Pushing Democracy: Insights, Politics & Our Future

2020 Virtual Dealmakers Summit

Date: Thursday 22 October 2020 | Time: 11:00–12:00 EST

Presented by our I.D.E.A. (Insights, Data, Experiences & Analytics) team in New York

Moderated by Ken Sonenclar, Managing Director, Oaklins, New York

George Gallup invented political research by tracking Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR) 1936 run for the White House. Now the US confronts crises and hardships unseen since FDR’s time, and pollsters, data geeks and smart algorithms aren’t just tracking election campaigns, they’re virtually running them.

From a single pioneering company to an industry – and now an industry convulsed by data, analytics and technology – campaigns and causes have never demanded more from their insights partners.

Just days before the most crucial election of our time, insights leaders put their industry under the microscope and tell us where we are headed. Join us.



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Ken Sonenclar New York, United States
Managing Director
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Ken Sonenclar is a managing director at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips. Prior to joining Oaklins in 2005, he served as the founding editor of Information Week magazine before taking up a 15-year career in research and consulting, first as an analyst and program director in Artificial Intelligence at Gartner Group, and later as founder and CEO of New Science Associates, where he led the company onto the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the USA. New Science was a retainer-research firm specializing in advanced information tech, including AI, imaging and automated software design. The firm, with offices across the USA and the UK, was acquired by Gartner Group.



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Betsy Hoover Co-Founder & Partner
Higher Ground Labs
Jon silvan
Jon Silvan Founding Partner & CEO
Global Strategy Group
Clifford young
Cliff Young President, US, Public Affairs

Betsy Hoover is a partner and co-founder at Higher Ground Labs, an incubator and accelerator for political technology. Since 2017, the group has invested in three dozen companies providing technology across the progressive ecosystem.

Prior to HGL, she served as a founding partner at 270 Strategies, running digital and tech for the firm. Betsy spent five years working within the Obama organization and was the National Digital Organizing Director in 2012. She has been recognized by Business Insider as being “at the forefront of political innovation” and was featured on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: Law & Policy” list. Betsy is an organizer first.

Jon Silvan is Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (GSG), recently named winner of Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by leading PR industry trade journal The Holmes Report. Recognized by PR Week’s Global Power Book as one of the most influential communications strategists in the US, Jon has guided GSG’s growth for more than two decades from a boutique agency into a leading public affairs, communications and research firm with an award-winning team of over 100 professionals in six offices across the USA.

With a background in communications, research and politics, Jon provides strategic guidance to GSG’s clients on a wide range of issues including public affairs, political strategy, corporate positioning and reputation management.  Jon’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, national advocacy and nonprofit organizations, and some of the country’s top political candidates and government officials.

Jon is a member of the Arthur Page Society, which represents C-level communicators. He serves as Treasurer of the PR Council, a Steering Committee member of A Better New York (ABNY), a board member of the Citizens Budget Commission, a board member on the CBC, a member of the Partnership for NYC, and as Vice Chair of the Storahtelling Board of Directors for LAB/SHUL, a nonprofit organization that advances Jewish literacy through the arts.

Cliff Young is President of Ipsos Public Affairs in the United States and leads Ipsos’ global election and political polling practice. His research specialties include social and public opinion trends, crisis management, corporate and institution reputation, and election polling, working with a wide variety of corporate, government, media, and political clients. He also oversees Ipsos’ US public opinion research including our partnerships with ABC News, Axios, NPR, Thomson Reuters, USA Today and The Washington Post.

He is a frequent writer, analyst and commentator on elections, communication, and public opinion.

Cliff earned his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and did his graduate work at the University of Chicago (MA and PhD). He also trained as a survey statistician at the University of Michigan and in political psychology at Stanford. Cliff is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and an instructor at Columbia University SIPA where he teaches courses on public opinion and political risk.