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Marty Russo

Top Lobbyist, Member of Congress from Chicago, Illinois (1975-1992), and American-Australian Foundation Leader

A master of how influence really works, former Congressman Marty Russo gives audiences a specific road map for how to use influence to cut through obstacles and make a difference. He draws on years of serving as a congressional leader, deputy whip, results-driven lobbyist and entrepreneur.

Current Politics, Influence and the Art of the Deal

Former Congressman Marty Russo gives his unfiltered “no holds barred” insider views on what’s really happening in US politics and what it will take to get the government working again. With a tumultuous 2016 Presidential Election and a new dynamic emerging on Capitol Hill, are we on the cusp of a messy, but productive era where divided government can actually work, and legislation will start moving on important policy areas?  Or will we fall further into paralyzing partisan dysfunction? Today, the neon road signs are flashing to signal an upcoming rush of political transitions. A new President and new Congress guarantee a new game in town.  As a former Member of Congress and top lobbyist, Russo covers current politics with an emphasis on how organizations can navigate the Washington maze and make progress toward specific policy and advocacy outcomes. What’s the secret to developing influence in the new Washington? How do you position your interests to be ready for abrupt changes in power?  And how can you support your champions to make deals that help your industry and strengthen America’s future.

Legislative Hill Day

Most associations hold an annual legislative conference to address important policy initiatives in Washington. Do you want your attendees fired up and ready to go before you send them to storm the Hill? Former Congressman Marty Russo is a dynamic speaker who will inspire your members to head for the Hill with confidence and excitement. Drawing from his years in Congress and as a top lobbyist, Russo lays out the roadmap. Why should you care about what happens in Washington? What are the specific ways to get involved and actually make a difference? What happens in a meeting with a Member of Congress? How does a Member of Congress think? What is the role of congressional staff? How do you deliver your message with maximum impact? How do you follow up? The “right to petition the government for a redress of grievances” is not just a tagline carved on the seven-story edifice of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. It is a vital First Amendment right of all Americans to tell the public officials how the government can and should work better. Getting your association membership engaged in advocacy issues has an exponential impact. The power of people speaking up in person far outweighs emails or form letters. To tap into the power of your members, Former Congressman Russo is also a great keynote speaker for any event that sets the stage to inspire your members to get involved in advocacy and sign up for the next Hill Day.

Meet Marty Russo

A master of how influence really works, former Congressman Marty Russo gives audiences a specific road map for how to use influence to cut through obstacles and make a difference. He draws on years of serving as a congressional leader, deputy whip, results-driven lobbyist and entrepreneur.

Marty Russo is a dynamic speaker and master storyteller who relates riveting insider tips and leadership lessons from the world of politics. Audiences love his candid, Chicago-style straight talk on how to exercise more influence in public debates, leadership, teams and daily life. Known for his many close relationships among movers and shakers across the world of all political persuasions, Russo delivers a world-class perspective on how things really get done in a complex world.

In today’s collaborative work environments, leaders can no longer expect “chain of command” behavior to work. Instead, learning how to exercise influence is the key to energizing team-oriented workforces to work together and compete globally. Russo’s involvement in young leader programs for domestic and international groups is an exciting transfer of insider knowledge from an “old pro” to the next generation. He frequently provides articles that can be disseminated to accompany and reinforce his message of how to have more influence.

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