Stephanie Gidigbi (left), a one-time Hill staffer, greets a fellow staffer during a Womens Congressional Staff Association event. The groups third annual leadership conference will be held this weekend at the Capitol Visitor Center.
Natalie Angelo, a project director for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), joined the WCSA earlier this year. As a woman grappling with the decision of whether to run for office in the future, she said a WCSA forum on why more women don’t run for office — which was held at the Sewall- Belmont House and Museum, a Capitol Hill museum dedicated to women’s history — was one of her favorite WCSA events that she’s attended.
“WCSA is promoting strong, confident females and encouraging them to take on leadership roles, like [legislative director] and chief of staff, as well as run for office,” Angelo said. “It’s something I can really get behind.”
Angelo, who has worked on the Hill for seven years, said she wishes she had joined the organization sooner.
“I feel that along the way, I would have had greater success earlier on networking with other women and seeing what else is out there,” Angelo said. “Instead, I put my head down and worked my way up through the chain and looked up and it was seven years later.”
Annual Leadership Conference
Abraham said this year’s conference will stray from the leadership and development themes of the past and focus on “strategies for success.”
“Our third conference ... will focus on identifying and developing the traits that define exceptional employees, effective messaging and the role of mentors,” Abraham said. “We have asked our panelists to share lessons they have learned along their career, best practices and discuss goal-setting.”
The 26 speakers signed up to present include a bipartisan array of Hill aides, lawyers, staffers at federal agencies and journalists.
The conference will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Visitor Center. Those interested in attending should register at womenscsa.com.
“I think we have created a great forum for members to learn from the experience of others,” Abraham said.
Correction: June 12, 2012
An earlier version of this article misstated Natalie Angelo's title.