White House counselor Kellyanne Conway believes the secret to her success is simple: She learned how to “think like a man and behave like a lady,” Time magazine reports.

For its issue featuring various “firsts,” Time magazine salutes Conway, a conservative attorney, pollster and CEO who became the “first woman to run a winning presidential campaign.” Originally senior adviser to then-candidate Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, Conway took over for Manafort in July 2016 and led the Republican to a surprise victory.

From the time that she was an only child in southern New Jersey, living with her mother, grandmother and two unmarried aunts, Conway tells Time, she was “precocious,” good with numbers, facts and figures. “I was taught to be a very strong, independent and free-thinking woman,” she says.

Those qualities helped her break into, and ensure she was taken seriously by, the Republican National Committee 20 years ago, which, she says, was like “walking into the men’s locker room at the Elk’s Club, holding a bachelor party.”

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