Dr. Lauren Wright '06 | Communications Strategist / Poli Sci Guru
Intern for American legends Diane Feinstein and Meg Whitman.
Ph.D. in American government and political methodology from Georgetown University. Author of “On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today.” Lecturer in politics and public affairs for Princeton University. Director of Investor Relations at NV5 Global, Inc. and a member of the White House Transition Project.
After perusing through Dr. Lauren Wright’s impressive personal and professional repertoire (before the ripe age of 30, no less), one might be left asking, “How?”
“Parker helped me establish the high-level reading and writing comprehension skills I needed for Georgetown and beyond,” Wright notes. But she also emphasizes on a particular mentality that has helped her reach new career heights: “I realized early into my 20s that I was in an incredibly unique part of life where I had the time and responsibility load to work as hard as physically possible. I became fierce about protecting my time for what really mattered to me.”
That strict mindset, she acknowledges, requires passion. “I finished my doctorate in three and a half years and took my qualifying exams three days apart. I did it so quickly because I couldn’t wait to work in the real world and apply the tools I learned at Georgetown. If you’re lucky enough to identify early on what you’re truly captivated by, it’s easier to condense a large amount of work.”
Her advice to younger students interested in pursuing a similarly illustrious post-grad life? “I’m a really big believer in always having a five-year plan—there’s something to be said about consistently envisioning what you want for your future. I find that even if you don’t completely fulfill those goals, you’re often given new opportunities you didn’t even imagine for yourself.”
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