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A daughter of Mexican immigrants who worked her way up from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to serve as a top advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Patti Solis Doyle is a campaign strategist, known for her candor and humor, with extraordinary insight into presidential campaigns, the rise of women and minorities in politics and issues affecting Hispanic Americans.
As a top advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Patti Solis Doyle has served on eight of the most historic campaigns of the last 25 years. She delivers a candid, practical and irreverent perspective on how the campaigns of 2016 will be won, from the latest polls and headlines, to the underlying economic and demographic trends shaping the race. Patti provides a highly personal perspective on the two constituencies most likely to decide elections next year: women and Hispanics. When Patti started in politics, it was a man’s game, and campaigns tended to focus on issues that mattered most to white, middle-class voters. "Women’s issues," like family leave, were delegated to the candidates’ spouses, and Hispanic voters rarely decided a race. Twenty-five years later, Hispanics are America’s fastest-growing voting block and a deciding factor in nine states. Women are the principal breadwinners in 40% of American households, and our economy depends increasingly on helping them prosper in the workforce. Patti’s career helps tell the story of how these two groups emerged as political powers. A child of Mexican immigrants, Patti prospered in "old school" politics, earning scholarships to Northwestern, promising jobs at Chicago City Hall and an early role on Bill Clinton’s improbable campaign for President. But by working with Hillary Clinton through two terms in the White House, two senate campaigns and her presidential bid, Patti was part of a small team of women who recruited women and Hispanic candidates and championed policies that helped these two constituencies. During the 2008 general election, Patti continued this work with the Obama for America campaign as campaign manager for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. During the 2012 election, Patti served as a senior advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign, focusing on women and Hispanic voters.
Patti is president of Solis Strategies, a strategic communications firm, and co-founded Vendor Assistance Program, LLC (VAP), a financial services firm that works with state and local governments. She serves as a political commentator on CNN. She also works with Hispanic service organizations and student organizations across the U.S. Hispanic Business magazine named Patti one of America’s "100 Most Influential Hispanics." She has also received Hispanic magazine’s Latinas of Excellence Award and Siempre Mujer magazine’s Siempre Inspiran Award.
Politics in the Trump Era
In 2016, Donald Trump disrupted the Republican primary, stunned Democrats in the general election, and continues to defy the rules from the White House.
Our national politics have changed, and they may be broken, but some of the rules still work. All politics is local. Good candidates can flip a district (and defy their Party). Money still matters more than it should. Campaigns reveal each candidate’s true nature. And the media, “fake” or legitimate, can’t help but influence everything it covers.
Patti Solis Doyle came up in politics in the early 90s, starting in Chicago City Hall. She worked on Bill Clinton’s longshot race for President, served an historic First Lady, ran Hillary’s campaigns for senate and president, then helped elect Barack Obama. She’s watched the Trump campaign, presidency, and scandal unfold from her seat in the broadcast booth at CNN.
The 2020 Presidential Campaign
Republicans control the White House and the Senate. Democrats control the House. What drove November’s Blue Wave – and how could a divisive primary undermine Democrats’ enthusiasm? With President Trump stuck at 40% public approval, can two Supreme Court picks and a corporate tax cut protect him from a primary challenge? Will 20+ Dem candidates in a primary election hurt or help the eventual nominee in the general election?
Patti Solis Doyle is a Democratic political operative, presidential campaign manager, and former staffer to Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Patti will explain what the mid-term results, growing polarization, “fake news,” primary politics, a slowing economy, and the electoral college could mean for the 2020 campaign. If you thought the 2016 was the most remarkable Presidential election of your lifetime; you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Politics and the #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement has toppled CEOs, news anchors, studio heads, and many politicians. It has also changed attitudes, particularly for younger Americans. Like other social justice movements, #MeToo is the result of decades of hard work. What’s next for the movement? What do we need to do to ensure women are heard, trusted, and protected? Will #MeToo lead to a woman elected President?
Patti Solis Doyle is a Democratic political operative, presidential campaign manager, and former staffer to Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. She worked in the Clinton White House thru Bill Clinton’s Impeachment and worked to elect his wife President. She offers a unique perspective on what role the #MeToo movement plays in today’s politics.
Sexism in Politics; Women in Congress
Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for the Presidency. She was the most qualified, most experienced ever to run for the Presidency. She ran against the most unqualified, most inexperienced person (who happened to be a man) ever to run for the Presidency. The man won. Yes, Hillary was a flawed candidate but sexism played a role in her loss.
In 2018 more women than ever before were elected to congress.
Gender affects every campaign, every issue, every legislative battle.