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Overview

Leading The Next Industrial Revolution

Driven by technological advances, innovative manufacturing techniques, the biggest domestic energy boom in a century and a new generation of pragmatic, tested leaders in industry, education and government, the nation’s industrial core is rebounding.

Employment in manufacturing hubs is rising. Foreign companies from Toyota to Airbus to Fiat are basing their most advanced facilities in the U.S. The biggest, boldest American companies from Caterpillar, Boeing and GE, to John Deere, GM and Ford are showing the world that the heartland is every bit as much a high-technology hotbed as either coast. Together with thousands of small companies spread across the nation, they are truly Reinventing America and redefining its role in the Global Economy.

Join Forbes as we convene a first-of-its-kind summit of the industrial executives, entrepreneurs, academics and elected officials leading this revolution.

Agenda

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

08:30am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

05:00pm

Burnham Ballroom

06:00pm

  • Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media
  • Mike Perlis | President & Chief Executive Officer , Forbes Media

06:15pm

Based on years of proprietary research, the head of Harvard Business School’s Center on U.S. Competitiveness reveals data and strategies that can help American business dominate the global stage once again, while raising the potential for economic mobility at home.

  • Jan Rivkin | Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration , Harvard Business School

06:45pm

07:00pm

09:45pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014

07:00am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

07:50am

Grand Ballroom

  • Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media

08:00am

A Conversation with The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

From the rail revolution to urban planning to education reform, the heartland’s capital city is a crucible for some of the most important trends shaping the country. In a candid, cross-aisle conversation we’ll explore what’s driving the extraordinary changes in Emanuel’s city—and what those changes tell us about where the rest of America is headed.

  • Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media
  • Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media

08:30am

A Conversation with Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
One of the most important industrialists of our age discusses his vision for the future through the lens of the company that defined America’s greatest Industrial Revolution.

  • Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media
  • Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media

09:10am

Innovations in the way America finds and develops domestic energy sources are the most critical technological advances since the dawn of the commercial Internet, fueling an economic revolution no one thought possible a decade ago. Three of the men behind the boom will tell their stories, among the most remarkable entrepreneurial episodes in the country’s history, and explore what comes next.

  • The Honorable Jack Dalrymple
  • Harold Hamm | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer , Continental Resources
  • Mark Papa | Director , EOG Resources, Inc.

09:50am

  • Allison Lami Sawyer | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Rebellion Photonics

09:55am

10:10am

A Conversation with Shahid Khan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Flex-in-Gate; Owner, Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham Football Club

No one Forbes has featured on its cover in the last decade has so completely personified the American Dream as Shahid Khan. His inspiring story embodies what is possible.

  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Paul Noglows | Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

10:40am

Advanced manufacturing is reestablishing the U.S. as the world’s high-quality workshop. Top officers from some of the nation’s most important manufacturing companies explain how.

  • Richard Giromini | President & Chief Executive Officer , Wabash National Corporation
  • Michelle Gloeckler | Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager, Home , Walmart
  • Richard Meeusen | Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer , Badger Meter
  • Charlie Peters | Senior Executive Vice President , Emerson
  • Moderator: Joann Muller | Detroit Bureau Chief , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media

11:20am

  • Vince Alessi | President & Chief Science Officer , Covaron Advanced Materials

11:25am

Presented by Northwestern Mutual

11:35am

When most people look at lightbulbs, paint cans, window glass and medicine bottles, all they see are everyday objects, little changed in a hundred years or more. But our panelists saw entrenched, aging technologies ripe for disruption.

  • Rao Mulpuri, Ph.D. | Chief Executive Officer , View, Inc.
  • John Spirk | Co-President , Nottingham Spirk
  • Chuck Swoboda | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer , Cree Inc.
  • Moderator: Chris Helman | Southwest Bureau Chief , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Paul Noglows | Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

12:15pm

A Conversation with David Cote, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell

The process of innovation is changing; one of the world’s top industrial leaders discusses how he has shaped his company to change along with it—and thrive.

  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

12:45pm

Burnham Ballroom

01:45pm

Master investor Sam Zell, one of the nation’s top real estate developers and industrial turnaround experts, shares his blunt, smart take on where the nation is going.

  • Sam Zell | Chairman , Equity Group Investments
  • Moderator: Randall Lane | Editor , Forbes Magazine
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

02:30pm

  • Jamail Larkins | President & Chief Executive Officer , Ascension Air Management

02:40pm

Once left for dead as a relic of the 19th century, railroads are emerging as the most important logistics system of the 21st century. Two of the men driving the rail revolution explain how it happened and what happens next.

  • Wick Moorman | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer , Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Russell Stokes | President & Chief Executive Officer , GE Transportation
  • Moderator: Joann Muller | Detroit Bureau Chief , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

03:20pm

Grand Ballroom Foyer

03:55pm

So what is the role of government in all this? How can Washington and the states create policies that allow the new industrial revolution to thrive? Our panelists will debate the right—and wrong—strategies for fostering innovation.

  • A. Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D. | Director , Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • The Honorable James S. Gilmore III | President & Chief Executive Officer; Governor , AmericanOpportunity.org; State of Virginia, 1998–2002
  • The Honorable Mike Pence | Governor , State of Indiana
  • The Honorable Rick Snyder | Governor , State of Michigan
  • The Honorable Thomas Vilsack | Secretary , U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator: Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

04:40pm

06:15pm

06:30pm

07:30pm

08:45pm

Four of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 best and brightest on what it takes to make a difference and realize a vision in the world today—even if you’re not selling iPhone apps.

  • Vince Alessi | President & Chief Science Officer , Covaron Advanced Materials
  • Jamail Larkins | President & Chief Executive Officer , Ascension Air Management
  • Bill Pulte | Chief Executive Officer; Chairman , Pulte Capital Partners; Detroit Blight Authority
  • Allison Lami Sawyer | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Rebellion Photonics
  • Moderator: Randall Lane | Editor , Forbes Magazine

09:30pm

Friday, March 28, 2014

07:00am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

08:00am

Grand Ballroom

  • Mike Federle | Chief Operating Officer , Forbes Media
  • The Honorable Richard Durbin | US Senator , State of Illinois

09:35am

In America, your zip code has too powerful an impact on how far you can climb up the socio-economic ladder. The result? Millions of unemployed young adults and billions of dollars in lost potential. How can employers play a role in bridging this opportunity divide?

  • Mark Edwards | Executive Director , Opportunity Nation

08:15am

When our nation’s established, successful businesses innovate, they have the opportunity to impact people and our economy far more fundamentally and broadly than any single startup or government effort. Unlocking this capability is the key to reinventing America, and our panelists will share their insights into how.

  • James Borel | Executive Vice President , DuPont
  • Alex Molinaroli | Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer , Johnson Controls
  • Tim Theriault | Senior Vice President; Chief Information, Innovation & Improvement Officer , Walgreens
  • Moderator: Terry Howerton | Chief Executive Officer , TechNexus
  • Moderator: Paul Noglows | Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

08:55am

Once seemingly the sole purview of the coasts, innovative new investment vehicles are funneling capital into America’s heartland at a rate inconceivable just a few years ago. What are these new funding approaches, where
is the money going and how is it being used and what does it mean for the nation’s industrial rebirth?

  • Mark Kvamme | Co-Founder & Managing Partner , Drive Capital
  • Josh Linkner | Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner , Detroit Venture Partners
  • James Malackowski | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer , Ocean Tomo LLC
  • Moderator: Paul Noglows | Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media

09:50am

Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:15am

Presented by Samsung

10:25am

Unemployment is now a chronic problem in America, especially for young adults. Yet employers in most industries say they do not see enough qualified applicants for skilled jobs they desperately need to fill. As the line between white-collar and blue-collar jobs continues to blur, what can be done to address this gap?

  • Cheryl L. Hyman | Chancellor , City Colleges of Chicago
  • Marie Trzupek Lynch | President & Chief Executive Officer , Skills for Chicagoland's Future
  • Lou Anna K. Simon | President , Michigan State University
  • David Steel, Ph.D. | Executive Vice President , Samsung Electronics North America
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media

11:15am

3D printing, crowdsourcing and new markets are at the vanguard of radical changes that promise to upend traditional production in the decades to come. As the Maker Movement gains steam, some of its most innovative minds share their visions for the future.

  • Chad Dickerson | Chief Executive Officer , Etsy
  • Randall R. Gorham, Jr. | Deputy Director of Technology Development , America Makes
  • Mark Hatch | Chief Executive Officer , TechShop
  • Moderator: Paul Noglows | Executive Producer, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Bruce Upbin | Managing Editor , Forbes Media
  • Moderator: Dan Bigman | Managing Editor & Editorial Director, Forbes Reinventing America Project , Forbes Media

12:00pm

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Video Highlights

North Dakota: Fueling A Boom

29:55

The Promise of American Innovation: A Conversation with Bill Ford

30:27

(Re) Made In America: Inside the Next Manufacturing Revolution

29:29

Forbes Reinventing America Summit

0:58

Chicago: A City of Industry

34:37

Shahid Khan: Face Of The American Dream

32:47

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin At The Forbes Reinventing America Summit

10:49

Forbes Excellence Award for Education

6:45

Forbes Excellence Award for Innovation

6:55

Contact

  • For Sponsorship Inquiries:
  • Melody Khodaverdian
  • Associate Director, Conference Partnerships
  • 212.620.2223 | mkhodaverdian@forbes.com
  • For Invitation Management/Executive Relations:
  • Anastasia Afendikova
  • Project Manager, Executive Relations
  • 1 (212) 367-4158 | ReinventingAmerica@forbes.com
  • For Press Inquiries and Press Passes:
  • Wendy Furrer Egan
  • Senior Director of Editorial Publicity
  • (212) 366-8848 | wfurrer-egan@forbes.com

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