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Called to Lead Leah Daughtry Heads Democratic National Convention BY R.L. WITTER

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s July is quickly approaching and thoughts turn to cookouts, beach days, and summer relaxation for many, Rev. Leah Daughtry is preparing for what might arguably be her busiest month of this year. As CEO of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Daughtry is responsible for everything from the artwork on the press credentials to the fleet of buses that will shuttle delegates and journalists from one venue to another. Who will speak on the first night? Who will speak on the last? What about signage and security? Rev. Leah Daughtry’s years of experience in strategic planning and event management will serve her well as she undertakes this Herculean task.

The Second Time Around I’d be remiss not to tell you this is actually Daughtry’s second go-round as CEO of the DNC. This first time was in 2008 when then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the party’s nomination for President and—well, you know how that turned out. But what you might not know is that Leah Daughtry did double duty that year serving as chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee, in addition to being CEO. She is also the first person ever to serve as CEO twice, and while some might crack

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under pressure, Daughtry is taking things in stride, “I think there’s a bit more pressure,” she said calmly on a June Monday afternoon. “Even if it’s only my own pressure to meet or exceed the standard of excellence that we had in 2008, although I think that’s more internal to me than anything else.” Her grace under pressure comes through as she combines technology with tools others might view as antiquated. “If I’m running out the door I have my phone, a piece of paper, and a pen,” she explained. “Old-fashioned still works best sometimes and it’s sometimes easier to jot down a thought or a note with pen and paper than it is to pull out the phone. Plus, I like the feel of pen on paper.” Growing Up Raised in Brooklyn and educated at Dartmouth, Daughtry is the daughter of Reverend Doctors Karen and Herbert Daughtry. Activists and spiritual leaders, the Daughtry family comes by their titles honestly. Leah and her sister, Dawnique, represent the fifth generation of ministers in their family. That’s right, their family’s Pentecostal roots stretch back to their great-great-grandparents and the days of slavery. Her father, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, known as “The People’s Pastor,” is National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches. thepositivecommunity.com

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