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Gene Sperling

Director, National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy (2011-2014 and 1997-2001); Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

The only person to serve as director of the National Economic Council under two Presidents, Gene Sperling provides unique perspective and insights on the intersection between the U.S. and global economy and the most pressing economic policy issues of the day.


  • On Long-Term Unemployment

  • Global Growth Compacts

  • The Problem Is That We Don’t Compromise

  • On Leadership and Bipartisanship

  • A Conversation with Gene Sperling – Moderated by Mike Allen – 05/08/2014

  • Remarks by Gene Sperling

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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.


  • The Value and Strategy for Education in the World Today

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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.