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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 2020 will be won, from the latest polls and headlines, to the underlying economic and demographic trends shaping the race.
Patti Solis Doyle provides a highly personal perspective on the two constituencies most likely to decide elections next year: women and Hispanics. When she 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. Her career helps tell the story of how these two groups emerged as political powers. A child of Mexican immigrants, she earned a scholarship to Northwestern and got her start in politics working at Chicago City Hall and an early role on Bill Clinton’s improbable campaign for President. She served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton through two terms in the White House, two senate campaigns and her first presidential bid. She dedicated much of her time in politics to recruiting women and Hispanic candidates and championing policies that helped them. During the 2008 general election, she served as campaign manager for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. During the 2012 election, she served as a senior advisor to the Obama-Biden campaign, focusing on women and Hispanic voters.
Patti Solis Doyle is a Partner at The Brunswick Group, a global strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues at the center of business, politics and society. She is 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.
Patti Solis Doyle's Speech Topics
Immigration and the 2020 Elections
Patti Solis Doyle explains how the debate over immigration will shape – and could decide – the 2020 elections. She tracks the rise of Hispanics power over the past 30 years, using her own experience as a daughter of Mexican immigrants and one of the most senior Hispanics to serve in the Clinton White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns, and Obama/Biden 2008. She also explains why Trump’s focuses so much on immigration and how his rhetoric and positions are likely to hurt Republicans down the ballot. Along the way, she argues that meaningful immigration reform isn’t just good for immigrants; it’s good for Americans, like her, who were lucky enough to be born here.
Gender in Politics: Lessons from Eight Presidential Campaigns and Decades of a Divided Congress
Patti Solis Doyle explains how women emerged as powers in politics – as candidates, staffers, and voters – over the past 30 years, using examples from her work with Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden, as well as her decades of work helping recruit and raise money for women candidates. She tracks both the rise of “women’s” issues, like childcare and paid leave, and the resilience of sexist stereotypes reporters and voters apply to how women candidates dress. She also explores how the rise of women voters and candidates in 2018 could decide the 2020 elections.
State of the 2020 Presidential Campaign
The country is divided; the House impeached the President; the Senate voted to acquit him; twenty-six candidates jumped into the Democrat primary for President; eight remain; the President and the Speaker of the House don’t speak; Twitter vitriol fuels polarization; there’s no clear path to nomination for any of the candidates in the Democrat field; Mike Bloomberg is out there spending a bajillion dollars. Did we miss anything? Oh yeah, Iowa can’t count votes. 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 will explain what the mid-term results, growing polarization, “fake news,” primary politics, and a slowing economy could mean for the 2020 campaign. She’ll discuss which of the “old rules” of politics still apply in the age of Trump. She’ll also explore how Trump’s path to 270 electoral votes explains a lot of his crazy rhetoric – and why a win for Trump is likely to hurt Republicans down the ballot. If you thought the 2016 was the most remarkable Presidential election of your lifetime; you ain’t seen nothing yet.