Pete Ruane

“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.

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Andy Carter

“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 and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

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Jeffrey Kraus

“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

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Bud Newman

“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

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Lucy Dunn

“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

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Melissa H. Shirey

“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 ECBA Law Day Committee

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Paul Grieco

“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

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Sharla Feldscher

“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, Cherry Hill, NJ

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Cheryl Crispen

“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

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Mark Cranston

“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

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Dr. John Jeter

“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

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Roger Masse

“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.”

Roger Masse | Kansas Hospital Association, Convention 2016

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Dennis George

“Thanks to Michael Smerconish for a powerful, educational and transformative presentation! I have received comments that this was the best PAC speech ever!

Dennis George | Kansas Hospital Association, Convention 2016

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Gregg Epstein

“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

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Evan A. Knisely

“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

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Art Flanagan

“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

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Dr. Jack Lule

“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

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Maida Milone

“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

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Kevin J Crenny

“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

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