Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, 2009 Honoree

CIO, director of the Office for Technology
State of New York
First job:
Lifeguard and water safety instructor
Most valuable career advice:
"No one accomplishes anything by themselves."
Life's ambition:
"I have already achieved it: a great mother, daughter, sister and friend and public servant."
What do you love about IT?
"The ability to transform organizations."
Best mentoring relationship:
"I am fortunate to have several. One special one is my IBM manager, who has been a mentor for 28 years and counting."
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Bette Davis and Robert Frost
Passions outside of work:
"Fishing, and mentoring youth to pursue IT careers."
Your recreational best:
"I have attended three Master Angler Awards events."
Favorite book:
"I love biographies. Just finished a book on Barack Obama."
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"My childhood fantasy was to be an Olympic swimmer."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"I believe in building a culture of discipline and good leadership. I have encouraged my entire staff to adopt the philosophy [from the book]
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