Valerie Jarrett gives annual Bernstein Lecture in Fisher Colloquium
Jarrett is a senior advisor to President Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before her work in the public sector, she was CEO of The Habitat Company and worked for two private law firms.
Jarrett’s lecture, titled “Winning the Future,” described different aspects of leadership through recounting different experiences in her career. She described how passion, resilience, and courage are for essential to lead and inspire.
Speaking about her decision to pursue a career in public service, Jarrett told how she was motivated to do what she thought was right.
“Unless you care deeply about your goals, you will never have the endurance to achieve them.”
Jarrett also spoke about having thick skin and to never give up after failure, citing President Obama’s loss in his race for the House of Representatives in 2000.
“Learn to laugh at yourself. Build a network of family and friends who will be there for you when you stumble.”
Jarrett closed by urging students to dream big.
“We are a nation built on the idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. If you are here at this extraordinary university, you are no ordinary person. So, we’re counting on you to get out there and lead.”
The Marver H. Bernstein Symposium on Governmental Reform is named in memory of the Georgetown political science and philosophy professor of the same name who died in 1990.
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