Jim Clifton is chairman and CEO of one of the most important and influential companies in the world today -- Gallup. Jim Clifton is a gifted leader, a brilliant thought leader, and author of one of the best books I have read in 20 years, THE COMING JOBS WAR. But more so for me, Jim Clifton is my dear friend. He is also a mentor for life. Quiet literally, Jim is one of the smartest people I have ever met; ever.
Jim has a heart for people, and wants only the best for the future of America. I once asked Jim Clifton, who also serves as chairman of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, why he liked Black people so much (he was also awarded two honorary doctorate degrees from HBCU's). Jim's response was just classic. It wasn't that he particularly 'loved' Black people, or not, by the way. To quote Jim Clifton, in his visionary own unique language, "John, I just want America to win."