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Paul Schmitz
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Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz is CEO of Public Allies, which, through AmeriCorps and other programs, identifies and prepares young community and non-profit leaders.

Archive: Paul Schmitz

May this be a wake-up call

Leaders set a tone. When leaders in public life speak about their opponents in hateful, over-the-top vitriol, it makes people more fearful of those they disagree with and what they are doing to our country. When "lock and load" and "second amendment remedies" are part of the discourse, it sets a tone that...

By Paul Schmitz | January 11, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (9)

Intuition without integrity

At the center of his life is a deep, dark secret that, if made public, could destroy his life and career. That is a huge burden to carry. Secrets are never good for leaders, and he's got a big skeleton in a small closet. His secret carries three problems...

By Paul Schmitz | October 21, 2010; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mark Zuckerberg needs to own it (and "it" is not what you think)

would feel pretty bad if I were Mark Zuckerberg. But then, if I were Mark Zuckerberg, I would look at my life, my business, and my net worth, and I would probably shrug it off (and maybe drop $100 million on the Newark Public Schools). But should he shrug it off, especially as the leader of a company which thrives off networks that purport...

By Paul Schmitz | October 8, 2010; 06:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Give them iPads!

"To my fellow Democrats: You've squandered a lot of opportunity this year making yourselves caricatures of the broken system. To my Republican opposition: Don't be smug.

By Paul Schmitz | January 27, 2010; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Presidential 360 review

Change fuels passion, not reasoned compromise, and President Obama needs to do a better job of getting the good news out.

By Paul Schmitz | January 25, 2010; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Victory for Demagogues

If the president wasn't battling attacks against positive educational messages and a fact-based health-care debate, he should have fought for Van.

By Paul Schmitz | September 8, 2009; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (35)

Repellent Politics

Many of the most passionate and entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders believe they can have a greater impact by building innovative, effective, and uncompromising solutions outside of government

By Paul Schmitz | September 2, 2009; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (12)

Winning Over My Mother

I grew up in a family in which Ted Kennedy was regarded as the worst politician in America, but today even my mother -- now dependent on Medicare -- is grateful for his leadership.

By Paul Schmitz | August 28, 2009; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Single Dad and CEO

No leader I admire has every told me they wished they had worked harder and sacrificed their personal lives and families more for their work.

By Paul Schmitz | August 13, 2009; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (12)

Stupidity Begets Stupidity

The president instead blended confidence and humility by owning his mistake and seeking to fix it, despite the frustration he must feel knowing that from the arrest forward, it was all pretty stupid.

By Paul Schmitz | August 4, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Palin's Constituency is Real

But she'll never win without more discipline, and all her antics will be for naught.

By Paul Schmitz | July 7, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Democrats Need to Police Themselves

President-elect Obama's ethics policies and campaign promises for government reform are a great start, but the Congress and the Democratic Party have to step up to the plate, too.

By Paul Schmitz | December 15, 2008; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mobilize Your Constituencies

If a small group of non-profits can rally Congress to action, why can't three major corporations?

By Paul Schmitz | December 8, 2008; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

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