Porter and Rivkin Meet With Congressional Leaders


Harvard Business School Professors Michael E. Porter and Jan W. Rivkin met with House and Senate leaders on July 9-10 to discuss actionable steps that can be taken to address America's long-term, structural competitiveness issues.

Professor Porter testified before the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access alongside Smyth McKissick, Chief Executive Officer, Alice Manufacturing Company, Inc.; James McConeghy, Chief Financial Officer, Chobani; and Cynthia McIntyre, Senior Vice President, Council on Competitiveness.

Professor Porter and Professor Rivkin, as well as Dante Disparte, President of the HBS Alumni Club of D.C. and ASP board members Norman Augustine and Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) participated in a panel discussion focused on what can be done to improve America's slipping competitiveness.

Read more about Porter and Rivkin's two days in DC.

U.S. Competitiveness: Paths Forward

On March 5, 2012, Harvard Business School held its first Paths Forward event in New York, NY, convening more than 600 alumni and leaders from academia, business, nonprofits and policy on a discussion about U.S. competitiveness. Since then, Paths Forward events have become an integral part of the HBS U.S. Competitiveness Project. These events are held in economic centers around the country and serve to disseminate research as well as generate ideas for engaging business in improving competitiveness in the U.S. Each event has a unique theme around which HBS faculty members share the latest research. They also explore a range of commitments business leaders can take to improve America's competitiveness-such as improving the skills of U.S. workers through an apprentice program, building a local supplier network, or bolstering regional strength by joining a cluster competitiveness initiative. (You may complete the commitments form online or download the PDF.)

HBS has convened more than 1,800 business leaders through Paths Forward events in Charlotte, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit. Below is information on upcoming events and video from past programs.

We invite you to join the conversation in your region, in the Forum or use the hashtag #USComp.

Past Events


Paths Forward, Boston: Improving regional competitiveness.   |   15 MAY 2013


Paths Forward, Detroit: Building strong supplier networks.   |   15 NOV 2012



Paths Forward, Chicago: Strengthening manufacturing in the U.S.   |   1 OCT 2012



Paths Forward, San Francisco: The role of entrepreneurship and innovation in U.S. competitiveness   |   10 SEPT 2012


Washington, DC

Paths Forward, Washington DC: Policy imperatives to improve competitiveness   |   21 JUNE 2012


Charlotte, NC

Paths Forward, Charlotte: How business can partner with community colleges to close the skills gap   |   03 MAY 2012

New York City, NY

Paths Forward: Inaugural Event   |   05 MAR 2012