Meet Margaret Reid, one of the founders of the NeW Twin Cities Professional Network. Margaret graduated from Western Michigan University in December 2018, where she started the NeW at Western Michigan chapter. Margaret is one of the featured contributors in our book She’s Conservative: Stories of Trials and Triumphs on America’s College Campuses. She is now an Associate Category Development Analyst for a food manufacturer in Minnesota. In her position, she uses data and consumer insights to build a sales story about the products her company manufactures. She shared that one of the many perks of working for a food manufacturer is the free samples!
What does NeW mean to you?
NeW for me started as a way to connect with other young conservative women. Within the last two years, it has become so much more than that. It is a network, an opportunity, and a voice. NeW has encouraged me to not only stay true to the values and principles that shape my political ideology, but share them with others and voice my opinions confidently.
Why did you decide to start a NeW Professional Network chapter in your city?
After graduation, I moved away from my home state and my network of people. NeW hadn’t reached Minnesota yet. I thought this was a fantastic opportunity to build my network and stay involved in the organization after college.
What kind of impact do you hope your chapter has in your community?
Minnesota is usually a liberal and progressive state, which is why I think having a chapter here is necessary. During our Twin Cities launch event, I already experienced the impact our chapter had on the women who attended. They were excited to be around like-minded professionals. Conversations between people who agree are just as important as those between people who disagree. It is so important to have diversity of ideas in the world and I hope NeW Twin Cities will help bring this diversity to Minnesota.