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You need more than drive
to build a successful career.

I

grew up on a farm in southwestern
Pennsylvania, and when you grow up on a farm,
you learn the value of hard work. From the time
I was eight to eighteen, my father would pick me
up from the school bus, and we'd drive to the
farmers market in Wilkinsburg, a suburb here in
Pittsburgh. I would help him unload the truck
and sell produce, and when the crowds lessened,
I'd sit on a concrete street curb and do my
homework under a streetlight.

LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT HELPING
OTHERS TO FIND THE POTENTIAL
IN THEMSELVES, AND THEN
REMOVING THE ROADBLOCKS
THAT GET IN THE WAY OF HELPING
THEM TO DEVELOP THAT PROMISE,
BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY WHAT
IS GOING TO DRIVE RESULTS AND
GROWTH FOR A COMPANY.

My father always said that the harder you work,
the luckier you get. He was right about that - up
to a point. Hard work got me into Case Western
Reserve University, earned me an engineering
degree and an MBA, and then a succession of
great roles at Price Waterhouse and Oracle.
Now I've come full circle, returning to Pittsburgh
to drive customer excellence at HM Health
Solutions.
I say "up to a point" because when I reached
mid-career, I realized hard work is just table
stakes. To have a successful career, particularly
as a woman in technology, you need more. If you
really want to succeed, you need:
A network. I wish I'd started earlier in my career
to develop my network. That group of friends,
coaches, mentors, and sponsors is essential for
propelling you forward. Build your personal
"board of directors."
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