By Christopher Allen:
“Success happens when preparation meets luck,” advised Mary Elizabeth Taylor, a member of the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs and a presenter at our recent event, “How to get a job on Capitol hill.” Along with Ms. Taylor, speakers Joe Donoghue, legislative Director for Senator John McCain; and Nina Smith, Director of Media Relations for Megaphone Strategies, a social justice-focused public relations firm, offered hard-earned insight and valuable advice on developing a successful Capitol Hill career. Points of emphasis included the importance of a mutually beneficial approach to networking and the large role that a proactive approach to problem solving plays in career success. The speakers urged the predominantly college-age audience to be patient with their initial pace of advancement, as the foundation of a career on Capitol Hill often begins with an entry level job in which one builds a solid professional reputation and acquires practical expertise in the field.
The event received high marks from the vast majority of participants, whose post-lab evaluations communicated that the training was both beneficial to their professional development and worth recommending to friends.
Special thanks to Nelson Mullins for providing the space and graciously inviting us to take photos on their terrace with a breathtaking view of the capital as a backdrop. The generosity of organizations like Nelson Mullins allows Liberty and Access’s programming to continue and helps ensure our nation’s future leaders truly represent America.