Dr. Larry started his career as a high school teacher, earned a
doctorate in social psychology, served as a professor, dean and
eventually as founder and president of an experimental college for adults.

He then “graduated” to become an international technology executive. In this role, he founded a school for computer programmers and consultants in the Philippines, developed a technology exchange program with the Soviet Union, and pioneered the introduction of the PLATO instructional software system to the industrial training industry.

He then started a federal contracting company in Washington DC. In the years to follow, he introduced computer-based management to the federal workforce through the General Services Administration, participated in joint ventures with The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the National Education Association, Microelectronics and Computer Consortium (MCC), and the University of New Orleans. Under contract with the Federal Railroad Administration, he developed the largest worker training program in history, and coordinated the initiation of what is now the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is playing a pivotal role in developing the vaccines for the coronavirus.

Dr. Fedewa retired from that business and shortly after found himself a political columnist for The Washington Times, which led to his becoming a media personality on radio and television. In 2018 he added a new role as a radio talk show host and a weekly columnist for the Richfield Press.

Wealth Gap 2020: The destruction of the American dream

Is feudalism our future?

By Larry Fedewa, Ph.D.

(Washington DC, September 12, 2020) The closer the 2020 election comes, the more urgent the necessity for understanding the wealth gap which underlies the entire debate.

The fundamental issue at stake in this election is how America will deal with the fact that the American Dream we all pursue has in fact become unattainable for many Americans. With most national politicians in their 70’s – or even older – the reality is that they simply do not understand that too many Americans today face a gloomy future. They are at a loss to explain why the nightly riots and violence can happen at all let alone why the public officials at least tacitly, and some openly, support such chaos.

What they don’t understand is that there is a great deal of anger in our land, that the traditional mantras of the American ethic just don’t work anymore for a segment of the American population. “Work hard, keep your nose clean, and you too can live the American dream” just isn’t true for these folks, and hasn’t been for a long time. Keep Reading

Workers’rights in the 21st century: Unions and Conscious Capitalism

Is there still a place for labor at the table of a “Conscious” company?

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (Revised September 7 2020)

My first experience with a union came when I represented the newsroom’s intention to hold a vote for a union to the publisher of a national weekly newspaper. I had a summer job there after my first year as a high school teacher.

Later, as a training developer, I wrote, produced, and oversaw one of the largest industrial training programs in history for the Railway Labor Executives’ Association (a council of all major rail union presidents). I also executed major projects for the Federal Railroad Administration, AMTRAK, Conrail, and others. Still later, I worked very closely with the National Education Association, the professional teachers’ union in a major joint venture, a national research project, and addresses to two national conventions.

The reason I mention all this background is to establish my position as an ardent supporter of the labor movement. My comments come from a firm commitment to the need for workers to take their place at any table which determines their fate. The purpose of this essay is to explore a possible alliance between unions and “conscious” companies.

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Notes on the 2020 Republican Convention

Donald and Melania Trump

The Donald Trump Show

By Larry Fedewa, Ph.D.

(Washington DC, August 30, 2020) The 2020 political conventions have drawn to a close with the dramatic (and late night) end of the Republican Convention. And what a show each party presented.

Last week we discussed the Democrats’ effort based on two criteria, technical and content. We’ll do the same for the Republicans.


The Republican National Committee (RNC) broke new ground technically with this production. The bulk of the time for the first 3 ½ sessions was a series of testimonies by a vast variety of people, mostly non-politicians, who told their personal stories. All were interesting, many were gripping – like the widow of the retired police chief in St. Louis who was killed by the rioters, or the young Congressional candidate, who rose from his wheel chair to salute the flag, or the young ex-Planned Parenthood staffer who was appalled by what she saw in a live abortion – and the list goes on.

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Benjamin Bakken, Senior Vice President, Tri-Star Trust Bank

Ben Bakken has recently accepted a senior position in the financial services industry after several assignments in real estate and commercial banking. His new firm has introduced him to “Conscious Capitalism” as not only a management theory, but also as a practical way to run a business. Tri-Star Trust Bank has been a pioneer in the movement to update capitalism as the most successful system in world history for continuing to enrich the lives of ordinary people. In order to continue its upward thrust, however, it must also continue to evolve as it has throughout history.


Thomas J. Bisacquino, President and CEO of NAIOP

Since 1991, Thomas J. Bisacquino has served as the association’s President and CEO. Mr. Bisacquino directs NAIOP’s legislative activities on behalf of its membership in the federal, state, provincial and local arenas. Under his guidance and leadership, the headquarters staff is responsible for serving more than 20,000 members who are the developers, investors, and owners of industrial, office, retail, and multi-family properties throughout North America. Mr. Bisacquino is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and serves as a national board member of REAP, the Real Estate Associate Program, a non-profit association dedicated to training minorities for careers in commercial real estate. 


Edward Creagan, M.D. Emeritus Professor of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Medical School at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Ed holds the chair as John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine and is now Emeritus Professor of Humanism in Medicine and an Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine. 

An award-winning author among many other honors, Dr. Ed was also named Outstanding Educator from the Mayo Clinic School of Continuing Medical Education and has received the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award–Mayo Clinic’s highest honor.


Michael Daugherty, Author of “Devil inside the Beltway”, Owner of LabMD

Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. LabMD specializes in analysis and diagnosis of blood, urine, and tissue specimens for cancers, micro-organisms and tumor markers. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation. He has spent most of the last decade defending his company against charges that it had deficient cybersecurity practices. The early years of his entering and fighting in Washington, DC, are recorded in his book, “The Devil Inside the Beltway”. In so doing, he has become the only litigant to challenge the basic authority that underlies more than 200 enforcement actions relating to cybersecurity and online privacy that the FTC has brought over the past 15 years. 

Tom Donelson, Chairman, Americas PAC

Thomas Donelson is the chairman of Americas PAC, a PAC that specializes in expanding the free market conservative coalition by spreading the message to demographics that rarely vote conservative, including Hispanics and African-Americans. Mr. Donelson has been involved in conservative Republican politics throughout the Midwest for the past three decades, including running the 1988 congressional campaign of Mary Ellen Lobb in Missouri’s 5th district against Democrat Alan Wheat. In addition to being a political activist, Mr. Donelson has authored seven books and written numerous articles. For the past decade, Mr. Donelson has worked with the late Richard Nadler, who founded Americas PAC and the American Majority Foundation. Mr. Nadler’s expertise have been to enlarge the conservative majority by researching methods to reach the investor class, minorities, and even challenged the conventional wisdom of climate change. 


Aaron Faucz, Ph.D., Co-Author of Healthcare is Killing US and Staff Vice President for Continuous Improvement

Aaron Faucz is a leadership and organizational transformation professional who has helped companies establish human capital as a critical lever in accomplishing strategic business objectives. Over twenty years multi-sector experience leading strategically driven leadership and organizational transformation initiatives in fast-paced, multi-location organizations of all sizes. Faucz is also a dynamic and entertaining speaker who has presented to dozens of local and national audiences on a host of topics, including the future of work, the future of healthcare, disruptive innovation, the power of scientific thinking, the psychology of change, effective communication, engaging employees, understanding personality styles, data display and analysis, and performance improvement.

Eric C. Fedewa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascend Capital, LLC

Eric Fedewa is a specialist in financing real estate projects, particularly commercial assets. His firm is headquartered in Washington D.C., national in scope, international in sourcing, and noted for innovative solutions to problem properties. Eric is a graduate of William and Mary College and the Harvard Business School. A noted amateur athlete, he is also father of four teenage daughters