GBA Launches the Jumpstart American Jobs Series

July 06, 2020

Virtual events will offer practical perspectives on how policymakers can help jumpstart American job growth 

WASHINGTON – The Global Business Alliance (formerly known as OFII) today announced plans to host a series of five highly-informative virtual events to share real-world perspectives on how policymakers can jumpstart American job growth.

“As millions of Americans think about emerging from this pandemic-induced hibernation, the economic landscape around them is dramatically different,” says Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of the Global Business Alliance. “This series will provide a look into how a variety of industries have dealt with the crisis, their outlook over the next year and practical perspectives on how policymakers can help jumpstart American job growth.”

 These virtual events, which will air each Monday at 11:00 a.m. ET starting July 13, will explore key facets of the U.S. economy. They are free to attend and open to the public, streaming on

 Solving the Health Crisis | Monday, July 13 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Jumpstarting job creation in the United States can’t begin in earnest until the health crisis is under control. This scene-setter for the series will open with a penetrating look into the race to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. We will explore the science, the collaboration (both within the United States and across borders), and top policy recommendations to secure our health and safety.

 Making It Here | Monday, July 20 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Despite American real manufacturing output reaching an all-time high last year, there is a growing sense that we have lost our manufacturing base. This session will explore the impact the pandemic has had on this critical sector, as well as the policy priorities that will jumpstart manufacturing job growth – centered around a discussion of workforce re-skilling and U.S. and global supply chains.

Sold. Separately. | Monday, July 27 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Face masks, curbside pick-up, and ensuring social distancing in stores are just some of the ways retailers have adapted to the health crisis. With the escalating threat of additional tariffs on imports and the forced localization of supply chains, commerce has never been more complicated. We’ll talk to wholesale and retail employers and industry experts to find out what it will take for their industries to shift this jobs engine back into gear.

 Servicing Small Business | Monday, August 3 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Accounting for nearly half of all U.S. private-sector jobs, small businesses are a critical component of our economy and unfortunately, have paid a heavy toll during the pandemic. We’ll discuss the critical link between large and small employers and highlight ways policymakers can help small businesses jumpstart job creation.

 Jumpstarting Job Growth in America | Monday, August 10 | 11:00 a.m. ET

To wrap up the series, Nancy McLernon will forecast the long-term impacts of the pandemic on U.S. economic competitiveness and the future of work in America.She will then welcome back all the association executives who took part in the series and ask them to share their single most important recommendation on jumpstarting American job growth. 


About the Global Business Alliance

As the premier voice of international companies in the United States, the Global Business Alliance (GBA) actively promotes and defends an open economy that welcomes international companies to invest in America. Our members are American companies with global heritage and an indispensable part of our nation’s economic success. When America is open for business, we all benefit. Learn more about how international companies are benefiting U.S. workers and communities by visiting