Aileen Black (left) and Gigi Schumm (right) have made their careers in the government IT community. They are the founding partners of Accelerated Government Strategies (AGS Group). Prior to their roles here, Black served as vice president and general manager for VMware's Public Sector for 9 years, while Schumm was the vice president and general manager of Symantec's Public Sector for 15 years.
Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mitigating Insider Threats in Virtual & Cloud Environments
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Women of Washington is a weekly radio program that features interviews with Washington D.C.'s ambitious and influential female executives - role models for the next generation Washington leader. Every week, hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm interview the most accomplished women in Washington, who share their life lessons and secrets to success. Contact Aileen and Gigi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Why busy women get things done
Wednesday - 8/20/2014, 9:36am EDT
Linda Washington is a businesswoman, a mother, a volunteer and a former federal employee.
"A while ago a friend of mine said to me, 'Busy women get things done.'" Washington said. "She's right. ... Obviously, you have to manage your time well and you have to prioritize things. Family, obviously, comes first also. Even when you called me and asked me if I would do this interview, I thought, 'I will make time because there are some things I do want to share with women.'"
Washington, president and CEO at The Washington Consulting Team and former senior policy advisor for Community Initiatives and assistant secretary for Administration for the Department of Transportation, said giving back is part of her nature.
She's also a big fan of inclusivity.
"Organizations that are not inclusive are missing out on the value that other folks can bring to an environment — creative ideas, other ways of doing things," Washington told Federal News Radio's Women of Washington radio show. "That's what growth and development is all about, and certainly that's what it was about in Transportation."
Washington also discussed how the federal government can be a more inclusive place for women and minorities.
"I've learned that you come up with a better idea when you have a group of people honing in on that and giving their ideas. Sometimes, it helps if you have an open mind," Washington told hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black. "And whenever you're open to anything, the possibilities are great."
During the show, Washington also shared the best advice she's ever received from a mentor.
"I think the best advice I got was to relax," she said. "Not everything is a big deal. Be in the moment, but don't take on the stress from the moment."
Also on the show: how 9/11 changed Washington's work at Transportation, why she found working with the Combined Federal Campaign so rewarding and how she found herself going from majoring in elementary education to being a senior official in the federal government.