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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lucas Public Affairs’ 2020 summer interns, Leia Getahoun, Maddie Moore, Tori Stutzman and Nathan Yanez, welcomed nearly 50 Sacramento area young professionals to the seventh annual “Capitol Connections” intern roundtable on August 21.

This year’s online panel included Facebook California Public Policy Team Lead Mona Pasquil Rogers, California Resources Corporation Vice President of Public Affairs Margita Thompson and Sac Metro Chamber of Commerce Brand Strategy & Communications Officer Erika Bjork. These dynamic leaders shared valuable advice and lessons learned on getting started in the Capitol community, finding passion in their careers and navigating the COVID-19 virtual world.

“Organizing this year’s intern roundtable was a great experience and a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from a diverse group of Sacramento professionals on how to advance our careers and navigate this new virtual environment,” said Maddie Moore.

“I really enjoyed being able to contribute to planning and hosting this virtual panel of powerful women,” said Leia Getahoun. “It was definitely a good challenge to convert an event that is usually held in person to online. I’m grateful for Team LPA’s support and for our amazing panel who contributed such valuable knowledge to all of us young professionals.”

“I appreciated the opportunity to plan and moderate this year’s intern roundtable, especially with all that is happening in the world right now,” said Tori Stutzman. “It was an amazing learning experience, and I very much enjoyed hearing from our wonderful panel of women on how to further my career and professional future.”

“Planning this year’s Capitol Connections during a pandemic was a new and challenging experience,” said Nathan Yanez. “I learned a lot from my LPA colleagues who supported the planning as well as from the speakers who provided great advice on career paths and growth.”

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