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The 2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness gathered the nation's premier leaders of business, government and academia on what steps the public and private sectors can take to secure America's position as the most competitive economy in the 21st century and beyond.

Carlos M. Gutierrez

U. S. Secretary of Commerce

Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago

Ronald J. Gidwitz
Former CEO, Helene Curtis

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Haley Barbour
Governor of Mississippi

Craig Barrett
Chairman of the Board, Intel

Maria Bartiromo
Anchor, CNBC

Steve Chen
Co-Founder and CTO, YouTube

Mark Drabenstott
Director, National Center for Regional Competitiveness
University of Missouri

John Engler
National Association of Manufacturers

Louis Gerstner, Jr.
Retired Chairman and CEO
IBM Corporation

Rick Goings
Chairman and CEO
Tupperware Brands Corporation

John Koten
CEO and Editor In Chief

Robert Lane
CEO, Deere & Company

Jim McNerney
Chief Executive Officer
The Boeing Company

Janet Napolitano
Governor of Arizona

Steve Odland
Chairman and CEO, Office Depot

Jim Owens
Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar

Henry Paulson, Jr.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Jim Phillips
Board Officer, EmergeMemphis

Michael Porter
Professor, Harvard Business School

Mark Sanford
Governor of South Carolina

Carl Schramm
President and CEO
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Matthew Slaughter
Professor of International Economics
Dartmouth College

Beth Williams
President and CEO
Roxbury Technology Corporation

Deborah Wince-Smith
Council on Competitiveness