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WITI Women | Susan Parks

Susan ParksSusan Parks
VP & General Manager, Business & Government Solutions/Retail Markets

Susan Parks became vice president and general manager of Public Services/Retail Markets for US West in April 1998. She joined the company in October 1995 as vice president for voice products and markets for US West Communications, holding ultimate responsibility for a $5 billion revenue stream in consumer and business products. In February 1997 she took the post of vice president for consumer retail, heading up a $3.8 billion a year business with 4,700 employees.

Parks came to US West after three and a half years with Zellerbach and Mead. During her tenure as vice president of that company's Southwest business printing operation, unit revenues grew from $140 million to $180 million per annum.

Susan Parks will be a speaker on the Personal Stories of Successful Women panel at the East Coast Technology Summit.

Susan Parks answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What strategies do you use to maintain balance in your life?
7. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?

On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not), who would they be?
2. Define success in 10 words or less.
3. If you could only subscribe to 3 magazines, what would they be?

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