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Donna Edwards: Let's Talk Leadership

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As a former member of Congress, Donna Edwards has unique insight into the many unique paths to leadership that other women of color have taken to serve in government -- what inspires them, what motivates them? In this series of podcasts, Donna will talk to women of color in Congress about their personal path to leadership in hopes of inspiring people of all backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their communities.

Latest Episodes

Gwen Moore (D-WI): From Single Mother to Congress

The eighth of nine children, Gwen Moore worked her way up from high school student body president to representing Milwaukee in the House. But she has not forgotten the struggle of being a single mother with ambition to make a difference. “I want more parity for women and children. I want to put them back in the equation.”

51 MIN2018 MAR 7
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Gwen Moore (D-WI): From Single Mother to Congress

Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’

In November 2010, Robin Kelly’s career was at a crossroads. She had just been defeated in the race to become Illinois state treasurer. She is not the sort to lose elections. She beat a ten-year incumbent to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, and by the time of her third term, ran unopposed. In 2007 she resigned her seat to become chief of staff to the Illinois state treasurer and then became Chief Administrative Officer for the president of Cook County (Chicago). Not one to look backwards, after her defeat, Kelly says, “I thought ‘God must have another plan,’ and I jumped on a plane to Miami.” A little more than two years later, Kelly won the majority of the vote in a 16-candidate field in the Democratic primary in Illinois 2nd Congressional district, which includes Chicago’s far southeast side as well as some suburbs. An ardent proponent of gun control, “I’m that steady voice you cannot quiet,” she is also famous for handing out bags of Chicago’s Garrett...

34 MIN2018 FEB 27
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Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’

Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis

“Don’t be patronized,” Jayapal advises. “Be clear who you are. Be humble, always. But do not be afraid to show your strength and power.”

38 MIN2018 FEB 20
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Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen began her political career 35 years ago when she was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. “Never in the world did I consider running for office,” Ros-Lehtinen recalls. Today, she is troubled by the state of the GOP.

32 MIN2018 FEB 12
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): Fighting From the Start

The daughter of an Army colonel, Lee is perhaps best known for casting the lone dissenting vote against authorizing the use of military force in the wake of 9/11. “We have to stand for what is right,” Lee says. “Fighting is part of life.”' is more than 512 characters long

34 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): Fighting From the Start
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Latest Episodes

Gwen Moore (D-WI): From Single Mother to Congress

The eighth of nine children, Gwen Moore worked her way up from high school student body president to representing Milwaukee in the House. But she has not forgotten the struggle of being a single mother with ambition to make a difference. “I want more parity for women and children. I want to put them back in the equation.”

51 MIN2018 MAR 7
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Gwen Moore (D-WI): From Single Mother to Congress

Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’

In November 2010, Robin Kelly’s career was at a crossroads. She had just been defeated in the race to become Illinois state treasurer. She is not the sort to lose elections. She beat a ten-year incumbent to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, and by the time of her third term, ran unopposed. In 2007 she resigned her seat to become chief of staff to the Illinois state treasurer and then became Chief Administrative Officer for the president of Cook County (Chicago). Not one to look backwards, after her defeat, Kelly says, “I thought ‘God must have another plan,’ and I jumped on a plane to Miami.” A little more than two years later, Kelly won the majority of the vote in a 16-candidate field in the Democratic primary in Illinois 2nd Congressional district, which includes Chicago’s far southeast side as well as some suburbs. An ardent proponent of gun control, “I’m that steady voice you cannot quiet,” she is also famous for handing out bags of Chicago’s Garrett...

34 MIN2018 FEB 27
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Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’

Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis

“Don’t be patronized,” Jayapal advises. “Be clear who you are. Be humble, always. But do not be afraid to show your strength and power.”

38 MIN2018 FEB 20
Comments
Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen began her political career 35 years ago when she was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. “Never in the world did I consider running for office,” Ros-Lehtinen recalls. Today, she is troubled by the state of the GOP.

32 MIN2018 FEB 12
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): Fighting From the Start

The daughter of an Army colonel, Lee is perhaps best known for casting the lone dissenting vote against authorizing the use of military force in the wake of 9/11. “We have to stand for what is right,” Lee says. “Fighting is part of life.”' is more than 512 characters long

34 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): Fighting From the Start
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