Business Day 2017 Key Note Speaker

Special Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News
Author of Best-Selling Applebee’s America
Campaign Strategist for More Than 100 Campaigns

Matthew Dowd is a well-known and respected cultural commentator and strategist. For the past 30 years, he has helped shape strategies and campaigns for CEOs, corporations, foundations, governments, candidates, and presidents. He currently serves as a special correspondent and 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, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post. With triumphant political campaigns under his belt and independence from both political parties, he uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to provide audiences with a view of America today and how our political, economic, and social institutions need to respond. Dowd covers not only politics but cultural, economic, and spiritual trends. He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Building a Name-Brand Candidate. 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. His innovative approach on the 2004 and 2000 campaigns led the bi-partisan American Association of Political Consultants to name him “Strategist of the Year.” In 2004, he oversaw all of the campaign’s media, message development, targeting, and research.

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. Prior to his work for President Bush, Dowd worked for 25 years for Democratic candidates around the country, including Senator Lloyd Bentsen and former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, who he helped win two terms as his chief campaign consultant.

Now Serving Politics and Prose. 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.
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