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Annual All Member Meeting: Keynote Michael Smerconish hosted by MassMutual

Event Overview: EO Philadelphia is kicking off the fall with our Annual All Member Meeting. A day packed with learning starting with (optional) mid-day forum meetings, our All Member Meeting, and concluding with keynote Michael Smerconish. Special thank you to MassMutual for hosting this event. 

Date: September 13, 2017

RSVP: By September 9, 2017

Forum Meetings: Mid-day hosted at MassMutual of Greater Philadelphia offices (down the street). Must conclude by 4pm. 

All Member Meeting: 4:30pm - 6:30pm 

Keynote & Reception with Michael Smerconish: 6:30pm - 9pm

Venue: Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue

Parking: available onsite

Attendees: Morning/Afternoon Forum Meetings open to forum members. Forums must conclude by 4pm. Please contact Katie at to coordinate experts from MassMutual to speak at your forum.  All Member Meeting (AMM) open to EO MEMBERS ONLY. Guests welcome to keynote portion of the evening beginning at 6:30pm. Guest fee applies. 

Prospective Member Guests: Have a prospect you would like to bring to this event? Prospects must be pre-qualified by our membership team before an official invitation to the event is extended. Please complete the referral form on your prospect to start that process. Referrals for this event must be submitted by Friday September 1st. 

Food/Beverage: Afternoon Snack. Dinner reception including stations and bar. Please note this will not be a sit down dinner, but ample food will be served. 

Attire: Business casual 

About Keynote Michael Smerconish: 

Michael A. Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, the host of CNN’s Smerconishon Saturday mornings, newspaper columnist and author.

Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts. In 2009, prior to his syndication, Radio and Records named him the nation’s “Local Personality of the Year”. In 2011, the National Association of Broadcasters selected him as a “Marconi Award” finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host. He has often been the recipient of several (Philadelphia) Achievement in Radio awards, including “Best Talk Show Host” and “Best Evening Program”. Philadelphia Magazine has named him the city’s best talk show host, as well as one of the city’s most powerful citizens.

On August 20, 2009, Smerconish became the first radio host to interview President Barack Obama live from the White House. The 35-minute interview was conducted in the Diplomatic Reception Room and televised live on MSNBC, CNN and FOX News. Smerconish has interviewed President Obama on seven different occasions. He has also interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.

Smerconish hosts a weekly Saturday TV program on CNN fittingly called Smerconish and in the past has been an MSNBC contributor and frequent guest-host of Hardball for Chris Matthews. He has been a guest on virtually every television program where politics is discussed, including: the NBC Today Show, Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live , The View , and Real Time With Bill Maher .

Smerconish also authors a Sunday column in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His columns have been re-printed in various newspapers across the country, including The Washington Post, Dallas Morning-News, Denver Post, Boston Herald, Charlotte Observer, Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Austin American-Statesman, Savannah Morning News, Tallahassee Democrat, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Providence Journal, Deseret News(Salt Lake City), Akron Beacon Journal, Wichita Eagle, Arizona Daily Star, Green Bay Press Gazette, Winnipeg Free Press, Tallahassee Democrat , and Gulf Times(Doha, Qatar) 

Smerconish became a radio and television commentator after experiences he had at an early age in Republican politics. While still in college he was an advance man for (then) Vice President George H.W. Bush. At age 29, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a sub-cabinet level position (Regional Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he reported to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp). 

Prior to turning to broadcasting as a full-time endeavor, Smerconish practiced law for 10 years with James E. Beasley, a legendary Philadelphia-based trial lawyer, who is the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Today, Smerconish is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and remains a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. When actively practicing law, Smerconish was a trial lawyer specializing in complex tort litigation. His work spanned various subject areas, including contracts, medical malpractice, and products liability. His clients ranged from the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (in an action against a music group responsible for publishing an FOP photograph on an album cover that advocated the murder of police) to the City of Rome, Italy (in a contract dispute). He is a past member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. 

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters when delivering a commencement address at Widener University on May 26, 2016. He lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their four children

Photos courtesy of: JPG Photo & Video. A very special thank you to Joe Gidjunis for joining us at this event.  

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