WCSA Events and Activities Director Candidate Statements (2 available positions): 


Anna Platt

I am excited to again be a candidate for co-Director of WCSA’s Events and Activities Committee.  Serving as a Co-Director of this Committee over the past two years has been a wonderful experience and I would be honored to serve in that capacity again in 2019.

I see the Events and Activities Committee as the “go-to” committee for WCSA members looking to attend fun and interesting get-togethers, as well as a way for potential WCSA members to learn about the association.  I have met so many amazing professional women through WCSA by working with my Co-Director Emily to organize different events, including the annual holiday party, yoga classes, and a happy hour mixer with WeLead participants.  Bringing female staffers together in an informal, welcoming, and positive environment is what the Events and Activities Committee is all about and I want to build on our record in 2019 (in addition to the events we have lined up for the rest of this year!).

When not putting together exciting events for WCSA, I work as a Legislative Director in the House.  I also enjoy trying out classic French recipes, dancing around at Zumba, and chasing after my toddler nieces.

I have loved being a member and on the Board of WCSA – it is a special organization through which I made some wonderful connections and friends.  I hope I can again serve as a Co-Director of the Events and Activities Committee to help make next year WCSA’s best one yet.



Ariana Bhambhani

As a member of the women’s congressional staff association throughout the past year, I have personally seen the impact it has had on me professionally and personally.  By joining the association as an intern and transitioning my membership when I became a staffer, this organization has given me the tools to learn and network with women from all different backgrounds.  Additionally, I have been able to attend various events, for example, events with the Professional Development program, as well as attend the annual summer leadership conference.  By attending these events, it not only opened opportunities for me but has made me become a more passionate civil servant.  Therefore, I intend to run for one of the activities and event directors for the Women’s Congressional Staff Association for the upcoming 2018-2019 year.  As a potential director, I would continue to enhance the events that have been planned in the past, for example, continuing monthly happy hours, dinners, and networking opportunities.  Furthermore, I would work with the Professional Development program to create more seminars with chiefs of staff, communications directors and female members of Congress so that young professionals have the opportunity to see what they can aspire to be as they grow through their careers on the Hill.  My ultimate goal as director would be to create as many opportunities for female staffers to meet and network with each other to continue building up women in politics. 



Chelsea Glynn
I’m running for WCSA’s Events and Activities Co-Director position. I joined WCSA when I started on the Hill as an intern and have enjoyed the wide range of networking events and professional development opportunities created by WCSA. I’m currently a Legislative Aide/Correspondent and have been working in the House since graduating college in 2015. Outside of work, I love water aerobics (I promise, I’m only 24), gardening and trying new restaurants and bars in DC. I’m running for this position to help organize more events that WCSA members are excited about, and to recruit new members. 

 

I want to hear from members about what they’re interested in for their social activities. A distillery tour? A kickball team? A cooking class? Happy hours to meet other staff associations? A WCSA Fantasy Football League or March Madness bracket?   

 

I think WCSA-sponsored events and activities are great ways to meet other women working in Congress. Social events are also a laid-back networking opportunity and an alternative to grabbing coffee when Dunks is packed.  

 

Have you ever wanted to attend a social event but didn’t want to go by yourself? If elected, I’d love to implement a buddy system—when you RSVP for an event, you can check that you’d like to be paired with another attendee. This way, you meet someone new whom you can attend the event with and none of us miss out on attending future events!

 

Thank you for considering me as Co-Director for Events and Activities. 



Larkin Parker

Thank you for considering my candidacy as Events and Activities Director. I joined the Women’s Congressional Staff Association when I began working on the Hill in the fall of 2017. I have continued to be impressed by the level of events that WCSA executes and hope to be able to offer my experiences and expertise. I currently work as Scheduler for Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05). Prior to my time on the Hill, I worked as an events manager for a large events and production company in DC with clients including Hillary for America, Netflix, The US Chamber of Commerce, Apple and Toyota. I started in events management in college where I managed a $65,000 budget and planned over 25 events as social chair of my sorority.


Given today’s political climate, it is crucial that women from both chambers and all political parties have opportunities to network and socialize with one another. I already have many ideas for events for WCSA, particularly events that foster mentorship opportunities for junior staffers and enable women in senior roles to help develop the next generation of female leadership on the Hill. The Women’s Congressional Staff Association is unique in that it is the only organization of its kind and I hope to be able to positively contribute my skills and event management experience to further the mission of WCSA. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!




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