Toni Jelinek, 2009 Honoree

Hennepin County
First job:
"Bank teller. I could count money really fast."
What do you love about IT?
"I like that no two days are ever the same, and that highly complex technology is used to craft a simple, straightforward-appearing solution to a problem."
Passion outside of work:
"I love live theater. I'm an enthusiastic audience member, and I've taken some classes in preparation for the day when I get a chance to perform."
What's in your MP3 player?
"A little Keb' Mo', Billie Holiday, Tri-Continental and Coldplay."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
"Rocky road. It's chocolate with complexity."
Favorite movies:
"I love baseball movies. That mini-drama that occurs with every pitch really gets to me. A couple of oldies that I watch every year are Bull Durham and The Natural."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Leadership is a collaborative effort. A leader must remember that every employee, every team member, every customer contributes to the success of the organization in some way, every day. Without them, there would be no leaders."
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