Tesla’s Elon Musk, Uber’s Travis Kalanick Added to Trump’s Business Advisory Team

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are joining IBM CEO Ginni Rometty as members of president-elect Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, effectively giving them the soon-to-be president’s ear on matters of business and technology.

The President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which now has 19 well-known and successful business leaders as members, was established to meet with Trump on a regular basis to offer their input as he implements his economic agenda. The Forum will be chaired by Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. So far, Musk, Kalanick and Rometty are the three sole representatives of the business technology sector.

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty

Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick

“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields,” said Trump in a press release. “My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”

Although neither Musk nor Kalanick have released statements as yet, Rometty penned a letter to Trump after his election win, offering suggestions on what should be included in his economic agenda.

One such piece of advice was focusing on the creation of what she termed “new collar jobs.”

“Getting a job at today’s IBM does not always require a college degree; at some of our centers in the United States, as many as one third of employees have less than a four-year degree. What matters most is relevant skills, sometimes obtained through vocational training. In addition, we are creating and hiring to fill “new collar” jobs – entirely new roles in areas such as cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and cognitive business,” she wrote.

“You’ve spoken about the importance of vocational education, and we agree. IBM has championed a new educational model for the United States – six-year public high schools that combine traditional education with the best of community colleges, mentoring, and real-world job experience. The first of these schools opened with IBM’s support 5 years ago in New York; we have hired some of the first graduates. There will soon be 100 such schools across the country. With your support, we could do much more. Let’s work together to scale up this approach of vocational training, creating a national corps of skilled workers trained to take the “new collar” IT jobs that are in demand here in America.”

The letter detailed five other key elements including making America’s tax system more competitive as well as use of technology to reduce government spending and improve the health care sector.

Trump, obviously liked the letter, because Rometty was one of the initial members named to his advisory council.

The announcement of Musk and Kalanick’s addition to the council comes as Trump today meets with the biggest names in technology to discuss issues that will impact business and the technology sector alike.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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