Solutions to Move America Forward – A View from Both Sides of the Aisle
When paired with a speaker with contrasting ideals; Michael S. Steele expertly presents a compelling point-counterpoint debate over some of the major issues that will impact the nation.
Inspired and Inspiring Leadership
Michael S. 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, his years in a Catholic seminary, and his election to public office and rise in the Republican Party. He is a role model and leader whose personal story of struggle and fortitude inspires audiences of all ages.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Michael Steele brings an inside perspective to tackle the issues shaping the election cycle on a national level and the challenges to both parties stand for our common values
Former Chair of the Republican National Committee and MSNBC Political Analyst, MICHAEL STEELE brings an inside perspective to tackle the issues shaping the election cycle on a national level and the challenges to both parties in terms of political strategy, fundraising, super PACs, and election reform in the age of COVID, deep political divide, and social unrest. Steele consistently gets rave reviews, be it at in-person or virtual events, with groups saying, "He was phenomenal. What a perfectly brilliant evening...I felt refreshed and a renewed sense of ‘can do’ after listening to him speak. I’m grateful to have found myself also inspired." (Western Carolina University) "We typically get a lot of pushback from the half of the membership that does not feel represented at the annual dinner. That was not the case at all this year…. I have to say it was one of the most informative interactions I have ever had. I would recommend Michael to any group looking for a speaker." (The Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County) "The event was great!" (Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University)
Michael Steele served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, and former Lieutenant governor of Maryland, and the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. Until recently he was President and CEO of The Steele Group, a consulting firm working with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies.
Mr. Steele is currently a political analyst for MSNBC. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and analyst have long been showcased by his position as a contributor on the Fox News Channel and as a regular host for the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele has been an entertaining and eloquent guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
As chairman of the RNC, Mr. 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 600 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 writes a regular column for The Root.com and BET.com and his writings on law, business and politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Politico.com, Townhall.com, ,The Journal of International Security Affairs and Catholic University Law Review, among others. He is the recent author of Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, which is a call to arms for grassroots America.
Born at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. Steele was raised in Washington, DC. He spent three years in the Order of St. Augustine in preparation for the priesthood. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (‘81’), Georgetown Law Center (’91), and an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership. Mr. Steele is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Landover Hills, MD, where he attends mass regularly with his wife Andrea.