UPDATE Issue 2
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Call for Papers
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WREI Features a Former Fellow
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Fellows - Where are they now?
is pleased to feature an update on one of the 200 outstanding women who
came to Capitol Hill through our Congressional Fellowships on Women &
J. Ann Selzer, Ph.D.
Class of 1982-1983
Office of then - Representative, now Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Ann is now president of Selzer & Company of Des Moines, Iowa, which specializes
in public opinion research for media companies (primarily newspapers and
magazines across the country). She describes it as a "small but mighty"
company with a five-member staff which conducts about 80 studies a year.
"What is exceptionally rewarding is to give clients more than they ever
thought they could get from a study," Ann reports. "I enjoy looking at
a page of numbers and seeing ideas."
After receiving her Ph.D. in communications from the University of Iowa,
she worked for a major public opinion company in Washington and then took
a job as research manager and director of the Iowa Poll for the Des Moines
Register. "This position served as a wonderful stepping stone [toward]
running my own show because the Register housed a full-service research
shop within its marketing department. I had a lot of autonomy and complete
authority in mounting studies, with client departments to make happy."
Ann describes her time on Capitol Hill as "a gift that has lasted my lifetime.
I can't imagine learning so much about so many different things is so
short a time in any other venue." "One of the great lessons from the fellowship
was how critical it is to listen to all positions, see the common ground,
find ways of talking about differences in a way that doesn't draw battle
lines. We can accomplish so much more working together than against one
another. In case that sounds like Pollyanna, let me hasten to add that
I also learned the value of a solid plan B when communication breaks down!"
In addition to traveling ("to Alaska this summer"), reading ("my book
group is about to tackle Hawkins' A Brief History of Time"), and entertaining
her nieces and nephews, Ann sings and does fundraising for the Des Moines
Choral Society. You will be impressed to learn she performed with them
at Carnegie Hall.