Innovation Economy Conference

Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Monday, November 30

4:00 p.m. Check-in begins

4:45 p.m. Welcome remarks by Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

5:00 p.m. American Students in the Global Classroom: Are We Making the Grade?
A Conversation with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Moderator: Gwen Ifill, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week

5:43 p.m. American Innovator Video: John Walter, Zenph Studios

5:45 p.m. Cocktail hour

6:45 p.m. Call to Dinner - Starter Video

7:00 p.m. Opening remarks by Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel Corporation Dinner begins

7:08 p.m. American Innovator Video: Michael Callahan, Audeo

7:10 p.m. American Innovation: Past, Present, and Future
John Kao, Innovation Expert and author of "Innovation Nation"
Sir Harold Evans, author, "They Made America"
Moderator: Jon Meacham, Editor, Newsweek

8:15 p.m. Innovation and Economic Growth
A Conversation with Larry Summers, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Moderator: Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

8:45 p.m. Closing remarks

Tuesday, December 1

7:45 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:55 a.m. Welcome remarks by Elliot Gerson, Senior Vice President, The Aspen Institute

8:58 a.m. American Innovator Video: Andrew Sutherland, Quizlet

9:00 a.m. Educating the Next Generation of Innovators

  • Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • John Hennessy, Stanford University President

Moderator: Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

9:45 a.m. American Innovator Video: Eric Morrow, Maendeleo Foundation, Mobile Solar Computer Classroom

9:47 a.m. Are We Doing Enough to Support Science in America?

  • Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Brian Greene, Founder of World Science Festival, Physicist, Columbia University
  • Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical Society

Moderator: Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

10:30 a.m. BREAK

11:00 a.m. Innovation, Competitiveness and the Future of the American Corporation
A Conversation with GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Intel CEO Paul Otellini
Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

11:30 a.m. American Innovator Video: Amy Norquist, Greensulate

11:32 a.m. Building the Infrastructure for Progress
Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Noon Lunch and Presentation
Creativity, Innovation, and American Leadership
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

1:15 p.m. American Innovator Video: Matt Flannery, Kiva

1:17 p.m. Risk, Return and the Global Recession: Who Will Invest in Tomorrow's Big Ideas?

  • Sue Siegel, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Austan Goolsbee, Staff Director and Chief Economist, President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox and President, Xerox Innovation Group
  • Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel

Moderator: Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

1. Building the Innovation Workforce

  • Daniel Pink,, Author of the forthcoming, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and A Whole New Mind
  • Gerhard Schmidt, Chief Technical Officer, Vice President Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company
  • Sidney Harman, Founder/Chairman Emeritus, Harman International Industries, Inc.

Moderator: Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

2. Broadband -The Next American Frontier

  • Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Blair Levin, Executive Director, The Omnibus Broadband Initiative

Moderator: Charlie Firestone, Director, The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

3. Cradle to Cradle: Design and Sustainability
William McDonough, Founding Principal of William McDonough + Partners, Architect and Author, Cradle to Cradle

4. Thinking About Innovation: A Revealing Look at Attitudes in the U.S., China, and Beyond
A presentation of the Newsweek/Intel Global Innovation Survey.

  • Richard M. Smith, Chairman, Newsweek
  • Kathleen Deveny, Deputy Editor and Global Business Editor
  • Beth Lester, Vice President, Penn, Schoen & Berland

3:15 p.m. BREAK

3:30 p.m. TBA

4:35p.m. American Innovator Video: Elon Musk, Tesla Roadster

4:37 p.m. Leadership and the Innovation Economy: Finding the Political Will to Work Together

  • Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Steve Case, Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman and CEO, Revolution; Chairman, the Case Foundation
  • Foundation
  • U.S. Senator Mark Warner
  • U.S. Representative Bart Gordon
  • U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute Paul Otellini, President and CEO, Intel Corporation