Young professionals find the secrets of leadership at the 2014 Liberty and Access Lab

Launched this summer, the 2014 Liberty and Access Lab is a professional development program with a series of lunchtime seminars for interns working on Capitol Hill. Participants learned how to seek and apply for government jobs, how to speak like a leader, and how to network in Washington. The first three labs were wildly successful with over hundred participants signing up for the labs.  The students and young professionals came from very diverse backgrounds

Launched this summer, the 2014 Liberty and Access Lab is a professional development program with a series of lunchtime seminars for interns working on Capitol Hill. Participants learned how to seek and apply for government jobs, how to speak like a leader, and how to network in Washington. The first three labs were wildly successful with over hundred participants signing up for the labs.  The students and young professionals came from very diverse backgrounds. T

They were both republicans and democrats, ranging in age from 16 to 32.

They represented over 30 nonprofit organization including

  • Alliance for Justice
  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity
  • American Islamic Congress
  • DC Office of the Attorney General
  • NAACP
  • National Congress of American Indians
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • ARHA
  • Arab American Institute
  • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
  • Fannie Mae
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Ladies of Liberty
  • LULAC
  • SALDEF
  • SIKH LEAD
  • Squire Patton Boogs, LLP

They represented over 50 Colleges and Universities:

They represented over 50 congressional offices and over 6 federal agencies some of which include

Senator Sherrod Brown (D_OH)

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R_GA)

Senator Harry Reid (D_NV)

Representative Ami Bera (CA_7), D

Representative John Conyers (MI_13), D

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA_19), D

Senator Ed Markey (D_MA)

IRS

FBI

Senator Maria Cantwell (D_WA)

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D_MD)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D_NY)

Senator Robert P Casey, Jr (D-PA)

Representative Henry Cuellar (TX_28), D

Representative Barbara Lee (CA_13), D

Senator Joe Manchin (D_WV)

Senator Rob Portman (R_OH)

Department of Homeland Security 

Department of State

They hailed from over 30 states including Native American territories

Participants in the seminars learned from the experience of current politicos and leaders.  During the sessions, speakers and trainers were able to share their experiences, tell their story and give advice. Our participants had the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight on how to become the next leaders of tomorrow.

 

Learning how to get a job

The 2014 Liberty and Access Lab seminar series kicked off with this valuable seminar that laid out the process of landing a policy job in Washington, D.C. Presenters Carole Lieber and Melissa Feld have over 20 years of Senior HR experience on Capitol Hill and the Federal Government. They shared key tips on beating the difficult application process getting a job on the Hill or in the Federal Government.

This luncheon and seminar was co-hosted by Liberty and Access partner, Google Inc. in their new, large public policy office in Republic Square. The lunch and seminar was free for interns, fellows and students.

 

 

 

 

  Communication and Leadership

  The second workshop focused on the public presentation of leadership, paying attention to the whole persona of the leader. Key strategies were shared for increasing focus, decreasing nervousness, gaining and holding listeners' attention, and achieving greater connection with the audience.  Students learned how to project effective Leadership Presence. They practiced techniques to help them stay focused and centered--even in stressful situations. The presenter, communication coach Ann Timmons, has designed and run workshops for diverse organizations and businesses, including, the Department of State’s Women in Public Service Program, the Ferguson Group, Latham & Watkins, LLP, and The Kaiser Family Foundation.  

That lab was co-sponsored by Pisano’s Pizza and the United Methodist Association of American who provided the training space for free. 

 

Network yourself into a job

 At the end of the summer, Liberty and Access held a networking event at the Capitol Hill iconic restaurant, Mr. Henry's.

Julie Jakopic,the board chair, led a group of young professionals in a story telling excersise that taught them how to effectively build relationships at networking events.  The students also learned how to sucessfully follow up with contacts and were given the opprotunity to pass thier contact information to decision makers. 

   

Liberty and Access for All will hold more seminars in the fall . 

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