October 4-5, 2012
John E. McGlade
Chairman, President and CEO, Air Products
Alice P. Gast
President, Lehigh University
Talent driven innovation is one of the greatest opportunities for U.S. manufacturing. In the 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, a jointly produced report by Deloitte and the Council, more than 400 CEOs from around the world identified talent driven innovation as the most important driver of manufacturing competitiveness. This includes skilled workers, scientists, researchers, engineers and teachers—who collectively have the capacity to continuously innovate and simultaneously improve production efficiency. Globally, talented people are viewed by executives and governments alike as a key competitive asset, because the innovative capacity of a country depends largely on the quality of its human capital and supporting technology and business processes.