Working for the Department of Veteran's Affairs means that I need to be able to get results. They are very important, and in 2002 I was asked to participate in a task force for the advancement and the employment of women. I led the subcommittee on researching best practices for the report. In doing this, I led focus groups, researched a great deal of relevant information, and created the best practices section for the final report. The VA was very pleased, and the report was accepted as a blueprint throughout the department. This occurred when the committee had been in existence for one year. Each member of the committee received an award for this, and my award was the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs Commendation for the effort that I displayed during this project.

In two different cabinet-level organizations, I have been involved with protocol and success on many levels....
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