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Giving the Gift of Work

Karole Shirley, Ordinary Hero

It's nice when your boss notices your work. It's even better when the CEO of your company notices. And it's even better still when the CEO raves about your work to the President of the United States.

Karole Shirley garnered that kind of attention.

Shirley, 26, started working for Manpower, Inc., a temporary-services firm that is the nation's largest private-sector employer, in September 1995. Originally hired as a service representative assistant, she became an ardent advocate for welfare recipients who wanted to work.

The Milwaukee central office is in a less-than-ritzy ...

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