NLC Alumni: Where Are They Now? Katelyn Hailey

When the 2012 NLC Institute began, I had no idea that six months later my professional life would change so drastically. I was working for an environmental nonprofit for a cause that I ate, slept and breathed for. I had hardly considered my next step along my career, let alone planned for a big change any time soon.

But that's one of the key components of NLC. The program is designed to allow Fellows to take the time out of our busy lives to dig deep into our goals and build on our resources to help maximize our opportunities for strategic professional (and personal) development in ways we never imagined.

And by resources, I mean both skills and relationships. Lo and behold, my current position as a representative in an elected official's office came straight from my connections through NLC. It's true what they say - it's all about who you know, and NLC is the perfect vehicle by which to develop those ties.

I still have the same end goal as when the NLC Institute kicked off at the beginning of 2012, but my path to get there is entirely different. I still eat, sleep and breathe for the same cause, but I'm developing my own way to fight for it. My mentors, fellow Fellows and the leadership of NLC and SDLA have supported me along every step, and I can't wait to see what happens next!

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