The Accidental Guru – Amy Showalter
Amy has galvanized thousands of grassroots evangelists and staff for her clients who want to advance their cause politically. For nine years she directed the efforts of the highly acclaimed Nationwide Insurance Civic Action Program (CAP). During her tenure, over 2,000 public affairs professionals across the country ranked Nationwide’s program as one of the top two corporate grassroots programs in the country. (Ed Grefe and Martin Linsky, The New Corporate Activism)
She has published over 100 articles on grassroots and PAC best practices, and is a magazine columnist. Her insights have been featured in the Washington Times, Politico.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Roll Call, The Dallas Morning News, and the Baltimore Sun, to name just a few. She is the author of “105 Ways to Build Relationships with Your Elected Officials.” Over 5,000 government relations professionals subscribe to her Roots of Success newsletter.
Amy has worked “inside” the system as a Legislative Aide to Former Ohio Senate President Richard Finan. She then lobbied for the small business members of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. It was at the Chamber where she readily recognized her limitations as a lobbyist and recognized her talents as a grassroots motivator.
Amy has served as a faculty member at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, and as a guest lecturer at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She is Past Chairman of the American Society of Association Executives Government Relations Section Council, and is the Co-Founder of Innovate to Motivate®, the largest conference of its kind for political involvement professionals.