At the Podium
As the co-founder of Echelon Insights, Kristen Soltis Anderson is disrupting the polling industry, a particularly daunting task in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election. A savvy and discerning big data insider, Anderson examines hot-topic trends and how they influence the way youth, women, and minorities approach modern decision making, from their purchases to their politics. Blending observations from focus groups, personal stories, and polling results, the pollster offers key insights into the changing nature of American politics and business. She introduces audiences to tech-savvy political consultants and shows you how these hip young pollsters and consultants are using data mining and social media to transform electoral politics and business practices. Anyone interested in the future of politics or business should know where cultural trends are heading—and how your organization can capitalize on them.
Anderson, a millennial, also possesses unique insight into the ever-evolving worldview of this much-discussed generation. At the podium, as well as in her book The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America, Kristen Soltis Anderson digs into the data about where her generation stands and what they value, sorting fact from fiction.
Anderson gives audiences much-needed insight into the world of big data and analytics. Her company, Echelon Insights, operates on 3 guiding principles: Granularity, by applying polling insights to individual voters and micro-segments; Understanding, by utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research to provide clients with strategic insight; and Timeliness, by understanding evolving trends and a changing landscape. This 3 pronged approach to polling enables Anderson to provide audiences with more accurate polling data, cutting edge analytics and targeting, and competitive intelligence, both in the political arena and in the world of business.
Kristen was an outstanding panelist. She elevated the dialogue with insight, substance, and context. The reviews I’ve received from guests have been glowing. People had fun and came away feeling positive. It’s not often we find that opportunity in politics today. She mad the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life look good. I really can’t thank her enough.
- University of Texas, Austin
About Kristen Soltis Anderson
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Partner and Co-Founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Echelon Insights, a research, analytics, and digital intelligence firm. Anderson also served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2014. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm, where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy. Her research on millennial attitudes has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and she regularly speaks to audiences of corporate leaders and public officials about how to reach the millennial generation.
She has been named one of TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World,” National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” and one of Marie Claire’s “New Guard” of the 50 most connected rising female leaders. She was also featured as one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington.”
Currently, Anderson serves as a political columnist for The Washington Examiner and as a contributor for ABC News. She also co-hosts a podcast, The Pollsters, with Margie Omero.
Anderson regularly appears on programs such as NBC’s Meet The Press, ABC’s This Week, CNN’s State of the Union, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Anderson has a Master’s in Government from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Florida. She resides in Washington with her husband, Chris.