An interview with Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO & Founder, GTSC

What would our world look like if leaders from the U.S. government and private businesses worked together to learn from one another? What if they combined efforts to innovate and attain their shared goals? Would you believe that this vision is already reality?

MorganFranklin Consulting sat down with Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO and founder of the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC), to discuss how her organization is bridging the divide between business and government. GTSC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that was formed to help CEOs from small and midsized companies band together to work with their federal partners to bring innovation, creativity, and exceptionalism from successful businesses to the homeland and national security missions.

In this exclusive Q&A, Tanasichuk shares her insights into how GTSC helps its members overcome challenges to work together with federal partners—and she highlights the coalition’s greatest success stories and top priorities. From cybersecurity and protecting critical infrastructure to implementing the DATA Act, the challenges are many but the potential payoff is huge.

Where some may see hurdles, Tanasichuk sees opportunity. Such an ambitious undertaking may sound daunting, but GTSC’s founder boils it down to three simple priorities:

  1. Focus on the mission
  2. Serve our government partners and our members
  3. Be a voice for innovation

“Something ‘innovative’—whether it’s a process, product, or service—may not work on the first try. You have to nurture innovation and be committed to it,” Tanasichuk says.

Download the full interview to learn how GTSC is facilitating open conversations between the government and private sector to encourage cross-pollination and cross-learning.