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James Glassman        

Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, Financial Columnist and Author

James K. Glassman is Chairman and CEO of Public Affairs Engagement, a Washington consulting firm, and a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on economic issues and is affiliated with the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy.

In 2008 and 2009, Ambassador Glassman served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the intergovernmental lead for strategic communications abroad. In 2007 and 2008, he was Chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, responsible for the operations of Voice of America and other government media. He was confirmed for both positions unanimously by the U.S. Senate.

From 2009 to 2013, he served as Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the policy innovation arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Ambassador Glassman has had a long career in media, including 11 years as the principal financial columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. He formerly served as president of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, publisher of the New Republic magazine, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call. He has also been moderator of three weekly public affairs series, “TechnoPolitics” and “Ideas in Action” on PBS and “Capitol Gang Sunday” on CNN, and is the author of three books on finance.

He has served on several government boards, including the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World and, currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Board. He has also been a senior advisor to AT&T and SAP America and a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corp.

Glassman has authored three books: Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market (1999), The Secret Code of the Superior Investor: How to Be a Long-Term Winner in a Short-Term World (2001), and Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence (2011).

Ambassador Glassman is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Speech Topics


What's Ahead for the Economy?

As current events show us, there is no topic more urgent today than the fate of the global economy. With experience in business, media, and government, there is no expert more knowledgeable to explain what it all means than James Glassman. Glassman makes a sober, realistic assessment of the current economic situation, but his outlook is generally upbeat. While his experience in government tells him that governmental intervention has a more limited positive affect than most expect, his faith in American entrepreneurship encourages a belief that a recovery may come sooner than the pundits are predicting. Glassman partakes in an engaging question and answer session and answers your questions on:

  • How government action like the stimulus package, tax cuts or increases and measures to shore up financial institutions can help turn the economy around

  • What are the best business and investment strategies to weather the storm

Unfinished Business: The Intersection of Politics, Policy, and the Economy.

James Glassman discusses how Congress’ “kicking the can down the road” strategy (in terms of dealing with potential budget cuts, reduced spending, and tax increases) will ultimately affect the American economy. With the self-evident viewpoint that this strategy is not sustainable, he explains how and when this business will have to come to a head and what the protraction means for the American public now and in the future. He also details his ideas for fixing both the economy and this political process of avoidance.

How to Change Minds.

Drawing on his time as the top communications official at the State Department, his years as a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, and his experience as host of three public affairs shows on television, Jim Glassman shares insights on persuasion and influence. Persuasion is the business ALL of us are in. We are always selling, convincing, and trying to get others to do what we want. In a dynamic and fun keynote, Glassman refutes the widespread notion that the best rational arguments prevail. Instead, he shows that people make their decisions mainly on the basis of intuition – an initial, automatic, and unthinking response – and looks at how to get those responses to work for his audience. He shares stories, movie clips, and quotes that leave audiences learning something new that they can apply to their business and personal lives.

Persuasion: How to Change Minds

Persuasion is the business ALL of us are in. We are always selling, convincing, trying to get others to do what we want them to do. Glassman draws on his time as the top communications official at the State Department, his years as a newspaper and magazine editor and writer and his experience as host of three public affairs shows on television in this presentation to refute the widespread notion that the best rational arguments prevail. Instead, he shows that people make their decisions mainly on the basis of intuition—an initial, automatic, unthinking response sharing with audiences how to get those responses to work for you. His presentation is very engaging, fun and full of real-life experiences beginning with his opening line “Once upon a time in Paris…”—audiences will leave with practical lessons that they can apply to their business and personal lives.

News


Ambassador James K. Glassman -- Former Journalist, Think Tank ...

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Meet Jim Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute

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