Former White House speechwriter and co-author of The Political Speechwriter’s Companion: A Guide for Writers and Speakers, 2nd Edition (SAGE, August 2019), Eric Schnure counsels leading executives and organizations, helping make their messages more memorable, their words more effective and their delivery more powerful.
In addition to strategic communications and speechwriting, Eric lectures and conducts workshops around the world on speechwriting, storytelling, leadership communications and the art and science of persuasion. He has developed and run seminars and training sessions for global companies including Google, Marriott, GE, UPS, HP and Airbus, as well as international institutions such as INTERPOL and the European Commission. Eric is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Georgetown University and American University.
Prior to opening his own firm in the fall of 2013, Eric served as Director of Executive Communications at GE. In that role, he was responsible for creating communications platforms for the CEO and other leaders, as well as helping develop and execute strategies that helped build, enhance and protect the global industrial conglomerate’s reputation and brand.
Eric began his communications career in the White House in 1993 as a speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. Eric also served in senior communications roles at the United States Department of Housing and at NASA. After leaving government Eric was a principal at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group.
Eric is known in Washington for incorporating humor into speeches, and in 2004 he co-founded the Humor Cabinet, a communications consulting firm. He is a Friend of the Gridiron, the venerable club of journalists famous for its annual roast, and he has written countless one-liners and roasts for celebrities and politicians. Roll Call described Eric as one of Washington’s “go-to guys” for political humor.
Eric Schnure graduated from Hobart College and received a master’s degree in International History from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Chevy Chase, MD.