WCSA Professional Development Director Candidate Statements (2 positions available):


Amelia Fraco-Hadlock


Since I began working in Congress, I have been fortunate to witness firsthand the positive impact the Women’s Congressional Staff Association can have on each member’s growth, including helping members build meaningful connections and strengthening members’ personal and professional skills. Through WCSA’s events and programs, such as the mentorship program and summer conference, I have met women who have inspired me and aided me in navigating decisions throughout my career. 

 

If I am elected to serve as one of the Professional Development Directors, I would hope to not only continue to provide this experience to others, but to build upon the work that has already been done while working to strengthen WCSA as a whole. Specifically, I would hope to continue connecting interns, junior staff, and senior staff through the mentorship program as well as deepening these connections through larger events with the broad participation of all mentors and mentees. In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programing for the next year will likely look different depending on the public health guidance, but I am confident I will be able to plan meaningful events either virtually or in-person. Whether it is planning panels or networking events, if elected I would hope to be a resource for all the members of WCSA during my term and beyond.



Alexandra Weinroth

Hello WCSA! My name is Alexandra Weinroth and I serve as the Communications Director & Speechwriter for the House Budget Committee. In this role, I lead the communications team. One of the most rewarding parts of this role has been my work to build opportunities for career development and advancement within my department. This includes arranging both internal and external skills building and training workshops, creating a safe place for trial and error so team members and interns are empowered to try new things and execute new ideas, encouraging networking opportunities, and sharing best practices for writing compelling resumes and acing annual reviews.

One of the things I am most proud of is my graduation from the bipartisan WeLead program at The Women & Politics Institute at American University. The group seeks to close the gender gap in the political arena by offering trainings and networking opportunities to young women in the D.C. area. The curriculum included topics such as salary negotiation, making the most of mentorship opportunities, advocating for your success, and creating a unique and effective personal brand.

I am a strong believer – and direct beneficiary – of the idea that “empowered women empower women.” If I am lucky enough to earn your vote, I will bring the skills, knowledge, and contacts I gained from the WeLead program, my experience working on campaigns and on and off the Hill, and my passion for paying it forward to the role of Professional Development Director.



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