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Pitchforks Into Profits

Political actors have a strategy for your business. Do you have one for them?


Business success requires effectively engaging what Kennedy defined as shapeholders — the political, regulatory, media, and activist actors that shape a firm's opportunities and risks. See Mark's Seven Steps for Shapeholder Success.

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Kennedy’s 360° Insights

 Globally engaged business executive, Congressman, Professor


 Kennedy is a thought leader on engaging to win, whether businesses engaging society, officials seeking to govern, advocates pressing to achieve or avert action, or countries marshaling support for global action.

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Kennedy speaks and leads executive education programs around the world on Pitchforks Into Profits, politics, trade, and world affairs.

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JenkinsIndiana and Arkansas Fail to Understand That the Question Is Always the Answer

Huffington Post - Business

Photo © Kennedy

April 2, 2015

"When dealing with the political, regulatory, media and activist actors that I call shapeholders, the question is the answer to every political contest.

Legislators in Indiana and Arkansas were the latest to find out this hard truth. In an increasingly contentious world, it is vital to know that in a policy skirmish, the victors are usually the groups that were most prescient in establishing their question as the focus of debate in the arena where they will fare the best."


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BBusiness in a Political Age

Seminar - Deusto University

Bilbao,  Spain

March 23-24, 2015

It was great to teach Business in a Political Age at Deusto Business School with Michael Paese, Co-Head of Global Government Affairs with Goldman Sachs and a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Political Management.

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"Wir werden nie wie ihr"

Wiener Zeitung (Vienna)

March 17, 2015

"Die Welt aus dem Blickwinkel Amerikas - ein Gespräch mit dem US-Politikexperten Mark Kennedy."

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Vienna EmbassyThe Importance of TTIP to Europe

Speech - U.S. Embassy to Austria


March 17, 2015

It was great to have an exchange of ideas about the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to Europe in Vienna. I hope and believe that a Republican advocating on behalf of an initiative of a Democratic President resonated in Europe.

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VWinning Politically

Lecture - University of Vienna


March 17, 2015

It was wonderful to address 400 students at the University of Vienna on Winning Politically. The University of Vienna, a 650-year- old university, has the first graduate program of public affairs in the German speaking world.  A tweet from a student in the class - "My Communications Class was spontaneously guest lectured by @HonMarkKennedy today. #sogladididntskip"

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