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Carry As You Climb
25 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Carry As You Climb: Episode 21 with Connie Schultz
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize winning, nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, and Professional in Residence at Kent State University School of Journalism. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for Commentary for columns that judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged.” She also won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting and the Batten Medal, which honors “a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog.” Schultz is the author of two books published by Random House: “Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths,” a collection of essays, and “…and His Lovely Wife,” a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate. Her upcoming novel, “The Daughters of Erietown” will also be published by Random House June 2020. Schultz and her husband have four grown children and seven grandchildren. They live in Cleveland, Ohio with their rescue dogs Franklin and Walter. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 21 with Connie Schultz appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
21 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
Carry As You Climb: Episode 20 with Eleanor Holmes Norton
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her fifteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before her congressional service, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to serve as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. Congresswoman Norton has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and one of the most powerful women in Washington in another. The Congresswoman’s work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights. The Congresswoman, who taught law full time before being elected, is a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University, teaching an upper-class seminar there every year. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio, she simultaneously earned her law degree and a master’s degree in American Studies from Yale University. Yale Law School has awarded her the Citation of Merit for outstanding alumni, and Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded her the Wilbur Cross Medal for outstanding alumni, the highest awards conferred by each on alumni. She is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees. Before being elected, Congresswoman Norton served as a trustee on a number of public service boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association, as well as served on the boards of civil rights and other national organizations. The Congresswoman is a third-generation Washingtonian, and is the mother of John Holmes Norton and Katherine Felicia Norton. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 20 with Eleanor Holmes Norton appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
23 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 19 with Muriel Bowser
As Mayor of her hometown, Muriel Bowser is committed to building pathways to the middle class and making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. Washington, DC is a growing and prospering city—now more than 700,000 residents strong. To keep up with this growth, the Bowser Administration remains focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, ensuring that families and workers across the income spectrum can afford to live and thrive in DC, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across all eight wards of the District. On November 6, 2018, Muriel Bowser became the first woman ever re-elected as the Mayor of Washington, DC and the first mayor to earn a second term in 16 years. During her first term, Mayor Bowser took bold steps to expand employment opportunities, build a health care system that meets the needs of residents in every corner of DC, drive down homelessness, and invest in programs and policies that set more families up for success. Today, Washington, DC is a diverse and inclusive city, a leader in tech and innovation, and a place where residents and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds can thrive. Because of the Mayor’s commitment to leveling the playing field, today, Washington, DC has: the DC Infrastructure Academy to train DC residents for high-paying DC jobs;the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, which is taking a public health approach to violence prevention;the Immigrant Justice Legal Services grant program to ensure that immigrants in the District know their rights and have access to legal supports during a tumultuous political climate;the Office for East of the River Services which is responsible for marshalling the resources of our entire government to improve the lives of Washingtonians in Wards 7 and 8; andthe Office of Federal and Regional Affairs, which allows the voices of District residents to be heard on federal issues and has helped bring momentum for DC statehood to an all-time high. First sworn in on January 2, 2015, Mayor Bowser pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency, and action. Prior to her time as Mayor, Bowser served as the Ward 4 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia – first elected in a special election in 2007, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As a Councilmember, Bowser served as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development which created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build a new soccer stadium and secured from the federal government the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. Bowser led her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform and increased transparency in government contracting. Bowser, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, entered public service as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Riggs Park neighborhood. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 19 with Muriel Bowser appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
29 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 18 with Tamera Luzzatto
Tamera Luzzatto leads government relations at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She ensures that Pew’s wide range of nonpartisan policy work at the state, federal and international levels is effectively and accurately communicated to policy makers. Luzzatto served as then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief of staff from 2001 to 2009. Prior to her service with Senator Clinton, Luzzatto was on the staff of West Virginia Senator John D. Rockefeller IV for nearly 15 years, serving as legislative director and chief of staff. She was Senator Rockefeller’s primary liaison to two major advisory panels which he chaired, the National Commission on Children and the Pepper Commission on Health Care. Luzzatto began her career working for ACTION, the federal umbrella agency at the time for the Peace Corps and other volunteer and national service programs. With nearly three decades of experience in politics and government, she speaks regularly about Congress and public policy to academic institutions and other organizations across the country. She currently chairs the board of the Washington Bach Consort, a highly acclaimed baroque choral group. She also serves on the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Advisory Committee and the personnel committee of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with a degree in government. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 18 with Tamera Luzzatto appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
22 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 17 with Heather Booth
Heather Booth is one of the leading strategists about progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections in the United States. She has been an organizer starting in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and women’s movements of the 1960s. She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in and managed political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout by nearly 2 million voters. She was the lead consultant, directing the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2005 In 2008, she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2009, she directed the campaign passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the national coordinator for the coalition around marriage equality and the 2013 Supreme Court decision. She was strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (the largest coalition of the immigration reform campaign). She has been a consultant to many organizations including the Voter Participation Center, Center for Community Change, and MoveOn. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 17 with Heather Booth appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
24 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 16 with Karen Donfried
Dr. Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation through policy analysis, fellowships for next generation leaders, and support for civil society. GMF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has seven offices in Europe. Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. She returned to GMF from 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. Donfried is a member of the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, her undergraduate alma mater. She serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany. From 2014 to 2016, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2017, she became a member of WEF’s Europe Policy Group. Donfried is a member of the Team of External Advisors to the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. She was a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2015 to 2017. Donfried has a PhD and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Magister from the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s in government and German from Wesleyan University. She received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the German Government in 2011, became an officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2018 and an officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium in 2010, and received a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State in 2005 for her contribution to revitalizing the transatlantic partnership. Donfried is fluent in German. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 16 with Karen Donfried appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
17 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 15 with Leirion Gaylor Baird
Leirion Gaylor Baird is the Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska. She was elected in May 2019.She was previously elected to the Lincoln City Council in May 2013 and was re-elected to a second term in May 2017. Prior to her election to City Council, Leirion was a Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commissioner and helped produce the 2040 Comprehensive Plan — the strategic roadmap for Lincoln’s long-term growth and development. These experiences deepened her commitment to smart, sustainable urban growth that promotes economic opportunity and enhances our health, safety, and quality of life. Leirion began her professional career as a management consultant, helping Fortune 500 companies become more efficient. She has worked as a city budget and policy analyst and as the director of an innovative after-school and summer enrichment program designed to improve educational outcomes for children from low-income families. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 15 with Leirion Gaylor Baird appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
21 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 14 with Emilia Sykes
Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Sykes represents her hometown of Akron. She was elected in 2014 to the legislature and elected by her peers in 2019 to be the caucus leader. Her passion for social justice extends to issues such as voter rights, criminal justice reform, a more efficient social safety net for struggling Ohioans, and an end to domestic violence. Leader Sykes’ work on domestic violence issues has earned bipartisan praise and resulted in her legislation to protect people in dating relationships, House Bill 1, becoming law. Leader Sykes previously served as Administrative Staff Advisor at the Summit County Fiscal Office, where she worked to establish a county land bank to repurpose vacant and abandoned properties. At Community Legal Services in Akron, she offered access to quality health and legal services to people in need. She also served as Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia. Leader Sykes attended Kent State University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She later attended the University of Florida, where she earned a Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Family Law from the Levin College of Law and a Masters of Public Health from the College of Public Health and Health Professions. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 14 with Emilia Sykes appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
20 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 13 with Seema Nanda
Seema Nanda is the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff at the US Department of Labor. Seema has a background in labor and employment law and has worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. She is an alumna of Brown University and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and 14- and 12-year-old sons. The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 13 with Seema Nanda appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
25 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Carry As You Climb: Episode 12 with Elissa McBride
Elissa McBride is the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International. Elissa joined the labor movement as a member of the United Auto Workers District 65 in 1989. In 1991, she was recruited to the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute where she worked with factory workers to form unions and win first contracts in North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. McBride joined AFSCME as the director of the Education and Leadership Training Department in 2001. Since becoming secretary-treasurer, she has spearheaded the development of the Secretary-Treasurer Online Resource Center to support the work of local secretary-treasurers. She has also traveled around the country to meet with AFSCME Strong activists and encourage their member-to-member organizing efforts. McBride is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, and serves on its Civil Rights, Immigration and Working Women committees. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Employment Law Project and Jobs with Justice. You can read her full bio here: https://www.afscme.org/union/leadership/elissa-mcbride The post Carry As You Climb: Episode 12 with Elissa McBride appeared first on Carry As You Climb Pod.
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