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Nov 1, 2010

Political Strategist Joe Lockhart Stresses Perseverance/Risk-taking to United Way Young Leaders

In an intimate discussion over breakfast on Wednesday, October 27th, political strategist Joe Lockhart shared his thoughts on career success with members of United Way of the National Capital Area's Young Leaders.

Mr. Lockhart discussed his experiences and stressed the importance of perseverance in achieving one's goals. One of his first positions working on a political campaign, he said, was only offered to him after he repeatedly called the office asking about a job. After befriending the boss’s assistant and calling enough times after hours, he was finally invited in and eventually offered the position, energizing his long career in politics. Lockhart has worked on six presidential campaigns and spent five years in the Clinton White House, including two as press secretary.

He also emphasized risk taking as a key to professional success. Turning a job interview mishap into a career leap, Mr. Lockhart had gone to an  an interview for a media producer position, but eventually realized he was in the room for on-air talent. Lockhart said taking the job that was offered despite his lack of experience was a smart move. Pushing himself to dive into unknown waters offered him a chance  to challenge himself and explore new dimensions of his professional development. He has lived by that philosophy throughout his career.

Lockhart parlayed his media and political expertise to start up the Glover Park Group; a national media relations and political strategy company headquartered here in Washington, DC. Young Leaders member Carol Andes, who works for the Glover Park Group, helped arrange the Leadership Breakfast -- part of a series designed to provide Young Leaders opportunities to hear from and network with recognized business leaders around the region.

Cori Zorek
United Way Young Leader

Interested in becoming a Young Leader - contact Brandi Lester at blester@uwnca.org.

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