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Organizational resilience is a cornerstone of competitiveness. This realization is increasingly important in a global economy characterized by uncertainty, complexity, connectivity and speed. To prosper today, nations, businesses and organizations must have the capability to survive, adapt, evolve and grow in the face of change.

Featured speakers:

  • The Honorable Deborah Wince Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness
  • Mr. Chad Holliday, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell; National Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus, Council on Competitiveness
  • Ms. Janet Foutty, Chair of the Board, Deloitte; National Commissioner and Executive Committee Member, Council on Competitiveness
  • Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University; Co-Chair, National Commission, and University Vice-chair, Council on Competitiveness
  • Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; National Commissioner, Council on Competitiveness

Representing business, academia and the national labs, the featured speakers will offer both historical perspectives on the critical role resilience plays in U.S. competitiveness, as well as real-time commentary on COVID-19 impacts and implications for short- and long-term economic growth, and institutional viability. From moving tens of thousands of students online to redeploying the American workforce to the awareness that impacts and actions are happening at an ever-increasing pace, our speakers will highlight the centrality of resilience to U.S. competitiveness.

Key takeaways:

  1. The objective of resilience is not just to protect what you have, but also to be able to mitigate and recover quickly from disruption.
  2. There are an infinite number of disruption scenarios but only a finite number of outcomes. Do not manage specific scenarios, rather create the agility and flexibility to cope with turbulent situations.
  3. Invest in resilience strategies to manage a spectrum of risks, not just high-impact disasters.


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Wince Smith90wThe Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness

The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan leadership coalition of CEO’s, University Presidents, Labor Union Leaders, and National Laboratory Directors, all committed to developing policy solutions and national initiatives to drive future productivity growth, prosperity for all Americans, and the global success of American business. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, and as the Assistant Director for International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration. She served as a Senate confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack H.  Obama.

Ms. Wince-Smith is also the President and Founder of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). She previously served on the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Committee on International Economic Policy, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and, the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. She served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and as a Public Director of NASDAQ-OMX. 

Ms. Wince-Smith currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and UNICEF. She is also a Commissioner on the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, and as a member of the Council of Japan’s Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. As an expert in technology commercialization, Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Aerolase, Inc. and Q-Net Security, Inc., and she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of the American College of Greece. 

Ms. Wince-Smith graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned a Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge University. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Michigan State University, the University of Toledo, the Queens University Belfast, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of South Carolina.


Mr. Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Chairman, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils

Chad Holliday was appointed Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc in May 2015, having previously served as a Non-executive Director since September 2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009, and Chairman from 1999 to 2009. He joined DuPont in 1970 after receiving a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and held various manufacturing and business assignments, including a six-year, Tokyo-based posting as President of DuPont Asia/Pacific.

He has previously served as Chairman of Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is a founding member of the International Business Council.  He is Chair of the Administrative board of SE4ALL and is a Director of CH2M and HCA Holdings, Inc.


Ms. Janet Foutty, Chair of the Board, Deloitte

Janet Foutty is chair of the board, Deloitte. She leads the board in providing governance and oversight on critical business matters for the firm including strategy, brand positioning, risk mitigation, talent development, and leadership succession. In addition, Janet is focused on elevating tech disruption and ethical implications, inclusive leadership, and broader ecosystem collaboration to board level issues. Janet is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Board of Directors.

Ms. Foutty’s leadership experience includes most recently serving as chair and chief executive officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP where she led a $10B business comprised of over 50,000 professionals in helping Fortune 500 companies and government agencies translate complex issues into opportunity. She previously led Deloitte’s Federal practice dedicated to improving the efficacy and efficiency of US government agencies; as well as Deloitte Consulting’s technology practice, which achieved exponential growth through acquisitions and the launch of businesses including Deloitte Digital. She has also held leadership roles on Deloitte client programs that span retail, technology, government, energy, and financial services industries.

Ms. Foutty is a frequent author and popular public speaker and she regularly communicates with executive-level audiences about the changing business landscape, the C-suite of tomorrow, the workforce of the future, tech disruption, and leadership. She is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace; women in technology; and the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Janet has founded Women in Technology groups in India and the United States.

Ms. Foutty holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She currently serves on the boards for Bright Pink, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s health, and NYU Stern’s Tech MBA program. Foutty is also an inductee of the Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows, Indiana University and former Dean’s Council member.

Crow90wDr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University, and University Vice-chair, Council on Competitiveness

Michael M. Crow became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. An academic leader and educator, designer of knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar, he is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities – an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact in a model he terms the “New American University.”

Under his direction, the nation’s youngest major research institution and largest university governed by a single administration pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as those central to the quality of life, sustainable development, and economic competitiveness of Arizona and the nation. He has committed the university to academic enterprise, transdisciplinarity, sustainability, social embeddedness, and global engagement, and championed initiatives leading to record levels of diversity in the student body.

Under his leadership, ASU has established more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute; Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), incorporating the School of Sustainability (SOS); Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; Learning Sciences Institute; and initiatives in the humanities and social sciences, including the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. During his tenure the university has tripled research expenditures, completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion of more than 11 million square feet, and announced the eight largest gifts in the history of the institution, including three $50 million gifts endowing the W. P. Carey School of Business; Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Dr. Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing Columbia Innovation Enterprises (renamed Science and Technology Ventures), the Columbia Strategic Initiative Program, and Columbia Digital Media Initiative, as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development. He played the lead role in the creation of and served as the founding director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and in 1998 founded the Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) in Washington, D.C., a consortium of scholars and policymakers dedicated to linking science and technology to optimal social, economic, and environmental outcomes. In 2003, CSPO was reconstituted at ASU as the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, based in both Phoenix and Washington.

In national service, Crow has been an adviser to the U.S. departments of State, Commerce, and Energy, and various defense and intelligence agencies on matters of science and technology policy related to intelligence and national security. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The author of books and articles analyzing science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises, Crow received his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Zacharia90wThomas Zacharia, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Thomas Zacharia, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) since July 1, 2017, guides the application of an exceptionally broad set of core capabilities to the solution of compelling problems in science and technology, exploiting ORNL’s signature strengths in materials science and engineering, high-performance computing and computational sciences, neutron science, and nuclear science and technology to deliver mission outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other sponsors.  Thomas oversees the operation of a high-power proton accelerator and a nuclear reactor, the execution of classified activities, and the management of a complex array of research facilities and construction projects.  He also directs the development and execution of plans to ensure the future of the Laboratory, which employs more than 4,600 staff and has an annual budget exceeding $1.6 billion.

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