Rising Star Goldy Kamali
Name: Goldy Kamali
Title: Founder and president
Nominated for: Developing executive-level networking programs and events in the Washington, D.C., area. She also developed FedScoop.com, which aggregates news from publications across the federal IT community.
First IT mentor: I can’t say that I’ve only had one key mentor. I’ve been lucky to have had several “best advisers” throughout my career, including Pam Gray, Gloria Cole, Greg Poersch, Nigel Ballard and Teresa Carlson. I owe each one of them a lot of gratitude for all of their guidance and support throughout the years.
Latest accomplishment: Launching FedScoop and FedScoop Event.
Career highlights: Back in 2000, when I was 23 and worked in enterprise sales for XO Communications, I closed the largest multimillion-dollar contract in the history of the company for $10.8 million dollars. That was a ton of fun!
Favorite bookmark: FedScoop.com (of course!)
Dream non-IT-related job: Right now, I am having a blast expanding FedScoop, but anything I do in the future will hopefully always involve bringing people together — it’s definitely what makes me happiest.
The annual Rising Star awards are presented by the 1105 Government Information Group, publisher of Federal Computer Week, GCN and Washington Technology, to public and private sector employees in the federal IT community who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make a lasting impact in their organization. See all the 2009 Rising Star award winners.