Delora Sanchez Ifekauche represents private sector and nonprofit clients for national bipartisan firm Cornerstone Government Affairs. Part of the firm’s DEI consulting team, she holds a DEI certification from Stanford University. A University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law graduate, Sanchez Ifekauche has been recognized as a top lobbyist by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics.
What is the most valuable habit you have developed?
Self-motivation and resilience. I know the importance of taking control of my own actions and being driven to achieve my goals. Having a strong desire to succeed and not being easily discouraged by obstacles or setbacks is crucial for success. I find that being self-motivated allows me to stay focused and productive, even when there are no external incentives or rewards. It’s a habit that I’ve developed and it has helped me a lot in my career.
What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?
Navigating the complex and ever-changing political landscape. Being effective in my role requires a deep understanding of the issues at hand and an appreciation of the motivations and power dynamics of the decision-makers I aim to influence. This often involves walking a fine line between advocating for my clients and maintaining my own integrity and that of the firm. Above all, the most important and difficult lesson I’ve learned is to always keep a strong moral compass and to never compromise my values in pursuit of my goals.