A few months ago, I had never heard the name Alyssa Mastromonaco. I learned of her when I happened upon a podcast where she was being interviewed, and I had nothing exciting on my playlist so I listened. I’m so glad I did because it turns out she’s an incredibly bright, accomplished, and quite funny woman.
Alyssa is currently the President of Global Communications Strategy and Talent at A+E, a role created for her during her tenure as COO of Vice Media. This makes Alyssa part of the small pool of women occupying top leadership positions in corporations. She is also a contributing editor to Marie Claire, which I personally love because it shows that women in top leadership positions don’t need to “act like men” and are free to explore their more feminine interests.
Before joining the private sector, however, Alyssa was the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Obama administration. This was a huge job where her responsibilities ranged from overseeing the confirmation process for Cabinet secretaries to managing the president’s daily schedule and foreign travel. In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Alyssa talked about her experience in the White House and described it as a time that was exhilarating, but also stressful and often less glamorous than one would imagine. What struck me was that she was a woman with a considerable amount of power and importance, and yet, most people couldn’t pick her out of a line up.
I’ve really enjoyed learning about Alyssa; her journey through the murky world of politics, how she’s handled succeeding in male-dominated environments with humor, grace, and grit, and how she continues to bust through glass ceilings in both the private and public sectors. She has a new book out – Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House –which I bet will be a great read, and it’s one I’m definitely putting on my list. For being an inspiration to women everywhere and proving that if you’ve got the skills and drive you can do anything, she gets this week’s Friday Spotlight.
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