Donna Brazile addressed this year's Public Affairs Conference

At the National Restaurant Association’s recent Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., political insider Donna Brazile shared her secret recipe for rebuilding bipartisanship relationships: “Stir in a little civility, peace and kindness, and work together so both sides support each other,” she said.

That was the message Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee and brand-new Fox News’ contributor, shared, amid thunderous applause, with the nearly 600 conference attendees. She addressed the group on March 27, saying we must reverse the current “politics of meanness” and “bring our country back together again.”

The Louisiana native and political strategist shared war stories collected during her 24 years of working on Presidential campaigns, from 1976 to 2000, and talked about being the first African-American woman to manage a Presidential campaign – Vice President Al Gore’s run in 2000. She added that she was excited to see more women getting involved in politics, saying, “Women in leadership doubles the talent pool.”

Brazile, who this year serves as public policy chair at Howard University and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, both in Washington, said the issues to focus on in the coming year include infrastructure, immigration, trade, and debt reform. She also noted that she is teaching her students that a “divided government can build a stronger nation” and that it is essential for all of us to stay connected. “We need each other,” she said.

At the end of the presentation, Brazile took questions from the audience, and reminded them to “Focus on the Recipe. When the salt and pepper get together, you can make anything.”