WWPR 2019 President, Senior Governmental and Political Outreach Manager, American Society of Anesthesiologists

Looking back at where I was 10 years ago, I never thought I’d achieve so many of the things in my life today — thriving in DC, involvement with WWPR, a career using my English degree… I have much to be thankful for in my life. That being said, I know that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much of this without the guidance and support of mentors I’ve had along the way. From my first internship on the East Coast to questions over coffee, there are so many amazing women who have helped direct me along this sometimes confusing path. And let’s be honest: life doesn’t get any easier, and I always have questions, so I am thankful for my current mentors. I just hope I can be as much of a guide to those coming along after me!

If you are like me and still need a little guidance in your life, or just want to ask some of those really crazy questions to someone who will “get it,” then you need to come to WWPR’s Speed Mentoring on Tuesday, April 30. This is one of our most popular events for good reason. WWPR gets you up close and personal with some of the great minds in the DC communications industry, and these pros have said they’re willing to come offer their time, expertise and input to you. Pro tip: come prepared with business cards and your questions!

Also, this month kicks off the official start of the many celebrations WWPR recognizes in 2019, and that’s because the nominations for the Emerging Leaders Awards has officially opened! Our 10th year celebrating younger communications professionals aged 25-35, this is our chance to recognize those who are showing incredible achievements despite more limited years of experience. For those of us who have relied on mentors to help us reach upwards, now is the time to look back and shine the light on the stars rising behind us as well. In addition to submitting a nomination (it’s a super easy process), early bird tickets are now on sale so get them while you can.