I met Pamela Tannehill at a conference in Midtown Manhattan. We were working for different non-profit agencies in New York. Her non-profit was known throughout the industry for its wavering commitment to social issues, mine for its slothful, dreamy staff. I was sitting in the front row discreetly do…
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