Alyssa Mastromonaco — Working for President Obama, Being Late and Vacay Book Recos

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This week on Detail Therapy with Amy Landino, Alyssa Mastromonaco joins the show!

(0:52) What to expect from today’s chat

(1:40) Welcome | AmyTV

(1:55) CONTENT WARNING! This one is uncensored!

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INTERVIEW WITH ALYSSA MASTROMONACO

Amy sits down today with Alyssa Mastromonaco who is the youngest woman to be deputy chief of operations at the White House. She redefined the traditional “boys-club” culture during her time there and brought new meaning to the women’s movement during 44’s time in office. Alyssa is also the author of “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea” as well as her new book “So Here’s the Thing.”

(4:17) Why do you what you do?
Trying to let women know that they’re cool to do whatever they want to do.
You shouldn’t have to change yourself for the job you want.

(5:01) Former Deputy Chief of Staff | So Here’s the Thing | Resumés
”You can always take a risk on your jobs if you know you can pay your bills, even if it means being a babysitter.”

(7:56) When you think about the skills you learned in customer service, which pieces did you take with you to your time working in politics? | Details matter

(9:33) Being on time | Tardiness | Matthew Santoro Episode

(13:20) Thank you for your service to women | Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Speaker

(14:49) Working for VICE | Mentor, Anne Finucane, Bank of America | Charlie Rose Interview

(17:23) Moving on from politics | Avoiding conflict

(18:42) What did you learn from your time at VICE/A&E? | NARAL Volunteer

(20:50) Politics, Ohio & the Grassroots GOP Agenda | The ability for media to change one’s focus.

(22:41) PLP | Platonic Life Partner, Dan Pfeiffer
What does it take to be somebody in this environment? | Stress and Emotional Maturity | Humor

(24:25) Quivering Lips and Angry Birds

(25:26) “Always listen to Michelle Obama.” Lead with curiosity.

(30:43) What was the best part of working in the White House?

(33:30) Air Force One, what’s the best keepsake?

(34:13) How much of working in the White House is like working in VEEP?
The West Wing | Scandal |

(37:47) Instagram Questions
-How do you prioritize? Being a list maker
-Shrummy, Fuzzy Butt the Katrina Rescue Cat | Physical Therapy for the Cat
-Is President Obama the same as who we see on TV?
-Do you have any tips on managing scheduling?

(48:22) The Details
What is your morning routine? Wake | Workout | Coffee | Shower | Skincare

(49:51) What is your favorite skincare? The No-Makeup life.
Goop Daily Exfoliator, Toner, Kate Somerville, Skinceuticals

(50:37) Hardcore facials 4x per year | Dermaplaning | Peels

(52:02) The Hanacure Mask

(52:37) Self Care | Going to concerts & broadway shows | Hamilton | To Kill a Mockingbird
”We’re not at the point of no return.”

(55:17) Reading Recommendations
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch | Life Will Be the Death of Me | Savage News | Are You There Vodka?… | Mindy Kaling | The Mindy Project

(59:49) What is the most rewarding thing did you take from your experience?

(1:02:55) What does it mean to you to go after the life you want?

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(1:03:28) Detail Recap:

  • Just because you have to do something different here and there to pay bills doesn’t mean that your resume is “crap.” Don’t worry about the weird positions you held, bonus points for customer service experience.

  • Keep your resumé updated no matter what you’re doing now.

  • Memorize your schedule!
     

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