Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women

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Dr. Williams is the National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary and Education. She previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember. 

Who inspired you to do the work you are doing?

My mother inspired me to do the work I do.  She had 9 children, and very early in life she involved us in community service.  Our very first project that I remember on community service was going to the homes of neighbors to ask them to sign a petition to the school board to get a school bus to pick us up and take us to school.  Prior to that, we had to walk over 5 miles each day.  The project was successful.

What is the biggest challenge facing the United States and how would you fix it?

I believe the biggest policy change facing our country is Immigration Reform.  I would do what the President is doing.  I would talk directly with the American people to help them understand that deporting 11 million people will not work, and it is in our best interest to help them find a pathway to citizenship.

Where can we find more of your work?

We welcome anyone who wants to know more about the National Congress of Black Women.  One might go to our website at “http://www.nationalcongressbw.org/

What advice do you have for young people interested in your field?

I would advise a person interested in diplomacy to take advantage of internships in Washington, DC so that he/she has many opportunities to meet diplomats and learn from them.

How do you find balance with a career as demanding as yours?

I try to find a bit of alone time during the day where I can meditate even if just for a few munutes. I do stretches as often as possible and I try to eat right so that I don’t lose focus throughout the day. I say prayers a lot and read meditations. When all else fails, I call my mother. She always has soothing things to say no matter what the challenge is! 

What do you do when you are not saving the world?

I spend my time trying to figure out how to save it! I then read a magazine or book and just try to think anything except work. 

What is your favorite book?

Right now, it’s my latest book called The Truth!