Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers joined Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris on a panel discussion moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. The title of the panel was “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity.” (An edited portion of the panel will air on CNN soon…watch this space for the air date).
Zakaria said that he was an optimist overall when it came to the United States and our prospects for the future. He spoke about the economic troubles the U.S. has had over the past decades and how we have consistently overcome them. The trouble with this recovery and economy, he said, is that it is taking jobs a lot longer to come back than what has been historically ordinary.
All of the speakers agreed (generally) that there was optimism to be had in the United States economy, regardless of who is elected President in November. All of them also agreed that government and business have to partner together to help solve our nation’s problems and take advantage of our many assets. Blankfein said that many of our problems are self-inflicted and could easily be resolved, such as having a budget for the country.