Matthew Dowd: Business Day 2017, Luncheon Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Business Day Luncheon will be Special Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News, Matthew Dowd. For the past 30 years, Dowd has helped shape strategies and campaigns for CEOs, corporations, foundations, governments, candidates, and presidents. He currently serves as an analyst for ABC News where he appears on This Week, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and he has written regular pieces for publications like National Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Dowd’s political work includes serving as the chief strategist on two winning reelection efforts – for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and for President George W. Bush in 2004. He has also given strategic advice to President Barack Obama after the 2010 midterm elections, Bono at the One Campaign, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He is coauthor of the wildly popular New York Times best-seller Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community, which examines the tactics used by two great politicians and a groundbreaking company to thrive in an era of immense change.

Dowd has taught seminars on campaigns and communication at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California.

Over the last 20 years, Dowd has been an active entrepreneur, founding three highly successful companies including Vianovo and Public Strategies. He recently started Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund which is focused on for-profit social good companies. His experience in business and politics will help bridge the paradox between capitalism and social consciousness.