As we look ahead to 2021, NH Business Review is rounding up high-performing leaders in the Granite State to share their formulas for business and personal resilience: not just surviving but thriving in the most challenging times. In some ways, resilience is like luck: those who don’t have it may think it’s just something that one is born with; those who do have it understand that it’s the result of deliberate strategy and mindset.
- Victoria Arlen, Founder and Co-Chair of Victoria’s Victory Foundation
- Joanne Conroy, MD, President & CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
- Stephen Duprey, President of Foxfire Property Management and The Duprey Companies
Learn the resilience strategies ofNew Hampshire business leaders at NH Business Review’s Resilient NH virtual event on Thursday, March 11 from 3-5 p.m.
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Order of Events:
3:00 p.m. Attendees enter the event at virtual tables. Networking for half an hour.
3:30 p.m. Opening remarks
3:35 – 4:35 p.m. Hear from individual speakers
4:35 – 5:00 p.m. Panel discussion with Q&A
5:00 p.m. Conclusion
Meet the panelists:
Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 at the tender age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This was an incredibly rare scenario and Victoria quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which doctors had written her off as a lost cause. Victoria spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body completely aware of what was going on just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival and recovery was unlikely. Victoria, however was not ready to give up. In 2010 after almost four years she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again.
Victoria went on to exceedingly defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished Motivational Speaker, Television Host and Swimmer. Her swimming resume includes three Silvers and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as multiple World, American and Pan American Records.
In April 2015, Victoria made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster and joined ESPN as one of the youngest on air talents hired by the company and reports and hosts across all platforms. In the Spring of 2016 Victoria defied yet another odd and after spending nearly a decade in a wheelchair paralyzed from the waist down was able to learn how take one step after another and eventually not only did she learn how to walk but within a year and a half in the Fall of 2017 she learned to dance as a contestant on Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars. Victoria and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy quickly became fan favorites.
Victoria is also carrying out her dream of helping others, serving as the Founder and Co-Chair of Victoria’s Victory Foundation, a nonprofit that assists those with mobility challenges to achieve their own personal victory.
Victoria’s book titled Locked In hit stores worldwide in August of 2018. In July of 2019 in addition to her ESPN duties, Victoria was announced as the new host of America Ninja Warrior Jr, Season 2 which launched in February 2020.
In the last year Victoria has branched into more creative spaces in both acting, producing, fashion and hosting with a variety of projects currently in the works.
Victoria has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments but for her message: “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It.” ™
JOANNE M. CONROY, MD
Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, was selected by the Board of Trustees in June 2017, as President and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH). As CEO of New Hampshire’s only academic health system, Dr. Conroy has overseen significant positive changes, including a dramatic turnaround in the D-HH system’s financial performance, the announcement of two major new expansion projects and a strategic planning process that will guide the organizations into the future. From FY2017 to FY2018, D-HH reversed a $7 million operating deficit, posting a positive margin of $47 million in FY18—a $54 million turnaround. The health system is now in its third consecutive year of positive financial performance.
Dr. Conroy is a committed leader in advancing equity in the workplace. She is a co-founder of “Women of Impact,” a nonpartisan group of 60 female health care leaders representing all sectors of the health care industry across the nation. She was also instrumental in D-HH becoming one of the founding signatories of the TIME’S UP Healthcare initiative, which aims to increase safety and gender equity in the health care industry.
She was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare in 2018 and was included on their inaugural listing of Women Leaders Luminaries in 2019.
Prior to joining D-H and D-HH, Dr. Conroy served as CEO of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, and as Chief Health Care Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. She has also served as Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Health System based in Florham Park, NJ, and as President and Chief Operating Officer for the Morristown Memorial Hospital (now called Morristown Medical Center) in Morristown, NJ. She held several academic and administrative leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), including President of the MUSC medical staff, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, Executive Medical Director and Senior Associate Dean of the MUSC College of Medicine.
She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College. Dr. Conroy received her medical degree from MUSC, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology, serving as Chief Resident for one year. Dr. Conroy is board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiologists, attained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, and is a diplomat with the American Academy of Pain Management.
Stephen Duprey is the owner of the Duprey Companies, businesses develop, own, and manage commercial and hospitality real estate in New Hampshire. These businesses have been in operation since 1981 and the company is headquartered in Concord. While these businesses have been his vocation, Steve’s avocation has been in community development in Concord and New Hampshire.
Steve currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for The Currier Museum of Art and has previously served on the boards of the Capitol Center for the Arts, the NH Historical Society and the Red River Theatre. Under his leadership the Currier acquired its second Frank Lloyd Wright residence in the City of Manchester, the only museum in the country to hold two iconic architectural landmarks. The Currier is recognized for its innovative programs to integrate the museum with the greater New Hampshire community and to move the museum “outside the walls”; and it has developed outreach programs to serve veterans, citizens with mental health challenges and patrons with memory impairment. It also has played a significant role in neighborhood stabilization by acquisition and redevelopment of significant architectural landmarks in the area.
Steve has served on the Board of the Carroll County YMCA and as chair of the NH YMCA. He has served on the NH Personal Commission and the NH Ballot Law Commission. He also served on the Governor’s Interagency Task Force on Homelessness for many years. He currently serves on the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority as Vice Chair, and on the National Finance Authority, headquartered in New Hampshire where he serves as Vice Chair. He is serving his fifth term on the Board of Directors of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.
Seven years ago, Steve developed the idea for a complete renovation of Concord’s Main Street and built community support for the project among multiple stakeholders. He then led the effort to apply for and secure partial federal funding for the project, developed the financing plan in conjunction with the City administration, and chaired the 22-member committee that held over twenty public hearings to receive input and build community consensus for the design and construction of the project. The project won over 18 state, regional and national awards for community redevelopment, design and construction. Concord’s Main Street, now known as “New Hampshire’s Main Street” has seen an upsurge in local and visitor traffic and has helped support a resurgent downtown retail and office community.
More recently Steve led the effort to keep the Merrimack County Superior Courthouse in the downtown after legislation had been passed that would have moved the court to a more remote corner of the city, with significant negative impacts on the City and County. He led the effort to persuade the Legislature to change the law to permit the project to remain in the downtown, took on the contractual responsibility for financing, designing and building the project to state requirements, and completed the project a year ahead of the anticipated timeline at almost 20% lower cost than the state of New Hampshire had originally anticipated. The new Merrimack County Superior Court has won design awards and is often cited as a model for a public/private partnership, in this case a venture between the State of New Hampshire, Merrimack County and the City of Concord.
Most recently, Steve developed the idea, worked to design and then oversaw the construction for the Capitol Center for the Arts to build a second 400 seat venue and to restore an 1850s historic building into the new Bank of New Hampshire Stage. He acquired and held the property for the CCA before the project was a certainty, retained and oversaw the engineering, design and construction, and developed an innovative financing plan for the project utilizing federal and state tax credits to insure that the new venue would be debt free after completion. The project opened in late 2019 winning numerous awards.
In the late 1980s, Steve created the concept and worked to create the legislation that became the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), serving on the initial Board of Directors. The CDFA is recognized as the single most significant community redevelopment tool available in New Hampshire. While serving on the initial board, he was the primary advocate for the community development part of the CDFA mission, advocating for the use of the CDFA credits that created the Colonial Theater in Keene, the Capitol Center for the Arts and the Red River Theaters in Concord, the redevelopment of the Wentworth by the Sea hotel on the seacoast and the Mountain View Grand Historic Hotel in northern New Hampshire, among many other projects.
Steve has served either as Campaign Chair or Finance Chair for numerous New Hampshire Governors and members of Congress. He served as a senior advisor to Senator John McCain in 2007 and 2008, continuing as an advisor in the Senator’s 2010 and 2016 Senate reelection campaigns. In addition, he served four terms as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and as a senior member of the Republican National Committee where he served as the leader in their successful efforts to preserve the first in the nation presidential primary.
Steve is a native of North Conway. He holds a B.A in Public Policy from New College and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.