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Waldron Student-Alumni Connections Program Career Talk with Cody Keenan '02: Chief Speechwriter for President Barack Obama

This episode is a recorded Waldron Student-Alumni Connections Program event where Cody Keenan talked with students in the fall of 2019 about his career. He has been a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for nearly a decade, rising from a campaign intern in Chicago to Director of Speechwriting at the White House. He is also now a visiting professor at Northwestern. Though this talk was from 2019, which was a very different time compared to today, we are excited to share this talk with you and we hope you enjoy it! Learn more at and search for Waldron or email us at

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