Community & Government

Bonus: Resilience in Action with Huma Abedin

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lesson time 14:16 min

Hillary and her current chief of staff, Huma Abedin, have worked together for 25 years. Together, they discuss mentorship and what it looks like to have resilience in the workplace.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] - Okay, are we rolling? DIRECTOR: Ready? And Take it away. - I am very excited to talk to one of my most trusted advisors and my chief of staff, Huma Abedin. For 25 years, I've watched her work hard, push through challenging situations, and climb the ranks on my team. Huma is the embodiment of so many of the lessons that we've discussed in this class around resilience, taking criticism, daring to compete, and more. [MUSIC PLAYING] So Huma, why don't you start by maybe telling us how we got together and met in the first place. - Well, this is a night that I remember with clarity, but I don't expect you're going to remember it. There's no reason you'd remember this, because it was November 5, 1996. Your husband had just been re-elected president. You were First Lady. I was your intern, but you did not know that. And I'd actually never met you. And there was an opportunity for a bunch of interns to travel to Little Rock for Election Night. And after the president gave his speech, and you guys come down off the stage and you start working the rope line, I was so kind of electrified by the experience, this feeling of hope and energy and excitement. And so I shimmied as close to the front of the rope line as I could. And like five people in, I thrust my hand forward. And you took it in yours and you looked me right in the eye and you had no idea who I was and you said, "Thank you." And I remember thinking in that moment, "Oh my God, she's so much like, littler, she's so petite, and she's so much prettier in real life." HILLARY CLINTON: Well, there's two things about that that I really respond to. One, you're right, people were always saying to me, oh, my gosh, you look so much better in person, which you know, was put in the right order and not prepared for the event that was upcoming. You know, I remember you getting up at the crack of dawn to get to work because there was work still to be done. So you became somebody who by your work ethic, your collegiality, your willingness to take on whatever you were asked to do-- I don't ever remember you saying no. I remember you saying OK, great, now how do I do it and where do I go to find out. You became a really essential part of our team. And it's why you went from being an intern to being a paid employee of the White House. HAMA ABEDIN: Yeah. HILLARY CLINTON: How can you, thinking back, tell young people today, you know, some of what you learned or you saw that would help them get ahead themselves to be noticed, to be given new opportunities? HUMA ABEDIN: I think if you are lucky enough to be in a profession-- for me, it ended up being public service. Try new things. Don't be afraid. And you don't have to do it on the public stage. Very few people in America, very few women in history, will be Hillary Clinton. So what are the lessons that those of us who look up to you can take from that? How to have that confidence, how to...

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With a lifetime of smashing barriers and achieving at the highest levels of public service, Hillary Rodham Clinton has learned to tap deep wells of resilience to reach her goals. Now the former U.S. senator and secretary of state is teaching the values, lessons, and practical tools that help her rise above, even sharing her never-before-heard 2016 presidential victory speech. Be inspired to own your ambition and make your mark.

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