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8:00pm EDT April 25, 2008

Born: Hudson, N.Y.

Education: B.A., College of New Rochelle; master’s degree in education, Harvard University

What was your very first job?

Behind the counter at a deli and bakery in Kingston, N.Y.; my first job in the industry was as a page at ABC in New York.

Whom do you admire most and why?

My daughter. She’s a senior in high school, and she is really blazing a path for herself that is based on the things that interest her, and she’s actually interested in pursuing neuro-science, and, as much as she’s loved everything I’ve done, she’s focused in on what makes her tick and what she’s interested in, and that’s what I’ve really admired.

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

I keep six words on my desk, and I cannot, for the life of me, remember where I got them, but they were six words given to me to always have on your mind as you manage, and they are: courage, strength, humanity, compassion, clarity and communication. You have to do those six things every single day and every single hour of every day when you manage people.

If you could be one superhero, which one would you be and why?

I don’t want to be a superhero. I honestly want to be a human being, and I’d rather be a better version of myself.