The U.S. Competitiveness Project would like to thank the partners who have joined us in this effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States. Our partners play a key role in promoting U.S. competitiveness and identifying opportunities and steps that leaders can take to strengthen the U.S. economy.


Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company that collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Accenture is leveraging its work in skills development across the globe to help HBS identify the needs for middle skills in order to help businesses restore U.S. competitiveness. For more information on Accenture, please visit their website.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. HBS is working with The Gates Foundation on the PK-12 Project to help business and education leaders build stronger partnerships to improve America’s PK-12 education system. For more information on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, please visit their website.

The Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm that partners with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Together with HBS, BCG is working to improve America’s PK-12 education system and harness America’s unconventional energy resources to drive economic and environmental benefits. For more information on BCG, please visit their website.

Burning Glass Technologies

Burning Glass, a Boston-based labor market analytics firm, develops technologies to build detailed awareness of what is happening in the labor market in real time. Burning Glass collects and analyzes job postings from close to 30,000 online sources and then deploys advanced proprietary text mining to “read” each job description, allowing us to analyze the specific jobs, experience, qualifications, and skills employers are seeking. Burning Glass’ tools are playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce by providing researchers, policy makers, educators, and employers with detailed real-time awareness into skill gaps and labor market demand. Burning Glass’s job seeker tools power several government workforce systems and have been shown to have substantive impact on reemployment outcomes and on labor market literacy. Burning Glass is working with HBS to close the middle skills gap to improve America’s workforce development and promote economic growth. For more information on Burning Glass, please visit their website.