“Start near, go far,” is printed on banners hanging from lampposts along the road that runs through the campus of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass. The college’s 2010 commencement speaker, Joyce Landry, is the embodiment of that advice. Since growing up in bucolic Gardner, 60 miles west of Boston, Landry has traveled to six continents, shaken hands with two U.S. presidents, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (and got married at the summit), and founded a $30 million company. That ...

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