Danny Harris: Was there anything you did early in your career that influenced your success?

September 5, 2011 · 8:55 am

Danny Harris, CIO, Department of Education answers:

“Was there anything you did early in your career that influenced your success?”

  • http://www.fedmarket.com Eileen Kent

    I was lucky enough to get an internship at a Community Relations Department, which turned into my first full-time job out of college. My mentor taught me a great deal about street-smarts to prepare me for the “outside world” of business and helped me to be creative on a budget and to solve issues by thinking on my feet. I worked under her for five years in a very creative environment – video production, public relations, emergency response and dealing with the media. Those first five years as a government employee, combined with 20 years in sales (commercially and to the government) gave me the ability to give back as I now teach people how to sell to the government…understanding both sides of the coin.