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Eleanor Clift – Motivational Speaker

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Eleanor Clift watched her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, dying of cancer at home at the same time as she was commenting on the debate over Terri Schiavo, who was dying in a Florida hospice. The two passed away within a day of each other. Clift’s latest book Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics alternates between these two stories to provide a moving commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern America. Clift will provide audiences with:

  • Insight into the struggle of how and when to end life
  • How America has changed since the Schiavo case
  • What individuals can do when facing the same choices
  • Two thirds of voters had doubts about Donald Trump’s fitness to be president, yet they voted for him to shake up Washington. He’s defied all kinds of norms. Can he survive?

    Democrats need new leadership now that the Obamas and the Clintons are leaving the national stage. How do the Democrats shape a message that appeals to working-class Americans? Who are the future leaders?

    What is the future of conservatism? Is there such a thing as Trumpism? The new president is not ideological. He wrote “The Art of the Deal.”  Will he reshape the GOP in his image?

    Republicans promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, but health care policy is too complicated for an easy fix. Can Obamacare withstand the assault from the Trump administration?


    The Me Too movement captured the cultural moment in 2017, and its ramifications continue to be felt in Hollywood and the business world, and across the political and media landscape. Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump was a wakeup call to women.

    Colorado became the fifth state to adopt legislation to give people facing terminal illness the freedom to have some choice in how to end their life by making it legal to receive a lethal dose of a prescription drug. Clift can talk about the politics as well as offer a personal perspective on end- of-life care and the choices before us individually and as a society. Doctors can tell us what we can do; they can’t tell us what we should do.

    Michelle Obama fully understood the power of her platform, and used it to convey the priorities and values she shares with her husband. Her campaign against childhood obesity and the garden she planted on the South Lawn as a teaching tool for inner-city kids touched on important issues yet steered clear of controversy. Melania Trump, her successor, faces different challenges as only the second First Lady born in another country, and the mother of a young boy, the first to live in the White House since John F. Kennedy, Jr.

    The media took a lot of heat for how they covered the 2016 election, and how they forecast a Hillary Clinton win for months, dismissing Donald Trump as a clown and potentially affecting the outcome. How does the media adjust to Trump’s Reality Show style of politics where facts are often disregarded and fake news is more believed than reported news stories?  Clift can talk personally about the changing media landscape. After spending most of her career at Newsweek magazine, she made the conversion to new media and writes for the Daily Beast web site.

    Donald Trump won the Electoral College and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, a split decision that underscores the divisive nature of our politics. Trump says as president he will continue to hold his signature rallies while Democrats vow to take to the streets if necessary to protest Trump from thinking he has a mandate. Aside from marching, can Democrats turn their disappointment in the 2016 election outcome into a new political activism that can rebuild the party?

    From Nixon to Clinton to Trump. What are the standards, and what is the likelihood that Trump will not finish out his term?

    Trump campaigned on promise to upset the elites and install a new brand of conservative populists. What has he actually accomplished, and what policies has he disrupted?


    Media speaker Eleanor Clift discusses a variety of current topics from the 2020 presidential race and whether the Democrats can un-seat Trump to women’s growing role in politics. Clift offers an inside look at Congress and the White House: Is the system broken? Is there room for a third party in our politics? As someone who has made the transition into the digital age, Clift speaks from the trenches on today’s media.

    Thanks to pioneers like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin, women are prominent in national politics, yet occupy only 17% of Congressional seats and hold just six governorships. The goal of a woman president remains elusive, even as the opportunities for women candidates have never been greater. When women run, they do just as well as men; the challenge is getting more women to enter the arena, overcoming what a coalition of women’s groups calls a gender gap in political ambition: the mindset that “men have it, women don’t.” Clift draws on her experience covering the first “Year of the Woman” in 1992, when a record number of women were elected to Congress and makes the case that a banner year for women is only as far away as the next election.

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