In 1987, 19-year old Julie Sweet was on a flight to China. She didn’t know the language or the culture, but she took a risk, going to a foreign culture to learn a strange language in an era when learning Japanese was more fashionable. Risk-taking has become the theme of Sweet’s professional career, taking her from partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP—one of the first females to earn that title—to her current position as CEO of Accenture North America.

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