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1.) What are the key strengths (qualities, attributes, skills... not work experience) you bring that would be important to the position? I. Communication Skills One of the most adept skills that I would bring to the table is my ability to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences through various mediums. This skill was cultivated at some of the nations top institutions of higher education, refined through hard work in difficult professional industries and polished by unique life experiences all around the globe. As a student at the College of William & Mary, I learned how to organize and convey my thoughts both orally and in writing. I continued to fine-tune those skills as a history teacher in the United Kingdom where I learned how to take complex ideas and break them down into digestible components that were accessible and interesting to both students and colleagues. In law school, I furthered my mastery of analyzing information, formulating my thoughts and delivering compelling arguments. Working as a litigator, I represented large corporate clients and won cases by effectively communicating my clients messages clearly and succinctly. When I transitioned into the business world as an entrepreneur, I put my education and life experiences to the test as I sought to create and raise capital for various enterprises. I outlined and achieved every fundraising goal I established because I approached investors with a well-crafted message, laid the proper foundation and was not afraid to ask difficult questions. As a business owner and community leader in Richmond, I continue to engage a wide variety of audiences as I promote artistic, business, educational, governmental and philanthropic organizations to individuals, companies, politicians and institutions throughout the region. In short, although my resume clearly outlines my educational and professional accomplishments, what it may not overtly do is illuminate one of the key threads that tie all of my experiences togetherthe ability to effectively communicate with practically

anyone to achieve my desired objective. II. Leadership Throughout my entire life, I have held leadership positions in a variety of business, civic and community organizations. I am a natural leader who is comfortable setting specific goals, charting a course to achieve


them, delegating tasks, managing a team of people and generating a genuine sense comradery and enthusiasm. My goal as a leader is not to create followers, but to create more leaders. That is, I strive to inspire people and show them what they are capable of achieving both individually and as part of a team. Utilizing this philosophy, I empower my team members to accomplish our objectives in a way that makes everyone feel good about themselves, their work and our mission. A true leader is also a natural salesperson. Many years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson that applies to both leaders and marketerswhat people think about something matters less that how something makes people feel about themselves. That is, when presenting your product to someone (be it a restaurant, membership in an organization or even an idea), do not bother asking what that person thinks about your product. That superficial question will likely illicit narrow responses such as: your restaurant has good food; or, your organization serves an important need; or, your idea sounds reasonable. Instead, ask your audience how your product makes them feel about themselves. In other words, ask: Does my restaurant make you feel welcome, happy and good about yourself when you are here? Does membership in my association create a sense of pride in you and a feeling of place and worth in your community? Does my idea generate feelings of empathy and understanding or help clarify your very sense of self? This feeling-based marketing technique mirrors my aforementioned leadership philosophy. I engage potential clients and members of the community in the same manner that I lead my team membersI empower them to feel good about themselves, the work that they do and our collective mission. Once an individual, corporation or organization believes that your product and your mission makes them feel good about themselves, you have gained more than a clientyouve created a staunch advocate and partner. As an employee in this company, I will lead my team and market our product to the community using this effective feeling-based leadership and marketing style that has become a part of my personality and come to define my professional life.

III. Tenacious Work Ethic If there is one thing that my resume indicates, and that can be confirmed by anyone who knows me, it is that I have a tenacious work ethic. I am a self-motivated, driven and methodical person who


operates well individually and as a part of a team. Once I establish a goal (be it getting into a top-tier school, passing the Virginia Bar Exam or selling people on an idea or product), I devise a plan to achieve it and systematical work towards my objective. My personal and professional experiences demonstrate that I possess an innate work ethic that will enable me to achieve all of the goals that this position requires. Not only must the person who holds this position fulfill his/her duties proficiently, that person must do so in a way that makes the entire organization appear competent, diplomatic, professional and refined. Importantly, I have extensive experience in bringing finesse to professional and social situations ranging from business functions and courtroom trials to organizational meetings and cocktail parties. If given the opportunity to serve in this post, I will successfully attain the companys stated goals and do so with the dignity and grace required of someone given the responsibility of this position. This position plays an integral part in working towards the companys mission and, therefore, much like an entrepreneur, the person who occupies the post is never really off duty. If selected, I will work on behalf of the company both on and off the clock as I continue to pursue my extra-curricular involvement in various civic and community organizations throughout the region and beyond. Just as a proper education extends beyond the walls of the classroom during the school day, successful execution of this positions responsibilities will require that I work on behalf of the company outside of the office in various facets throughout my personal and professional life. I am ready to take on a position like this that will require comprehensive and holistic engagement on my part. IV. Sense of Humor In every professional position that I have held to date I have struck the appropriate balance between hard work and whimsicality, all while maintaining a healthy sense of humor. Mark Twain once said, Humor is mankinds greatest blessing. Although I agree with Mark Twain, I would also argue that humor is a managerial tool that, if used properly, can increase the chances of achieving ones personal and professional goals throughout life. An important measure of a good leader is that persons ability to use humor in otherwise serious contexts. Proper use of humor puts people at ease and makes it easier to engage them on an emotional level and win them over as an advocate for your objectives. Over time, I have learned when and how to effectively use humor to advance my goals. If selected for this position, I will continue to use humor as both


a business tool and a purely social device in order to achieve my objectives and to provide a healthy sense of levity to my personal and professional life. Summary It should be readily apparent that my key strengths that I outlined above (communication skills, leadership, tenacious work ethic and sense of humor) are inherently interrelated. Viewed individually, each trait is admirable and likely presents someone who is an excellent worker and an all-around good guy. Viewed collectively, however, these traits demonstrate that my unique life experiences have granted me vast insight into the human condition that has enabled me to succeed in various facets of my life. As an employee in this company, I will utilize that insight to advance the companys mission, provide an influential and vibrant voice to its vision and ensure that its message resonates throughout the community.