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Michael’s presentation served as the Friedman JCC’s first formal program. Read coverage of the event here.
“At a time when angry rhetoric and stoking divisions have fueled many pundits’ careers, the national broadcaster, Philadelphia newspaper columnist, and attorney has built a name for himself as an unabashed centrist.”
Roger DuPuis | Times Leader contributor
"Michael was largely unknown to our programing committee, but at the request of the board chair, he was booked for a mid-season speaking engagement. To our delight, he was indeed well-known by a great many of our some 1200 diverse business leaders and community members… the turnout was beyond expectation. Spot and follow-up feedback includes: “Powerful”, “Personable”, “Refreshing”, “Balanced”, “Great grasp of current events”, “Those who didn’t attend will regret”, “We should have him back”, “Pragmatic”, “Honest”, “Best of year”, “Quite Relevant”… just to share a few. This is high praise given the range of speakers we enjoy from year-to-year, including former Presidents to Prime Ministers, superstar athletes to principal entertainers, renowned economists to political pundits, or global figures to hometown heroes. Success!"
Brian Harris | Grand Rapids Economic Club Board Chair 2018/2019
"From Michael's show on CNN, I’ve come to respect that honesty is his stock-in-trade. While this integrity was certainly on display in his presentation, I think our more than 500 guests were as impressed with with his energy, humor, and insight."
Peter Goettler | President and CEO, The Cato Institute
"Michael delivered a riveting keynote to a packed house of investment management/financial service professionals at our Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala. His unique balance of humor and political reflection kept everyone laughing and engaged. In addition, his exceptional storytelling captivated our audience and was a true treat to experience. We look forward to having him back!"
Gary Bagin | Chief Marketing Officer, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Philadelphia, PA
"It was an excellent presentation, and very professionally organized! I appreciated the passion, honesty and digression in the Q and A as well!"
Dave Peterson | Facilities and Events Director, Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul, MN
"Thanks for an engaging and energetic session in Vail. I, along with several colleagues and guests, greatly appreciated your extensive insight and perspective of Washington, as well as your interactions with folks outside of the Beltway. We also valued the candor and transparency you used in your detailed answers to our questions."
Greg Ordoñez | Assistant Vice President, Executive Benefits Markets, Great-West Financial
What a terrific speech by @smerconish tonight @GlobalPhila World Heritage City Celebration with @WidenerUniv colleagues and alums. Entertaining, insightful, thought-provoking... @smerconish remarks made me proud to be from #globalphilly #worldheritagecity My hometown!— President Wollman (@WidenerPres) September 14, 2018
Michael delivering a commencement address on May 19, 2018 at Delaware Valley University, where he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters.
"We appreciated Michael's balanced approach to discussing topics relevant to all of us in the audience. His well informed and insightful perspectives on the issues of the day were both interesting and thought-provoking. Michael has the unique ability to educate and entertain at the same time. His experience as a radio host, columnist, author, and lawyer was evident during his talk with us. Truly refreshing and a highlight of our 125th annual convention at the Greenbrier."
Todd Clossin | 2017-18 Chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association; President & CEO, WesBanco Bank Inc.
Michael Smerconish in 2018 at the launch of New Way California, an initiative by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reinvigorate the state’s Republican party. You can watch his full speech here.
“Using the perfect blend of analysis and humor, Smerconish delivers an engaging, thought-provoking and balanced dialogue on today's political arena and the long-term implications of the polarization in politics beyond the 2016 elections. It was so riveting to hear Michael talk about the roots of our partisan division. I truly enjoy every opportunity I have to hear him speak, because he’s informed, rational, educational, but still so energetic.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Michael was equal parts entertaining and insightful as he spoke on personal reflections and critical observations on the state of American politics. As the opening keynote for our user conference, Michael demonstrated the real casualty of hyper partisanship to be our capacity for critical thought, and our willingness to place personal conviction over political advantage. Our audience was engaged and delighted to hear Michael speak, and we would definitely have him back at a future event."
Eric Cutler | Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, AbacusNext
"Michael spoke at our MHA Annual Meeting, with hospital and healthcare executives from across the state of Michigan. Our attendees found him to be wonderfully engaging, truly insightful, and highly entertaining. His remarks were very helpful to us as we seek to understand the realities of the evolving culture and political domain, and apply those learnings to our work. Bottom line - Michael was a big hit with our group and we hope to have him back."
Brian Peters | CEO, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
"Michael was an engaging and humble speaker. Witty, too. And he was a delight to work with. The night was everything we hoped for and more. The best word that describes Michael is Mensch!"
Linda Springer and Hedy Hoffman, co-hosts, Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
Coinciding with the release of his book, Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns, Michael spoke to a packed house at the Free Library of Philadelphia for one of their Author Events.
Indiana's Herald Times Online writes "Talk show host Smerconish: Maybe we're not so divided, after all."
“Smerconish, who clearly knows how to command a room the size of Ivy Tech's Shreve Hall, pulled out the metaphorical Rolodex during his address.”
"We were looking for a refreshing, fresh perspective on America's political culture and that is what we got! Michael spoke at the FORUM at BIG ARTS last night to a sell out crowd with numerous disappointed folks who couldn't get a seat. His challenging, thought provoking message wrapped in humor and supported with (real) facts was everything we could hope for! Thanks for joining us Michael! Come back soon!"
Neal Halleran | Chair, the FORUM at BIG ARTS; Sanibel Island, Florida
Michael’s commencement speech on December 21, 2017 at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication.
Michael gave advice to high school students participating KYW Newsradio’s Newstudies program, an opportunity for kids interested in broadcasting and of which Michael is an alumnus. Find out more by reading Michael's column on Philly.com
"Michael appeared at our ideas conference, ThinkFest, and his talk was the highlight of the day. His speech was eye-opening and entertaining, and his message – about how we became so divided and what we can do about it – is one I wish everyone in America, whether their politics are left, right or center, could hear. Michael was smart, funny and passionate, and we got a great response from our audience."
Tom McGrath | Editor, Philadelphia Magazine
"Michael Smerconish was the keynote speaker at our annual Healthcare Summit in Philadelphia. His address was professionally, informative, and topical. He is an engaging speaker and approachable. Audience feedback was very positive. I would recommend Michael to anyone considering an event speaker."
Elizabeth Campbell | LLR Partners
"Michael spoke at the Walkers Fundamentals Seminar in New York, addressing several hundred asset management professionals. Michael was dynamic, engaging and straight to the point. He presented a well researched view of the divisions in society and managed to be both balanced and extremely passionate at the same time. The audience raved."
Ingrid Pierce | Global Managing Partner, Walkers
"Michael spoke at our client event last night, and it was a huge success. His comments were entertaining, enlightening, and timely. He managed to present a picture of the current political environment without alienating people on either side of the political spectrum. Michael also took the time to engage with our guests before and after his prepared remarks. People left the event feeling like they gained some new perspectives on politics in the US and were entertained along the way. Having Michael at our event helped us strengthen relationships with existing clients and will hopefully open the doors to some new relationships as well."
Nick Filippo | VP Sales and Marketing, Tower Bridge Advisors
"Phila EO Group had Michael as their keynote for their recent member recruiting event in Philadelphia. EO is a group of local business owners, and we needed Michael to present a balanced program that would interest all sides. And he did. His talk on the great party divide, what causes it and what can be done about it, was balanced and informative. Members commented on the amount of insider information shared by Michael, and it gave them a clearer understanding of the power that drives the government. Michael was also very generous with his time answering follow up questions, and even posing for individual pictures. Thanks again Michael for a fantastic evening."
Bob Simpson | EO Philadelphia Learning Chair
"Michael was the keynote speaker for our 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV in early October and kicked off our event. Our attendees were excited to hear from him and to say that Michael exceeded expectations is an understatement. His delivery was flawless, energetic and entertaining. His synthesis and illustration of the substantial issues that confront our country were compelling and, as promised, refreshingly independent. Michael basically articulated what everyone was thinking. We have hosted many high profile speakers over our 30 years of Conferences but none have provided such straightforward insight in such an easily engaging and humorous style. We would have listened for several more hours had circumstances allowed."
Edward P. D’Alessio | Executive Director, Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA)
"The evaluation results for Mr. Smerconish’s presentation were exceptional. Our members were attentive and engaged throughout his speech due to his innate ability to resonate and connect with the audience. His impartial perspective, relevant observations, and personal experiences provided a compelling analysis of our country’s political landscape. And as an added bonus, he even offered persuasive ideas as to what we can do to make the system work again. It was a “grand slam” event thanks to Mr. Smerconish’s presentation. A quote by an attendee sums up the sentiments of the audience -- “He was fabulous and I could have listened to him forever."
Anne Marie Matteo | CEO, Suburban West Realtors® Association
"With so many conferences being offered, the decision isn't always about the budget, but your ROI! That ROI is multiplied when you attend and/or produce a conference that has a line-up of keynote speakers to inspire, inform, and energize. That's what Washington Speakers Bureau provided with Michael Smerconish for our annual conference. Michael was not only a dynamic speaker but also an engaging personality and very well received by all. He took time for photos with our attendees too as well as book signing and commentary. He was exceptional in every way."
"Michael delivered the Howard Steele lecture at the 2017 annual meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society. The lecture is endowed to invite a speaker on a topic outside of medicine. Smerconish delivered beyond our wildest expectations. To an audience of 1000, many whom are critical reviewers and deliver many speeches, all were glued to the speaker and the message. It speaks to Michael’s style - comfortable, immensely knowledgable , humorous and engaging. He defined the problem, presented data as well as charming anecdotes, and offered some potential solutions. The grade: A+."
Todd Albert | President & Surgeon-In-Chief, Hospital for Special Surgery; New York, NY
"Steel Market Update hosted our 7th SMU Steel Summit Conference for 660 manufacturing and steel distribution executives, and Smerconish’s comments kept our attendees in their seats and glued to his every word.”
“Americans today are more likely to accept their child marrying a person of a different race than a person of a different political affiliation. Political “party-ism” is the new form of discrimination.” It’s observations like this that make Michael Smerconish so interesting and engaging. He really puts the nation’s political divide into perspective and offers hope for the future.”
“We highly recommend Smerconish for a fair and balanced view of the political divide that is the U.S.A. today."
John Packard | President & CEO, Steel Market Update
“Michael Smerconish was the keynote speaker for our national conference of healthcare leaders, and his comments were superb. His visit coincided with the Senate's widely publicized debate over Repeal and Replace, and Michael shared insights that were illuminating for our audience. As one of our guests noted, 'Michael was a voice of reason in a cacophony of partisanship.”
Thornton Kirby | President & CEO - The South Carolina Hospital Association
“Michael Smerconish was the perfect guest speaker for our fundraiser. Great storyteller. Engaging. Topical. Entertaining. Insightful. Approachable. We had a wonderful evening discussing politics and current political issues with Michael Smerconish that was pragmatic and substantive without being personal. Very refreshing.”
Bruce D. Armon | President, Congregation Adath Jeshurun; Elkins Park, PA
"Michael Smerconish was the absolute hit of our annual meeting of bioscience financial officers. When you assemble close to 200 financial executives in one room at a time they are pondering what Washington will do next with healthcare, who are you going to call? Someone whose inside the beltway knowledge and unmatched storytelling abilities can light up a room. Michael did this and more.”
Lou Arcudi | Co-Chair of 2017 ABFO National Conference
“Michael Smerconish’s talk at one of our recent events was absolutely superb. The audience was composed of individuals who are politically engaged and his remarks hit exactly the right tone. He was witty, insightful, impartial, and tremendously knowledgeable about the politics of the Commonwealth and the US. Highly recommend him.”
Gene Barr | President, National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA)
“Michael Smerconish’s keynote speech kicked off our annual conference this year and set the tone for what most of our members considered our best program ever. Michael’s unbiased approach to today’s political issues presented with humor, whit and sincerity were not only entertaining but thought provoking and enlightening. Extremely pleased we were fortunate enough to have him be part of our program this year and look forward to having him back in the near future.”
Chris Miller | President & CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
“Michael Smerconish’s presentation to Illinois Farm Bureau’s Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference was perfection. Our members couldn’t stop talking about the amount of information that was shared within a speech that kept them entertained and enthused. Our association is non-partisan and we try to provide different sides of stories to our membership. Michael did a wonderful job of opening our member’s eyes to new ideas while explaining his thought process. Michael was well received with this group of Illinois farmers.”
Richard Guebert, Jr. | President, Illinois Farm Bureau
"Michael Smerconish’s keynote address at our IMPACT conference three weeks after the election was the talk of the conference. His analysis of Trump’s disruptive win and Clinton’s surprising loss shed light on the political climate that has been brewing over the past 30 years. Smerconish told an unbiased, relatable story that resonated with our audience. His insights were crucial to our attendee’s understanding of the current social landscape effecting their businesses.”
Sean Denham | Office Managing Partner - Philadelphia, Grant Thornton LLP
"Michael Smerconish’s presention was well-received. The Attendees were engaged and interested. Afterwords, attendees said they loved it and could have listened for another hour.”
Kevin J Crenny | Vice President - Federated Securities Corp
"Michael Smerconish gave a riveting keynote address that captivated the audience and sparked many thoughtful conversations. He has great insights into our contemporary political culture and shared them in a thoughtful, very entertaining way. I assumed he'd make an excellent presentation; I was thrilled that his work exceeded my already high expectations.”
Maida Milone | Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
"I conducted an interview with Michael Smerconish before a packed crowd of Lehigh University alumni in Philadelphia City Hall. Our topic was timely and important: the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then less than eight weeks away. Michael, of course, provided expert commentary and insight. But he provided much more. He offered the audience in-depth historical perspectives into U.S. politics and social life. He offered wonderful, personal anecdotes into his own life and times in American politics. And, in the questions and answers that followed, he connected with the audience with such warmth, humor and generosity that I felt we all were gathered together in a family living room. I began and ended the interview with the same sentiment: Michael Smerconish represents the best in American journalism."
Dr. Jack Lule | Professor and Chair, Department of Journalism and Communication, Lehigh University
"Just two weeks prior to the 2016 national elections, our C-suite audience was excited to get the perspectives of Michael Smerconish. He did not disappoint! Michael provided an impassioned and reasoned point of view on today’s political environment bolstered by fascinating sociological insights on how we got here. At a time when talking heads are hell-bent on polarizing, we heard from a thinker who knows his audience and understands what shapes public perception and opinion. In so doing, Michael shined a light on potential paths back to more productive dialogue and legislative action. This was the perfect way to set the stage for our conference!"
Art Flanagan | Vice President, Communications, CASRO
"As the only trade association in Washington comprised of the top-ranking officials in corporate government affairs offices, the Business-Government Relations Council (B-GRC) serves as a networking platform for our members to share insights into how key decision-makers operate at the intersection of public policy and the political process. As the closing speaker of our 50th anniversary annual meeting, Michael engaged our membership in a dialogue that took us far beyond the headlines to a keen understanding of all of the dynamics at play in the 2016 electoral season -- political, media/technology, demographic -- all grounded in rich, fact-based historical context. The Smerconish hallmark sincerity, objectivity and humor were in abundant supply at our annual meeting - just as they are on television, radio and in print. As it becomes harder and harder to find straight shooters who see the problems our country faces from both sides, thinkers like Michael Smerconish are an increasingly rare commodity every organization should seek out."
Evan A. Knisely | Business-Government Relations Council Past President and Member, Board of Directors
"Michael Smerconish was one of the best resources that we have had in a long time when he spoke recently to our group of business leaders in Philadelphia. Michael was able to cut through the fog of the 2016 election, no small feat, with both conviction and clarity, and was engaging to the point where we had to cut of questions or else we might still be there. We will have him speak to our group again.”
Gregg Epstein | President & CEO, Perry Videx LLC, Philadelphia YPO Gold
Michael Smerconish was conferred a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Widener University on May 21, 2016 and delivered the commencement address.
"Thanks to Michael Smerconish for a powerful, educational and transformative presentation! I have received comments that this was the best PAC speech ever!
“Nothing’s ever clear in politics, but what is crystal clear is Michael Smerconish’s rank as one of the premier speakers on American politics.”
“Michael Smerconish presented a rousing speech packed with a factual, refreshingly honest breakdown of our country’s political landscape.”
Dr. John Jeter
—Kansas Hospital Association, Convention 2016
“Michael’s closing keynote presentation at our annual Healthcare Conference absolutely entertained our audience. His material was personal and informative, giving the audience numerous occasions to smile and laugh – as well as to gain real insight about today’s polarization in politics. His friendly and honest style, coupled with compelling data and great story telling, had our diverse audience thoroughly engaged, no matter their political leaning. As evidenced by this attendee comment -- “Probably the best presentation ever at one of these events!” -- Michael is a home run for any event, and we were very pleased to have him participate.”
Mark Cranston | AVP Corporate Marketing, TriZetto Corporation
“Michael’s presentation was very well received by a hundreds of financial services industry executives and professionals. His style – humorous and engaging, with just the right balance of personal anecdotes and facts – was perfect for our audience. He was a terrific part of our program.”
Cheryl Crispen | EVP Communications, SIFMA, The Voice of the U.S. Securities Industry
“I've been told by members of our synagogue that our program with Michael Smerconish was, by far, the best event we ever held. Our congregation is over 40 years old! That's some compliment! The e-mails were flying with gratitude and appreciation for the program in which he was our Guest Speaker. As we honored two very special congregants, we also invited him to help us focus on this election year, this astounding and shocking presidential campaign. We asked him for an inside look and we got it! His remarks were insightful, educational and enlightening. And, his warmth and humor made him that much more engaging. Michael really understood our audience. How great for us! Here are more comments ...
"I could have listened to Michael the whole night."
"I didn't want it to end," etc., etc.
I know I speak for my co-chairs when I say, "We highly recommend Michael Smerconish.”
“With great respect and gratitude.”
Sharla Feldscher | Co-chair, M'kor Or Award Dinner Honoring Linda and Steven Angstreich, Congregation M'kor Shalom
“Michael Smerconish was a huge hit as the Keynote Speaker at the Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention President’s Dinner in Columbus, Ohio. Regardless of your political ideology, Michael’s comments were “spot on” with regards to the state of today’s political affairs. Michael has a unique ability to connect with the crowd and his presentation incorporated all of the necessary elements of a first rate speech, including humor and a touch of personal history. I would encourage any group or organization looking for an engaging and well versed speaker, to reach out to Michael. You won’t be disappointed!”
Paul Grieco | President, The Ohio Association for Justice
“Michael Smerconish provided a balanced and insightful commentary on the state of politics and the media during his address at our Annual Law Day Luncheon. He began the day by engaging a room full of 100 local high school and college students, who were as genuinely interested in his observations as he was impressed with their level of knowledge and questions.”
Melissa H. Shirey | Esquire, President of the Erie County Bar Association (PA)
“Mr. Smerconish presented his keynote address to our noontime audience of 575 attorneys, their families and staff, government, civic, business and religious leaders. He was very well prepared; his execution had everyone riveted; his points were made through both serious and light-hearted examples. Our only possible regret would be that we did not get to spend even more time with him!”
Tim Riley | Esquire, Chair of the Erie County Bar Association Law Day Committee
“Thoughtful, relevant and entertaining, Michael Smerconish accomplished something rarely seen in Orange County, California, a place long known for its conservative Republican majority. He captured the attention of a sold out ballroom and held it for nearly an hour as he told the story of modern American politics and the growing gridlock that has paralyzed our nation’s capital and angered millions who no longer have faith in those who lead us. You could hear a pin drop as Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike listened to Michael’s compelling tale of how the extremes on both ends of the spectrum are hijacking the political process at the expense of the majority of Americans stuck in the middle. With his signature insight and wit that is characteristic of his national radio show and TV commentary on CNN, Michael not only painted a picture of mounting dysfunction but he offered hope for a healthier tomorrow if the vast majority of Americans re-engage in how and who governs from Main Street to Washington. When he finished, many cheered Michael’s remarks as fresh and reassuring. Orange County Business Council has been fortunate to host some of the biggest names in business and politics through the years at its annual dinner. Michael was clearly one of the best at leaving the crowd wanting more.”
Lucy Dunn | President and CEO, Orange County Business Council
“The Jewish Community of Philadelphia was privileged to have Michael speak to our Joshua Society donors. His remarks were informative, interesting, entertaining and relevant. The standing room only crowd listened with intent to his knowledge of the issues, his passion for what he does and his interest in our community. His insight is delivered with both honesty and integrity and we enjoyed having him as our guest.”
Bud Newman | President, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
“Michael Smerconish was a terrific keynote speaker at the recent Fulbright Enrichment Seminar dealing with Democracy in Action: U.S. Politics and Elections, held in Philadelphia, PA. This seminar was hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Commission. His talk “Caught in the Middle with You: How Did We Get Where We Are (Politically), and What Will It Take to Get Out” was an interesting and insightful presentation of how politics has become so very polarized. Historical examples related to politics as well as the current presidential election cycle were addressed. He did a wonderful job with the Q&A. In attendance were Fulbright graduate students, the best and the brightest, from about 140 countries around the world. Everyone in attendance was impressed by his clear, entertaining and thoughtful presentation. His years of close personal experience with politics provided much credence to his talk. Like his work on CNN and POTUS, he was a consummate professional. I am sure that everyone in attendance will remember his talk for quite some time. We were thrilled to have him.”
William L. Rosenberg, PhD | Professor of Political Science, Drexel University; Consultant to the Philadelphia Fulbright Enrichment Seminar
"Michael Smerconish is unique among today's political pundits. In a world where polarizing, thoughtless sound bytes dominate the political landscape, Smerconish is a thoughtful commentator who understands that the divisive nature of today's media has in large measure contributed to the dysfunction of contemporary American politics. I recently had the privilege of hearing Michael Smerconish speak before a group of political scientists. His talk was something we don't usually see these days: a solid argument based on "evidence" presented through polling data, charts, pictures and, of course, his words. He built a strong case about what his wrong with today's politics, but also offered some solid ideas about how we can make the process work again. He held the attention of a group of academics through a thoughtful, compelling, yet entertaining analysis of our today's political scene. If you get the chance to hear him speak, seize the opportunity."
Jeffrey Kraus | Executive Director, Northeastern Political Science Association
"The speaking circuit is overrun with political pundits, but in Michael Smerconish audiences will be struck by a rare combination of carefully crafted storytelling, compelling and accessible polling data, and a powerful, beautifully organized and delivered indictment of today’s media-stoked dysfunction in American politics. At our recent annual meeting, I watched the early morning crowd listen raptly as he laid out his case with thoughtfully chosen charts, pictures, and words, as you would expect from such a talented student of communications, policy, and human behavior. He delivered a grand slam presentation."
Andy Carter | President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
"Incisive and witty. Michael Smerconish’s diagnosis for what ails the current political system and his prescription for making it healthy again were right on the mark. He is the perfect speaker, especially for organizations involved in advocacy or public policy issues."
Pete Ruane | President & CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.
“Michael executed a terrific keynote speech at the Regional Conference of the New Jersey and Delaware Valley Chapters of the Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS). Given the heavy IT audience, we particularly appreciated the significant amount of data that Michael presented to reinforce the content about causes of the polarized political environment in Washington and his well-informed insights into the 2016 presidential election cycle. Enhanced by great visuals, Michael delivered his presentation in both an informative and entertaining way. We strongly recommend Michael for other organizations looking for a dynamic speaker.”
Andy Farella | President-Elect, Delaware Valley HIMSS
“Michael Smerconish was the keynote speaker at our annual conference in Philadelphia. He provided an engaging view on issues of the day and his presentation was timely, informative, and entertaining. His keynote address was exceptionally well received by those in attendance and it truly set the stage for a terrific conference. I would recommend Michael to anyone considering an event speaker.”
Brian Donley | Planning Chair, PA, NJ, DE - International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Conference
“At this summer's American Association for Justice convention, our members were thoroughly captivated by remarks made by Michael Smerconish. Michael is a talented speaker who presents his analysis of the current political landscape with equal doses of searing wit and heart. His thoughtful critique of the polarized nature of the political discourse in this country inspired and educated our members. Michael's shared insights were a real highlight of this conference.”
Linda Lipsen | CEO, American Association for Justice
“The Carolinas Credit Union League wanted an unparalleled experience at our 2015 Annual Meeting, including a full day of speakers. With a 2.5-hour block on politics and advocacy, it was important that we begin strongly. From introductory video to his final response during Q&A, Michael Smerconish delivered. His expert perspective and direct, entertaining style brought and kept attention on what often is a starchy, analytical, and polarizing subject. Michael’s material was up-to-the-minute and showed he thought as much our audience and bringing them together as we did of his insight.
By most every account our participants called this our best annual meeting ever, and we have Michael to thank for such great momentum through the advocacy block and the rest of the schedule. As one participant shared in an evaluation, “I could have listened to him all day!”
John Radebaugh | President & CEO, Carolinas Credit Union League
“As President of the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters (NJAHU), we had the opportunity to have Michael Smerconish speak to our members at our state’s annual conference. Michael’s presentation was entertaining, timely, and most importantly engaging. Our members were extremely happy with his presentation. Michael’s involvement with our event not only elevated the overall conference, but elevated our association as well. I strongly recommend having Michael as keynote speaker.”
Ross Honig | President, New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters
"As this year’s program chairman, for our Annual Dinner speaker, the non-partisan political organization, TIGER BAY of Volusia County (FL), I couldn’t have been more pleased than with Michael Smerconish. At the cocktail party, before the meeting started, Michael was very personable and engaging with our members, something they appreciated tremendously. By the time I introduced him, and called him up on the podium, most of the people in the audience felt they already knew him.
Michael ranks right at the top of some of the best speakers we’ve had over the last twenty-five years. You can tell what makes him such a terrific orator, is that he really does his homework, knows his material and doesn’t fumble around for words. And, to put the icing on the cake, he’s very humorous as well.
For any organization that is looking for a spectacular program, Michael Smerconish can surely fill the bill."
Dr. Len Indianer | Past President, Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County
"Michael Smerconish served as the closing speaker at our annual convention. He was extremely well-received and provided an engaging and insightful bi-partisan view on the current status of the issues facing our nation and its implications for the future. In addition, he was very easy to work with in the pre-event planning. I would definitely have Michael talk with our members again!"
Beth Morell | Vice President of Communications and Education, Missouri Hospital Association
"At the Fall dinner meeting of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, our guest speaker was Michael Smerconish. Everyone was delighted with his presentation. It was timely, informative, and entertaining. The question and answer session following was lively, fun and the best we have had in recent memory. Before, during, and after the event, Mr. Smerconish was very accommodating and personable. Everyone was left wanting more."
Robert M. Knauer, Esquire President, Bar Association of Lehigh County
"Michael Smerconish was very well-received at our event in Chicago earlier this month. In terms of content, he is a master of weaving together big ideas and down-to-earth examples. As for delivery, he is everything you would hope for from a talk radio guy: articulate and silver-tongued. He was easy to work with onsite, and our audience found his remarks insightful and entertaining."
Harvey Shapiro | Senior Advisor, Institutional Investor Conferences
"Michael made an excellent presentation at our Annual Board Meeting. He was extremely well-received. His thoughtful, timely, and relevant presentation kept everyone's attention. His warm and personal insights offered during his comments were enjoyed by all."
Barry Morrison | Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
“Michael delivered a great speech at our meeting of client CEOs. He presented a great overview of today’s political landscape and his point of view of what we must do as a nation to return to a civil discourse of the challenges we face domestically and internationally. Our clients found his commentary to be not only insightful but also straight to the heart of the topic at hand.”
Gregory Coda | President, Client Management, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
"Smerconish was fresh, entertaining and engaging. A genuine storyteller who connected with our audience from start to finish, Michael walked our audience behind the scenes of the media, between the aisles of Washington and into the everyday life of Michael Smerconish.
We walked away with a better understanding of the polarizing views dividing our nation and a deeper appreciation that not every issue has to be black and white, us versus them. Most of all, we discovered that the simple conversational things about our lives are what matter most and make for the most interesting dialogue.
Our attendees have seen many keynotes, and we wanted to give them something slightly different, something they haven’t seen or heard before. Michael gave us all of that and more. As a result, both NASCO and Michael have expanded our fan base."
Bob Meier | Director, Marketing and Communications, NASCO
"Our Organization’s event planning committee was excited to have Michael Smerconish as our keynote speaker for our years largest event. We were thrilled with the mix of 45 minutes of humor and political insight that Michael provided. He possess a unique view from the inside of the political reporting process. Had we not gone to the podium during his Q & A there is no telling how long he would have continued. He blended with our group and made everyone feel very comfortable. Our expectations were far exceeded and the positive feedback from our attendees only confirms Michael was the right choice for our event. I would recommend Michael to anyone considering an event speaker, regardless of your political views.”
Greg Marquardt, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CLTC | President, Greater Philadelphia Society of Financial Services Professionals
"Michael was able to address a diverse group of senior executives and directors on current U.S. politics in a very candid and direct way. His views are clearly well informed, and perhaps more importantly, heartfelt, and authentic. Great job…"
Ric Andersen | Partner, Milestone Partners
"Michael delivered an insightful 45-minute speech about the current U.S. political environment that enthralled our partners and clients. Michael was outstanding in the Q&A session as well, engaging our audience in an array of current relevant political topics. We will have him back!"
Ed Lovelidge | Market Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
“Michael spoke at our monthly breakfast briefing on the upcoming election, how it reflects the increasingly polarized state of U.S. politics today, and the root causes of this polarization. Our audience is primarily made up of merger & acquisition professionals, including people in private equity, investment banking, commercial banking, accounting and law. A decent portion of our audience inevitably is disappointed when we have people speak on politics, because the speaker usually leans one way or the other politically. Michael, however, was a breath of fresh air! Not only did he explain the current polarization in a bipartisan manner, perhaps of more import, he did so with an up-tempo, engaging and humorous delivery. I received many compliments from our members, who are typically hard to please, and would heartily recommend Michael for anyone considering an event speaker."
John Lee | President, Association for Corporate Growth, Philadelphia Chapter
"Michael Smerconish served up an outstanding keynote for our Villanova Business Leaders Forum. He was engaging throughout - a perfect blend of humor and analysis to provide his perspective on the increasingly partisan political landscape. The talk was fantastically well-received, without exception, by audience members representing the full range of political orientations - a feat unto itself. Perhaps no less important, Michael was a gracious and thoughtful guest. He spent considerable time and effort understanding our event and making it special. An all-around home run!"
Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD | The Helen and William O’Toole Dean, Villanova School of Business
"Michael spoke as part of a panel of experts regarding "The Impact of the Economy on the Presidential Election". His comments were insightful, provocative, and timely. Our students, faculty, alumni and corporate leaders in attendance were in agreement that Michael's comments were enlightening and entertaining. He generated thoughtful questions from the audience which only enhanced the quality of the evening. The comments from all in attendance were overwhelmingly positive. They didn't want the evening to end.Thank you Michael, job well done !!!"
Dr Joseph DiAngelo | Dean, Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University
"Michael spoke at our Annual Conference & Expo, to an audience of homeowners and managers in condo and homeowner associations. His speech focused on the polarization in politics and the increasing lack of civil discourse in America. Our audience loved Michael's presentation and found it extremely relevant to their every day experiences. One of our attendees called his speech "Absolutely one of the best keynote addresses I have heard. Intelligent, engaging and thought-provoking." Nothing makes a conference organizer more satisfied than attendees who believe the event was engaging and thought-provoking. Smerconish delivered on all counts."
Tony Campisi | Executive Director, Community Associations Institute
“Michael Smerconish was the keynote speaker for our Mock Primary Election in 2012. His message about engaging in a balanced political dialogue was compelling and resonated with our entire school community. He went above and beyond to provide a terrific educational experience for our students, who also gained a greater appreciation of the role of the media in politics and government.”
Larry Van Meeter | Head of School, Mooresetown Friends
“As our keynote Radio Show luncheon speaker, Michael Smerconish was most well received by our radio broadcasters from different market sizes across America. His passion for radio’s responsibility to our listeners came through as he encouraged productive bipartisan dialogue.”
John David | Executive Vice President of Radio, National Association of Broadcasters