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OPM's John Berry, king of the jungle

What do Obama’s chief people person and a lion at the National Zoo have in common?

They carry the same name, by design: In 2010 the zoo named one of its seven tiger cubs after John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, who also happens to be the former head of the zoo. 

Patricia Niehaus, national president of the Federal Managers Association, brought the connection to light at FMA’s 74th National Convention & Management Training Seminar in Arlington, Va., on March 13.

“If you’ve been [at the zoo] and seen John the lion, this is whom he was named after,” Niehaus said in introducing Berry, inciting delight and laughter from the audience. “I don’t know many who have a lion named after them.”

Berry served as director of the zoo from 2005 to 2009, and was in charge of more than 800 employees and 2,000 animals. According to a video on OPM’s website, he “apparently had deep, meaningful conversations” with the cubs’ mother, Lusaka, before she died in 2010 at the ripe age of 18..

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM3 comments


New community inspires women to pursue IT careers

 

A nonprofit trade association has launched a new initiative in hopes of expanding IT career opportunities for women and igniting their interest for jobs in the industry.

The Advancing Women in IT Community aims to empower women with knowledge and skills to help them pursue successful IT careers and inspire them to choose IT as their profession, CompTIA said in a release Feb. 29.

The group will serve as information resource and provide mentorship and networking opportunities. It will also develop member-driven initiatives and programs, and actively work with issues related to legislation involving women and careers.

Although women have seen many breakthroughs in the workplace, “the truth is our progress has stalled in IT," said Nancy Hammervik, CompTIA’s senior vice president of industry relations.

Research by the National Center for Women & Information Technology shows that women composed 36 percent of IT professionals in 1991, but the number of technology jobs held by women has declined since, Hammervik said, citing unconscious bias, gender pay gaps and lack of role models as contributing factors.

The community, which launches with members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa, is led by chair Sandy Ashworth, global director of channel relations and warranty for Unisys Corporation, and vice chair Jean Mork Bredenson, president of SERVICE 800, Inc.

The CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community is hosting a webinar titled "Insights from a Leader and Her Path to Success," featuring Marci Meaux, vice president if sales enablement project and ACT at Cisco Systems, Inc. The free webinar is slated for 1 p.m., March 14.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments


Google names new top lobbyist in DC

Former New York Republican Rep. Susan Molinari has been named Google’s top lobbyist in its Washington office, the company has confirmed.

Molinari will be vice president of public policy and government relations for North America and South America, effective in mid-March, according to the Politico newspaper, which first reported the appointment in an article on Feb. 23.

Molinari, who is from Staten Island, first won election to the House of Representatives in a special election in 1990, replacing her father, former Rep. Guy Molinari, who resigned from Congress to become the Staten Island Borough President.

During her tenure from 1990 to 1997, Molinari was elected to the House GOP majority leadership and became the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House.

After leaving Congress, Molinari became co-anchor of CBS News and since has served at several lobbying firms, most recently in her own firm in Washington. She is married to former GOP Rep. William Paxon, who is senior adviser at the Akin Gump law firm.





Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments