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Gene Sperling

Director, National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy (2011-2014 and 1997-2001); Senior Counselor to Secretary of Treasury (2009-2011); Consultant, NBC's Award-Winning West Wing

The first person to serve as director of the National Economic Council under two Presidents—Barack Obama and Bill Clinton—Gene Sperling provides a firsthand perspective on the current state and complexities of the U.S. and global economy and U.S. economic and financial policymaking.

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Gene Sperling shares with audiences insights on today’s most pressing U.S. and global economic challenges—and solutions. Drawing on his recent experience serving as director of the National Economic Council and principal economic policy advisor for President Obama, Sperling provides an assessment of a myriad of global economic issues, including:

  • The Current U.S. and Global Economic Landscape
  • Critical Economic Policy Issues Impacting the U.S. Economy—Including Corporate Tax Reform, Government-Sponsored Economic Reform, Skill Challenges in the 21st Century and the impact and future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Economic Lessons from 12 Years in the West Wing

Sperling will share his remarks in either a speech format or conversational question-and-answer format with the audience.

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A long-time advocate of education and effective policy-making, Sperling discusses the importance, life-affirming and empowering qualities of education, skills and job-driven training both in the context of the United States, and where requested, the significance and unique challenges of providing access to quality education for women and children in poor, fragile, and conflict-affected zones.  In the Clinton and Obama White Houses, Sperling was the point person for not only skills training for young adults and older workers, but also a lead advisor on strategies for helping all young people access college success and early intervention education and skills strategies.  He was also the lead for the President and First Lady's college opportunity summit, and the ConnectEd strategy to spread individualized digital learning to all classrooms in the United States and played a key role in high school redesign efforts. Sperling was Founder and Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence and Policies from the Developing World and the point person for the education section of the Clinton Global Initiative for two years. He also played a critical lead role in the initial design and implementation of Goldman Sach's  “10,000 Women,” - a five-year program with the goal of training women from predominantly developing countries in business and management.

Meet Gene Sperling

The first person to serve as director of the National Economic Council under two Presidents—Barack Obama and Bill Clinton—Gene Sperling provides a firsthand perspective on the current state and complexities of the U.S. and global economy and U.S. economic and financial policymaking.

From consulting on NBC’s award-winning political drama, The West Wing, to serving as director of the National Economic Council (NEC) for two presidents—Barack Obama and Bill Clinton—Gene Sperling is widely considered one of the best at merging economic policy with a strategy for getting things done. The New York Times called him "a prolific idea generator" for both presidents. As NEC director, he coordinated economic policy and chaired policy meetings with the economic cabinet. Under President Obama, he served as the key negotiator in the debt limit and fiscal negotiations and as his point man in the White House on issues from skills, to financial housing reform, to manufacturing, patent reform, higher education policy and tax reform. He was also the key architect of legislation on the payroll tax cut, the Small Business Jobs Act, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the proposed American Jobs Act. Under President Clinton, he played key roles in the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, the 1997 Bipartisan Balanced Budget Act, the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit and the China/WTO negotiation. He also served as a senior counselor and right-hand man to former Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, from 2009 to 2011 as the U.S. and the global community navigated one of the worst financial crises since the Great Depression and was the point person at the Treasury Department for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

Gene Sperling shares with audiences insights on today’s most pressing U.S. and global economic challenges—and solutions—including:

  • The Current U.S. and Global Economic Landscape
  • Critical Economic Policy Issues Impacting the U.S. Economy—Including Corporate Tax Reform, Government- Sponsored Economic Reform, Skill Challenges in the 21st Century and the impact and future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Economic Lessons from 12 Years in the West Wing

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