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For Margaret Hunnicutt, life is quite literally a marathon and not a sprint. The president/CEO of the $150 million Landings Credit Union in Tempe, Ariz., ran her first marathon at the age of 50.

In a marathon, many runners hit what is often referred to as “the wall,” in which a wave of fatigue makes the race go from hard to even harder. But Hunnicutt has never let this proverbial wall stop her from achieving greatness in the marathon of life.

women to watchHer life and career have been marked by her incredible ability to succeed after overcoming challenges. The CEO said she flunked out of college after high school. Later, she endured the challenges of divorce, raising her children on a small salary and seeking public assistance. These were all humbling experiences for Hunnicutt. However, the self-described survivor said that these setbacks didn’t stop her. She went on to get her degree in accounting and become a CPA at the age of 40. Later she became the CFO at Landings and eventually moved up to the CEO role.

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