Monday, May 4, 2009

Today I attended a motivating breakout session led by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), a BBG alum. Listening to her talk about women in leadership roles in the American government was inspiring. Congresswoman Berkley explained that women in politics play a pivotal role: women voice different opinions than those of most men and are also able to use their instinctual relationship building abilities to motivate others to pass important pieces of legislation.

Congresswoman Berkley was joined on a panel by Betsy Berns, a female sports writer as well as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager. Multiple times Congresswoman Berkely attributed her success and interest in leadership to her involvement in BBYO. I know that I, and the other BBGs with me at the session felt honored to know that such a phenomenal and engaging individual was one of our own.

- Happie Hoffman, Cotton States Region