About matt lehrman

Strategist & speaker

Why I say... Engagement is Everything™

My passion is all about helping companies, causes, and communities to connect deeply with their customers, supporters, and members.


With experience gained over a 30-year career devoted to selling, marketing, fundraising, lobbying, and otherwise asking and convincing people to do something, today I realize just how strongly I object to the stereotypical notion that such work is "a numbers game."  And more, I'm particularly disappointed when entities (companies and causes, alike) say they're in the "relationship" business but fail to assert any meaningful innovation, discipline or continuity to the effort.


Today's world is powered by fast-changing economics, burgeoning technologies, and increasingly-intense competition.  Your challenge really is not about how many people you can ask, but about how many quality relationships you can sustain.  Engagement (really) is Everything.


That's why I've chosen to make ENGAGEMENT the subject of my consulting and speaking efforts.  My highest goal is to inspire and instruct leaders of businesses, nonprofits, and all sorts of communities to achieve success by knowing how to:


  1. Attract & hold someone's attention,
  2. Deliver and derive value and/or meaning,
  3. Impart momentum to a relationship that causes it to be renewable or sustainable.


How did I become an expert Engagement Strategist?  I learned by doing - and doing - and doing again.  Here's are the high-points of my career so far (and you're also welcome to click the link to LINKEDIN at the bottom of the page.)  My experience includes working:


  • As a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for one of America's largest business trade associations,
  • As Director of Sales & Marketing for an Arizona community bank struggling to recover from the depths of the region's economic downturn,
  • As VP of Marketing for a prestigious (but scarce-resourced) community arts center
  • As Founder & long-time Executive Director of an enterprising start-up organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and public participation in Arizona's arts & cultural experiences,
  • As a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses on marketing, business management, and entrepreneurship.
  • As an independent strategist and service provider on myriad projects of strategic planning, crisis management, customer service, and community engagement.


In the spirit of engagement, I am especially sensitive to modulate the substance and style of every presentation so that it resonates with the audience receiving it.


I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how a presentation on ENGAGEMENT can serve your objectives.

About Matt Lehrman, personally

My wife, Toby, and I are the proud parents of two grown children, Harrison and Marissa. We live in Scottsdale, Arizona with Hope, a gentle 12-year old chocolate lab who we rescued about 5 years ago.


We love to travel and recently returned from our first-ever visit to Cuba.