Kathy Rondon - DAMA International Excellence Award - 2021
As a recognized leader and advocate for data management, Ms. Kathy Rondon has consistently made positive impacts and contributions to the data industry in the public sector for the past 30 years. Having started her career working in data governance before it developed into a notable area of practice, Kathy has been instrumental in helping data governance in the public sector develop and mature. As an expert in collection management and data governance policies, procedures, and training, she has designed, developed, and delivered full curriculums on information sharing and data governance to hundreds of data professionals. Working with the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP), Kathy was instrumental in creating the Public Sector Data Governance & Stewardship Professional (PSDGP) Certification and associated training course which has certified over 140 professionals since it was established in 2017. Given the success of the PSDG course, Kathy expanded her support and established a workshop for those certified at the Mastery level. This course explores specific use cases and applies the foundational knowledge provided in the original training as Kathy helps these data professionals solve some of their biggest data governance related challenges. In addition to her passion for training, Kathy also continues to be an outspoken advocate for data as a strategic asset and is a sought-after speaker. She is consistently asked to present at data-focused events, including multiple Dataversity conferences and DAMA chapter meetings, and has spoken at public forums utilized by law makers to shape the policies that emphasize the importance of topics like data literacy. In addition to presenting at external events, Kathy has hosted four CDO centered events focused on the Evidence Act’s Year One and Year Two Action Plans and establishing a forum for CDOs to connect, learn, and share experiences and best practices. Across more than 20 organizations, over 40 CDOs have participated in discussing important topics to better data governance within the public sector thanks to the efforts of Kathy Rondon.