James Glassman Profile

James Glassman’s career has taken him to the forefront of government, business, and journalism. Glassman served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy under President George W. Bush, and was also chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. government nonmilitary international broadcasting. His varied professional experience allows him to bring unique well-rounded perspectives to economic issues and global affairs.

Prior to his government service, Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he specialized in economics and technology. During his tenure there he founded The American, AEI’s magazine. His career however started in journalism; he has served as president of The Atlantic Weekly, vice-president of U.S. News & World Report, and an investment columnist for The Washington Post. He has been the host of the current affairs television programs Capital Gang Sunday, TechnoPolitics, and PBS’s Ideas in Action. During his time at the State Department, he implemented a new approach to international diplomacy called “Public Diplomacy 2.0”, which leveraged the Internet to open discussions on policy and ideas to people around the world, specifically in the Middle East.

More recently, Glassman oversaw the development, construction, and operations of the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy institute dedicated to the universal principles of freedom, opportunity, responsibility, and compassion. He is the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, author of three books on investing, and a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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      • James Glassman is widely recognized as an expert on economics, finance, technology and international affairs. His ability to explain complex financial matters has won praise across the political spectrum, and he is a popular speaker on the topic, “What’s Ahead for the Economy.”

    Glassman currently writes a monthly financial column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He is the author of two books on finance and was, from 1993 to 2004, the primary financial columnist for the Washington Post. He has also written a regular financial column for The Reader’s Digest.

    He just completed 19 months as a high-level federal official. He served first as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which supervises all taxpayer-funded non-military international TV and radio broadcasting, in 60 languages and more than 100 countries. He then served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he directed strategic communications for the U.S. government and supervised educational and cultural exchange programs and global websites. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate for both positions.

    As Under Secretary, he was commended for his swift successes, his bipartisanship, and his pioneering use of new technologies in communications. Newsweek wrote: “James K. Glassman, as they say in Washington, gets it…. Unlike his failed predecessors, Glassman has finally figured out how to sell the American idea abroad.”

    His extensive television experience includes a three-year stint as host of Capital Gang Sunday, the weekly CNN public affairs panel show, and a similar period as host of TechnoPolitics on public television. Mainly as an economic expert, he has appeared on Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs Tonight and The Larry King Show on CNN, Good Morning America on ABC, 60 Minutes on CBS, Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, NewsHour With Jim Lehrer on PBS, Kudlow & Company on CNBC, Special Report With Brit Hume on FoxNews, and many more. His articles on economic subjects have appeared frequently in the Wall Street Journal.

    James Glassman enjoys broad popularity as a speaker. Over the past decade, have given approximately 500 speeches in wide variety of venues, from corporate and trade-association conferences to public-affairs groups, and government gatherings. Among audiences: National Press Club (luncheon speaker series), Detroit Economic Club, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Aspen Institute, Council on Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth Club (San Francisco), and Chatham House (London).

    He is a former senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, where, from 1996 to 2007, he focused on matters of economics, finance, and technology. He has had a long career in journalism, serving as president of the Atlantic Monthly Co., publisher of the New Republic, editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call, the congressional newspaper, and executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report.

    He served as a member of the President’s Commission on the 21st Century Workforce (2001-2002), supervised by Secretary of Labor and appointed by the President. In 2003, he served as a member of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.

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James Glassman examines economics, global affairs, and communication strategies, drawing from his extensive and varied background in business, government, and journalism. Citing historical precedents and trends, his presentations offer a long-term optimistic outlook connecting international events to specific actions people can take when it comes to managing their finances and negotiating on both a personal and professional level.

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 long the recession will last and how deep it will affect our long-term prospects
  • 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

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.

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Books by James Glassman:
    The Secret Code of the Superior Investor: How to Be a Long-Term Winner in a Short-Term World

    Has the stock market bottomed? Will the Dow and NASDAQ do better this year? While media outlets such as CNBC and CNNfn love to fill their airtime with these kinds of questions, James Glassman has a hard time finding the upside to such pursuits. He suggests that investors would do better by turning off their TVs and looking for real value instead, and in the The Secret Code of the Superior Investor he shows how. Glassman organizes his advice into 47 bite-size chapters that cover everything from the types of companies you should invest in (“solid citizens,” pharmaceuticals, for-profit education) to what you as an investor should pay attention to (cash flow) and ignore (the latest Fed gossip, CNBC). At the heart of Glassman′s “secret code” is the belief that stocks are the best long-term bet there is; the trick is finding solid companies to invest in and then sticking with those companies through thick and thin. This book is for anyone (especially those getting over the recent technology boom and bust) who is looking for a reliable and balanced approach to managing a portfolio of stocks and bonds.

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