Karen M. Graham, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, CIO
Cooper University Hospital
Mt. Laurel, , N.J.
First job:
"Delivering the newspaper at 4:30 a.m. with my father."
Most valuable career advice:
"Relationships matter."
Favorite vice:
"Reading Vanity Fair."
Title you'd like to hold someday:
"Ph.D., teaching at a university."
What do you love about IT?
"Constant white water."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My CTO."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Ellen DeGeneres, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Scorsese and Nelson Mandela
Passion outside of work:
"My 8-year-old twins, Katherine and James."
Your recreational best:
The Pittsburgh Marathon
In high school, I should have been voted "Most Likely to ..."
"Travel the world."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Surround myself with stars by leading them to discover their highest potential. Making them feel comfortable with what they know and, more importantly, what they don't know."
"Aha" leadership moment:
"My role as a leader is defined by my commitment to setting professional development standards for my staff. I stress continuing education on both professional and personal levels as an integral part of my mentoring and coaching program. It is watching m
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