Taking the Hill 🇺🇸
Over the last few years I have been on Capitol Hill dozens of times.
Sometimes talking to lawmakers and sometimes talking to their staff. But always talking about our workforce.
This past week was a bit more action packed than previous trips. With the CEO of TikTok being grilled on Thursday — I talked to folks in front of the same committee on energy and commerce on the impact of data privacy laws on startups.
We talked about why a federal policy law would help startups by reducing confusion, by reducing wasted legal expenses and by reducing time wasted on stuff that isn’t core to a tech company — like building great products.
I also had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress about a new bill that would make it easier for employers to offer and employees to access — skill training. Making our labor laws more accessible and relevant for todays workforce.
Now, I’m not here to talk policy. I’d rather talk about why advocating — a.k.a. getting off your ass instead of just complaining at your social media feed — is not just an awesome opportunity but a responsibility for leaders today…
Today, more than ever, our elected officials need to hear from us — all of us. From frontline workers to frontline managers, from CEO to CHRO…
They need to hear from us for three reasons…
- They need to understand how their decisions impact customers — They are too far away
- They need to understand how their decisions impact our business model — many have never run a business — or worked in a business
- They need to understand how their decisions impact our frontline — the very people they are sent to DC by and for
Send a letter. Attend a meeting. Join a virtual town hall. Meet with your local member of Congress. Or…run for something yourself.
It is time for action. We need your voice.
Now back to work.