Fostering Career Growth of Young Professionals in the Government Community Through Collaboration

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO at USDA - Food and Nutrition Service, USDA and Susie Sylvester, CEO Dev Technology Group, Devtechnology

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It's a long climb to the top in any organization, especially in the government community, as new entrants must understand protocols and culture to excel in their careers. As such, the ability to collaborate, network and develop as a professional is critical to rising professionals entering government agencies and information technology companies.

Join the webcast to learn how American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council's Associates Program is responding to the request of the government community to help compress the learning curve for new employees coming into the government and corporate world, by teaching skills usually acquired over several years. This webcast will provide participants and rising professionals with invaluable insight on how cross-collaboration can help jumpstart their careers and "broaden" their business perspective while honing in on their personal brand and work style.


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Rory Schultz
Rory Schultz

Deputy CIO at USDA - Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Rory D. Schultz is a 26 year federal employee with 20 years experience in IT customer service, 17 of which have been in leadership positions. He began his Federal career as a summer intern and research analyst with the Executive Office of the President during the Reagan Administration. After several summers, he returned as a GS-4 Research Analyst with the Records Management Branch at the Department of the Treasury. Over the next 25 years, he was steadily promoted through increasingly complex and more responsible positions, at times running the Copier program, the Asset Management Team, and the User Services Branch within the CIO's office.

Currently he holds the title of Director, Technology Division and Chief Technology Officer for the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture. He is responsible for Infrastructure Operations Support and Customer Support, overseeing FNS's network, mail and data servers, VTC, and telecommunications systems, and the IT Service Desk which provides end user support. Additionally, he is responsible for introducing new technology solutions and processes to FNS.

Prior to this position he served as the Director, HQ IT Operations, and was responsible for the complete scope of end user computing at Treasury Headquarters, including the LAN, MAN and SAN, Service Desk, Deskside Support, Customer Advocates, Application Development and Maintenance, Wireless and VTC support, and Disaster Recovery. Previously, he was also responsible for the Treasury Secure Data Network (TSDN) and Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network (TFIN), two classified networks which were subsequently established as a separate office after he developed the organizations.

Mr. Schultz holds a degree in Political Science with a minor in Theater (useful attributes in Washington) and is also active in external organizations such as ACT-IAC (American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council), having graduated from the Partners program in 2008 and serving as a vice-chair for the Voyager class of 2010 and Chair for the Voyager class of 2011. He serves on the Treasury Historical Association (THA) Board of Directors and is a docent for the historic Treasury Building on weekends. He is a strong advocate of personal growth and promotion from within, with many of his former staff now having moved into leadership roles of their own. He encourages Industry-Government Partnerships, as evidenced by the successful ten year Seat Management contract which provided IT services to Treasury HQ until September 2009.

He is single and lives in Annandale VA with his two dogs, Reese and Lilly. An avid Giants and Yankees fan, his hobbies include reading from his library of over 1000 volumes, gardening, online computer gaming, brewing beer, collecting fine cigars, and hiking and camping.

Susie Sylvester
Susie Sylvester

CEO Dev Technology Group, Devtechnology

Susie Sylvester is CEO of Dev Technology Group, an IT services company delivering mission critical systems that protect and serve American Citizens. Susie co-founded the company in 1998 and leads the corporation focusing on the mission to exceed client expectations through partnership, a commitment to teamwork, collaboration and valuing its employees. Susie possesses 20 years of management experience including specialization in Human Resources as a former HR Director for growing IT companies and a Consultant for small businesses. This strong managerial, consulting, and HR experience provides the basis for Dev Technology's best practices and its passion for teamwork. Susie holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Dev Technology is an active ACT IAC member and an advocate for government and industry collaboration. Dev Technology supports and participates in ACT IAC Professional Development Programs. Susie Sylvester is currently the Industry Head Coach for the Associates Program and a member of the Professional Development Committee.

Dev Technology is ISO 9001:2008 Certified and a CMMI Level 2 appraised organization. The company has grown through its reputation of grasping the mission critical needs of government clients and providing them with outstanding technical expertise and service. Dev Technology serves a wide variety of application and web-based development projects for Civilian and DoD agencies with expertise in application development and modernization, database consulting, BMC Remedy and SharePoint Solutions, and biometric integration capabilities. Dev Technology is a woman-owned, small disadvantaged business (SDB) and graduate of the DoD Mentor Protege Program (MPP) under the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Dev Technology was built on a solid foundation for quality oriented, sustainable and consistent growth to provide stability for its clients and employees.


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