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When Gloria Santona (pictured), top lawyer at McDonald’s Corporation, was in college, she wanted to become a doctor. She studied biochemistry at Michigan State University, but things didn’t quite fall into place as she’d planned. “I failed to get into medical school,” says Santona, “so I worked for a couple of years.” She took a human resources position with the US Government, and that’s where she became acquainted with a lawyer in her department. “He suggested I go to law school,” she says. Santona took his advice, and to her surprise found that she really liked her corporate law classes.

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