Ron Kirk & Carlos Gutierrez
At the intersection of International Business & Government
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Ambassador Ron Kirk is the former United States trade representative (USTR) who was a pivotal member of the president’s economics team. The man behind our key trade agreements, he believes trade is a bipartisan issue that is good for business and essential to our country’s economic recovery. With 95% of consumers living outside of the United States, Kirk discusses how trade is the single most important factor in the availability of jobs and our standing as a world leader. He also served as the mayor of Dallas and was the first African American to fill that and the USTR role.
Carlos Gutierrez is the former CEO of Kellogg, the former vice chairman of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group, and a former secretary of commerce, where he was a core member of President Bush’s economic team. He began as the youngest CEO in Kellogg’s history, and Fortune dubbed him “the man who fixed [the company].” He was also an advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and a member of the Debt Reduction Task Force at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Suave and charismatic, he discusses leadership and how politics and policy affect commerce.
Two of the country’s most knowledgeable leaders, Ron Kirk and Carlos Gutierrez are in unique positions to give their perspectives on the economy, jobs, and growth. With high-level, insider perspectives, they address what is next for their respective Parties, what the right mix of policy is for creating jobs and growth in the economy, and how to get things done in Washington. The pair also shares insights on leadership and how politics and policy affect the business environment.