01 Mar Alessandra Biaggi (Ep. 37): Using Your Voice
In the months after the 2016 election, 16,000 women contacted the non-profit Emily’s List to learn about running for office, compared to 1,000 the entire prior year. Alessandra Biaggi is one of these new faces in politics. As a young girl she declared at the dinner table that she wanted to be president. She went on to law school, worked as a lawyer for state of NY and then as Deputy National Operations Director for Hillary’s campaign. After the election, she turned despair into action when she realized that in her own backyard, there was a group of senators who were Democrats on paper, yet caucused with Republicans on issues such as immigration and women’s rights. She’s running a grassroots campaign against a sixteen year incumbent and “kingpin” of NY State politics. We discuss the impostor syndrome that comes with this high-stakes race, speaking up against injustice, coddling kids versus letting them fail, and her advice for center of left men who are all for equality, but fear that the #MeToo movement happening too quickly.
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On having the courage to fail
Fail fast, fail forward, fail quickly...more resilience you have the more risks you can take.
On making an investment in yourself
It's risky to trust yourself...ultimately that is the North Star... if you can learn to trust yourself more and more you will be on your path.
Gaining courage via self honesty
The more that we can own who we are... the more that we deflate the power of the person coming at us.
On her willingness to speak up against injustice
I don't regret it because on the other side of that truth is the freedom of understanding who I am and it resets the playing field. And it's hard, a lot of us don't speak the truth because we're afraid of the actual truth. We know it.