Month: July 2008

Infinitely Innovative: Cathy Burzik

Twenty years into a successful career as an executive with Eastman Kodak’s health care division, Catherine Burzik could have stayed right where she was, but the company she’d been devoted to all those years was moving in a new direction, and she wondered if it was time for her to do the same. “The easiest thing is always to stay right where you are,” she says. “I could have stayed and retired, but I needed to do more, and I needed a change.” Many in Burzik’s circle of friends thought she was considering the unthinkable. In Rochester, N.Y., lives...

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Serving Humanity to Honor God

Usually called nuns, women religious were once a familiar presence in American life, running schools and hospitals, helping the poor and generally responding to the needs of the downtrodden and the hurting. Though their numbers have declined, there are still women today who are willing to forgo marriage, the pursuit of wealth and the temptations of a consumer society, to dedicate themselves to a life of service and prayer. According to Sister Janet Abbacchi, who heads the office for pastoral ministry at the Archdiocese of San Antonio, there are currently 750 women religious in the archdiocese, divided among 55...

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Finding the Right Person for the Job: Women in staffing agencies

Recession, high gas prices, low numbers of college graduates and high levels of unemployment translate to a job market where quality counts. Now more than ever, it is imperative for companies to hire only the best and most capable employees in the field, not only in order to enhance fiscal growth, but also to avoid the cost-prohibitive procedures that can result from a bad hire. But with a dwindling talent pool and an economy in decline, finding a perfect fit can be difficult at best. That is why many companies turn to professional staffing services to do the research...

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San Antonio’s First Lady of Tap: Barbara Phillips

When Barbara Phillips decided to relocate from Houston to her native San Antonio 13 years ago, she did so to be close to family and to give her 11-year-old son a chance to grow up knowing his grandparents. Though Houston had been good for her career, she never really enjoyed living there. But once resettled here, she had to figure out what to do. Her passion was tap dancing, and there was barely any on the local arts scene — no tap shows, few classes and certainly no company specializing in the genre. So Phillips took a sporadic job...

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Downsizing in the Dominion: Couple builds home for art’s desire

The Dominion in northwest San Antonio is noted for its celebrity mansions and an elegant golf club where the city”s elite meet for recreation. Not all of the community”s residents live in mansions, though; some reside in the garden homes located along the golf club”s greens and fairways. Nestled among trees on a sleepy cul-de-sac is a garden home belonging to a couple noted for their creativity and professional prominence. From the street, the two-story stucco home recalls the structures of the hillsides of Tuscany. A large flagstone car park leads past the three-car garage to the massive wooden...

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