WGR Featured Member: Katie Schubert

Katie Schubert
Senior Vice President, CRD Associates

Favorite DC Restaurant: Le Diplomate
Hometown: Canaan, CT
Fun Fact: I was a ski instructor in high school and college.
About Dena: I focus on health care policy with clients ranging from public health coalitions to medical specialty societies and patient advocacy organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy running, spinning and wrangling my three children.
What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? WGR gave me the leadership, network and professional development opportunities that I needed in transitioning from the Hill to the private sector 8 years ago. WGRs programming and members have truly brought personal growth, confidence and a whole network of women to bounce ideas off of.

What has been your most rewarding accomplishment/what are you most proud of? In the work I do in the health care space, I am able to truly serve as an advocate for women and children and their health care needs. My biggest accomplishments are those that occur after Ive been with clients meeting with members of Congress, staff and agency officials, and we are able to convince them to implement real policy change. ON the Hill, getting my first bill passed was such a thrill, and being able to point to real things that I have my fingerprints on that make a difference in peoples lives is so rewarding.

How has the industry changed for women? I think that the industry has changed dramatically for women, even over the past decade. When I was working on the Hill, the mere thought of having children while working those hours would have terrified me. Now women are doing it every day with great support from their offices, and with the true ability to be promoted. Ive seen such changes over the course of having my own family, and feel welcomed and valued in my profession. With that said, theres always opportunity for growth and change as the next generation of women come into the profession.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why?
Communication both written and verbal is so key to a career in government affairs. The ability to community with clients, policymakers, and coworkers in a clear, concise and persuasive way will get you as far as youd like to go.

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