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About James Autry

James Autry is a speaker and workshop leader, specializing in leadership and management, particularly in creating a workplace in which people can do good work, can find meaning in their work, and can share in the rewards--not just the professional and financial rewards, but the psychological, emotional, and spiritual rewards of a job well done.

Before taking early retirement in 1991 to pursue his present career, Jim Autry had a distinguished career at Meredith Corporation as Senior Vice President and President of its Magazine Group, a 500 million dollar publisher with over 900 employees. He directed the operation of 22 special interest publications and 14 magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, and Metropolitan Home.

Mr. Autry has also been active in many civic and charitable organizations, most notably with disability rights groups. He served as chairman of the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and worked with the White House Conference on Families. He is a founder of the Des Moines National Poetry Festival.

James has been instrumental in shaping the field of service journalism and has worked to establish service journalism chairs at the University of Missouri and the University of Mississippi, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus and was elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame.

James Autry and his wife live in Des Moines, Iowa.