Inforum event examines competing globally



Competing in a global economy will be the topic of discussion at Monday’s Clarion Call event, hosted by Inforum.

The event, How U.S. Companies Can Best Compete, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the Amway Grand Plaza’s Ambassador Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for Inforum members, $55 for non-members and reserving a table for eight is $700.

Program speakers include Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, and Craig Giffi, vice chairman and leader of the U.S. Consumer and Industrial Products Industry practice for Deloitte LLP. Steelcase CEO James Hackett also will contribute to the discussion.

Wince-Smith is an internationally recognized voice on competitiveness, innovation and technology, and is prominent in the national debate on American resilience. She has served as a Senate-appointed member of the Internal Revenue Service’s Oversight Board and chaired the Secretary of Commerce’s Finance Committee on Strengthening America’s Communities. She is currently on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.

Wince-Smith often testifies before Congress on business matters and appears regularly on television news networks such as Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Fox.

Giffi is a trustee at the Manufacturing Institute and a member of the Council on Competitiveness, a group that works with company CEOs, higher education presidents and labor leaders to enhance conversations on competitiveness, where he currently leads a manufacturing competitiveness initiative. He co-authored the book “Competing in World Class Manufacturing: America’s Twenty-First Century Challenge,” and, like Wince-Smith, has testified before Congress on business-related competitive matters.

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