Show Them The Magic

It’s a common problem among manufacturing companies in the Upper Valley and elsewhere: Experienced employees are nearing retirement, and there aren’t enough younger folks lining up to replace them.

“We have been realizing over the past few years that we need to think outside the box to recruit talent to GW Plastics,” said Cathy Tempesta, human resources director for the Bethel-based company that specializes in precision injection molding.

In one of those fortunate instances of being in the right place at the right time, Mollie Naber, then a participant in Vital Communities’ Leadership Upper Valley program and a consultant for Green Mountain Economic Development Corp., found at least part of a solution.

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Inspiring Conversations About our Region’s Addiction Problem

Though he’d never given the justice system much thought, Anibal Sepulveda, who leads the North American marketing team for Hypertherm, found himself at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield a little less than four years after arriving in the Upper Valley. Fortunately for Sepulveda, he wasn’t there for a drug offense, but instead as part of the Leadership Upper Valley program from Vital Communities, the White River Junction-based nonprofit that brings people and organizations together to address regional opportunities in the areas of agriculture, energy, transportation, economy and community leadership.

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Leadership Upper Valley helps build region’s leaders

Every September, as kids head back to school, the Leadership Upper Valley program welcomes another kind of student: adults who want to learn more about the region and how they can contribute to its strength and vitality.

“I see Leadership Upper Valley as a great way to help current and upcoming leaders get broad-based access to how the region works — what’s going on … that people need to understand in order to be better at their jobs, take advantage of leadership opportunities that come their way, and give back to make this place even better,” said Kevin Peterson, senior program officer with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, a founding advisory board member for Leadership Upper Valley and a guest speaker each year at the program’s opening session. “When you build that awareness, you can be a better citizen.”

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