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(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Crawford, 50, is used to long days now, even grateful for them. In 2001, she got laid off from her job of 21 years at IBM as an executive in training and development. In the following five years she was laid off twice more, from senior management positions at WellPoint Health Networks and Coca-Cola. One was courtesy of a corporate takeover, the other due to the elimination of an entire division.  Now, surrounded by leashes, paperwork and dozens of dogs, all that seems forever ago.  In a down economy, when it seems you’ve done everything right and you still can’t catch a break, you might have to gamble if you want to work. That’s what Crawford did. How it ultimately will work out isn’t certain. Two decades at a company doesn’t scream risk-taker. But Crawford has put it all on the line and made friends with uncertainty.

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