Member Spotlight Courtney Hogan

Member Spotlight

Emily Duncan

Courtney Hogan

Manager, Grassroots and Public Policy,National Confectioners Association

Hometown: Yardley, PA

Leadership Position:Co-Chair, PAC, Politics, Grassroots Task Force

Fun Fact: I've been going to Long Beach Island, NJ every summer since I was 5.

About Courtney: I've worked in Government Affairs for 5 years and always had an idea that it was what I wanted to do. When I'm not working or trying to keep up with all the current events going on, you can find me exploring DC, finding fun outdoor dining spots (which has come in handy), at the beach in the summer, or cheering loudly for Penn State football in the fall.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally and professionally?
I heard about WGR from a mentor when I was in college and loved the idea of an organization where women can have honest dialogues about careers and opportunities but also create friendships. WGR has provided me with so many mentors who have helped me with every aspect of my career but has also introduced me to so many women with different experiences than my own who have become friends. I love that it has expanded my friend circle beyond women my own age and life experience because I've learned so much from them.

What is your favorite part of your day job?
Other than my amazing co-workers and the fully stocked candy room, I love the problem solving aspect of Gov. Relations and grassroots that lets you think outside the box. Government relations can be much more creative than people realize. I also love training members to use their voice and feel comfortable talking to legislators. Its always fun during a fly-in to watch an association member who starts the day needing a lot of coaching or being quiet ending the day leading the conversation with confidence.

What skills do you think are most important in government affairs and why?
Logic, empathy, communication, and people skills. The best government affairs professionals I find have a combination of these that makes them a respected expert in the field but makes them approachable. You want to work with individuals that have a combination of these skills and its evident in a finished product.

What originally brought you to Washington?
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and a great group of people in his office who continue to be some of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders. I had been an intern for him throughout college and when I graduated I had a great group of people who kept putting my name forward for a job in DC. The people you surround yourself with are important!