“I always advise women when they go into an interview, don’t just say you deserve this because you have done this, this and this … Just show your vision. And your vision will speak to your excellence,” says Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi knows all about making a comeback career.
Last year, the House Speaker at the age of 78 reclaimed the title she previously held when she served as the first (and so far, only female) House Speaker from 2007 to 2011.
Mika Brzezinski and I were thrilled to interview Speaker Pelosi for our new book, “Comeback Careers: Rethink, Refresh and Reinvent Your Success At 40, 50 and Beyond.” She gave us her best career advice and explained how age and experience gives women the confidence to be themselves.
Speaker Pelosi began her congressional career at mid-life. She’d grown up steeped in Baltimore politics and spent over a decade in leadership positions in California democratic politics, but her first run for Congressional office was at the age of 47, when the youngest of her five children was a senior in high school.
In 2001, she was elected House minority whip, then minority leader in 2002.With age comes experience and confidence. We asked the Speaker the difference between Nancy Pelosi today, and Nancy Pelosi when she began her career.
She told us that she’d always spoken her mind, but today, with experience and knowledge gained through decades of political and policy work, she speaks with confidence.
“Thirty years ago, I may have been inexperienced and I would have spoken out,” she told us. Today, she says, she knows exactly what she’s talking about and speaks with an assuredness, resoluteness and fearlessness. She calls that “knowing your power.”