NBWA's Spicer Offers Professional Guidance to Women on Capitol Hill
Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications Rebecca Spicer headed to Capitol Hill on a recent Saturday afternoon to speak to a room full of congressional staffers as part of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association’s (WCSA) Summer Leadership Conference. The event featured accomplished women who shared their professional experiences and offered guidance to young women who are at the start of their careers.
Spicer participated in a panel discussion, “Amplify Your Voice: Women in the Press,” along with CNN’s White House producer, a top Obama Administration spokesperson and a veteran Capitol Hill spokesperson. The four panelists spoke to the young women in the audience about the lessons they have learned during their careers; their leadership experiences; and good old fashioned advice.
The panelists were asked, “What career advice would you offer to young Hill staffers at the beginning of their careers?” Spicer offered, “Find your passion, and follow your dreams. The rest will fall into place. You can’t fake enthusiasm for your job on a resume,” Spicer told the group. “When I started out in local television news, I ate it; I breathed it; I slept it. That passion showed in my work, plus I enjoyed what I was doing.”
Spicer is a veteran television news producer who started her career as a high school intern at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, where she helped produce the “Snow Bird” school closings. She later worked at CNN before producing newscasts at stations in Birmingham, Alabama; New Haven, Connecticut; Houston, Texas; and most recently in Washington, D.C., where she produced the award-winning 6 p.m. news at WJLA-TV.
After “retiring” from television news, Spicer joined the George W. Bush White House as Associate Director of Communications. There she produced President Bush’s televised events including addresses to the nation; bill signings; state dinners; and the annual Easter Egg Roll. She joined NBWA in 2007 from the White House.
Spicer also stressed the importance of hiring the right people. “In addition to hiring people who I think will work well with NBWA’s team and NBWA’s members, I look for people who help fill my voids,” advised Spicer. “Surround yourselves with smart and talented people who work well as a team.”
The WCSA is an official U.S. House of Representatives-recognized, bipartisan congressional staff organization dedicated to promoting career development opportunities for female congressional staffers. WCSA is sponsored by Representative Lois Capps (CA-23), Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK).