On April 7th, GU Politics hosted Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary during the George W. Bush Administration, for a Political Pageturners event.
Presenting her new book, Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (From a Former Young Woman), Dana Perino spoke with Georgetown students about navigating her way through male-dominated fields, becoming the first female Republican White House Press Secretary, establishing a career on television, and co-hosting her show The Five on Fox News. The conversation was moderated by two Spring 2019 GU Politics Fellows, Paulette Aniskoff and Antonia Ferrier, who served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and as Senator Mitch McConnell’s Director of the Senate Republican Communications Center respectively.
Perino has become a recognized mentor and champion of young women in politics and public service. In this event, she offered a light-hearted and compassionate approach to solving the serious problems that young women face today. At one point, Perino advocated for the necessity of balance: “The only person that can deal with my schedule and work life balance problem is me. You have to take responsibility for it. There has to be some discipline, and you have to say no to some things.”
She also stressed the importance of integrity. “At the end of your day and the end of your career, you want to be able to look in the mirror and like what you see… If you can find ways to live with more integrity, that is a professional achievement.”