Power Women 2021: Chelsea Boozer
Government Affairs Manager
Central Arkansas Water
How did you get started in your field?
My interest in public service started with journalism. I was a newspaper reporter, primarily covering local government, in Memphis; Washington, D.C.; and Little Rock for eight years before coming to work at Central Arkansas Water.
What do you love best about what you do?
Helping facilitate the regional and political collaboration needed to ensure all Arkansans have access to safe, affordable, high-quality drinking water is rewarding to me on a personal level. I’m challenged with building support for a vision of the water industry that will positively transform the quality of life for future generations, and the significance of that is motivating.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Always shoot your shot and seek the opportunity. The worst anyone can say is, “No.” Apply for the fellowship. Send in the nomination. Seek the job promotion. Sign up to give the presentation. Ask for the stretch project or extra responsibility. Having initiative can be the variable that sets you apart.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I’m not a big subscriber to the “work/life balance” concept. I think the key to “balancing” is being able to be flexible in all areas of your life. A great employer and a great partner at home are both integral to having that flexibility.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” — Jewish scholar, Hillel the Elder.