Successful executives and leaders will often, upon reflection, cite choosing the career path less traveled as a key to their success. In looking back on her accomplished ““ and admittedly unexpected ““ 28 years at AMS (now CGI) during remarks at the ExecutiveBiz “Been There Done That“ lunch series, Donna Morea took that adage one step further.
(L to R) Donna Morea of CGI, Carole Brown of Northrop Grumman, Jim Garrettson of ExecutiveBiz, and Rich Klimoski of GMU
Morea, president, U.S. operations and India, CGI, suggested that trailblazers do not necessarily follow a well-marked path at all, and instead forge their own trail that only becomes visible once they turn around to see it where it has led.
In speaking to a packed room of business and government executives at the Tower Club yesterday, Morea offered herself as the quintessential example of someone who embraced an unpredictable and unmarked path that led a Studio Arts degree graduate (and race horse owner) with aspirations in photography to the executive suite of a multi-billion dollar IT services leader.
Accepting the path not marked was one of several nuggets Morea focused on during her lunch remarks. With a disarming, conversational manner, Morea breezed through heady accomplishments during her AMS/CGI tenure that included helping to lead three merger transactions, while offering attendees key tenets to her success.