Competitiveness: The Key to Economic Growth and Job Creation?

International Roundtable

February 16, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

As the election approaches in November, the American people are singularly focused on economic growth and job creation. Are the public and private sectors doing enough to insure American competitiveness in the global marketplace? What actions should be taken to get America back to work?


Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)
$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period
Garage: Self Park Facility
Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:
Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.
a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street.
If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

From a career in the private sector and as a public servant, and now the head of one of America's leading business organizations, Melissa Bean is uniquely positioned to provide thought leadership on one of this country's most pressing economic, social, and geopolitical issues – competitiveness. Drawing upon her interactions with the captains of America's leading companies and her service in the US Congress, Melissa Bean will discuss the competitiveness challenges that confront this country and potential private and public sector initiatives to address them.


No Charge


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Deadline: 2/16/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: networking

Speaker Profiles

Melissa Bean (Speaker)
CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 

Other Information


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