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Hellenic American Women’s Council Presents Zoom Event with Deborah Wince-Smith

November 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) presents a Zoom event with Deborah Wince-Smith on Thursday, November 18, 7 PM EST, titled Transversing the Aegean Bronze Age to the Age of Illumination: A Woman’s Journey across the Continuum of Innovation and Competitiveness.

Wince-Smith will discuss the role of innovation in prosperity and geopolitical power across the arc of history— from ancient Greece to today’s strategic competition for global technology leadership. She will also explore the disruptive technologies shaping the 21st-century global economy and society, and the opportunities and challenges they present for nations around the world.

Register online for the Zoom presentation: https://bit.ly/3D9nKJA.

Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan leadership coalition of CEO’s, University Presidents, Labor Union Leaders, and National Laboratory Directors, all committed to developing policy solutions and national initiatives to drive future productivity growth, prosperity for all Americans, and the global success of American business. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, and as the Assistant Director for International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration. She served as a Senate confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama.

Wince-Smith is also the President and Founder of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). She previously served on the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Committee on International Economic Policy, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and, the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. She served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and as a Public Director of NASDAQ OMX.

Wince-Smith currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and UNICEF. She is also a Commissioner on the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, and as a member of the Council of Japan’s Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. As an expert in technology commercialization, Wince-Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Aerolase, Inc. and Q-Net Security, Inc., and she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece.

Wince-Smith graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned a Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge University. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Michigan State University, the University of Toledo, the Queens University Belfast, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of South Carolina. She is a longtime member of HAWC.

If you have a topic you would like to present as a Zoom program this winter, or to request membership information, please email HAWC.

HAWC is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic American Women. HAWC encourages awareness of public policy issues and promotes women who wish to play leadership roles in their communities, the nation and their professional fields of endeavor. HAWC sponsors regional conferences, lectures, debates and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest to its membership.

More information is available online: www.hawcnet.org.

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