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Helene Solomon
Usually at this time of year I am lucky enough to be off in some new place, eating different food and experiencing what tends to be a slower pace of life. The days are long, filled with lots of fresh air, which is a good excuse to sip wine before 5PM and refresh the spirit...
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Helene Solomon Public Relations
Some of my earliest—and most important—leadership lessons came from my experience in the retail industry. Like many college graduates mulling their next step, I took a job on the sales floor at Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill after graduating from Boston University. When I moved on to graduate school at American University, I was on the...
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Hospitality real estate
Recently, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells turned his evaluation away from what’s on the plate in the city’s restaurant scene and instead tackled a growing trend in New York real estate: Big-name chefs setting up shop in hotels across the city. The entire piece is well worth a read, both for foodies and...
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Recently, my husband and I were lucky enough to spend two weeks traveling around the Italian countryside. It’s an interesting time for Americans to travel abroad, to say the least. As we traveled around, we met with Italians who remarked that fewer Americans than usual were visiting their communities. We chatted with British citizens enjoying...
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As a part-time New Yorker, I am lucky to have seen the phenomenal productions that have graced the stages of Broadway during the 2015-2016 season. And, yes, that includes Hamilton, thanks to my husband and Solomon McCown CFO Bill Stein, who pushed to see the show when it was in workshop, even though I took...
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Like many of us in Boston and around the world, I can’t wait to see Spotlight, opening in select theaters this Friday. The movie is based on the true story of The Boston Globe’s team of investigative journalists who reported on rampant child molestation within the Archdiocese of Boston and the cover-up of that abuse...
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Every year as we approach the holidays, the shopping frenzy seems to grow more and more out of control. Customers, demanding better deals and around the clock hours, seemingly force stores to open earlier and employees to work longer and longer. Or do they? This year, stores such as Best Buy, J.C. Penney and Toys...
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This week, Helene Solomon sat down with Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick as he reflected on his accomplishments and the road ahead as he prepares to leave office after eight years as the chief executive of the Commonwealth. The candid conversation ranged from public policy and business to personal stories that have touched the Governor during...
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(Photo by Allan E. Dines) Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick joined Solomon McCown CEO Helene Solomon for a wide-ranging conversation as he prepares to leave office after an eight-year, two-term tenure as chief executive of the Commonwealth. Industry leaders from real estate, healthcare, corporate, finance and the non-profit sectors were in the audience as Patrick reflected...
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On Veterans Day 2014, Solomon McCown CEO Helene Solomon pays tribute to her father Irwin, now 90, who served onboard the USS Borie during World War II. A day before the Japanese surrendered, a kamikaze slammed his plane into the destroyer. Solomon reads from her father’s diary, in which he details the attack that killed...
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