|President & CEO|
Cathy Allen, President / Owner of The Connections Group, Inc., has spent the past twenty years working to help communities, governments, non-profit associations and women’s groups better communicate to the press, the public and politicians. Her creative approach to changing communication strategies includes targeting, message development and media relations which can be put into action in relatively short timeframes ranging from 30 days to three months.
Allen has conducted trainings and been a consultant in more than 34 states, eight provinces in Canada, and 18 countries including Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Algeria, France, Mexico and Cuba. She recently returned from training Muslim women to be more effective in Morocco. Allen has conducted workshops on achieving power for dozens of organizations such as the National Education Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Professional Women, National Parent’s & Teacher’s Association, the National League of Women Voters as well as a number of institutions including Harvard, Yale, Oberlin, the University of Washington, and Michigan State University.
In 2000, Allen co-founded the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington. Its mission is to link women leaders throughout the world, including sponsorship of women’s trade and training missions. This non-profit center will also, recruit, train, and support women in choosing leadership as a career.
Cathy has written two books and a dozen training manuals, produced several videos, and given over 250 speeches on women’s full participation and campaigning to win. She currently is a weekly featured political pundit on Seattle’s NBC news feature: “Winners & Losers” on “Up Front with Robert Mak”.
She has run or consulted with more than 500 winning campaigns, (75% women) from mayors to governors, from state legislators to the U.S. Congress, from initiatives to slates of women endorsed by women candidates. Cathy serves on the Board of the American Association of Political Consultants.