THAT AFTERNOON, Ethan was scheduled to meet with Amirah Clark, the director of finance. In the lobby, along with the usual directory of services, maps of the lodge and slopes, and pamphlets for other local attractions, Ethan had found a little booklet about The Grove that featured head shots and brief biographical sketches of the leadership team. While he finished his lunch, he read up on her background.

Amirah was from Abilene, Texas, went to school in Houston, and was eventually head-hunted onto the staff of a large Wall Street firm. After more than a decade, she left New York City and took her current position at ...

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