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"People will look back and say in the late 20th century, Henry Kissinger was the guru people looked to on international affairs and in the early 21st century, Larry Summers was the guru people looked to for understanding and enlightenment with regard to the economy here and internationally."

-David Gergen

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Lawrence H. Summers

  • Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
  • Director, White House National Economic Council, 2009-2010
  • President, Harvard University, 2001-2006
  • Secretary of the Treasury, 1999-2001
  • Chief Economist of the World Bank, 1991-1993

Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the role of the United States in the world. He served in the Obama Administration as Director of the White House National Economic Council, he was Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, he was the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and he served as President of Harvard University. His tenure as Secretary coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, and has made him an expert on domestic economics and a leading authority on international finance. During his tenure in the Obama Administration, Larry Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker and continues to be called upon as the number one resource for the most pressing economic debates of the day.

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Issues Shaping President Obama's Second Term

Dr. Summers was the Chief White House Advisor to President Obama on the development and implementation of economic policy; he led the President’s daily economic briefing and was a frequent public spokesman for the Administration’s policies. He served as an architect of the Recovery Act and other job creation measures and the Financial Stability Program. As co-chair of the President’s Auto Task Force, he led the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry. He has also played a leading role in managing our international economic relationships including China, developing the President’s healthcare plan, opening the broadband spectrum, and in international climate negotiations. Dr. Summers weighs in on his breadth of experience within the Obama Administration to provide keen analysis of what the next four years hold.

The Global Economic Crisis - Challenges & Solutions

Larry Summers is the preeminent voice on all economic issues on both domestic and global fronts. He understands the gravity of the challenges facing Europe and other global economies, and has written numerous articles and addressed hundreds of groups on the most pressing economic issues around the world. In his presentations Dr. Summers offers provocative and engaging insights about the shifting financial landscape and the effects it will have on domestic and international businesses in the year ahead.

An Optimistic Outlook for America's Future

Americans have been in a state of anxiety over the last century, and certainly since the dominant 1940's. In the last decade alone our financial collapse, commitment to foreign wars, and rising trend of incivility in politics and society have raised questions about America's ability to maintain global leadership. In this speech, Dr. Summers outlines four specific ways America's government, businesses and citizens can strengthen America's future through particular investments in our shared resources and public sector, which has not benefited as much as the private sector from the efficiencies of technology and production. Dr. Summers puts forth his optimistic vision of America's future- one that is seen through the eyes of America's preeminent economist.

Lawrence Summers Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Eminent Economist

Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the role of the United States in the world. One of the most influential economists of his generation, Dr. Summers served in the Obama administration as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, and prior to that as Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Dr. Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker in the Obama Administration. The Economist magazine referred to the “Summers Doctrine” of massive active response to economic downturn combined with respect for markets in the basic allocation of resources as defining the recent approach to economic policy. Dr. Summers was the chief White House advisor to the President on the development and implementation of economic policy; he led the President’s daily economic briefing and was a frequent public spokesman for the Administration’s policies. He served as an architect of the Recovery Act and other job creation measures and the Financial Stability Program. As co-chair of the President’s Auto Task Force, he led the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry. He has also played a leading role in managing our international economic relationships including China, developing the President’s healthcare plan, opening the broadband spectrum, and in international climate negotiations.

World Renowned Authority

Dr. Summers served in senior positions in the Treasury Department throughout the administration of President Bill Clinton, rising to serve as Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001. He was closely involved in every major economic policy decision of the administration, ranging from the fiscal policies that created budget surpluses and enabled a historic pay down of government debt, to the enactment of NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, and China's WTO accession, to the response to financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia. A Time magazine cover story dubbed Bob Rubin, Alan Greenspan and Lawrence Summers the "Committee to Save the World" in recognition of their efforts to contain the Asian financial crisis. At the end of his term, Dr. Summers was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the Treasury Department's highest honor.

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