MEET POLITCAL LADY LENNIA: JEN LAMBERT!
The presidential elections are upon us and campaigns are in full swing! Politics isn’t really a topic you can avoid this month so we’re going to embrace it. That’s why the theme for Miss Millennia Magazine this October is POLITICS! And we are thrilled to introduce our featured contributor and October cover girl, Jen Lambert. Find out more about this exceptional woman below. You’ll definitely want to hear what she has to say!
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Political edition?
I would make a great Lady Lennia for the Political edition because I have a unique political perspective, having seen it from nearly all angles within the world of politics. Also, I don’t take “no” for an answer. If someone tells me I can’t do something, my response is, “just wait and see.” I find joy in empowering, elevating, and educating other women.
What is something you absolutely must have in your life?
First and foremost I must have family; my husband and two daughters bring me joy that nothing else can. Secondly, I must have choice. I have never liked being told what to do, as my parents and husband can attest. As I have gotten older, I’ve come to understand why I was drawn to politics, because I’m not satisfied with a “because” answer.
What makes you an expert in politics?
I have seen nearly all aspects of politics at one level or another, from grassroots to consulting, from local politics to Washington, D.C. I first began studying Political Science in college. I worked in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Senator and thereafter worked for a non-partisan political organization that promoted civic engagement among college students. I worked for the Utah House of Representatives, and have been a political consultant (aka lobbyist), a political fundraiser, a campaign strategist, and a political writer. I have worked on numerous campaigns, from grassroots to strategy, and have held leadership positions in party politics. My family, friends, and neighbors know who to call when they have a question pertaining to politics.
Are you in, or have you gone to college? If so, when did you graduate or what is your expected graduation date?
I graduated from the University of Utah in 2005 in Political Science and Behavioral Science & Health. It was during my studies at the University that I discovered my passion for politics.
What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?
I had a deep interest (and still do) in health during college and began pursuing a degree in Behavioral Science and Health. Shortly into my major, I discovered my deep interest in health policy. I wasn’t satisfied with the status quo and wanted to get involved to be part of the solution to the U.S. healthcare crisis. This prompted me to work in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Senator’s Health Policy Director. From there, my life in politics continued.
What is your age?
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
My first struggle to overcome has been believing I can and am prepared to do what I set out to accomplish. Fortunately I have been blessed with people along my path that see my potential and help me rise to new heights. Secondly, being a woman comes with its own struggles. Womanhood often requires balancing between pursuits and dreams as well as societal expectations and sometimes limitations. I wouldn’t trade my gifts and responsibilities for a second, but choosing between opportunities and family has sometimes been a struggle for me.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the beauty around me. I am an avid lover of nature and try to work physical activity and the outdoors into my hectic schedule. The peace of nature brings balance to my ever-active mind. I am also inspired by people. One of my favorite things to do is glean information from whomever I can get it. Some of my friends tease me that I talk to strangers for hours. I look at every opportunity as a chance to learn new things. Knowledge is power.