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James W. Keyes – Author, Global Executive, Philanthropist | Education Is Freedom

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Jim Keyes is a retail industry powerhouse with a track record of revitalizing iconic brands. As CEO of 7-Eleven, he spearheaded data-driven strategies that led to a 10x increase in shareholder value and expanded the company’s global footprint to over 35,000 stores. He later served as chairman and CEO of Blockbuster, leading efforts to revitalize the company in the face of a changing entertainment landscape.

Beyond the boardroom, Keyes is a passionate advocate for education. A firm believer in its power to transform lives, he founded the non-profit Education Is Freedom. This organization provides college, career, and life-readiness programs, empowering individuals to chart their own paths to success. Keyes’ multifaceted drive extends to his personal life as well, where he is a skilled sculptor, painter, musician, and pilot – a true renaissance man for the modern age.

Talking Points

  • 00:00 — Intro
  • 02:22 — Education Fights Fear
  • 09:23 — Closing the Knowledge Gap
  • 15:05 — How Learning Shaped James’ Journey
  • 21:50 — James Keyes’ Background
  • 24:48 — Change Equals Opportunity
  • 28:41 — Education Then vs. Now
  • 32:34 — Sponsor: Entrepreneurs On Fire
  • 33:21 — Myths of US Higher Ed
  • 41:50 — What We Need to Unlearn
  • 47:15 — Risks of Cutting Education
  • 51:00 — Education as a Tool
  • 54:53 — Tackling Misinformation
  • 58:40 — Connect with Jim Keyes
  • 1:00:15 — Advice to Younger Self
  • 1:01:00 — Defining Success

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