Newel K Whitney Summit 2011 – Dirk Gates

CEO at Xirrus, founder and former president of Xircom, Inc. (1998); negotiated sale of Xircom to Intel Corporation in March 2001; former vice president and general manager of mobile communications at Intel; Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from California State University at Northridge; MBA from Pepperdine.

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  1. aleniras says:

    Dirk Gates: co-founder of XIRRUS

    Gates encouraged students to develop four things that would help in the professional world: vision, passion, persistence, and good people skills. He talked about how even though he was an engineer major, he learned in those classes how to be a great problem solver. I learned from him that it is valuable to select a major you enjoy, and then to take advantage of opportunities to learn anything and everything it has to offer. I feel inspired to be a little better and to reach a little higher to achieve my goals.

  2. Shawn Hescock says:

    I like the advice that Dirk gave about our careers. He said that our career should be something that we want to do, something that will be fun for us. I think that this is an important factor in choosing a career as I do not think that we should be stuck working somewhere where we do not want to be.

  3. Lizbeth Juarez says:

    I like that Dirk focused on what it takes to make it to the top as a successful person but that he also mention that there can be disappointing times. He saud that it was not always going to esay so we have to be prepared mentally in case we lose everything. He said that one must have passion and start with that… nothing is done if you don’t have the passion for what you do. He also stated different steps such as having a vision, persistence, and good people skills. Weh have to accept differences in personalities and to not go at it alone but to have a group of people how can be trustworthy, to find mentos and have the resources needed to accomplish our goals. But the one important thing he said was to make the Lord central in our lives and everything second; this is the only way to success.

  4. katiejw2 says:

    I liked that he taught to always hire people who are smarter than you, so everyone has an importnat job. If you can do the job for them, what is the point?

  5. katiejw2 says:

    I liked that he taught to always hire people who are smarter than you, so everyone has an important job. If you can do the job for them, what is the point?

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