James J. Owens is a professor of communication at the University Of Southern California Marshall School Of Business. He is also a writer, a corporate leadership coach, and a motivational speaker. James is founder and CEO of the children’s literacy charity The World is Just a Book Away (WIJABA) which promotes literacy and education by developing libraries and educational programs. Since its inception in 2008, WIJABA has reached more than 90,000 children in 3 countries.
James compiled the 60 submissions in The World is Just a Book Away, published by USC Libraries Press, over the course of 15 years. His profit from the book benefits WIJABA. He lives with his son Alexander in Santa Monica, CA.