Revisiting the City Where
I Started My Career
Welcome to the capital of the United States of America!
It has been twenty years since I lived in this amazing city. I moved to DC during my last year in college and at the time it felt very much like the center of the universe. It was my first time living outside the Midwest and I went straight to working for some of the most powerful people on the planet.
From 1994 to 1996, I worked at the Supreme Court and then at the White House, where I served in the office of the First Lady reporting to her Chief of Staff. I know there are plenty of House of Cards-style portraits of Washington out there, but I have to say for me working in the US Government was an exceptional experience. I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who really did care about making a difference in the world and were generous women leaders and mentors.
Since then it’s been nearly a two decade journey to becoming an entrepreneur and finding my most authentic way of creating impact. However being around people who dared to step forward on the world stage at such a young age was so influential for me and I’m thrilled to be sharing the full story with all of you now.
With the presidential election brewing and the possibility of our first woman president looking brighter every day, I thought what better time to go back to where I started my career and get to know some of the women who are currently wielding influence in Washington. This is such an exciting time for women in politics, media and activism—a fact that makes our nation’s capital an inspiring and fabulous destination for both work and play.
This week we’re kicking off the Washington DC issue with stories of women with impact. It starts with my personal story of leaving the Midwest for the capital, where I worked for influential women leaders at the Supreme Court and the White House who inspired me to play big in the world. Then, we’re introducing you to activist and author Brooke Axtell (who you might remember from last year’s Grammys), who’s here to talk to us about one of the greatest challenges facing women today.
And because we at DLM believe women entrepreneurs are the new celebrities, I hope you’ll all be motivated as I was to read about eight A-listers who are making a difference with their star power. For a heartier helping of inspo, do not miss our women in politics book list, featuring the most fascinating reads about women leaders of the past, present and future!
|All My Love,
P.S. Who are the women leaders who most inspire you? Let’s talk in the comments!