Woman with a Plan
The fastest growing ethnic group in the state, and the country, is the Latin American population, which is actually composed of a dozen or so sub-groups, each with a strong sense of identity. But as newcomers to the Northeast, and, in many cases, to America, they are more vulnerable to economic tides. When one major employer closes down, as Jac-Pac did two years ago, the effects on Latinos across the board can be pretty devastating. The Department of Employment Security takes the situation so seriously they have launched their Latino Action Team and entrusted it to Marianne Rechy, head of their Somersworth office. “I want to help employers embrace diversity,” says Rechy, “but also to prepare for layoffs in the future by developing a multi-lingual staff to better respond.”
New Hampshire Magazine knows where "It" is at. Each November, we identify the state's most happening people and publish their names and profiles in our annual "It List."
So what defines an "It" Person?
How about buzz, panache, je ne sais quoi, currency, a person whose time has come, a person of tomorrow, a timeless person, noteworthy, below the radar, in the news, in the know, hot, cool, high impact, slippery, a mover and shaker, a humble saint, a behind-the-scenes operator, a scenery chewer, an unsung hero, a hero who knows how to sing.
It's a quality that's hard to define, but you know it when you see it.
Above is one member of the 2006 It List.
To make a nomination for the 2007 list (now under development) drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.