• Jackie Capers-Brown

Women, Politics and Becoming Your Best Self with Melissa N. Watson

How often do you get the opportunity to get up close with a political operative who is passionate about the role she plays in helping to make the U.S.A. a more democratic society for the betterment of all Americans? Today, you have that opportunity by listening to the conversation I had with Melissa N. Watson. Taking a leap of faith to chart a new path in her career led our guest Melissa N. Watson to becoming the Executive Director of Emerge South Carolina. Emerge South Carolina is changing the face of politics by recruiting, training, and providing a powerful network for Democratic women who want to run for office. Melissa believes women leaders are the key to making our communities and our nation a better place. Emerge has one goal: To increase the number of Democratic women in office who are reflective of the incredible diversity of the Democratic party by recruiting, training, and providing a powerful network. Since 2002, Emerge has trained over 4,000 Democratic women to run for office, and currently, 690+ Emerge alumnae serve in office. Although we discuss women, politics, and the role peaceful protest has on America's democracy, in this conversation the curtain is pulled back so that listeners can get an idea of the woman that is leading the movement to get more Democratic women elected into political roles in South Carolina. We discuss a multitude of topics. The through-line of all the insights and strategies that Melissa shares during this interview is her commitment to becoming the best version of herself and encouraging and empowering the women that she has the privilege to serve to do the same as they go about changing the political landscape of S.C. Here's What You Will Learn from This Episode:

  • How developing self-reliance helps you to be successful

  • The importance of regularly asking yourself the question: "How Can I Be the Best Version of Myself?"

  • Why civil disobedience is interconnected in the democratic process to creating positive change in our society and the world

  • The one thing she would change in the criminal justice system if she had the power to do so

  • Common myths about women in politics and how her work helps to debunk them

  • The power of self-determination and focus to transform our pain into power

  • Being a person who solves problems helps you to position yourself for promotions

  • Self-care practices you can implement to reduce anxiety in the face of challenges

  • The benefits of approaching success with a holistic perspective

  • The perspective shift you need to embrace if you have a fear of failure

  • The #1 thing she wishes she had known in college prior to starting her career

  • What Beyonce Knowles says about the importance of having a success squad

  • The joy that comes from challenging yourself to become the best version of yourself

  • And so much more...

Contact Melissa

Facebook: Melissa N. Watson

Twitter: @MelissaNWatson

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