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Marilyn Crouther – D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

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Marilyn Crouther

Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Public Sector
HP Enterprise Services

In 1989, when Marilyn Crouther first joined her company, it was known as EDS. Since then, both Crouther and the company have evolved significantly: The firm is now known as HP Enterprise Services, and Crouther today leads the U.S. public sector division as senior vice president.

Today, Crouther is helping HP lead federal agencies to what the company characterizes as a new style of IT – big data, security, mobility and cloud.

“The ongoing demand for new innovations is driving a lot of the change today,” Crouther said.

I really like to make sure that I’m encouraging others to be the best that they can be.

“I would like to be known as an inspirational leader,” she said. “I really like to make sure that I’m encouraging others to be the best that they can be and to make sure that we’re driving the best outcomes for our clients.”

Crouther sums up that leadership style as “encouraging greatness, making sure that people honor their commitments they make and are accountable, and then that they do what they do well.”

On a more personal note, Crouther told FedScoop last year when she was honored as a top woman in tech that her mother was her primary role model. “Her ability to always find the good in every situation really helped me to keep a positive attitude in life,” Crouther said. “My mother never met a stranger, and there was never a problem she couldn't solve.”

Her advice to young leaders is to keep an open mind and not to think that career development will be like solving a math problem. “It’s really about being able to apply what you’ve learned across various challenges,” Crouther said. “So you have to be willing to be open-minded and be willing to apply what you’ve learned in a way that will drive a different outcome.”

– Dan Verton

Read the full story about this year's selection of D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Technology, and view the full list here.