Tuesday Truths 2017 Edition v19

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Vive la France! Such welcome news over the weekend to hear the election results in France. They have a week to put together an Inaugural as well as transition into a new government. Which is simply amazing. I worked on the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) in 1997 on Vice President Gore’s team and I initially started a week after the election in 1996 working with the General Election Co-Chair, who then became Co-Executive Director of PIC. We scoped out office space and started getting the infrastructure together, mainly a lot of the people who had worked on the 1996 re-elect also worked on PIC. With the number of people returning from states, it took a while for people to get their project assignments. It’s a lot of work to put together an Inaugural Parade, multiple official balls, concerts, the swearing in etc…so I will be very interested to see what is involved in a French Inaugural. I didn’t have a day off except for Christmas and we worked on New Year’s Eve with a break to ring in 1997 and were back at it on New Year’s Day. So basically we had 10 weeks to get it all done. We had it a bit easier because we were continuing into a 2nd administration, but when you have a change of administration, everything is up for transition. Bonne chance France!

Here’s Tuesday Truths!


  • When I was in my 20s, I certainly wasn’t thinking about retirement and now as I approach the latter half of my career, I can see retirement much closer to the horizon. We know that the fields of public policy, non-profit and politics aren’t that conducive to saving for retirement vs saving for when we’re in more lean times. If you have student debt, you will have even more challenges to saving for retirement. Don’t run away from figuring out the numbers. Embrace the potential in realizing what is ahead for your retirement. Better to see what you may need into the future and not think of it as a lost cause, but a road map to how you can make financial decisions. So if you’re 25, here’s how much you’ll need to retire. via Mic


  • As a long time fan of twitter personality, DK NY PR GIRL, I enjoyed reading her tweets about life in the fashion industry. Although the author, Aliza Licht has moved on from her role at DKNY, she continues to give terrific brand advice and she recently wrote about how to develop a thick skin in the office. Campaigns don’t do any training when it comes to communicating with staff. Depending on the size of the campaign, you’re talking about a flat org chart and with larger campaigns, you may find that there’s a chain of command, but we’re there to execute plans in a short amount of time so taking the time to understand the priorities is essential to getting the job done. It’s doesn’t mean that it translates so well to other professional outlets. Having a thicker skin also demands that you understand how to manage up and all that entails.


  • If you have ever experienced bias at work, you know how uncomfortable it can be to clear the air. Here are ways you can handle these difficult conversations and if you haven’t experienced bias, check to see if you exhibit any of this kind of behavior. You can course correct into the future and avoid having this kind of conversation.


  • Paralysis strikes me when I think I’m going to answer a question incorrectly on a test. I certainly have a fear of failure, but I also have a healthy dose of “who gives a F*CK”. I try to do things that are outside of my comfort zone because just attempting things that scare me is a WIN. Same can be said for those who need a call to action. Having confidence can be more important to ability. Natural talent is wonderful and seeing those who excel because they were born with it can be amazing. Taking action doesn’t always guarantee failure and attempting something can lead to a whole new awareness of your ability to succeed.


  • Mother’s Day is coming up and I get to celebrate Momma Mielke. She left her home country of Vietnam in 1976 with my dad and me and wasn’t reunited with her mother, siblings (she’s the oldest of 9), their spouses and children until 17 years years later when her relatives immigrated to the U.S. She, herself didn’t return to the country of her birth until 31 years after she left Vietnam. In the meantime, she sponsored all of her family to the U.S., my father passed away and she was raising me to get ready for college (I left home at barely 17 years old to start Tulane). She has seen adversity and I hope that she can relax (although now she continues as a small business owner as a hobby!). This picture was used by Newsweek to cover when my parents & I left Vietnam because we were one of the last American families to leave post April 30, 1975 (when the Communist took over Saigon). Happy Mother’s Day out there to all the Mommas!


  • Through the years people have commented on my style and how I’ve managed to be a #boss while also be a woman. I’m not into the Mark Zuckerberg way of dressing with his no thinking t-shirt and jeans attire. I see clothes as a way to express my individuality and how I bring presence to a situation. Understanding my body type along with how it makes me feel: more confident, in command and comfortable are all essential to my wardrobe choices. Investing in staples are important to getting yourself to better understanding your style choices. You can start with pieces that are in your price range and then elevate your wardrobe with more expensive pieces when you can afford it. Luckily, the fashion industry caters to all price points so you can always feel your most confident. Here are the staples that can start your wardrobe.

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— Madalene


2 thoughts on “Tuesday Truths 2017 Edition v19

  1. Laetitia

    Ah yeah, we don’t really have an inauguration so much as a transfer of power… much simpler 😉 mostly ceremonial stuff, lunch, laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and checking out the guarde republicaine (those horses!!) and going to say hello to the mayor of Paris (because let’s be real… that’s the most powerful person in town!)

    1. Madalene Mielke Post author

      and there you have it, folks – the real deal Inaugural/transfer of power details from a bona fide French citizen! Political appointments aside, the sheer volume of who works for the government under this new Presidency must go through an upheaval.


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