CXO FELLOWS: Maria Hishikawa

The CXO Fellows Program regularly features members of the class of 2015-2016. This is a part of that series.

Name: Maria Hishikawa
Title: IT Specialist
Agency: DOJ/ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What one talent do you wish you had? Whether negotiating contract terms with a vendor or disciplining my kids, a good poker-face is something I wish I had.

What one thing would you like most to achieve next? Bucket list, to-do? Ashtanga yoga is a strenuous and invigorating practice of yoga that I have attempted to study in the past. I would like to dedicate the time and focus needed to master the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.

Who was your most-valued mentor? My two kids. They remind me every day to be patient, listen with compassion, show empathy, and to be my genuine self.

What one word best describes you? Tenacious

What accomplishment from the past five years are you most proud of? Successful deployment of could email and collaboration suite. This multi-disciplined project was stressful, demanding, and rewarding. While there were many obstacles to overcome and challenges to face, it was an excellent professional opportunity which allowed me to gain a deeper and broader understanding of running a successful IT project in Federal Government.


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