The Crooked Path
to Success VP &
Cloud
Evangelist,
HP
Margaret
Dawson
and
Professional
ZigZagger

10 Learnings from a
Professional ZigZagger
80’s
Expectations
Climb the
Corporate
Ladder!
Be a “Man”
So . . . I followed my dad

Learning #1:
It’s Who You Know
Then took a new (flight) path

Learning #2:
Jump OFF the Ladder
10 Years in Asia

Learning #3:
Look for Open Doors
Started a new company in Taipei

Learning #4:
Surround Yourself with
Supportive People
Pitched my next job

Learning #5:
Control Your Own Destiny
2002 . . . Unexpected Job Search

Learning #6:
Believe You Will Land on
Your Feet
6a: and network, network, network
Moved into Network Security

Learning #7:
Leap into New Learning
Opportunities
Microsoft Needed “SSL VPN” Expert

Learning #8:
Update Your Brand
Microsoft ‘NAP’ Start-up

Learning #9:
Ladder Leap with Startup
Moved to the Cloud

Learning #10:
A “failed” Startup is Still a
Great Experience
Answered the Unknown Caller
Another Startup in a Big Company
And along the way

Final Learning:
Let Your Light Shine
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear
is that we are pow...

Thank You
@seattledawson
margaret.dawson@hp.com
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Startupfest 2013 - The Crooked Path to Success - Margaret Dawson

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We all know about choosing the road less traveled and taking the fast track. But the path to success is not always the fastest, the straightest or the newest. In fact, sometimes finding success involves a zigzag through life that only when looking back even resembles a path at all. And that is ok.

Join zigzagger and startup veteran Margaret Dawson, who has found business success and personal satisfaction through nontraditional routes. She'll share what she has found to be the important criteria when making decisions, how to evaluate risk, and how to trust your gut and your logic at the same time, and, importantly, how to decide who to listen to (and who to ignore) when making work and life decisions.

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  1. 1. The Crooked Path to Success VP & Cloud Evangelist, HP Margaret Dawson and Professional ZigZagger
  2. 2.  10 Learnings from a Professional ZigZagger
  3. 3. 80’s Expectations Climb the Corporate Ladder!
  4. 4. Be a “Man”
  5. 5. So . . . I followed my dad
  6. 6.  Learning #1: It’s Who You Know
  7. 7. Then took a new (flight) path
  8. 8.  Learning #2: Jump OFF the Ladder
  9. 9. 10 Years in Asia
  10. 10.  Learning #3: Look for Open Doors
  11. 11. Started a new company in Taipei
  12. 12.  Learning #4: Surround Yourself with Supportive People
  13. 13. Pitched my next job
  14. 14.  Learning #5: Control Your Own Destiny
  15. 15. 2002 . . . Unexpected Job Search
  16. 16.  Learning #6: Believe You Will Land on Your Feet 6a: and network, network, network
  17. 17. Moved into Network Security
  18. 18.  Learning #7: Leap into New Learning Opportunities
  19. 19. Microsoft Needed “SSL VPN” Expert
  20. 20.  Learning #8: Update Your Brand
  21. 21. Microsoft ‘NAP’ Start-up
  22. 22.  Learning #9: Ladder Leap with Startup
  23. 23. Moved to the Cloud
  24. 24.  Learning #10: A “failed” Startup is Still a Great Experience
  25. 25. Answered the Unknown Caller
  26. 26. Another Startup in a Big Company
  27. 27. And along the way
  28. 28.  Final Learning: Let Your Light Shine Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We are all meant to shine… Marianne Williamson
  29. 29.  Thank You @seattledawson margaret.dawson@hp.com

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