By Colby Hochmuth and Camille Tuutti · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
FedScoop highlights the vibrant, talented and forward-thinking women who shape the conversation on technology in D.C. These 50 women are movers and shakers, all with diverse backgrounds, representing government, Congress, the commercial sector, defense and academia. What they all have in common is their passion for using tech as a force multiplier to push government and industry to the next level by leveraging and improving information technology services in unprecedented ways. Read the full introduction
Donna Dodson Deputy cybersecurity adviser & chief Computer Security Division National Institute of Standards and Technology
"As we continue to work closely with industry and academia, it is more important than ever to be a good listener. By being better listeners, we can be even stronger conveners."
Donna Dodson wears several hats at NIST. As director of the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, she oversees the Computer Science Division's cybersecurity research program, which develops standards, guidelines and technologies to protect federal information and systems. Most recently, Dodson worked with her team on the cybersecurity framework mandated by the Obama administration. At NIST, Dodson has worked with her team to address the security concerns the state of evolving technology has posed, as well as scalability issues. She has also helped establish a privacy program looking at emerging tools and capabilities to protect privacy.
Mischel Kwon President Mischel Kwon and Associates LLC
"We need to get smarter about the way we think about cybersecurity. Thinking about security as a part of our business instead of a bolted-on solution or a bolted-on problem."
Mischel Kwon's favorite part about starting her own business is that she gets to roll up and her sleeves and do work. Kwon, a former director of US-CERT, started out as an assembler programmer and worked her way through several different aspects of IT before finally landing in security. In her role at MKA, she is on the other side of the table, working with stakeholders in the government, especially CISOs, to help bolster their agencies' security. Kwon said at heart, she is really a teacher, which is why she enjoys her job now -- she thinks of it as teaching people how to protect their business. She has also taught cyber-courses at The George Washington University.
Haley Van Dyck E-government analyst Office of Management and Budget
"While trying to change large institutions, there will always be naysayers who say it can't be done. There will always be people guarding the 'old way of doing things.' There will always be people that say processes can't be changed. A key factor to success is not always take the answer 'no' too seriously the first time you hear it…"
Although always passionate about technology and politics, it was an unexpected turn that brought Haley Van Dyck to government, working for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential Campaign. She and her team were tasked with using new technology to connect voters to the campaign in novel ways. When Obama took office, the opportunity to apply these same strategies to transform how government operates and builds services for citizens was too exciting to pass up, she said. Among her proudest moments, Van Dyck cites her and her colleagues' work on the first-ever open data policy and the work put into implementing the Digital Government Strategy. It's that federal community she also looks to for role models, saying she admires and respects public servants who work to improve the government in an often-thankless job. The ability to create meaningful impact at scale by improving the government is unparalleled and has been an exciting time, Van Dyck said.
Kimberly Stevenson Vice president & chief information officer Intel Corporation
"Increasing my impact is what drives me. Whatever I do next could potentially make a huge impact on the IT industry, and that's an idea that's always in the back of my mind."
Similar to her colleagues on this list and in the field, Kimberly Stevenson started her career as an intern at IBM and taught herself to program in order to automate her work. That ingenuity and creativity set a solid foundation for her future career: Stevenson went on to serve in various roles at IBM over an 18-year span, and then spent seven years at EDS holding senior executive positions. She eventually landed at Intel, where she served as VP and general manager of the global IT operations and services, before coming into her current role. This year, Stevenson's IT priorities include improving the cycle time of getting Intel's products to market by using big data, analytics, app development tools and innovating through cloud vision.
Stacie Boyd Branch chief Security, architecture, policy and plans National Science Foundation
"Forming and motivating teams is critical to the success of any effort. So much can be achieved when people come together for a common purpose. I believe everyone has something to offer, and I want the people I work with to see those possibilities, too."
Stacie Boyd saw a government career as an opportunity to make a difference. She worked at DOE doing budget analysis, before she went on to detail at OMB and fell in love with the work she was doing. At OMB, she led and managed a governmentwide initiative to standardize and automate a grant authorization system, an effort to move away from a largely paper-based grant process. She also served at OMB as an e-government portfolio manager, working with agencies to invest in collaborative and innovative solutions. Boyd has been at NSF since 2006, first as an IT specialist before transitioning into her current role. At NSF, she has worked to maximize the value of IT investments and to establish a clear business strategy for the agency to stretch every dollar.
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