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This month, AAPC caught up with new Individual Member, Heather Lauer.
AAPC: Who do you look up to in the industry?
Heather: I met Tom Synhorst while I was a college student working on Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign, and I have continued to work with Tom over the last couple decades. He’s a political genius and I’m fortunate that he took me under his wing at the beginning of my career. I’ve learned a lot of valuable career lessons from Tom over the years, and I admire how he builds teams and empowers the people around him to be successful.
AAPC: What do you love about politics?
Heather: I enjoy the constantly shifting environment that necessitates continual learning and growing. There’s rarely a dull moment.
AAPC: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Heather: I’ve had the honor of working for T. Boone Pickens over the past decade and his ‘Booneisms’ are a constant source of career and life advice. One of my favorites is, “When you are hunting elephants, don’t get distracted chasing rabbits.”
AAPC: Where do you go when you need to be inspired?
Heather: My cabin in central Idaho. It has enough of a cell signal (barely) to allow me to work while I’m there, and that’s where I do some of my best thinking. But the surroundings inspire me to get my work done as quickly as possible so I can go outdoors to recharge my mind.
AAPC: Why did you join AAPC?
Heather: Networking opportunities. As a consultant, I work from home (which I love), but it’s important to stay connected with other people in my field and keep an eye on industry trends.
AAPC: How do you manage high-stress situations?
Heather: Stay focused on the mission, ignore the noise, and don’t sacrifice sleep.
AAPC: Why is being part of a bipartisan organization valuable to you?
Heather: When I first started in politics, I worked primarily on Republican campaigns. Over the years, I’ve encountered more projects that require a bipartisan approach. There are so many talented people in this industry on both sides of the aisle, and some of my favorite colleagues have been from ideological backgrounds that are different than mine. I like having the ability to collaborate with people based on their talents and experiences, not just their opinions.
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