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VA Acquisition Academy chancellor wins national award

Chief Learning Officer magazine honored Lisa Doyle of the Veterans Affairs Department as the 2011 Chief Learning Officer of the Year.

Doyle is chancellor of the VA’s Acquisition Academy. She was named the academy’s first chancellor when it was formed in 2008 with a mandate to train, certify and expand the VA’s 40,000-member acquisition workforce.

Doyle received the award for her work in standing up the VA Acquisition Academy. As chancellor, she’s responsible for training VA’s acquisition workforce. She has established career development programs and is developing experiential learning opportunities.

Although the academy incorporates classroom work, Doyle takes a more holistic approach. The coursework goes well beyond rote learning of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to cover the softer skills needed by contracting officers.

“We take it to the next level,” Doyle said in a recent interview with Federal Computer Week. “Technical training is not everything. We develop the whole person.”

“The CLO of the Year award is given annually to the candidate who best exemplifies leadership qualities, creates the vision for change in his or her organization, and adds value for stakeholders,” the magazine said in a news release on Oct. 26.

Doyle was selected for the award by a panel of seven judges, including past recipients of the honor.



Posted by Alice Lipowicz, Matthew Weigelt on Oct 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM1 comments


Luigart takes top ELC honors

Craig Luigart, CIO for the Veterans Health Administration, earned the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award for his significant contributions to the federal information technology community at the Executive Leadership Conference, held in Williamsburg, Va., by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council.

Department of Veteran Affairs CIO Roger Baker presented  the award to Luigart, citing Luigart's pioneering efforts in improving government through the adoption of IT, his mentoring capabilities, and his leadership in strengthening government and industry collaboration as reasons for his win.

Luigart was just one of seven people honored at the conference awards banquet. Other winners included:

The ACT President's Award to Martha Przysucha, associate director at the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, for her demonstrated commitment to encourage public-private collaboration and cooperation.

The IAC Chair's Award to Jim Obendorfer of IBM and Anne Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group for their significant contributions to ACT-IAC over the years.

Government Contributor of the Year to Rick Holgate, CIO for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for his leadership in dealing with issues around emerging technologies.

Industry Contributor of the Year to Anne Reed, CEO of ASI Government and Chair of IAC's Financial Management Working Group.

ACT-IAC's Rookie of the Year to Michael Donovan of HP.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM0 comments


Doing what with how much?

In launching the 2011 Executive Leadership Conference, Jim Beaupre's slip of the tongue expressed what most people wish were reality. In speaking about the downturn in business of the past few years, Beaupre -- chairman of the Industry Advisory Council's executive committee -- said: "We're way past doing less with more."

"Doing more with less," Mary Davie quickly corrected him. Davie, president of the American Council of Technology, sharing the stage with Beaupre. ELC, held in Williamsburg, Va., is an ACT/IAC conference.

Beaupre recovered his composure and continued: "We can hunker down, stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best. On the other hand, we can be part of the solution."

Davie them asked the audience to contribute ideas for improving the business climate. After listing Twitter as one way to communicate with ACT/IAC, she added, "If you don't use Twitter -- or if you need more than 140 characters because you have such a fabulous idea -- you can e-mail."

Posted by Michael Hardy on Oct 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM0 comments


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