For Dawn Forbes DiStefano, it was the quintessential all-or-nothing proposition. As the search for a successor to Joan Kagan, Square One’s long-time president and CEO, commenced last summer, Forbes DiStefano knew what few outside the organization — and probably few inside it, as well — knew: if she did not prevail in the nationwide search, she would no longer be working for the Springfield-based provider of childcare and other services for children and families. That’s because the position she held at the time — executive vice president — was to be eliminated as the agency continued on a course of restructuring its top management.

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