Manager for workforce development initiative hired

March 22, 2013 

BRADENTON -- CareerEdge Funders Collaborative has hired Nathalie deWolf as executive director. DeWolf will manage and coordinate all aspects of this regional workforce-development initiative. She assumes her new role March 27.

DeWolf has served in senior leadership roles for technology, telecommunications, and apparel companies, including Swivel Secure and MCI. She is currently senior consultant for Sarasota-based Colt Capital Consultants, working with midsize and small organizations in areas such as strategy, business planning, and operations. She has assisted several area nonprofit agencies as a consultant for Gulf Coast Community Foundation's "CareerEdge's workforce investment model has proven successful in healthcare and manufacturing," said Mark Pritchett, senior vice president of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and co-chair of CareerEdge. "Nathalie will lead CareerEdge in identifying other sectors in our region where we can improve workers' skills and help employers grow."

Gulf Coast is a founding investor in CareerEdge and serves as the initiative's fiscal agent.

DeWolf takes over following the recent departure of Mireya Eavey, CareerEdge's original executive director, who was hired as president of the new One Biotechnology division of Osprey Biotechnics.

New phase of Harrison Ranch opened by Pulte

PARRISH -- Pulte Homes recently opened a new phase of home development at Harrison Ranch, 5755 Harrison Ranch Blvd.

Sean Strickler, vice president of sales for Pulte Homes, said home sites in the new phase offer extra-wide space, nature preserve views or water views. Single-family homes at Harrison Ranch range from 1,447 square feet of living space to 3,476 square feet and are priced from $154,990 to $245,990.

The Pulte Homes community of Harrison Ranch offers amenities that include a 6,500 square foot community center with full-time lifestyle director, planned resident events, a state-of-the-art fitness center, heated junior Olympic-size swimming pool, media/gameroom, tennis courts and children's playground. Information: 866-830-4648 or visit

Free homebuyer seminar set for April 9

BRADENTON -- Many prospective homebuyers have found that issues on their credit report -- including their credit score -- are preventing them from purchasing a home. The numbers are even greater for those individuals who don't know what their credit report contains and are afraid to look.

A team of skilled and experienced mortgage and real estate professionals are joining forces to offer a free homebuyer seminar to people who want to own a home, but are not certain where to begin. The seminar will ad

dress mortgage as well as home-buying transaction questions and concerns and will help prospective homebuyers with the process of reviewing their credit and taking steps to establish or re-establish their credit.

The free seminar will be conducted 6-8 p.m. April 9 at Keller Williams of Manatee Realty, 4520 State Road 64 E.

Attendees are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling 941-792-2000, or sending an email to

See-through yoga pants reveal pain for Lululemon

NEW YORK -- Lululemon has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves and online after it found that the sheer material used was revealing too much of its loyal customers.

The see-through yoga garb is the latest in a series of quality glitches that threaten to alienate the retailer's hardcore fan base, which has so far been more than willing to shell out $100 for pants and other athletic garments.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. said on its website that it first began to understand the extent of the problem on March 11 as part of its weekly call with store managers, who voiced worries about sheerness. Lululemon didn't immediately respond to queries about whether the problem was discovered when customers started to return the Luon pants, the latest batch of which went on sale at the beginning of the month.

Senate panel advances White SEC nomination

WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel has approved Mary Jo White's nomination to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and sent it along for a final vote.

The Senate Banking Committee approved White's nomination on a 21-1 vote. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was the only member to object. White is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate and become the first former prosecutor to lead the agency that oversees Wall Street. The panel also advanced Richard Cordray's nomination to continue as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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