September 1, 2020
Dan Glickman tells his story of a classic family background, religious heritage, and “Midwestern-nice” roots, and how it led to a long and successful career in public service. Dan combines a steady sense of humor with serious reflection on his rise from the middle of nowhere to becoming a successful US politician and the first Jewish secretary of agriculture. Dan defines success as a willingness to listen, an ability to communicate ideas, and a yen for compromise. He has successfully navigated the worlds of congressional politics, cabinet-level administration and the entertainment industry and offers many tricks of the trade he has learned over the years. Dan is convinced the toxicity seen in our current political culture and public discourse can be mitigated by the principles that have guided his life: a strong sense of humor (specifically an ability to laugh at himself), respect and civility for those who have different points of view, a belief system founded on the Golden Rule, and a commitment to solve problems rather than create irreconcilable conflicts.