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| Posted in Civics Family

God Bless America

On the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I thought I would share portions of a letter I wrote during my own 9/11 experience. In our current pandemic times, I hope it speaks for itself. […]


| Posted in Family

Powerful Lessons from the Greatest Generation

Today is an important day in our family. It is our son’s 30th birthday, our nephew’s 9th wedding anniversary, and the day my father died in 2006. While the first two events are joyous and worth celebrating […]


| Posted in Civics

Vote for the Future

As the expression goes, we live in difficult and unpredictable times. The world feels like it’s upside down – and it’s very unclear when and how it will right itself. We’ve been warned about pandemic risks for […]


| Posted in Leadership

Now is the Time for Resilience

In a typical year, I give roughly 50 speeches/talks across the country – most of which are pro-bono guest lectures in university classrooms. Well…2020 is not going to be a typical year. Thankfully, a number […]


| Posted in Government Policy Leadership

Finding a Brighter Future

As we enter the fourth week of a quarantined existence, I remain inspired by what I see around me. Certainly, nothing compares to the courage shown and sacrifices made by our health care professionals, first responders, […]


| Posted in Leadership

Five Words for the New Decade

It’s easy to recognize that the world around us is changing incredibly quickly.  Consider innovations like smartphones, social media, video streaming, e-sports gaming, self-driving cars and the like.  We take all of these advances for […]


| Posted in Family

The Greatest Generation

My father and mother have both passed away after wonderful, blessed, long lives. I am grateful for all that they provided for me and for their love and support. I don’t think about them everyday […]


| Posted in Government Policy

Saving Democracy is Job #1

In the 1980s, Ford Motor Company ran an extensive ad campaign that closed with various forms of the phrase “At Ford, Quality is Job 1.” The context for that, of course, was public concern about the […]


| Posted in Career Family

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

With Valentine’s Day in the rear-view mirror, I’m left to munch on some chocolate (a serious addiction), enjoy flowers in the house (yellow tulips), and ponder what it means to love someone for forever. February 14th […]