Featured Member

Lauren Waldron
Marketing and Communications Associate, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Favorite DC Restaurant: Filomena Ristorante, a guilty pleasure.
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Fun Fact: I am a former titleholder through the Miss America Organization and take Ballet at The Washington Ballet.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? When I interned on Capitol Hill for Representative Connolly, I attended the Women’s Congressional Staff Association’s Summer Conference and met a former President of Women in Government Relations who introduced me to the benefits of joining the organization. I recall the most important benefits she discussed with me, “networking opportunities with like-minded, successful women in the field of government relations, taking part in professional development courses, and fostering a mentor within the organization.” These were the very experiences that brought me to the Summer Conference and that I was yearning more of; therefore, I became a member of Women in Government Relations and am a committee member of the Communications and Public Relations Committee.

What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
First and foremost, believe in yourself; believe in your passion; believe that your goals will happen. Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men. In order to succeed, especially as a young woman, self-confidence is the driving force that will help you to be able to showcase your competence (the combination of all of the years of hard work and dedication) in the industry.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?
Helping others to realize their fullest potential and work toward their lifelong dreams as the Director of Leading Ladies, an organization that I created to empower innovation and inspiration in female leadership for "her" career, community, and culture, has been my most rewarding accomplishment to see its establishment. The organization was founded off this sole mission to offer career development experiences to women and empower women in the workforce.

What is your long term career goal?
Leadership is who I am and what I do. I will always strive to enable others to bring positive change and vision in a team setting through my work. As a young professional, it is my goal to take those attributes and apply them with my past career experiences to serve as a Director at Public Affairs for an organization that I can assist with the proper messaging, advocacy, and communications strategy. Ultimately, I would like to run for office and serve the Commonwealth of Virginia as the first female U.S. Senator.

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