In the Room Where It Happens is 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.
I began my career in Nevada, where I was born and raised. Not long after getting my BA in Public Relations and Political Science from University of Nevada—Reno, I started working for the Nevada State Education Association where I not only coached teachers about the influence lawmakers had over their profession, but also worked to organize them to become involved with political campaigns during the legislative session. After a few years I was promoted to the Director of Government Relations where I managed lobby activities, designed and executed campaign plans, and coordinate relationships with elected officials and candidates running for office. I am now in Denver working for the Colorado Education Association where I lead the lobbying efforts, as well as run the independent expenditure campaign activities.
I decided to start a blog now because I was inspired by Mika Brzezinski and encouraged by brother. I recently read a book by Brzezinski called “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth.” It’s a great book that I highly recommend all women read. It’s about advocating to get paid what your skills are worth, but it also got me thinking about appreciating my own value in terms of the knowledge I have to share.
Not long after reading the book I was chatting with my brother about my how my work in politics has influenced my views on women in politics and he thought that there may be other women (and men) out there who would find value in what I was saying.
As I said in my first post, I am an extremely private person, but part of the reason I have never shared much publicly is because I never thought my opinion would matter to the masses. And, maybe it won’t, but I am learning that I value what I have to say enough that I should share it and see what happens next.