Tailored to Challenges Women Face as Candidates


“I went to a training in Michigan while I was still undecided about whether I should run for office. It was inspiring to see so many other women in the room exploring the same questions! The training SMG Strategies arranged was tailored to challenges women face as candidates and public leaders and that made it even more helpful and meaningful for a first-time candidate like me.”

Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Representative
First Asian American woman elected to Michigan Legislature



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“SMG Strategies provided excellent coaching that far surpasses any political advice I have ever received.  Shannon, founder and president of the organization, told me to “always stick to your plan, no matter what your opponent is doing,” and this was what I repeated to my team over and over again.  Our goal was to compete against ourselves and execute what we thought was best, not to be reactive to our surroundings. Shannon’s help led us to a win, and not just any win — a historical win in the primary!  Thanks, SMG Strategies!”

Senita Lenear, Grand Rapids City Commissioner
First African American woman elected to
Grand Rapids City Commission

Won Both Elections by a Landslide

“I am a believer in systems. Well-organized, thought-out systems will allow you to succeed at anything. I had the opportunity to participate in a training session in Lansing by SMG Strategies, presented by Shannon Garrett. I had never run for public office before and was ready to work like mad to win. Not only did I win, but I won both the primary and general elections by a landslide.

What I like best about the training was how user friendly it was. I remembered saying over and over again during the training, stick to the plan, stick to the plan, stick to the plan. The training broke down the various aspects of the campaign that I would have never thought of on my own. From GOTV and voter persuasion to creating a budget and working with volunteers, I was able to create a roadmap for success thanks to SMG Strategies. Shannon helped me create systems for every area of my campaign and now I am the only new County Commissioner for Muskegon County to be elected in 2014.”

Jeff Lohman, Muskegon County Commissioner

Powerful Asset to Our Campaign

“Shannon Garrett guided me through every step of the intimidating process of running for office. From fundraising to personal story-telling, Shannon was knowledgeable and supportive. She not only gave me the skills but the confidence I needed to believe that I could serve as an elected official and be a strong progressive leader. She was a powerful asset to our campaign.”

Clarence Gayles, former candidate for Michigan State Representative

Individualized Training for Campaign’s Needs

“SMG Strategies provided exceptional insight and training on the responsible use of voting analytics and voter behavior research for a multi-candidate mayoral campaign”

Jeanine DeLay, Campaign Manager for Ann Arbor Mayoral candidate