University of Southern California

Dean Ellis Interviews President Clinton
Discusses the State of the Economy
September 26, 2013 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall School of Business Dean James Ellis interviewed former U.S. President Bill Clinton last week at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)'s annual Business Conference in L.A. Clinton was the keynote speaker for the event, and spoke with Dean Ellis in front of about 1,000 business figures.

The conference's focus was on 'opportunities' and 'possibilities' in a fragile economic environment, and Dean Ellis said that he and Clinton focused heavily on why the economic recovery has taken time to rebound from 2008's recession.

Clinton acknowledged that the economy has not reached pre-2007 levels, but believes that there is a lot more optimism for the business community and service providers. Clinton also spoke on his tenure as president, when there was a national budget surplus, as well as his belief that the American health care system needs reform.

At 2012's L.A. conference, Dean Ellis spoke with former President George W. Bush on country's economic outlook. Last week's event was the ACG's 16th time hosting the event in Los Angeles. Other speakers at the event included business man and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong, DirectTV President and CEO Michael White and Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney.

The ACG was founded in 1954, and is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions.

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