December Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Hawkins

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Lisa Hawkins graduated from the University of Utah in 2016. She also a holds a Masters degree in development studies from the University of Cambridge. She currently works as the executive assistant to Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council.

Q: What are your experiences with the Hinckley Institute?

Internships include - Communications Department, Office of Governor Gary Herbert; Maitri India; Stepping Stones (Botswana); National Security Subcommittee, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Classes include - Forum Series, Campaign Management, Senator Bennett Research Symposium, Ambassador John Price Foreign Policy Think Tank

I also was on the editorial board and an editor of the Hinckley Journal, and obviously a staff member at the Hinckley for about four years.

What is your favorite Hinckley Memory?

The Hinckley Institute's programs were the framework that guided my entire undergraduate experience. From the first meeting I had with former director Kirk Jowers, I was hungry to take advantage of every opportunity offered at the Hinckley. By several strokes of luck, I indeed exhausted nearly every Hinckley program--and then some! More than teaching me skills in policy planning, public speaking, and campaigning, the Hinckley Institute helped me recognize my duty to be an informed, active citizen, no matter my profession. 

 How did the Hinckley impact your competitiveness for grad school and your career?

It was the diversity of my resume and the substantive nature of my undergraduate extracurriculars that made me competitive for graduate school and entry into a career in the international field. The Hinckley was the vehicle that not only inspired me but programmatically and financially enabled me to pursue each of those opportunities. Regardless of your major or future career goals, there is no better hub for professional and academic development than the Hinckley Institute of Politics.