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Shaping Policies to Speak Innovation and Economic Growth

Asking the right questions of our global leaders has never been so important.

How can we spark innovation to drive economic growth and more inclusive prosperity? How do we foster competitiveness at all levels? How can we create greater resiliency for future disruptions and increase national security?

By gathering insights from our nation’s thought leaders in the fields of academia, business, labor, public policy and national labs we’re finding meaningful solutions to these questions and more. “Competing in the Next Economy,” a series of video Op-Eds, illuminates how these issues are impacting a changing world, and how America can unlock its economic potential.

Joan T.A. Gabel

President, University of Minnesota
Academic Vice-chair, Council on Competitiveness

“There are natural tensions in any partnership, but it’s in those tensions where the magic often happens.”

In her Op-Ed, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel details how innovation is rooted in partnerships. Multi-layered, rich in diverse perspectives, and balanced by natural tension between businesses, state and local partners, and higher education, innovation flourishes where higher education takes a lead role in deliberately finding the intersections between those competing interests for the benefit of all. President Gabel believes that intersections, or “MNtersections,” are not accidents, they are the product of hard work in coalescing strengths, interests, and opportunities for maximum contribution. Higher education is uniquely positioned to lead these efforts and find the natural “add-ons” which come with innovation in one area leading to additional opportunity in related fields.

Dr. Thomas Zacharia

Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Co-Chair, National Commission

“Innovation is the foundation of American prosperity and economic competitiveness.”

The national laboratories are a competitive advantage for America to out-innovate the rest of the world. And in his video op-ed, Dr. Thomas Zacharia asserts these state-of-the-art facilities are an important part of an even larger innovation ecosystem. To lead in key industries of the future like A.I., machine learning, 5G and quantum information sciences, he argues we must accelerate the growth of the STEM workforce and expand the number of communities where innovation is an important part of the local economy. Doing so is a matter of American economic security, prosperity and national security.

Dr. Gary May

Chancellor, University of California, Davis
National Commissioner, Council on Competitiveness

“Diversity is more than a good buzzword. It’s at the root of innovation.”

In his Op-Ed, Dr. Gary May details how diversity drives success and better outcomes. He contends that without diversity across the design and development continuum, we see design flaws and innovations that omit women and people of color. In his conclusion, Dr. May asserts the answer to this problem requires a commitment from all levels of an organization to link diversity and inclusion directly to business strategy. He contends programs in the public and private sectors also must be geared specifically toward underrepresented students in STEM to lead to more inclusive innovations and outcomes for society.

Dr. Mehmood Khan

Executive Chairman, Life BioSciences Inc.
National Commissioner, Council on Competitiveness

“America’s innovation leadership is needed today, more than ever before.”

Given the challenges experienced by Americans over recent months, Dr. Mehmood Khan’s Op-Ed focuses on the need for leaders to step up, double down on innovation, and chart a new path for inclusive prosperity. Dr. Khan provides a broad historical overview of entrepreneurship in the United States, and outlines how upgrading our innovation ecosystem is more crucial than ever to accelerate and sustain productivity growth. He explains how taking these steps will help us to reinvest in America’s prosperity and re-widen the “innovation gap” between us and other nations. 

Mr. Brian Moynihan

Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
Chair, Council on Competitiveness

“Together we can help create the conditions for a competitive and productive economy ahead.”

In this video, Mr. Brian Moynihan outlines how the United States can lever its innovative spirit and capabilities to meet head-on a range of critical competitiveness challenges. He details four important priorities for the country to address in creating a more prosperous future for every American, and explores the ways we can come together to build a competitive economy.

Dr. Michael Crow

President, Arizona State University
Co-Chair, National Commission 

“Competitiveness in the United States, in the true democratic spirit, in the true spirit of economic democracy, has got to find a way to include everybody.”

In his Op-Ed, Dr. Michael Crow challenges America and Americans to re-design for future complexity and maximum adaptability. He notes that despite being history’s most successful and economically competitive nation, the United States is increasingly underperforming by not engaging a majority of its citizens in its powerful innovation economy - and that has to change for the United States to achieve long-lasting, inclusive prosperity.

Ms. Janet Foutty

Executive Chair of the Board, Deloitte U.S.
Business Vice-chair, Council on Competitiveness


“Resilient leaders understand that the only certainty is uncertainty and use this time as an opportunity for reinvention.”

In her Op-Ed, Ms. Janet Foutty explores the true meaning of resilient leadership while helping us consider how current safety expectations, the nature of work, and the role of institutions will shift in the near future. She asserts that we must acknowledge the substantial shifts across society, institutions, and individuals that have emerged during the crisis in order to properly navigate the major uncertainties it has introduced.

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness

“We must recover, be resilient, reorganize and reinvent. We must Innovate America.”

Watch the Honorable Deborah Wince-Smith as she discusses new innovation realities and imperatives - from hyper-competition on the global stage; to the changing nature of innovation itself, transformed by the exponential convergence of technologies - pushing the United States to re-think its own innovation agenda. She argues this new innovation agenda is needed and must squarely focus on driving long-term productivity gains and a rising standard of living for every American.

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