The Zeal For the Job

For many professionals, the ultimate success is the freedom to employ their passion

Why We Work: First in a series of articles about successful professionals: the choices they make, the paths they pursue

In a fluid corporate career marked by big leaps to disparate industries, Sue Parks' most fulfilling step sprang from a slower-paced hobby. Parks left her native Midwest to work in Southern California, rising swiftly to become a respected executive in the paper industry. In 1994, during the height of the telecom frenzy, she jumped to US West's Denver headquarters to run a $2.6 billion division. In 2000 computer maker Gateway lured her away to a similar position out of San Diego....

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