Vice Chairman of Technology, Operations and Administration\nThe Charles Schwab Corp. Dawn Lepore\u2019s savvy has not gone unnoticed in the Charles Schwab executive circle. Last December, co-CEOs Charles Schwab and David Pottruck expanded Lepore\u2019s role, adding operations and administration to her already considerable responsibilities. As vice chairman, Lepore took on the added duties with her trademark gusto, despite equally momentous responsibilities at home. Lepore has a 6-month-old baby girl as well as a 4-year-old son. It\u2019s enough to make anyone\u2019s head spin, but if anyone can do it all, Dawn Lepore can.After 19 years at Schwab, she has an innate understanding of the company\u2019s mission, which she helped develop, and the direction of the industry. "I think Schwab has several times over helped shape the financial services industry," says Lepore, 48, from her office in San Francisco. "It\u2019s very exciting. That\u2019s the reason I come to work every day."Lepore has been there through it all?through Schwab\u2019s industry-first introduction of a no-load mutual fund, its debut of a comprehensive customer extranet and its development of expanded advice options for investors. "I do feel very proud of the role I\u2019ve played in all of this," she says. She attributes her success to a willingness to take risks. When colleagues at other companies questioned the Schwab decision to invest heavily in Web training in 1995, Lepore was surprised at their reaction. "I always felt the Internet was here to stay. I was willing to take a calculated risk, as long as it would help our clients," she says. Lepore admits she\u2019s good at seeing the big picture. "But I don\u2019t wake up and say, I\u2019m a visionary," she says. "Sometimes I can\u2019t believe the path I\u2019ve taken through this company. I do have to stop and pinch myself sometimes."