Jo Lee Hayes, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, enterprise technologies
Sallie Mae
Fishers, , Ind.
First job:
"Cleaning toilets in a union hall."
Most valuable career advice:
"Learn to communicate, first and foremost."
Favorite vice:
McDonald's french fries
Life's ambition:
"To be considered the very best at something."
What do you love about IT?
"The intellectual stimulation."
Favorite gadget:
Electric toothbrush
Twenty years ago, I was...
"In Japan."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Thai coconut
In high school, I should have been voted "Most Likely to ..."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Surround yourself with skilled, talented people with a passion for excellence and continued learning. Challenge yourself to continually grow and learn from those around you. Whatever your profession, strive for excellence."
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