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Mike Allen, speaker

Mike Allen

    • Co-founder and Executive Editor of Axios, Former POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent
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Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a new company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms.

In addition to starting Axios, Allen was a co-founder at POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. He not only reported on but also drove the day’s conversations in and around the Beltway. His sharp journalistic experience and coveted insider status make him an ideal choice to discuss the latest political happenings. In presentations, he offers his non-partisan, energetic and up-to-the-minute insider perspective on the political issues of the day, the Trump administration, the Republican Congress, and building a business in an unsteady economy.

Building a Political Powerhouse.

In 2006, Allen joined POLITICO and sought to carve out a niche in the marketplace by focusing on giving readers one solid take-away from select stories. He served as the chief White House correspondent and was the founding father of the successful daily email tip-sheet Playbook. It quickly became the early-morning must read source for movers and shakers in politics and media. The New York Times called Allen “The Man the White House Wakes Up To,” and Vanity Fair said, “Reading Playbook is as close as you can come on a Washington morning to knowing everything.”

Award-Winning Political Coverage.

TIME named Allen one of its top 140 Twitter feeds, calling him “the Virgil of the beltway, leading the rest of us hapless Dantes through the inferno of America’s political universe.” In 2017, Vanity Fair named Allen to its “New Establishment List,” an annual compilation of industry titans. The magazine previously named him to its 2011 (#39) and 2012 (#19) “Top 50 New Establishment and Powers That Be” lists, and Allen also won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Memorial Award for “Outstanding presidential coverage on deadline” in 2004.
Allen is also the creator of the daily newsletter, Morning Money, which gives readers insight into the intersection of Washington and Wall Street. He is the co-author of two e-books focusing on the 2012 presidential campaign– Politico Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back and Inside the Circus: Romney, Santorum and the GOP Race.


Fake news. Social media madness. The mobile revolution.

How people consume and disseminate information is changing at an unfathomably quick pace- disrupting business, politics, the economy, and culture. Understanding these trends is essential to navigating life, growth, and innovation. Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, two media entrepreneurs, bring frontline expertise in understanding and mastering the new media ecosystem. Vanity Fair called them two of the most powerful thinkers in the Information Age, after creating Politico and now starting Axios, a new media company specializing in political, business and tech trends. They provide vital insights into traditional, digital and social media and offer invaluable lessons for rethinking how you communicate and win in the new media world.


Hear it First: Political Issues of the Day & The 2018 Midterms.

With an eye on the latest breaking news, Mike Allen shares fascinating, non-partisan, behind-the-scenes analysis of what’s going on in Washington. What issues will confront both parties as they look to the 2018 midterm election? What impact have Trump’s first months in office had on the business community, and how will his Administration continue to influence markets and organizations? How well does President Trump navigate the daily changing landscape—around the world and at home? With high-energy, candor, and humorous anecdotes, Allen evaluates the current political landscape with his signature style for those who need to be ‘in-the-know’ about politics.


Building a Business in an Uncertain Environment.

When POLITICO was formed in 2006, it focused on creating a new and better way for readers to digest their daily news. While many saw publishing as a risky, dying industry, Allen saw an opportunity. Aiming to “drive the conversation” (rather than simply reporting the news), he disrupted the industry with a little bit of innovation and a fresh idea. He combined his unique perspective with smart use of technology to reach the nation’s top decision-makers and political influencers, and as a result, grew the publication into the powerhouse it is today and became a staple in the Washington political scene. In presentations, he blends his signature Playbook style with his high energy and humor to share what leaders need to know about building a business in a challenging market and economy.

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