Stephens works for Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
She has a COOL JOB as a State Government Affairs Manager or
I travel three to four days a week to six different
states and work in the state capitals. I seek out any elected or appointed
state official that can influence the passing of laws pertaining to
prescription drugs or health care in the United States.
How She Got That Gig:
Stephens worked two years at a major clothing retailer
as a sales manager and human resources. She then decided to go into
sales and got a job at Bayer as a sales representative in the hospital
division. She worked her way up to a regional trainer at the corporate
office and a division sales manager in the field. I went through
a week of extensive psychological testing and passed, to become a lobbyist.
I have been a lobbyist for three years now and with the company for
A Day in the Life:
Stephens works with elected officials on legislation
that effects Bayer and the pharmaceutical industry. She meets regularly
the heads and members of the State Health Committees, Health Department
Mental Health Agencies, Medical Aid Departments, Diabetics Associations
and any other grass roots
organizations. She has reviewed over 150 medical bills in the last
six months to determine if it
affects her company and if their position is to support, oppose or
I love being a part of the democratic process
and educating the people who make the laws in our country.
The frequent travel can be an upside and a downside
in how it affects your personal life.
Words from the Wise:
You can go as far as you want to but it is 100 percent
up to you. Take responsibility for your development and have a good
University of Maine, BS Political Science
Paying the Bills:
Anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 per year depending
on whether you work for a private or government organization. Some
lobbyists own their own companies and are contracted by large organizations
to do their lobbying. Some can make over $1 million a year!