Alumnae Spotlight: Liz Minneman

by Taylor McCarty on November 30, 2015 · 0 comments

The NeW Alumnae Network is full of impressive conservative women. Read this interview with Liz Minneman, a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia and the National Secretary of College Republican National Committee.
Liz Minneman

Where and when were you involved with NeW on campus?

I was a member of the University of Virginia’s chapter of NeW when I was an undergraduate student from 2011-2014, and I also remained involved while I completed my Masters Degree in Public Policy at UVA in 2015.

What drew you to NeW originally?

I was tired of my liberal professors and friends telling me that it is impossible to be pro-women and also be conservative. The brilliant, confident women of NeW allowed me to openly discuss my views without fear of being labeled politically incorrect or offensive just because I disagreed with liberal principles.

What have you done since graduation?

I currently work as a research assistant in economic policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C, focusing on healthcare and labor economics. I also serve as National Secretary of the College Republican National Committee where I’m working hard to help Republicans win the youth vote in 2016.

How has NeW helped shape your post-college experience?

NeW helped me gain the confidence and knowledge to stand up for free market principles that help women and the most vulnerable in society. I use these skills everyday in my work at AEI and CRNC. NeW also connected me to some amazing women who have served as professional mentors and lifelong friends.

What piece of advice would you give to current NeW women?

Don’t let liberals own “women’s issues.”  Conservative policies have helped more women rise above poverty and choose their own future, while liberal policies have held women back in the trap of government dependency. When you face a classmate or professor who challenges your views, be sure to come armed with the facts.

What is your favorite book on the NeW reading list?

I just finished Kristen Soltis Anderson’s “Selfie Vote” and I loved it! Kristen Soltis Anderson is leading the movement to help conservatives better utilize data and new technology, especially to target millennials and women.

What is one of your favorite memories from being a member of NeW?

Our NeW chapter once attended an event with the feminist club at UVA, and we had a surprisingly productive discussion about women’s role in society. Sometimes it’s tempting to stay in your comfort zone and surround yourself with people who agree with you, but by going somewhere we didn’t feel the most welcome, our NeW chapter was able to spread our message to new audiences.

What have you learned as you have started your career that you might want to share with those who are still in college?

Stay in touch with your professional network! I met so many great contacts through NeW and my other political and academic endeavors. When I moved up to Washington, D.C., it was those individuals who helped connect me to my current job. You’ll be surprised how willing people are to grab coffee or chat over the phone — never be afraid to reach out!


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