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Episode 12: Ann Dunkin

Dell Technologies, Chief Technology Officer, State & Local Government, Ann Dunkin.

Prior to joining Dell, Ann Dunkin was the Chief Information Officer for the County of Santa Clara. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is the 15th largest county in the US.

Prior to joining Santa Clara County, Ann served in the Obama Administration as the Chief Information Officer of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She also served in senior leadership positions for the Palo Alto Unified School District and Hewlitt Packard.

Most recently she served as an editor of the International Journal of Advances in Software and the Agile Government Leaders (AGL) Board of Directors and the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board.

Ann has received many awards including ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders, DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology, and inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.

She holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, both from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Ann’s Book, Industrial Digital Transformation: Accelerate digital transformation with business optimization 

●     What you can learn about leadership from philately (a fancy word for collecting stamps)?
●     Ann’s story of getting the call from the White House and going through Senate confirmation for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
●     Why instilling a sense of ownership is the one trait she’d instill in every employee.
●     How to take smart risks on the job (and teach your team to do the same).
●     The greatest lesson she learned from working at Hewlett Packard.
●     What you should ask yourself when taking a leap of faith.
●     How she responded when some US Senators didn’t think she was qualified to be CIO of the EPA.
●     How to use training as an employee retention strategy.
●     Ann’s colorful story of when she had to let someone go.
●     How getting laid off during the peak of the 2008 Recession led to the biggest job opportunity of her career.
●     What kept her going during a dark time in her career.
●     The scoop on Ann’s new book on digital transformation…A practical and powerful tool to transform your organization.


"Fundamentally, leadership is about people and relationships."

"It broadens your view as a leader to be involved in things that aren't your job."

"If you can get something done in the public sector, leaders should be clambering to hire you because you can get 10 times more done in the commercial sector."

“Don’t get too comfortable.”

“You choose to be happy.”

“The life we lead is pretty good even when bad things happen.”
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