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Todd Schnick is a Chicago-based writer, podcaster, and philanthropist (co-founder of The Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation). Biographical notes and random bits below:


Recently had the pleasure of welcoming Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to The Foundation Podcast. What a lovely, gracious, and down-to-earth person, it was a treasure to connect. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


The Foundation Podcast is now available on Spotify!


New logo for one of my oldest clients: Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! We launched this podcast going on ten years ago!


My newest podcast, and the one I am most proud of, is The Foundation Podcast. iTunes has rated it a “Top Non-Profit podcast,” and we launched in early 2020. While it supports the work of our foundation, it is not about our foundation. In fact, it helps people build the foundation to live their best lives, as well as showcases leaders and organizations in the non-profit world…people affecting global change. We are very proud of this project!


Live in Denver, Colorado

Trade Show Radio has been a principle piece of the work I do, broadcasting live at trade shows and other events. Such a fun gig, helping clients create content and adding significant firepower to their business development strategy. Email me here if you want to learn more.

Live in Austin, Texas

Many forget that politics played a significant role in roughly the first eighteen years of my career. From congressional aide, to Republican Party operative, to national political strategist. But no doubt, I reached the pinnacle of notoriety when Al Gore sued me during the 2000 Florida Recount (see image below). It was a strange piece of history to be a part of. This also resulted in the first book I was mentioned in: Jake Tapper’s Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency. Certainly my proudest moment!


I named my company, The Intrepid Group, LLC, after the lunar lander Intrepid from the Apollo 12 mission, which landed on The Moon in November, 1969.


An unused logo back from when we were building the trade show side of the business…

CLICK HERE to read my ebook, 28 Strategies to be happy. A small collection of the basic things I learned in striving to live a happy life.


The original logo for The Intrepid Group, LLC (circa 2007)

I married the former Stephanie Ann Lloyd on December 12, 2012. We moved to Chicago, IL in February 2016, and co-founded our foundation in late 2018.

Stephanie, with our dog Shiloh

What if YOU had to answer Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire? Here are my answers (revised 21 September 2020):

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Sunday morning. At home. In my studio. All’s quiet. Listening to jazz. With coffee.

What is your greatest fear? A global pandemic. Oh, wait…

Which living person do you most admire? Bill Gates and Chuck Feeney, both philanthropists.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Temper.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Tardiness.

What is your greatest extravagance? Ordering any book that I want. And having the time to read them.

What is your favorite journey? Walking to dinner with Stephanie.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? An appreciation for all of my overrated virtues.

On what occasion do you lie? Little white lies, to my mother with late-stage Alzheimer’s.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? That I have no ass.

Which living person do you most despise? A terrorist. Foreign and (especially) domestic.

What is your greatest regret? That I waited so long to stop worrying about what everyone thinks.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My Stephanie.

When and where are you happiest? At dinner, with Stephanie.

Which talent would you most like to have? To write film scores.

What is your current state of mind? Peacefully unsettled.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My temper.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? The Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be? My dog, Shiloh.

What is your most treasured possession? A sound mind. At least in my opinion.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Waiting for someone who is running behind.

What is your favorite occupation? Of everything I’ve done, I’d have to say philanthropist.

What is your most marked characteristic? On time.

What do you most value in your friends? Honestly and punctuality.

Who are your heroes in life? Soldiers and first responders.

What are your favorite names? The Apollo spacecraft.

What is it that you most dislike? Wasting my time.

How would you like to die? In my sleep.

What is your motto? Be intrepid.


Visual notes from my podcast with Seth Godin and Hugh MacLeod.


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