Kirsten Gillibrand: Off the Sidelines

Who better to solicit for career advice than a United States Senator? New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand assumed office in 2009, after Hilary Rodham Clinton vacated the seat in favor of her new position as Secretary of State.

While attending college at Dartmouth, Gillibrand interned with Senator Alfonse D’Amato, but decided to go in a different direction at UCLA School of Law; after passing the bar exam she found a home at the law office in Manhattan. Gillibrand soon joined, and eventually became leader of, the Women’s Leadership Forum, a Democratic National Committee program that exposed her to the girl power mentality of inspiring women like Clinton (Gillibrand went on to work on Clinton’s 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate). In 2006 Gillibrand left her firm to run for, and win, a position in Congress.

Flash forward eight years, and Gillibrand is a progressive Senator, a wife and a mother of two. Her new book, Off the Sidelines, encourages women to get involved in any way they can, and gives practical advice on how to do so. Gillibrand’s political success and overarching message can be summed up by the words of Hilary Rodham Clinton, who said “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.”

Check out this event — part of Dominican University’s Institute for Leadership Studies Fall Lecture Series — and see what Gillibrand’s words will do to inspire you.

If You Go:

October 9, 7 p.m.

Dominican University (San Rafael)

Tickets: $30