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Bernard L. Schwartz - Just Say Yes

JUST SAY YES Interview

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

About Bernard L. Schwartz

An investor, a retired industrialist, a progressive public policy advocate and a philanthropist

Chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm, Mr. Schwartz also manages the investments of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation. The foundation invests in think tanks, universities and advocacy organizations, specifically targeting programs that develop policies focusing on U.S. economic growth and job creation initiatives. It also supports institutes of higher education, medical research and New York City-based cultural organizations. Mr. Schwartz is a life-long Democrat and an active supporter of the Democratic Party.

Prior to establishing BLS Investments in March 2006, Mr. Schwartz served for 34 years as chairman of the board and CEO of Loral Corporation and its successor company Loral Space & Communications, formed in 1996. Loral Corp, a Fortune 200 defense electronics firm, employed as many as 38,000 employees at its 25 locations. At its height Loral attained annual revenues of nearly $7.5 billion and had a market value of $13 billion.

Mr. Schwartz is often called upon to express his views or provide counsel on matters ranging from U.S. economic growth and competitiveness to investment in infrastructure, innovation, technology, and research and development. At a number of institutions, he has initiated programs that rigorously examine current U.S. economic policy and competitiveness, and that consistently challenge current orthodoxy to arrive at policy proposals that will further U.S. economic and technological preeminence. The programs employ lectures, position papers, op-ed pieces, conferences and debates, and tap the expertise of leading economists, business people, and policy makers. The policy proposals that emerge from these programs are broadly distributed to members of the administration and Congress, educators, researchers, the media and the general public. Read More >>>


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 26, 2014:

New-York Historical Society issues Fall 2014-Winter 2015 calendar of Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speaker and Classic Film Series programs:

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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 12, 2014:

Council on Foreign Relations Schwartz Fellow Ted Alden and co-author Rebecca Strauss release "Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States," offering a policy solution to end this wasteful competition. 

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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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April, 2014:

The Bernard L. Schwartz "Rediscovering Government Initiative" at the Roosevelt Institute issues study on the urgent need for job creation. 

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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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January 6, 2014:

Report on 2013 activities and plans for Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at Roosevelt Institute by Jeff Madrick.

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January 6, 2014:

2013 Year End letter from think tank The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) founder and president Rob Atkinson. 

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January 2014:

New-York Historical Society posts 2014 calendar of Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speaker and Classic Film Series programs:

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September 30, 2013:

Third Way's Bernard L. Schwartz Initiative on American Economic Policy participated in The Atlantic's conference entitled Infrastructure 2.0: Investing in the Technology of Tomorrow.

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June 24, 2013:

James Galbraith, head of Schwartz-supported Economists for Peace and Security, publishes New York Times op-ed on the Greek economy

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June 11, 2013:

Bernard Schwartz named Publisher of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

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June 4, 2013:

The Roosevelt Institute’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative presents: A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency

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May 2013:

Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States: How Effective Is Enforcement? Co-authored by Ted Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

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January 23, 2013:

Bill Baker, director of Fordham’s Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy and Education, publishes article in The Nation entitled “Google’s Monopoly on the News."

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