When talking of women who have attained self-actualization, then Andrea McWilliams definitely rates among the top. Highly learned with strong persuasion skills and at the same time articulate in her resource mobilization initiatives, McWilliams is just a moving force in both her private and public engagements. She traces her valiant stance on public leadership way back from her tender age. Barely 21, McWilliams was appointed chief of staff in what has mostly been attributed to be the main takeoff point towards her dazzling career. She later joined the private sector in a move that first saw her engage an iconic public relations company, Public Strategies, Inc. She later co-found the McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants.
A strategist and a prudent lobbyist, Andrea McWilliams has been a significant figure in the Texas Political Affairs. Her role as lobbyist mostly sees her craft policies in regulatory and legislative fields on behalf of their company clients. Together with her husband, Dean McWilliams, their partnership has been applauded as somehow intrigue. One partner representing Republican ideologies while the other representing Democrat ideologies ensure that their clients are perfectly represented on both sides of the political stand. Yet in public political participation, her story is just epic, especially during her stay in Texas government. She passed over $100 million in incentives during the 81st legislative session, a move that made Texas gain recognition as the first ever destination on the globe to have the cleanest coal power plant that captures carbon
McWilliams is also a philanthropist. Most of her philanthropic works have seen her named to the ‘All Star’ Austin American Statesman Fortune 500 List. She also serves as a board member in several philanthropic committees and programs all over Texas. She has won several awards including the Austin Business Journal’s ‘Profile in Power Awards’ among others.