MWC Women in Public Affairs to Know

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The McGuireWoods Consulting Women in Public Affairs initiative focuses on bringing together women working in government affairs and advocacy through a series of local and regional educational events and networking opportunities. Read our online series on "Women in Public Affairs to Know" to learn more about women's work on legislative solutions and advocacy services. If you have a recommendation for a future interview, please email Michele Satterlund.

 Nicole Barranco

Nicole Barranco

Senior Director of State Government Relations for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

"Surviving a crisis situation is a great learning experience and is actually viewed as a strength in your professional portfolio to show that you have endured a crisis, survived and reemerged in decent shape. Given all that is going on in the US currently with COVID-19 and with racial inequality, corporate America has a tremendous opportunity at its feet. That opportunity is to reshape and refocus practices of the past and to implement groundbreaking and innovative strategies that will successfully reshape the way business is conducted modern America."

 Mara Motherway

Mara Motherway

Head of Government Affairs, Booz Allen Hamilton

"For me, diversity is a fact and inclusion is an act, but I don’t believe it stops there. The real secret of diversity and inclusion is sharing power. You can invite a diverse group of people to the table but unless you share power, you are not maximizing the intentional nature of it. Within our team, it’s important to make sure every person knows their voice matters. There are no underdogs. That’s always been really important to me in teambuilding."

 Tracy Montross

 

Tracy Montross

Regional Director of Government Affairs, American Airlines

"Constituent services is the thread throughout my career. I started out as a gatekeeper, managing the schedule and access to a senator and then two mayors, which taught me how to prioritize and how to help constituents feel heard and respected. I bring that same kind of constituent service approach to my role in the private sector."

 Elizabeth Kersey

Elizabeth Kersey

Vice President, Communications and Public Policy, PRA Group

"I think that is a hallmark of a great leader – choosing people that, intuitively, you feel can come in, work hard and take very seriously the charge that they’re given."

 

 Molly Fogarty

Molly Fogarty

Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Nestle

"I carry curiosity with me every day, and that means trying to be open to change, and identify when I can do something better or differently."

 

 Latoya Thomas

Latoya Thomas

Director, Policy and Government Affairs, Doctor on Demand

"If we are reflective of the communities that we’re serving, then I think we can better impact and redefine what virtual care means moving forward."

prashanthi raman

 

Prashanthi Rao Raman

Director, Public Policy, Lyft

"If I were to give advice to someone making a career change, I would say do what motivates you, stay true to yourself, and never underestimate yourself."

ann hanlon

 

Ann Hanlon

Executive Director, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts

"The flexibility of the industry is absolutely a positive thing. However, we need to work on recognizing that women are bringing the same amount of value if not sometimes more value in the public affairs space – especially because women tend to be good communicators and problem solvers."

 kristi kelly  

Kristi Kelly

Executive Director, Marijuana Industry Group

"I do believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in this environment, I think that innovation is a bigger driver. In order for innovation to occur, we have to get really comfortable with the fact that we are attracting intelligent people from different backgrounds and they’re coming together to address different issues."

 mary moore hamrick  

Mary Moore Hamrick

Chief Public Policy Officer, Grant Thornton

"I think that technology in general is the biggest disruptor, not only of the accounting profession, but of all industries in general. The successful firms, companies and businesses are going to be those that understand how technology either changes or disrupts your business and how you can harness that to do a better job or change the way in which you do your job going forward."

 erica gordon  

Erica Gordon

Vice President, Government Affairs, Hilton

"My best advice is to actually spend time listening to those who don’t agree with your position. It is really important to speak to your internal stakeholders and your business partners to know what you’re advocating for, but understanding the opposing point of view is empowering. It challenges your thought process, helps sharpen your arguments and ultimately makes you a better advocate for your issues."