The 2015 Rising Stars of the Profession: Brandon Sweet

Sweet
Brandon Sweet
Sapient
Excellence in Client Service
Age: 33

Brandon Sweet says he likes to know that his work makes a difference. At Sapient, projects not only help increase efficiencies but create a more trusted relationship with the government. He’s proud to be part of that process, he says.
Sweet, Manager, Business Consulting for Sapient, says that four years ago he started working for a government client and was presented with a rare opportunity.

The agency was asked to create a new, citizen-facing service to increase their program transparency and public involvement in the process.

“As the business and technology architect, I supported the project from the initial idea to a successful launch, defining the full business concept, the user experience, the back-end system integration, and the public-facing messaging,” says Sweet. “Our team delivered an award-winning solution by applying government and commercial best practices, by creating a collaborative team environment, by believing in our project, and by having some fun along the way.”
Another example is his role in the complete transformation of a government-to-government program’s web-based interface. “My team introduced various digital design elements to create an intuitive design that customers have been praising ever since.”

Sweet’s success can be attributed, he says, to great mentors at Sapient. “I joined the company a half-step above intern with a lot of room to grow. I was a junior project manager who stayed focused on more narrow areas of responsibility,” he says. “With great leadership, over time, I learned to better understand the environmental context of a problem and how to focus on the right piece. I think this award is a testament to the enormous amount I’ve learned, leading a team to be successful, and solving the right problem.”

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