I remember that my mom, my dad and I would play different roles in mock debates, where one of us would be the moderator, one of us would be my dad - frequently not my dad - and then one of us would play his opponent.
My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility.
A tin roof is one of the greatest indicators of prosperity in the developing world.
Running is the one part of my life in which I fundamentally feel like the observer instead of the observed.
Role models really matter. It's hard to imagine yourself as something you don't see.
I hadn't planned on or expected to have a public dimension in my life.
I loved working on Wall Street. I loved the meritocracy of it and the camaraderie of the trading floor.
That's who my mom is. She's a listener and a doer. She's a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. So, this November, I'm voting for a woman who is my role model, as a mother, and as an advocate. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children.
There's something else that my mother taught me, public service is about service. And, as her daughter, I've had a special window into how she serves. I've seen her holding the hands of mothers, worried about how they'll feed their kids, worried about how they'll get them the healthcare they need.
I hope that young people will also look to politics as a vehicle to not only have their voices heard, but actually to be the change makers that they want to see. They are disaffected, understandably, but I hope that young people will not only turn out to vote but also run for office.
I have a boyfriend and a dog, and I still haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me.
The first sort of big present I remember getting from Santa Claus was quite a small telescope that I remember going into our backyard with my parents and figuring out how to assemble, and staring at the night sky, just for hours, with both of my parents.
I have voted in every election that I have been qualified to vote in since I turned 18.
Millennials are often portrayed as apathetic, disinterested, tuned out and selfish. None of those adjectives describe the Millennials I've been privileged to meet and work with.
What inspires me most are people who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and around the world.
People recognize me. Most people are really nice. Sometimes people say, 'Hi, Chelsea.'
I hope that my children will someday be as proud of me as I am of my mom. I am so grateful to be her daughter. I'm so grateful that she is Charlotte's and Aiden's grandmother. She makes me proud every single day.
I think that we need women role models everywhere. I think that it's really hard to imagine yourself as something that you don't see.
I'd ask myself, 'What do I think is really unjust?' That should be a starting point for how you engage with the world.
At the fourth grade level, girls at the same percentages of boys say they're interested in careers in engineering or math or astrophysics, but by eighth grade that has dropped precipitously.
I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me.
I think we need to care about the metrics of success in life, and I'm a pretty competitive person.
We have to do whatever we can to ensure that no child dies of diarrhea.
My parents were very firm about me always getting my homework done.
I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas. And I always, always knew how deeply they loved me. That feeling of being valued and loved, that's what my mom wants for every child.
I think about how best to live my grandmother's twin mantras that 'Life is not a dress rehearsal' and 'Life is not about what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.'
Millennials regularly draw ire for their cell phone usage. They're mobile natives, having come of age when landlines were well on their way out and payphones had gone the way of dinosaurs. Because of their native fluency, Millennials recognize mobile phones can do a whole lot more than make calls, enable texting between friends or tweeting.
Changing laws and changing the political dialogue, while necessary, is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops; to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality.
My grandmother was determined that everyone feel a sense of optimism and opportunity.
I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press. Even though I think you're cute.
My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century. That is certainly true. But so, too, are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.
Every day at some point I encounter some sort of anti-American feeling.
I was working full-time and going to school at night and on the weekends. It was just crazy.
I think that there are more opportunities for young women in America than there are in Tanzania. But I also think there are many of the same problems.
My earliest memory is my mom picking me up after I had fallen down, giving me a big hug and reading me 'Goodnight Moon.' From that moment, to this one, every single memory I have of my mom is that regardless of what was happening in her life, she was always, always there for me.
If I had one singular galvanizing ambition in life, I would try to reverse engineer toward it, but I don't.
My parents and my grandmother inspire me every day and, every day, in my work and personal life.
My grandmother, who passed away at the beginning of November, had a core adage in her life that 'life is not about what happens to you but about what you do with what happens to you.' She recently had been cajoling me and challenging me to do more with my life. To lead more of a purposefully public life.
I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives.