In April, I was asked to be the featured speaker at the UGA Alumni Association (in DC’s) Bulldawg Breakfast. McKenna, Long, and Aldridge generously donated space in their offices for the event, which mainly serves as a networking and relationship building experience for active alumni members.
I started out the discussion with an explanation of how the University of Georgia was a driving factor which led me to the District of Columbia, and how it was those in which it put me in contact who encouraged me to compete for the title. Of course, I had to give particular mention to my former boss and mentor, Senator Johnny Isakson.
Not surprisingly, most of the questions I was asked centered around my experiences at the Miss America pageant. I enjoy reliving my time on that stage, and I think I always will, but I most enjoyed answering questions about what pageantry (and other stage experience) has done for my self-esteem, confidence, and poise.
I learned a lot from the breakfast discussion and hope that those who attended to hear me speak did also. Thanks to Lindsey Moss, UGA Bulldawg Alumni in DC President, for inviting me to speak and share with my peers.