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James Glassman        

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

James K. Glassman is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, dedicated to research and action in four areas: education, global health, human freedom and economic growth. The Institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will also include a library and museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Glassman served from June 2008 to January 2009 as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was to bring new Internet technology to bear on outreach to foreign publics, an approach he christened Public Diplomacy 2.0.

Prior to his State Department post, from June 2007 to June 2008, he was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which directs all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Alhurra TV. He continued to serve as a governor of the BBG, representing the Secretary of State, from June 2008 to January 2009.

Since February 2010, he has been moderator of Ideas in Action, a weekly series on public policy issues, aired on more than 100 public television stations around the country. He was previously moderator of two weekly TV programs in the late 1990s: Capital Gang Sunday on CNN and TechnoPolitics on PBS.

For the 2009-2010 school year, he was Diplomat-in-Residence at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, where he teaches a course on public diplomacy to undergraduates.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He 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, the congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune. Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans.

He has written three books on investing. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in Turbulent Times (February 2011). His articles on finance, economics and foreign policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other publications.

Between 1996 and 2008, he was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He was formerly a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corp. and was a senior advisor to AT&T Corp. and SAP America, Inc.

He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the daily newspaper, The Crimson. He is married to Beth Ourisman Glassman and has two children, two stepchildren and three grandchildren. He lives in Bethesda, MD, and Falls Village, CT.

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


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