Deborah L. Wince-Smith

President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness

Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. 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 Department of Commerce and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Regan White House.

Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Smithsonian National Board and the boards of several other public and private organizations. Ms. Wince-Smith is the president of the newly formed Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led. Ms. Wince-Smith is the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and is a member of Japan’s Science & Technology in Society Forum Council.   She is a member of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property, co-chaired by former Governor John Huntsman and former U.S. Director of Naval Intelligence, Dennis Blair.

Ms. Wince-Smith earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University and received honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo.

My Sessions

The 2018 Clarion Call for Competitiveness—Assessing the Economic Landscape and Identifying Future Drivers of Productivity

Atrium Ballroom A

Opening the 2018 National Competitiveness Forum, Council leadership will formally release the annual Clarion Call for Competitiveness, providing a snapshot of U.S. competitiveness, critical policy recommendations and insight into technological disruptions driving future Council policy initiatives. Speakers: Mr. Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and CEO, Deere & Company; and Chairman, Council on Competitiveness The Honorable Deborah […]


Call to Action

Atrium Ballroom A


Great Hall