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Member of the Week: Patricia Simpson, Leadership Institute

by Bradley Matthews

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Congratulations Patti on being our Conservative Book Club “Member of the Week!” Tell us a little bit about yourself and the work you do as Director of Career Programs at The Leadership Institute.

I’ve always been a social butterfly and love meeting new people, but I don’t consider it a successful first meeting unless I can make someone laugh and feel at ease. I find the best way to work with others is to be friendly. Never one to use others as a stepping stone for my next career move, I’ve found it much more fulfilling to help others with their own professional goals.

The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists. My personal mission is to bring principled people together to do good things. It’s why my role as the Director of Career Programs at LI is a perfect fit for me. I get paid to make friends and help them achieve good things. The only thing better would be if our offices were at Fenway Park.

 

Speaking of jobs, what do you think of Trump’s cabinet selections so far?   The Leadership Institute

While I’m not stoked about every single nominee, I have to say I am pleased in that there are enough federalists nominated for me to believe President-elect Trump will govern as a conservative. That is exciting to me.

 

What got you interested in politics, and the work you currently do?  

I became interested in politics when my mother forced me to intern on a local congressional campaign the summer after my freshman year of college. It made me love campaign work – including the long hours and the thrill of the fight.

Four years later I went to work on my first Presidential campaign in Ohio. A few years after that, I went to work on my second Presidential. We lost that time around but I made so many great friends along the way and saw the amazing work they went on to accomplish that I knew I wanted to help people realize the different avenues they could take to make real changes in this country. Running a Presidential campaign was my goal at 19 years old. Ten years later, my goal became to help other people realize their own career goals.

 

Tell us a little more about yourself! 

    • Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
    • Favorite TV Show: Currently – Game of Thrones, All time – Dawson’s Creek
    • Favorite Band:  The Avett Brothers
    • Favorite Food/Drink: Pizza/Champagne
    • Where do you get your news from primarily? Various online sources from the left, right, and center – I tend to like to read the perspectives of both sides and I, contrary to what others say to do, always read the comments
    • If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be? The Virgin Mary – What an incredible woman, wife, and mother
    • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? That resort where Kim Kardashian lost her diamond earring in the water
    • What do you do for fun? Concerts, karaoke, road trips, and sipping on creative and classic cocktails made by my in-house mixologist (my fiancé, Scott)

Why did you join the Conservative Book Club? How is the user experience beneficial to you? 

The CBC is so important to the philosophical needs of conservatives. I used to think being a Republican was the only thing that mattered. I then read The Road to Serfdom, The Conscience of a Conservative, and The Law. All three reads helped me realize being philosophically sound is of the utmost importance before one considers membership in a political party. The Conservative Book Club provides an essential list to help you become a principled player in the game of politics.

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