Leona Locke Dotson, 31 Product Marketing Manager, U.S. Information Worker Business Group Microsoft Corp.
Major responsibilities: â€œIâ€™m responsible for a specific enterprise-driven product in the U.S. I do everything from determine how we are going to generate demand for the product to determine how we get customers to deploy the product so they will actually come back and renew it. I also manage our partner community and determine how best to utilize that community, whether itâ€™s from working with our sales team or getting those partners in front of customers.â€
Major professional accomplishment: Last year I made a complete career change. I made a determination after eight and a half years in finance that I wanted to broaden my skill set, so I went into marketing.
Next personal goal: Finishing M.B.A. this year
Dream vacation: A Seaborne(TM) cruise and a cruise around the world. â€œIâ€™m one of those people who say, â€˜I want to visit every continent.â€™ Short term, I have a great desire to go to Fiji.â€
Dream car: â€œWhen I was a kid, my dream car was a convertible BMW. But now my practical side is looking at SUVs.â€
Phone: â€œI actually have a Windows phone, an HTC. It came out a year ago.â€
Laptop: â€œI have a ThinkPad. But I think my next device will definitely be the Slate.â€
Other tech tools: â€œMy Kindle because I love to read.â€
Favorite store: â€œWhite House/Black Market is my signature and I also love Nordstrom. My grandmother loved Nordstrom and I was also a Nordstrom model as a kid.â€
Favorite beverage: â€œItâ€™s Dr. Pepper and I love it. My trainer would probably kill me. I also drink a lot of tea and ginger ale.â€