bar organizations’ new chiefs go way back — to the frat days

It’s not every day when the top officers at two of the state’s most prominent legal organizations are friends from college.

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UMass duo have a winning message about unsafe texting

Don’t text and drive. Or did it say don’t text and die?

Rich DiTeiri.

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Startup Institute takes its tech training to Belgium, Armenia

The institute is sending its curriculum overseas through a licensing deal.

Dan Arnold.


LPL’s Focus conference draws nearly 5,000 people to Boston

LPL’s chief executive is no longer based in Boston, but he knows how to throw a party here.

Lauren Liss is the new chief executive of MassDevelopment.

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MassDevelopment’s new chief needs no introduction

Lauren Liss, former state DEP commissioner, will become MassDevelopment’s CEO.


Babson breaks another barrier with first woman board leader

Bold Types: Another glass ceiling is shattering at Babson College.

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A labor voice at Harvard: ex-union leader to study the underground economy

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Finding a pitchman involved no travel at all for luggage maker Samsonite

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Longtime friends bike the USA to raise money for charities

For a Boston University finance professor and a Newton investment manager, this summer has been the season for biking, from one end of the country to the other.

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Staples charity goes Gaga, dumps Perry as partner

Staplesdecided to work with Gaga this year as the celebrity partner for its Staples for Students program. Perry, it turns out, is so 2016.

New ELM leader Henry makes green advocacy her business

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, who most recently worked at Adidas in Canton, will become president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts next month.

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With two top hires, BJ’s looks to catch up on the digital front

BJ’S Wholesale Club isn’t exactly known for its e-commerce. But Chris Baldwin is hoping to change that.

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David Bergers switches sides, from SEC to public companies

Bergers is best known here for running the SEC’s Boston office from 2006 through 2013.

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Stata slowing down? Hardly

At 82, Analog Devices cofounder Ray Stata recently jetted to San Francisco to accept a prestigious award on Analog’s behalf from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,

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Made-in-Mass. shades shine on ‘Baywatch’

Some things just don’t go out of style, like a great pair of sunglasses.

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This bear’s bullish on life

When Boston IVF decided to hold its second “fertility soiree” for the gay, lesbian, and transgender community, the clinic wanted to keep the event casual. What better way than hiring a man dressed in a bear suit who plays dance tunes on a keyboard slung around his neck?


First female four-star general shows the way on leadership

As the country’s first female four-star general, Ann Dunwoody ran the Army’s global supply chain.


GE Foundation’s head zeroes in on the opioid crisis

Ann Klee is adding the role of running the GE Foundation to her corporate responsibilities.

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Boston Landing’s secret weapon

New Balance chairman Jim Davis had the vision to redevelop the 15 acres he acquired several years ago in this section of Brighton overlooking the Mass. Pike. But it’s Keith Craig’s job to turn that vision into a reality.

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Cumberland Farms brews a new ad campaign

Move over, David Hasselhoff. Cumberland Farms has a new celebrity pitching its coffee.

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Sox president Sam Kennedy’s diversity play

Sam Kennedy knows firsthand that the city’s business leaders need to do their part to fight racism and encourage diversity.

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Another Dell-EMC marriage: This time, of corporate investment arms

Dell Technologies, the new parent company of Hopkinton data-storage stalwart EMC, says it’s ready to write some checks.

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GE’s new headquarters: more innovation than HQ

GE executives brainstormed new ways to describe GE’s future campus, a $200 million project on the edge of the Fort Point Channel. The end result: GE Innovation Point.

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Aly Raisman teams up with T-shirt company to remind us Life is Good

Life is Good hopes that Aly Raisman’s gold-medal glory can rub off on the Boston apparel company.

Appeals judge David Barron


Here’s how the legal saga over an Oxford comma unfolded

Boston federal appeals judge David Barron has grammarians, English teachers, and copy editors everywhere still buzzing.

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MassChallenge goes (even more) global

The nonprofit startup accelerator is shifting into a higher gear as it prepares for a national expansion, with a goal of having 12 hubs by the end of 2020.


Racepoint’s Weber passes the baton

Larry Weber has handed the CEO’s title at Racepoint Global to his longtime lieutenant, Peter Prodromou, but will stay on board at the public relations firm as chairman.


Somalia school’s story is more relevant than ever

“It Takes a School” details former finance professional Jonathan Starr’s experience launching a high school in Somalia


Two Boston nonprofits combine forces

The Social Innovation Forum and Next Mile Project will merge.

New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft (left) with his father Robert Kraft.


Jonathan Kraft is streaming to the future

The Patriots’ president thinks football fans will watch games differently within a few years.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Are you a literary urbanist? Mayor Walsh has a reading list for you

A reading list from the mayor as City Hall looks to imagine life in Boston in 2030.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.