National Summit on American Competitiveness

Today’s a busy one just across Pennsylvania Avenue from NAM-HQ, the Ronald Reagan Building, as Secretary Gutierrez and the Commerce Department hold a daylong National Summit on American Competitiveness. We congratulate the sponsors for organizing the event, which certainly reflect the big picture items the NAM works on:

America’s economic leadership in the 21st century is directly tied to the competitiveness of four key economic drivers: the role of the private sector; education and workforce issues; energy independence; and partnerships in innovation.

Rather than go through the agenda, let’s just list who see who is scheduled to speak, take part in a panel, or participate in another fashion. It’s a long and impressive list, so we’ll put it in the extended entry. Several top execs from NAM’s member companies, we note.

You can watch the event on a webcast by going to this site.

Haley Barbour
Governor of Mississippi

Craig Barrett
Chairman, Intel

Maria Bartiromo
Anchor/Editor, CNBC

Sandy K. Baruah
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Summit Emcee

Arden Bement
Director, National Science Foundation

Elaine Chao
U.S. Secretary of Labor

Henry Chesbrough
Faculty, UC Berkeley, Author, “Open Innovation”

James Connaughton
Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality

G. Wayne Clough
President, Georgia Tech

Chad Holliday
Chairman and CEO, DuPont

Gary Jacobs
Chairman, High Tech High

Floyd Kvamme
Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins

Patrick Lo
Chairman and CEO, Netgear

John Marburger
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

John B. Menzer,
Vice Chairman and CAO, Wal-Mart Stores

Michael Porter
Professor, Harvard Business School

Carl Schramm
President, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Frederick Smith
Chairman and CEO, FedEx Co-Chair, Securing America’s Future Energy

Margaret Spellings
U.S. Secretary of Education

Susan Story
President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Power Company

Rick Wagoner
Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Deborah Wince-Smith
President, Council on Competitiveness

Daniel Yergin
Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research

Join the discussion One Comment

  • The bottom line is JOBS. The U.S. lost 46,000 manufacturing jobs in August 2007. More significantly, the ongoing losses are taking a cumulative toll on communities throughout the country. We need to adequately enforce our trade laws, and hold countries like China accountable for illegal trading practices such as currency manipulation. Otherwise, we’ll continue to shed manufacturing jobs.

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