America Works Summit

December 10, 2012
12:30 - 4:30 pm EST
Join The Atlantic for its America Works Summit, an afternoon of panel discussions and keynote interviews focused on restoring America's competitive edge in trade and high-wage job creation


Monday, December 10

12:30 pm EST Alice Rivlin: How to Fix US Deficit and Create Jobs     Watch On-Demand
Alice Rivlin discusses how President Obama, Congress, and industry can fix the U.S. deficit and create jobs.

  • The Honorable Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and former Director of the Congressional Budget Office
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
1:00 pm EST Economic Reform Recipe: Taxes, Regulation & Trade Policy     Watch On-Demand
An expert panel of economic leaders discuss the recipe for economic reform: taxes, regulation and trade policy.

  • Melissa A. Lavinson, Vice President of Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation
  • Eric Toder, Co-Director, Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center
  • Stephen J. Ubl, President and CEO, AdvaMed
  • Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness
  • Moderator: Matthew O'Brien, Associate Editor, The Atlantic
2:00 pm EST Peter G. Peterson: America's Long-term Fiscal Health     Watch On-Demand
In conversation with James Fallows, Peter G. Peterson discusses America's long-term fiscal health.

  • The Honorable Peter G. Peterson, founder and Chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, founder of the Blackstone Group, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, former Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Moderator: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
2:45 pm EST Robert Hormats & Pamela Passman: State of the Economy     Watch On-Demand
Robert D. Hormats and Pamela Passman discuss the state of the U.S. economy.

  • The Honorable Robert D. Hormats, Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Pamela Passman, President and CEO, Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
3:15 pm EST Manufacturing a Better Future: Infrastructure, Jobs, Tech     Watch On-Demand
An expert panel of manufacturing and infrastructure professionals discuss how manufacturing is leading the way to a better future of jobs, technology, and training.

  • James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Scott Crump, Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer, Stratasys
  • Robbie Diamond, Founder, President and CEO, Securing America's Future Energy
  • Barbara Lang, President and CEO, D.C. Chamber of Commerce
  • Rey Ramsey, CEO, TechNet
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

About this conference

Join The Atlantic on December 10 for an afternoon of panel discussions and keynote interviews focused on restoring America's competitive edge in trade and high-wage job creation. The program will examine how the regulatory environment impacts American competitiveness by showcasing examples of effective as well as problematic federal and state policies, and studying how they can be shaped to best encourage business investment and growth. Join us to assess strategies for how best to revitalize a U.S. economy under stress at home and globally.

About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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