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Council President & CEO Talks “Future of Work” at InnovationXLab Summit

May 8, 2019

ornl xlabOAK RIDGE, TN – Council President & CEO Deborah Wince-Smith on Wednesday joined experts from government, industry and academia at the Advanced Manufacturing Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Ms. Wince-Smith will moderate a panel discussion on developing talent to win the future skills race.

The discussion will focus on prominent workforce development initiatives across the country and steps the United States must take to ensure that its citizens have access to the skills needed by industries adopting advanced manufacturing techniques. The panel will feature Randy Boyd, interim president at the University of Tennessee, Gardner Carrick, vice president of strategic initiatives at The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers and Tommy Gardner, chief technology officer at HP Federal Inc.

“In the decades ahead, our manufacturing enterprises will be creating and making products that we can’t even imagine today,” said Ms. Wince-Smith. “We need to ensure employers and educators are working together to train workers to compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Advanced Manufacturing Summit is the third summit in the InnovationXLab Series. The three-day event is designed to showcase the remarkable assets of the Department of Energy national laboratories and provide industry representatives with information about leveraging these assets to accelerate innovation and U.S. competitiveness.


About the Council on Competitiveness

For more than three decades, the Council on Competitiveness (Council) has championed a competitiveness agenda for the United States to attract investment and talent and spur the commercialization of new ideas. While the players may have changed since its founding in 1986, the mission remains as vital as ever—to enhance U.S. productivity and raise the standard of living for all Americans.

The members of the Council—CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national lab directors—represent a powerful, nonpartisan voice that sets aside politics and seeks results. By providing real-world perspective to policymakers, the Council’s private sector network makes an impact on decision-making across a broad spectrum of issues—from the cutting- edge of science and technology, to the democratization of innovation, to the shift from energy weakness to strength that supports the growing renaissance in U.S. manufacturing. The Council firmly believes that with the right policies, the strengths and potential of the U.S. economy far outweigh the current challenges the nation faces on the path to higher growth and greater opportunity for all Americans.

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