Leadership in Innovation

More than ever, America needs a national innovation agenda to ensure we remain the global leader in innovation across all industry sectors for generations to come.

Leadership in innovation is one of the most important factors for American workers, their communities and the U. S. economy. Innovation secures a better future for hardworking Americans by growing opportunity, increasing productivity and making our country more vibrant and diverse.

The process of transforming an idea, concept or knowledge into something that creates new value is innovation in its truest form. To keep the U.S. economy sustainable and growing, businesses need to continue to develop innovative products and solutions that guide us into the future.

While America remains the global leader in innovation, the world is rapidly changing. On December 6, 2018, Business Roundtable convened top U.S. CEOs, government leaders, industry experts and members of the press for a CEO Innovation Summit to discuss the need for a national innovation agenda. Leaders agreed: Any innovation agenda must ensure a thriving economy for employees, their families and their communities so that America remains the global leader in innovation across all industry sectors for generations to come.

Ambitious Innovation - Sustaining U.S. Leadership for the Next 100 Years

What can we do to ensure the U.S. is a global leader for innovation for generations to come?

JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO and Business Roundtable Chairman Jamie Dimon, The Boeing Company Chairman, President & CEO Dennis Muilenburg and AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson discussed why the United States needs a strong national policy agenda for continued leadership in innovation. CNBC’s Becky Quick moderated the discussion.

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Transitioning Innovations from Lab to Market

What policies and partnerships do we need to accelerate and improve the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace?

France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation and former NASA Chief Scientist, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf and Blackstone Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Steve Schwarzman explored this question and more in a conversation moderated by Yael Taqqu, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company.

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Future of Work in an Era of Automation and Artificial Intelligence

What should we be doing now to make sure technological advancements in the workplace leave no American behind?

Walmart President & CEO Doug McMillon, IBM Chairman, President & CEO Ginni Rometty and White House Advisor Ivanka Trump explored how these technological shifts interplay with the current skills gap in the U.S. labor force, and ways policymakers, business leaders and workers can better seize opportunities and keep America on the leading edge of worldwide innovation. Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, moderated the discussion.

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Competition and Collaboration with China for Leadership in Innovation

How can the United States collaborate with China and other countries to create a global marketplace for innovative new technologies that enable all to prosper?

Cummins Chairman & CEO Tom Linebarger, former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Information Technology Industry Council CEO Dean Garfield explored this question and more during a conversation moderated by Business Roundtable Vice President Denise Zheng.

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Consumer Privacy in a Digital World

Does the U.S. need a national privacy law to protect American consumers?

We say yes. This conversation unveiled a framework for consumer privacy legislation and featured Accenture’s North America CEO Julie Sweet, JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO and Business Roundtable Chairman Jamie Dimon and AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson. Tony Romm, Technology Policy Reporter for The Washington Post, moderated the discussion. 

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Explore additional conversations from the Summit—like how innovation enables CEOs to embrace sustainability and improve health care—below.