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Bernard L. Schwartz - Just Say Yes

American Job Creation and Infrastructure Forum

On October 8, 2015, the Carnegie Endowment’s Schwartz Program in Competitiveness and Growth Policies, under the direction of David Rothkopf, convened a group of bipartisan government leaders, corporate executives, and experts from academia and think tanks to discuss the nation’s infrastructure crisis and explore ways to promote job creation and increase America’s economic strength. There is broad consensus that our country’s aging infrastructure is not only failing to live up to the challenges that the country faces but is a serious liability in a highly connected world.

The program included keynote addresses by Vice President Joseph R. Biden who was introduced by conference sponsor Bernard L. Schwartz; Senator Elizabeth Warren; and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Panel discussions focused on the existing infrastructure and job creation challenges, the shifting perspectives on financing infrastructure projects, and how to put solutions into practice in the current political climate.

For a complete list of discussants and videos of the keynote addresses and panel discussions, please visit the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Interview With Bill Baker

On March 13, 2014, Bill Baker, President Emeritus of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of THIRTEEN/WNET, where he was CEO for 20 years, interviewed Mr. Schwartz about his book, his politics, building Loral and why he’s so passionate about investing in infrastructure.

JUST SAY YES Interview

Charlie Rose interviews Bernard Schwartz about "Just Say Yes" at New-York Historical Society on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Baruch Confers Award for Philanthropy to Bernard Schwartz

Bernard Schwartz and his late wife Irene were honored on December 3, 2015, by the conferral of The Newman Medal for Philanthropy by President of Baruch College Mitchel Wallerstein, in recognition of the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz to their alma mater and his service as a member of the Baruch College Fund. The Newman Medal recognizes extraordinary, leadership-level generosity to Baruch College, and is named after William Newman ’47, LLD (Hon.) ’97 and his wife Anita, dedicated friends and benefactors of the College.

On the occasion, Mr. Schwartz was interviewed by Heather Samples, Director of Baruch’s Bernard L. Schwartz Communications Institute, before an audience of Baruch College students. Mr. Schwartz spoke about his experience as a Baruch student and how it shaped his future, both personally and professionally. During the Q&A session, he stressed the value of good communication skills to the students, emphasized the role that luck plays in achieving success, and advised them to keep a journal.


April 2016

New-York Historical Society releases schedule for upcoming lectures and films as part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series and Classic Film Series.

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February 23, 2016

USA TODAY features a column by William F. Baker, director of the Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy and Education at Fordham, entitled “How ‘Spotlight’ Missed the Story.”

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February 11, 2016

As part of its Bernard L. Schwartz Initiative on American Economic Policy, Washington DC-based think tank Third Way released an idea brief on a unique regional minimum wage policy based on the cost of living where one resides.  

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February 8, 2016

Bernard Schwartz is interviewed by reporter for Max Abelson:  Top Clinton Donor Wants a Law Against $1 Million Gifts Like His. 

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February 1, 2016

Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden and his colleague Rebecca Strauss release “How America Stacks Up: Economic Competitiveness and US Policy.” The report, available in hard copy or electronic form, makes a series of comparisons between US policies and those of other advanced economies to serve as a "helpful resource for evaluating President Obama’s economic legacy, for assessing the competing claim of the candidates in this year’s election, and in setting priorities for the next administration and Congress.”

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January 5, 2016

Democracy Journal, published by Bernard Schwartz, releases new issue and introduces new web design.

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January 10, 2016

Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci is the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz professor of economics at The New School as well as the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and The New School’s Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab). Diane Rehm of NPR interviewed Dr. Ghilarducci about her new book “How to Retire With Enough Money and How to Know What Enough Is.

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January 2, 2016

New York Times issues op-ed “A Smarter Plan to Make Retirement Savings Last” co-authored by Teresa Ghilarducci and Hamilton E. James.

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January 2016

New-York Historical Society releases schedule for upcoming lectures and films as part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series and Classic Film Series.

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December 15, 2015

As part of its Bernard L. Schwartz Initiative on American Economic Policy, Washington DC-based think tank Third Way released an idea brief on Home Equity Vouchers, a policy which would help low- and middle-income families to more quickly pay down their mortgages, build up equity, and relieve the burden of debt.

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December 2015

Think tank International Technology & Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) founder and president lists reports and achievements of 2015.

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November 2015

Three articles by Council on Foreign Relations Schwartz Senior Fellow Ted Alden address the issues of travel and border security in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Fortune magazine: What Europe Can Learn From America’s 9/11 Response

Blog post: Terrorism, Refugees and Foreign Students: Learning From History

And, in Politico’s EU edition In Praise of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

November 2015

Baruch College releases annual Stewardship Report on the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute. Director of the Institute Heather Samples describes the program and its significant impact on students and professors.

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November 15, 2015

Economist James Galbraith presided at the Economists for Peace & Security Bernard Schwartz Symposium entitled “Inequality, Austerity, Jobs & Growth.”

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October 28, 2015

Washington DC-based think tank Third Way released a seminal report “Ready for the New Economy” as part of its Bernard L. Schwartz Initiative on American Economic Policy. The report proposes an ambitious and actionable federal agenda that would generate economic growth that directly benefits the middle class. The report encompasses 70+ policy ideas that create more skills, more jobs, and more wealth.

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October 22, 2015

Public Television’s Steve Adubato features Bernard Schwartz clip on “Lessons in Leadership” program.

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See original November 18, 2014, interview on “One on One”

October 3,2014:

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Lecture at The New School's SCEPA hosts "An Evening with Thomas Picketty."  Mr. Picketty is the author of the best-selling Capital in the Twenty-first Century.  

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September 30, 2014:

NYU School of Medicine conferred the Valentine Mott Founders Award to Bernard Schwartz in recognition of his family's exceptional support for the clinical, research and ediucation missions of the Medical Center. 

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September 25, 2014:

Jeff Madrick's "Seven Bad Ideas" is reviewed by NYT columnist Paul Krugman.  Madrick is the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at The Century Foundation. 

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August 2014:

"Just Say Yes" is reviewed in Quest: The History of Spaceflight. 

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June 14, 2014:

Bernard Schwartz, on the Philosphy of "Just Say Yes", by New York Times reporter Adam Bryant

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May 2014:

Aerospace America "Lessons from an American Success Story." 

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April 23-24, 2014:

Thirteen/WNET's Rafael Pi Roman interviews Bernard Schwartz about "Just Say Yes" on MetroFocus. 

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April 21, 2014:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Just Say Yes Payback . . . is beautiful." 

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April 14, 2014:

The Wall Street Journal "Saying 'Thank You' With an Added Gift." 

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March 25, 2014: interviews Bernard Schwartz about "Just Say Yes."

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March 13, 2014:

THIRTEEN president emeritus Bill Baker interviews Bernard Schwartz about "Just Say Yes."

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March 3, 2014:

Space News "Loral Deals, Dilemmas Detailed in Retired Chief's Autobiography."

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March, 2014:

Democracy "An Angry Democrat Speaks."

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