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


Each year, the Council on Competitiveness hosts the National Competitiveness Forum (NCF):  a two-day, C-Suite forum to examine America’s competitiveness standing, and present the opportunities and challenges for U.S. innovation, growth and productivity. In 2016, the Council gathered over 300 leaders for a day of important dialogue to better understand the current state of the economy […]


Where America Stands: The 2017 Clarion Call for Competitiveness


For over thirty years, the Council has addressed national competitiveness comprehensively, examining a range of critical economic issues including research and development, advanced manufacturing, access to capital, high-skilled workforce training, trade and the key role of government in creating a pro-growth environment in which companies compete and Americans prosper. The Council on Competitiveness’s Board of […]


Driving Productivity and Prosperity at the Frontiers of U.S. Innovation


Building on over two decades of leadership in the innovation space, the Council will release its final report capturing insights from a two-year collaboration with the National Science Foundation and announce a major new initiative to capitalize on U.S. ingenuity, imagination, creativity, entrepreneurship, and risk-taking—in other words, our ability to be a nation of extreme […]


Closing Remarks