Covid-19 guarantees that this school year will be unlike any other. The same is true at Syracuse’s Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, which increases graduation rates and propels teens into productive and satisfying careers and lives.

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is part of the Hillside Family of Agencies headquartered in Rochester. The Work-Scholarship Connection has operations in Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, and Prince George’s, Maryland.

Karinda Shanes became regional executive director for the Syracuse area in January 2019, succeeding Wayne O’Connor.

In the Syracuse area, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection works with about 1,200 students, especially in the Syracuse City School District. It started here in 1987 and runs programs to help students over stumbling blocks and obtain skills and confidence to succeed at home, school, and work. Hillside’s 36 youth advocates in the Syracuse area are key. They support, mentor, and counsel middle school and high school students who meet a number of risk criteria.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mars Petcare announced today Ikdeep Singh will join the business to take on the Regional President role for Mars Pet Nutrition North America, a division of Mars Petcare. Singh will join the company on August 31, 2020 and formally assume full responsibility for the role in January 2021.

Singh is a seasoned senior executive with more than two decades of global experience in the consumer goods industry. He is known as a purpose-driven leader with a track record of consistently delivering sustained and superior financial results.

Most recently, Singh served as President with the L’Oréal Group, where over the past six years, he led large and complex brand portfolios in North America. Throughout his roles, he’s delivered revenue and profit growth at industry-leading rates by building high-performing teams with a diverse, inclusive work culture, while accelerating consumer-centric innovation and instilling

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Since the onset of the pandemic, Inc. has been airing weekly webinars with the most influential names in business. Think of these excerpts as a master class on making it in the new reality. (Edited for length and clarity.)

Kendra Scott

Founder and CEO of the billion-dollar Kendra Scott jewelry and homewares brand

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Don’t focus on the business. Focus on the customer. Where is she in this moment? How can we serve her? How can we surprise and delight her today? When you bring it down to that basic level, magical things can happen.

Watch Kendra Scott’s full webinar.

John Paul DeJoria

Serial entrepreneur; philanthropist; and co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits

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I’ll give you a beautiful exercise. Think about anybody you don’t like, who displeases you–anybody you want to get back at for something. And let it go. Forgive them, either openly or silently. It costs

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Amazon’s new “S-team” members: Dave Treadwell, vice president of Ecommerce Foundation; Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment; and John Felton, vice president of global delivery services.

Amazon is adding three new members to the company’s senior leadership group, better known as the “S-team,” the executives who meet regularly with CEO Jeff Bezos and make key strategic decisions for the tech and e-commerce giant.

The additions are part of a major leadership transition, with Amazon Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke announcing Friday that he will retire in the first quarter of next year. He’ll be replaced by Dave Clark, currently senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Joining the S-team are Dave Treadwell, Alicia Boler Davis, and John Felton. All three will keep their titles, but their status inside the company will be elevated amid the shifts by Clark and Wilke.

“This caps years of effort to develop incredibly capable

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Caleb Somtochukwu Obiagwu started or co-founded four businesses as an undergrad at Syracuse University: Syre, Attendpro, HighStreet, and SafeLoot.

Obiagwu graduated from SU in May with a degree in computer engineering. He stayed in Syracuse to work on the four businesses until the end of July. Then he flew to Lagos, Nigeria, for a one-year appointment with KPMG, the multinational consulting company. “I wanted to get more experience in consulting,” Obiagwu said. “I realized that consulting and learning how big companies operate is a great learning strategy.”

He expects to return to New York next year to earn a master’s degree in business administration.

His advice for anyone aspiring to lead their own startup: First, anything can be started if you just begin – so get going. Second, share your ideas because that will make them better.

Near the end of our conversation, I asked Obiagwu if there is anything

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