On Thursday January 18, 2017, Rich McKeown, chairman of Leavitt Partners Board of Directors, delivered a lecture for the Public Affairs Lecture Series.
His lecture was centered around the lessons he learned over the course of his continuing career in public service. He quoted Mark Twain saying, “If you hold a cat by the tail, you’ll learn lessons you cannot learn any other way.”
McKeown shared how his experience as a 7th and 8th grade teacher showed him that the system of education needed to do better to accommodate the needs of the students.
He also emphasized the importance of communicating ideas clearly and effectively. He said, “your ability to speak clearly to people is essential.”
When recounting his experience running for Mayor of Salt Lake City, he explained to students that raising your hand to volunteer for hard things will end up connecting you with people that will be an important force in your life. McKeown’s campaign for mayor led him to work as chief of staff for Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serve as senior counselor and chief of staff to Administrator Leavitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among many other notable accomplishments.
He closed by sharing his guiding principle of always striving to make a difference in the lives of the people he serves and works with.
Thank you, Rich McKeown, for sharing your experiences and wisdom with us.