Welcome to In the Room Where It Happens, a place to explore the topic of women in leadership roles in post 2016 Election world. Our democracy should be representative of the people it serves and we need more women in the room where it happens—where the decisions are being made! This doesn’t mean that we just need more women in elected office, we also need them working on campaigns, leading industries, and getting involved in their community.
As I start this experiment I want to set a foundation that is truthful, and to make this a place where ALL points of view are welcomed and respected.
First, I will disclose I am a Democrat. I believe in Democratic values and I am not ashamed to admit it. I am also not ashamed to admit that I love when people question my values and engage me in a good dialogue. The only way we are going to become more thoughtful and tolerant of each other, and move forward in a positive and productive way, is understand each other’s point of view. This is my way of saying that I hope Republicans and non-partisans will feel welcome in this discussion.
Second, I have spent my entire professional life in politics. My time has been spent on campaign strategy and lobbying. This blog will be based on my experiences and the things that are on my mind after 18 years of doing this work.
Next, as someone who has been doing this for almost two decades I sometimes say things as if they are self-explanatory when they are not. If you are new to political discussions please ask questions. I want this to be approachable and understandable to everyone. If there is a term, acronym or idea that is not clear, please don’t hesitate to say so.
And lastly, I am an extremely private person and the thought of starting a public blog is absolutely terrifying. This is the first time I have ever dared to share my personal views in a public forum. I am bound to mess this up. I welcome suggestions to make this a safe environment that fosters a respectful dialogue about women in leadership roles. In the end, I will have been successful at this endeavor if women embrace their value and find inspiration to use it.
The very insightful Tina Fey said “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water-slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” So, here goes…