Suzy DeFrancis, Hall of Femme 2018

Chief public affairs officer, American Red Cross

What would you do if not in PR?
I’m a political junkie, so I would love to host a political talk show.

Talk about the last time you experienced a fist-pumping victory moment.
Whenever I get to defend the American Red Cross on TV.

When was the last time you endured a real "agony of defeat" moment? What did you learn from it?
I was passed over for a job I really wanted, but I learned God had even better plans in mind for me.

How long ago was the last time you took the time to recharge your batteries? What did you do?
In the disaster business, there is never a time to truly recharge, but going to the mountains or the beach is where I find peace.

What is it about this industry that frustrates the hell out of you sometimes?
The late Gwen Ifill, [former moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour] summed up my biggest frustration: "Journalism is about asking the questions, not assuming the answers. It is about being skeptical, not cynical."

When have you seen this industry or your organization really shine?
When we did the right thing – even when it wasn’t easy to admit we were wrong.

Finish the sentence: To ensure career advancement and pay parity for women, I will...
encourage women who need more encouragement, but these days most women I see are crushing it.

Words to live by?
You have to take the bitter with the sweet.

Favorite drink?
A Dark and Stormy. Again, I’m in the disaster business.

What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
You can have it all – but not all at once.

Who are the three people, living or dead, you would like to host at a dinner party and why?
Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher – three of the best communicators I know.

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