Michael Slaby
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  • "He's utterly fearless...He came here with no agency background at all and brought a wonderful perspective."
    -Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman

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    -Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google

Michael Slaby


Passionate and committed to helping humanity solve the world's greatest challenges, Michael Slaby is a global leader in digital and social media strategy, technology and data analytics, and explores how together they can elevate mission-driven organizations. For Michael, it is not only about developing the necessary technological platform, but understanding what it is that brings people together to take action online, as well as offline. Currently, he is Managing Partner of Timshel—a new company working to help solve social, civic, and humanitarian problems via better technology, engagement capabilities development, and creative capital. Previously he was a Fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

In 2012, when the Obama administration began gearing up for re-election, one of the first calls went to Michael Slaby, who was chief technology officer in 2008—when the historical campaign leveraged the internet and social media to raise funds and organize volunteers in ways that had never been seen before.

Michael helped lead Obama for America as Chief Integration and Innovation Officer in 2012, overseeing the CTO, CIO, and CAO, in order to ensure effective implementation and integration of technology across the entire campaign. To accomplish this task, Slaby recruited for the Obama campaign as if it were an emerging tech firm, plucking from the broad talent pool of Chicago's tech scene to develop what one of his hires called a $1 billion " disposable startup." What resulted was not only a successful re-election that gathered 2.2 million volunteers and raised almost $700 million digitally, but a revolution in the way politicians, organizations and brands use data and social media to engage their audiences.

In addition, Michael has served as a technology and digital strategy advisor as well as board member to initiatives that include the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department. He was named to Crain's Chicago 40 Under 40 List for 2011 and their Tech 50 List in 2013.

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