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Cheryl Campbell – D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

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Cheryl Campbell

Senior Vice President/Global Government Leader
CGI Federal

Cheryl Campbell runs global government marketing for CGI, a $10 billion organization, working with government clients in dozens of countries to embrace mobility and the Internet of Things in a secure environment.

One of the most important things she tries to do in her work is to cultivate a culture that allows others to flourish, she says.

“You want to be known as someone who has created an environment for those around them to also be successful," Campbell told FedScoop. “I think when you do that, you're bringing many to the table versus just one or two."

I get up every day asking myself, 'How can I have an impact? And how can I make a difference?'

E-Estonia is one of her most important projects right now, she said. Working with the Baltic state, CGI is introducing technology that allows Estonian citizens to receive a range of services from their phones.

She's worked on domestic projects and has collaborated with several leaders in federal IT. Campbell received national exposure when she testified before Congress to defend her company's role as a contractor in the initial roll out of Healthcare.gov, saying that it was the federal government's responsibility to ensure the site worked.

But what she does outside her job is also critical, Campbell said. She serves as a member of the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors and is active in a number of other local philanthropic groups.

“I just love being someone who is contributing and making a difference. I get up every day asking myself, 'How can I have an impact? And how can I make a difference?'" she said.

For women starting off in their science, technology, engineering and math careers, Campbell said it's important to specialize. But at the same time, she said it's key to work on a brand and stay open to new opportunities.

“Hone your skills, stay current, be relevant and aspirational. And above all else be genuine," she said.

– Whitney Blair Wyckoff

Read the full story about this year's selection of D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Technology, and view the full list here.