This morning in the hallowed grounds of the Old State Department Library, President Donald Trump held an early morning meeting -- the top agenda item being American job creation.

Today's strategy and policy forum guests included numerous business leaders throughout the nation from companies including Boston Consulting, Cleveland Clinic, IBM, GM, Patomak Global Partners, IHS Markit, BlackRock, Stanford University, EY, Boeing, Walmart, PepsiCo, BNSF, and Global Infrastructure Partners. The POTUS also invited several of his cabinet members to join him at the table (including Betsy DeVos, Wilbur Ross, Elaine Chao, Scott Pruitt, and Mick Mulvaney).

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Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone led the meeting as chair.

This get-together was intended as a follow-up to the POTUS' February 3rd meeting in which he gathered the same business and industry leaders for a discussion on the American economy and workforce. Today's breakout sessions targeted trade, regulatory reform, education, workforce development, infrastructure, and energy & environment.

Are there results?

With a membership pedigree that rises to the top, this strategy and policy forum has the capacity to effectively change business and industry in America. The participants hail from all corners of success throughout the #United States and lead a significant portion of American employees. With their background, education, experience, and skills, the bar of expected results should be set beyond high.

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As the group has only met twice, a call for an outline of their plan of attack may be premature. However, as time marches on, this group should be holding themselves just as accountable as they would hold those who report to them within their own field and reach.

Anything missing in the mix?

Though the make-up of Trump's strategy and policy forum is inclusive in terms of the types of businesses and industries at the table, it seems to lack diversity in some of the simplest and easiest categories. The predominance of white male leaders doesn't go unnoticed on the part of the American public. With women making up no less than 50% of the United States population, forming a committee that doesn't meet that threshold and has a purpose of job creation seems to miss the mark.

Until and unless women leaders are prominently included in groups meant to shape and form the future of the American worker, the hope for successful results diminishes.

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