In the Clinton White House, I felt privileged to be allowed "in the room." I had many generous mentors there, men and women both, who taught me I belonged there and my voice mattered. I learned to speak up. It was in the Obama White House where I appreciated that it wasn't just my privilege but my responsibility to speak in whatever room I was in. You aren't doing your job if you don't.
-- Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President, p. 62