Michael Steele | Former Chair of the Republican National Committee; MSNBC Political Analyst

Michael Steele

Former Chair of the Republican National Committee; MSNBC Political Analyst

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Michael Steele

When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subsequent chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009.

As chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican
Party. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," under Steele's leadership the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and Republicans won 63 House seats, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12 governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928 (over 760 seats).

As Lt. Governor of Maryland, Mr. Steele's priorities included reforming the state's Minority Business Enterprise program, improving the quality of Maryland's public education system (he championed the State's historic Charter School law), expanding economic development in the state and fostering cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need.

Mr. Steele's ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. In addition to his work in television, Mr. Steele co-hosted the daily radio program, Steele & Ungar on the POTUS Channel on SiriusXM and is the host of the podcast The Michael Steele Podcast.
Mr. Steele's writings on law, business and politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill.com, The Grio.com, Politico.com, The Root.com, BET.com, Townhall.com, The Journal of International Security Affairs and Catholic University Law Review, among others.

He is the author of Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which is a call to arms for grassroots America and co-author of The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis.

Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Maryland, Mr. Steele was raised in Washington, DC. Upon graduating Johns Hopkins University ('81'), he entered the Order of St. Augustine where studied for the priesthood. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center ('91), an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, a University of Chicago Institute of Politics Fellow and currently a Senior Fellow at Brown University's Institute for International and Public Affairs.

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Featured Keynote Programs

The Black Experience & The American Dream

Michael Steele points to various personal experiences and news headlines to engage audiences in a powerful discussion about the black experience in the context of the American Dream. Touching on hard-hitting topics and themes, including the effectiveness of the black leadership, white America’s blindness to race issues, and how institutions from banking to housing still employ tools that negatively impact an individual’s success, Steele delivers an insightful and challenging perspective into the issues sparking conversation from college campuses to corporate boardrooms.

Inspired and Inspiring Leadership

Michael Steele delivers a stirring presentation on his personal journey from his childhood as the son of a working mother in Washington, DC, to his difficulties in college and his years in a Catholic seminary. He gives insights into the challenges and joys of public service as an elected official and his rise in the Republican Party; as well as how the corrosive nature of politics has stained the very idea of “servant leader”. He is a role model and leader whose personal story of struggle, strength and perseverance inspires audiences of all ages.

The 2008 Financial Crisis and Why We Still Ignore Solutions

“In 2007, newly appointed Fed Chair, Ben Bernanke, declared that problems in the subprime mortgage market were so “limited” they would not create “significant spillovers”. Within a year, those limited problems would snowball into a full-blown crisis and the financial community would see the collapse of more than four major financial institutions and the largest government bailout in U.S. history.

Michael launches into the 2008 financial crisis which left 3 million families in foreclosure and 1 million evicted from their homes and drills into why the Congress continues to miss the opportunity to ask substantive questions on behalf of the millions of Americans who lost their homes due to the excesses of these banks

Solutions to Move America Forward – A View from Both Sides of the Aisle

When paired with a speaker with contrasting ideals; Michael Steele expertly presents a compelling point-counterpoint debate over some of the major issues that will impact the nation.

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