Barely two weeks into her new job as leader of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall already moves with the urgency of a team behind in the fourth quarter.

Marshall, known as “Cynt the sprint” from her high school days running track, has been tasked with resurrecting both the spirit and the reputation of a championship organization rocked by allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior left unchecked for years.

But as a person who has been through a lifetime of great joys and catastrophic difficulties, the job doesn’t scare her.

This is a woman who came out of an abusive household and persevered to build a strong family. She escaped the housing projects of Richmond, Calif., to become one of the most successful women in American business.

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