Whispered a very tall NYC high school volley ball player bending over Hillary Clinton at a youth event. It changed her mind after months of refusing to consider a run for the senate from New York State. She then threw herself into campaigning and won against a popular Republican.
It was one of the stories of her life that she told to 50 women in leadership roles from countries in Africa and the Middle East on June 11, 2012 for the new Women in Public Service Institute held at Wellesley College.
She also mentioned that after she arrived at Wellesley College as a freshman, she called her parents to say she was not good enough for Wellesley. Her father told her to come home, but her mother said “stay and persist.” So she stayed. Aside from her French professor, who told her that “Mademoiselle, your talents lie elsewhere,” her experience at the college was great.
She ended her speech with the comments that she would never have imaged how her life would turn out, that she would go to Yale Law School, meet a guy named Bill, move to Arkansas, marry him, be the governor’s wife and then the First Lady. So she said, be open to opportunities.
What do her remarks have to do with CI? They’re very relevant to thinking about careers in and out of CI. Perhaps “your talents lie elsewhere,” and not in CI. Or you have always thought CI was fascinating so dare to compete for a job in the field! And dare to present your findings to your management to force change in the organization.
Oh, the reporters were right. She ignored the question about running for president.