Q. Were you in leadership roles when you were younger?
A. Most people don’t believe me, but when I was a child, I was a painfully shy person. But my family moved from Los Angeles to Minneapolis when I was in fifth grade and that was a big turning point, because all of a sudden I was in a new environment. And it was really cool to be from California, so I had that going for me.
We ended up moving a lot, and I became very good at being the new kid and learned very quickly that you have to get involved in things. I ended up in a lot of leadership positions.
Tell me about college.
I studied organizational communications. I was always interested in what motivates people, and how to affect people’s behavior. I interviewed for everything when I graduated, but I ended up working for Accenture. That was an interesting interview process, because it was a highly coveted company and everybody had said: “You’ve got to have this G.P.A. You have to have scored this on your SAT.”
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