USA: Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway Biography And Profile

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USA: Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway Biography And Profile

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway born January 20 19 67, is CEO and President of the polling company, inc./WomanTrend a privately-held, woman-owned corporation founded in 1995. The firm is headquartered in Washington, DC and maintains an office in New York City. Conway is one of the most quoted and noted pollsters on the national scene.

Among her accomplishments, she was recognized as the most accurate predictor of the 2004 elections and received The Washington Post’s “Crystal Ball” award and co-author of “What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live” (Free Press, 2005). The book has met with critical acclaim for its ability to distill complex data into memorable message points, acronyms, and phrases.

Throughout her twenty-year qualitative and quantitative research career, Kellyanne has provided primary research and advice for clients in 46 of the 50 states and has directed hundreds of demographic and attitudinal survey projects for statewide and congressional political races, trade associations, and Fortune 100 companies. A professionally trained moderator, Conway has personally directed more than 300 focus groups and other qualitative discussions. Clients have included Lifetime Television, The Heritage Foundation, Major League Baseball, The Federalist Society, Coalition of Community Pharmacists Association, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Mass Connections, American Express, ABC News, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Conway has worked for leaders such as the late Congressman Jack Kemp; former Vice President Dan Quayle; and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The company’s current clients include several U.S. House members, including Congressman Mike Pence, the Chairman of the House Republican Conference and the third-highest ranking Republican in the House.

A “fully-recovered” attorney, Conway is admitted to practice law in four jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia). She has practiced law, clerked for a judge in Washington, D.C. and for four years, was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center. Conway is a magna cum laude graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.A. in political science, studied at Oxford University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center.

Conway has provided commentary on over 1,200 television shows on various networks, radio shows and print stories. Kellyanne has been profiled in over a dozen magazines, newspapers, and television programs. Her polling data and op-eds have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, National Review, Human Events, Investors’ Business Daily, and Campaigns and Elections.

She is the Editor and Publisher of WomanTrends Online, a web-based publication that provides the latest news on a multitude of current and prospective lifestyle, financial, health, ethnic, work, entertainment, green, technological, and generational trends, which are influencing and influenced by consumer attitudes and behaviors. WomanTrend, a division of the polling company, inc., analyzes over 50 national and international publications and compiles the findings into WomanTrends Online.

She is a Trustee of the Phillips Foundation and is a board member of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the National Journalism Center, the National Women’s History Museum, and Men Against Breast Cancer and past member of the University of San Francisco School of Business Advisory Council. Conway retains memberships in the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA).

Conway (formerly “Fitzpatrick”) is a native of South Jersey. She is married to George T. Conway III and they have four children.

– Kellyanne Conway Biography

9 Things to Know About Kellyanne Conway

1. She is very well educated.
Conway graduated magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in political science, according to CNBC. She then studied at Oxford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious honors society, and later earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center. (She now describes herself as a “fully recovered” attorney.)

2. She’s also a former pageant winner.
Conway grew up in Atco, New Jersey, a town in the southern part of the state, not far from Atlantic City. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant, according to the conservative news site Newsmax. But, as Conway told Newsmax in 2008, she was not only a pageant winner but also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer, because she spent eight summers packing blueberries on a farm. She was known as the fastest packer.

3. She’s married with four children.
Conway married George T. Conway III, a New York lawyer, in 2001. The couple has four children, according to CNN, including twins. Prior to marrying Conway, she was romantically linked to the late Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, according to New York magazine, a Republican lawmaker and actor who starred in Law & Order as well as numerous movies.

4. She’s worked extensively with Republican lawmakers.
Conway is president and CEO of The Polling Company, which she founded in 1995. Her company often works with Republican candidates to appeal to female voters and the client list, according to CNN, reads like a who’s who of conservative politicians and organizations: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich’s former presidential campaign, Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Family Research Council.

One of her clients, Todd Akin, a Republican representative from Missouri, drew sharp criticism during his failed U.S. Senate run in 2012 when he referred to “legitimate rape,” saying in a TV interview, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Earlier in her career, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick (her maiden name) appeared on TV frequently to attack the Clintons. (Since the ’90s, she’s provided commentary on more than 1,200 TV shows.)

5. She was raised by women.
Conway’s parent divorced when she was 3 years old, according to Newsmax. “I grew up in a house with my mom and her mom, and two of my mother’s unmarried sisters,” she explained. “So four Italian Catholic women raised me.”

6. She’s known Trump for a decade.
Conway met Trump in 2006, when she was living in one of his buildings, according to the Washington Post. She even served on the condo board of the Trump World Tower in Manhattan. Trump, she told the Post, was surprisingly hands on, even showing up to meetings to hear residents’ concerns. Over the years, the Post continued, Trump would call her to say he’d seen her on TV and ask her opinion on a topic.

The pair met again in March 2015 to discuss his presidential bid. She said Trump offered her a job on his campaign, but she declined over fears of how the public would view the partnership. “Like, ‘What are you doing there?'” she said. “Riding on a plane? Whispering in his ear about what he should say to women?”

7. She worked on behalf of Ted Cruz before joining Trump’s campaign.
After rebuffing Trump, Conway went to work running a Ted Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise 1, which sought to raise money in support of the candidate, according to CNN. The super PAC was later rebranded in June to Defeat Crooked Hillary, Rolling Stone said. Conway also made the maximum personal donation allowed to Cruz last fall: $5,400, CNN reported.

8. She wrote a book titled What Women Really Want.
In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live along with Democratic strategist Celinda Lake. “By delving beneath the radioactive, hot-button issues,” the book’s Amazon description reads, “Lake and Conway discovered common causes with which women are inventing a new age of opportunity — doing it their way and, in the process, improving life for all Americans.”

9. She’s pro-immigration reform (or at least was).
Although Trump’s campaign has been decidedly anti-immigrant — build a wall, shut down Muslim immigration — Conway has a rather enlightened view on this matter. In 2014, she tried to convince Republicans to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and legal status for undocumented workers, according to CNN. She also co-authored a memo for the pro-immigration group that delved into the benefits of creating a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented workers. She was among 16 Republican pollsters to sign the memo.


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