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Trump America? The 2020 election will tell us who we are
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Trump America? The 2020 election will tell us who we are

New York Daily News 06 / 29 / 2020

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Paige Ponder, CEO, One Million Degrees

04 / 14 / 2020

What clients and colleagues are saying...

“Michael is driven by his sincere passion to make a difference. But it’s his talent for connecting with people that sets him apart. I have witnessed first-hand the amazing growth of One Million Degrees and its contribution to Chicago. The leadership roles Michael has played in his public service enterprises have helped to change thousands of lives.”

“For two decades, I’ve watched Michael build and grow successful organizations from scratch. He has a gift for messaging that sticks, but then he takes it to the next level by orchestrating media in order to connect with the target audience. In projects I’ve led both in both the public and private sectors, I’ve always been able to rely on Michael’s strategic counsel and savvy communication skills.”

“After reading Michael’s book, Unlock Congress, I reached out and asked for his help on the Political Reform Agenda we were creating at the Stevenson Center on Democracy. His knowledge base and eloquence as a writer and speaker motivated us to make him a Senior Fellow at the Center. It’s been an excellent partnership and, happily, one that continues to grow.”

“Michael successfully managed one of my toughest campaigns for the U.S. Congress, and I could not have done it without him. When you’re in the foxhole fighting it out every day for what you know is right, there’s nobody better to have at your side. And whether it was funders, voters, staff members or the media, Michael has the unique ability to connect with people in any kind of situation. That’s his magic.”

“Long before Michael joined our board, I could feel his deep connection to our mission at the Shriver Center. Without question, his speech coaching has made me a stronger and more effective public voice, and he’s always there for our team when we’re in need of savvy communications counsel.”

CHRISTIE HEFNER

Former CEO & Chairman
Playboy Enterprises

GERY CHICO

Principal, Chico & Nunes
Former President,
Chicago Public Schools

ADLAI STEVENSON III

Former US Senator and
Illinois Treasurer

MELISSA BEAN

Former US Representative

JOHN BOUMAN

President, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

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