Elizabeth Mays does not stop thinking about risk management when she leaves her office at JPMorgan Chase & Co. each day. Her most recent book, Credit Scoring for Risk Managers, was largely written from a booth at Chuck E. Cheese.

"My son loved to play at Chuck E. Cheese so we'd go there on Sunday afternoons and play games and I'd work on the book," she says. "We would cap it off with a pizza every time we were there."

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