Four women praised as government leaders

Four women leaders in government received honors yesterday at a Washington ceremony sponsored by Accenture LLP. The Postal Service's Donna M. Peak and Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joyce Johnson were called 'government visionaries' for delivering quality services and tangible results.

A federal and industry panel of women judges also named the Education Department's Jennifer Sheehy a 'rising government leader' for breaking barriers and causing quantifiable change in special education and rehabilitation.

Angela Drummond, founder and chief executive officer of SiloSmashers Inc. of Vienna, Va., received recognition as a 'small business icon' for her company's work in collaboration management. SiloSmashers last year was one of the Fast 50 high-tech companies selected by GCN's sister publication, Washington Technology.

Peak, a USPS vice president and controller, led the re-engineering of several postal information systems, including a unified timekeeping system to eliminate 1,000 positions, an e-travel system and a data exchange program.

Johnson, the Coast Guard's director of health and safety, was its first female flag-rank officer and oversees a $500 million budget.

The judges said Johnson and Peak have 'inspired and motivated others toward new systems and programs.'

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