Sabrina Segal, USAID

Friday - 5/21/2010, 3:36pm EDT

Causey Award winner Sabrina Segal, USAID

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Sabrina Segal on her way to Baghdad, Iraq.

NAME: Sabrina Segal

TITLE: Attorney Advisor

AGENCY: U.S. Agency for International Development

NOMINATION:
Using her own initiative, Ms. Segal formed and led a team of attorneys to build a knowledge management tool for the Office of the General Counsel to replace a failing prior deployment that had generally fallen out of use. When funding for design, consulting, and file migration came up short, Ms. Segal purchased a book about SharePoint, taught herself how to customize a SharePoint website, and assiduously implemented the project manually over several months. Ms. Segal personally trained the entire Office of the General counsel at an ongoing series of group and one-on-one training sessions. The new deployment came into full operation before the end of 2009 and is now used throughout the Office of the General Counsel. The site includes a meta tagged file storage database, a comprehensive searchable wiki, and communication forums for each individual sub-office, calendars, announcements, and other important knowledge management tools. (Read the full nomination.)

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Dedicated"..."Innovative"…"Impressive accomplishments"..."Proactive"…"Her emphasis on knowledge management and training will serve our government well…"

GET TO KNOW THE AWARD WINNER:
We started them off, but it was up to them to complete the thought. This is meant to give some insight into what makes these unique individuals the people they are and what makes them a Causey Award winner.

  • I remember when microwaves took up the entire kitchen counter, computers couldn't help you talk to your family when you were halfway around the world, and the word "Google" was not a verb.

  • The President has got to be exhausted by now!

  • I like it when I feel like I have done something positive for people around me.

  • If I could do it over again I would have paid more attention in math class, Spanish class, and during piano lessons.

  • Always have a sense of adventure and don't be afraid to ask 'why?'

  • The biggest lesson I've learned is to make the best of where you are. You may not be in your dream job or remotely close to where you thought you'd be when you were planning your life but always try to look for the positive and learn as much as you can from the situations you're in. The more information you take with you, the more it will help you in the next phase of your life.

  • Never take any opportunities for granted. You never know when the skills you pick up from a totally unexpected opportunity will help you get to your ultimate goal in the future. You may not know at the moment, but there is a reason why you are there. It's all part of the plan.

  • At the end of the day I love to lay on the couch with my fiancé and, finally, sit still for a moment.

  • More time in the day please!

  • Every day I appreciate where I am, where I have come from, and the strength I get from my friends and family to keep working towards my goals.
See the complete list of Causey Award winners by clicking here.