Past Events

Nov19
19 Nov 2014  Washington, DC
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held a national conference in Washington, D.C., to begin building a movement around employer-driven solutions for closing the skills gap. Professor Joseph B. Fuller gave the keynote address, emphasizing themes from Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America's Middle Skills and Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap.
Sep29
29 Sep 2014  Minneapolis, MN

A unique new U.S. Cluster Mapping Project tool based on pathbreaking research led by Michael E. Porter, Harvard's Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, based at Harvard Business School, has been created to provide detailed data on the presence of "clusters"—regional concentrations of related industries—and the profiles of regional economies throughout the United States. It also features a unique listing of initiatives, government agencies, and other entities engaged in cluster-based economic development, enabling public officials, policy makers, businesses, and other organizations to gain actionable insights supporting fact-driven policy decisions that can foster regional economic growth and competitiveness.

Professor Porter formally launched the tool on Monday, September 29, as part of a two-day conference called Mapping the Midwest's Future, held at and in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis. This event hosted participants from 12 Midwest states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Aug06
06 Aug 2014

Allen Grossman presented the U.S. Competitiveness Project's research on the role of business in PK–12 education in America and took questions from participants in Paths Forward events from around the country.

Click here to view the recording of the session.

Jul22
22 Jul 2014  WASHINGTON, D.C.
Desai Testifies to Senate Panel on Tax Inversions
On July 22, 2014, HBS Professor Mihir Desai testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance regarding America's system of international corporate taxation. “American welfare can be advanced by ensuring that investments in the U.S and abroad are owned by the most productive owner and that American firms flourish abroad, a goal advanced by the territorial regime that has now been adopted by most comparable countries,” he stated.
Click here for the full transcript of his testimony on the Committee’s website.
 
  • 15 Nov 2012
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Paths Forward, Detroit: Building strong supplier networks.
 
 
 
  • 26 Feb 2014
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Barbara Mikulski
 
 
Jun12
12 Jun 2014  Washington, D.C.
Lasting Impact: A Call to Business and Education Leaders

Professor Jan Rivkin discussed how business leaders and educators can partner to improve America's schools with an audience of HBS alumni, educators, government officials, leaders of non-profits, and other leaders from the Washington area. He was joined on the stage by Dan Cardinali, President of Communities in Schools, the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. In the presentation, Professor Rivkin described how Communities in Schools illustrates the types of effective reform efforts described in the joint HBS-Gates Foundation-BCG research, and Mr. Cardinali used the HBS-Gates-BCG education ecosystem framework (found in Lasting Impact) to illustrate the importance of the services that his organization offers students.

The event was hosted by the HBS Club of Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2014, at the Embassy of France.

In pictures: leaders engage as Professor Rivkin presents the research.

Feb26
26 Feb 2014

On February 26-28, 2014, over 200 top leaders from business, government, labor, associations, and advocacy groups participated in a national Summit at Harvard Business School, "America on the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure for the 21st Century."

Jul09
09 Jul 2013  WASHINGTON, D.C.
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, 2013, 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.

May15
15 May 2013  BOSTON, MA
Paths Forward, Boston: Improving regional competitiveness.
 
  • 15 May 2013
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Paths Forward, Boston: Improving regional competitiveness
 
 
Nov15
15 Nov 2012  DETROIT, MI
Paths Forward, Detroit: Building strong supplier networks.
 
  • 15 Nov 2012
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Paths Forward, Detroit: Building strong supplier networks.
 
 
Oct01
01 Oct 2012  CHICAGO, IL
Paths Forward, Chicago: Strengthening manufacturing in the U.S.
 
  • 01 Oct 2012
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Paths Forward, Chicago: Strengthening manufacturing in the U.S.
 
 
Sep10
10 Sep 2012  BAY AREA, CA
Paths Forward, San Francisco: The role of entrepreneurship and innovation in U.S. competitiveness
 
  • 10 Sep 2012
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Paths Forward, San Francisco: The role of entrepreneurship and innovation in U.S. competitiveness
 
 
Jun21
21 Jun 2012  Washington, DC
Paths Forward, Washington DC: Policy imperatives to improve competitiveness
 
  • 21 Jun 2012
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Paths Forward, Washington DC: Policy imperatives to improve competitiveness
 
 
May03
03 May 2012  Charlotte, NC
Paths Forward, Charlotte: How business can partner with community colleges to close the skills gap
 
  • 03 May 2012
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Paths Forward, Charlotte: How business can partner with community colleges to close the skills gap
 
 
Mar05
05 Mar 2012  New York City, NY
Paths Forward: Inaugural Event
 
  • 05 Mar 2012
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Dean Nitin Nohria Welcomes Inaugural Event Participants
 
 
 
  • 05 Mar 2012
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Professor Bill George Outlines Path Forward for Leaders
 
 
 
  • 05 Mar 2012
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Professor Michael Porter & Professor Jan Rivkin: The Looming Challenge to U.S. Competitiveness
 
 
 
  • 05 Mar 2012
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Rana Foroohar of Time moderates a panel of New York leaders: How business and government can work together to improve competitiveness
 
 
Mar05
05 Mar 2012  New York City, NY
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.