Name: Izella Dornell
University: M.B.A., University of Houston; B.S., Tennessee State University
Job Title: Senior Executive Partner, Federal Sector
Office Location: Arlington, VA
Describe your job in 25 words or less: Federal Sector Executive Programs Service Delivery team, providing transformative solutions to our members and the Women’s CIO Community Program Lead for the Americas.
What originally attracted you to Gartner? I was a client for over seven years while serving as the Deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Our focus began a major paradigm shift in operations, and Gartner was a great strategic partner helping us transition capex to shared services, 21st-century mobile workplace, and enabling technology that supported the department’s strategic pillars. Analysts, workshops, research documentation, peer connections and a dedicated ExP service delivery team helped move the progression of this transformation to enterprise IT portfolio management. When I pondered my professional journey options after a career in the federal government, I knew that I did not need to look any further. Gartner provided this opportunity and I am very fortunate to be a member of such a great organization.
What is your favorite part about working for Gartner? Being a member of Team Gartner, delivering services to our members in an environment in which I spent many years as a peer is very enjoyable.
What 3 words best describe Gartner? Global technology expertise
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? I enjoy partnering and supporting our clients to help unlock transformative solutions for their respective organizational mission-critical and client initiatives. This is done through careful execution of the Gartner Service Delivery Engagement Model with my service delivery team members.
What advice would you give to recent new hires? I would advise new hires to learn the Gartner culture for service delivery within their respective area of the company, ask questions often when you don’t know, leverage your team members, speak up and develop a mindset that embraces continuous personal growth and improvement.
If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why? I would interview Mrs. Katherine Johnson (portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures) because I was also a young female mathematics and physics major when I started my career, which was during the Space Shuttle era. It would be enlightening to know what she foresaw for those who would follow in her footsteps and what pearls of wisdom would she have shared with me.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? Navigating Life’s Journey, With a Forward View
If you could switch your job with someone within Gartner, whose job would you want and why? I would switch jobs with Tina Nunno, who is Vice President and Gartner Fellow at Gartner Research, because of her positive impact/influence on our clients’ development and their leadership abilities in the evolving world of technology. She is a highly sought Gartner associate among our members and I aspire to deliver services with that level of impact/influence to my clients leading to successful mission executions.
What unique thing about you would people be surprised if they knew? I am being recognized as a “Modern Day Figure” by NASA Johnson Space Center this month. On the basis of the movie Hidden Figures, I was viewed as a human calculator “aka computer” when I began my career at NASA.
Favorite quote or personal mantra: “The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving what you have, but in giving of who you are.” – Johnnetta B. Cole, former and first African American female president of Spelman College and Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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