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Gary Shapiro is an acclaimed author, lobbyist, and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® which represents over 1500 consumer technology companies and owns and produces CES® — The Global Stage for Innovation.  He has authored more than 1200 opinion pieces highlighting the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.

Gary Shapiro

CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Gary Shapiro is an acclaimed author, lobbyist, and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® which represents over 1300 consumer technology companies and owns and produces CES® — The Global Stage for Innovation. 

A Georgetown Law graduate, Shapiro began his career as an associate at the Squire Sanders law firm. After an extended tenure in law, he began working on Capitol Hill as an assistant to a prominent member of the U.S. Congress. Later in his life, Gary would use this combined law and legal experience to be named one of The Hill’s top lobbyists numerous times throughout his career (2015-2022). As his experience in law and politics progressed, he became more aligned with the world of technology, which eventually brought him into the fold of the Consumer Technology Association in 1982. 

Shapiro has evolved the idea of the workplace over his 40-year tenure leading the organization. Directing a staff of 150 employees alongside thousands of industry volunteers, he built a forward-thinking successful business focused on the further development and integration of technology in all industries of the world. Under his leadership, CTA has won numerous awards for its healthy workplace, family friendly employment practices, and environmentally friendly exhibition practices.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author of “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). His fourth book, “Pivot or Die: How Leaders Thrive When Everything Changes,” will be published by HarperCollins in October 2024. Through these books, numerous television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1200 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation and technology in the U.S. economy. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award, conferred by President Emmanuel Macron in 2021.

Shapiro is active in policy, thought leadership, government, and community development alongside his position at CTA. He currently sits on the Northern Virginia Technology Council, CEO Update Roundtable, Council of Manufacturing Associations Board, and more. A subject of regular praise, Shapiro was once called a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection. His mind for an evolving workplace and consumer while staying environmentally conscious has paved a roadmap for bipartisan law and policy makers to follow in making a more innovative world. 

Gary Shapiro holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is happily married and lives in Michigan. 

March 2024

Wall Street Journal | March 29, 2024
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Trade Show Executive | March 18, 2024
Beyond the Numbers: Why Independent Audits Matter for the Events Industry

February 2024

RealClearMarkets | February 23, 2024
Is Generative AI Our Secret Weapon Against High Prices?
Washington Post | February 14, 2024
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RealClearMarkets | February 5, 2024
Collapse of Amazon's iRobot Deal Is a Blow to U.S. Tech Leadership

December 2023

RealClearMarkets | December 8, 2023
By Learning From Others, the U.S. Can Remain Exceptional

October 2023

Townhall | October 15, 2023
The U.S. Can’t Go It Alone as We Diversify the Tech Supply Chain

September 2023

eSchool News | September 20, 2023
Technology is key to educating the next generation
Detroit News | September 14, 2023
Shapiro: Federal regs will help spur self-driving innovation

July 2023

CTA website | July 18, 2023
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April 2023

The American Spectator | April 18, 2023
The US Should Champion the Rule of Law — Not Blow Up the Global Trade System
Fortune | April 14, 2023
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Fox Business | April 12, 2023
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March 2023

Washington Examiner | March 16, 2023
Biden is subverting democracy with his CHIPS rules

February 2023

The Orange County Register | February 27, 2023
The Next Tech Revolution: How Innovation Is Changing the World for the Better
Trade Show Executive | February 20, 2023
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January 2023

Entrepreneur | January 5, 2023
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December 2022

Fortune | December 16, 2022
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Townhall | December 1, 2022
Macron Showed the World What Forward-Thinking Leadership Looks Like. America’s Next President Should Do the Same

November 2022

Washington Examiner | November 25, 2022
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LinkedIn | November 7, 2022
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October 2022

SiecleDigital | October 17, 2022
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September 2022

Fortune | September 26, 2022
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August 2022

Fortune | August 3, 2022
I lead the Consumer Technology Association and I’ve never commented on an FTC lawsuit until now. Lina Khan’s new case against Meta is laughable

July 2022

District Administration | July 27, 2022
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LinkedIn | July 14, 2022
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June 2022

JDN | June 23,2022
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LinkedIn | June 21, 2022
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LinkedIn | June 2, 2022
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May 2022

LinkedIn Pulse | May 18, 2022
From Inflation to Ukraine, Tech Can Move the Needle Toward a Better World

April 2022

LinkedIn Pulse | April 29, 2022
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LinkedIn Pulse | April 21, 2022
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MedCity News | April 12, 2022
Telehealth reform made care affordable and accessible — it’s time to make It permanent

March 2022

LinkedIn Pulse | March 18, 2022
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LinkedIn Pulse | March 14, 2022
Can Technology Improve our Mental Health?
LinkedIn Pulse | March 5, 2022
Why the SOTU was a missed opportunity

February 2022

Media Play News | February 1, 2022
Gary Shapiro: Five Takeaways from CES 2022

January 2022

LinkedIn | January 13, 2022
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LinkedIn | January 19, 2022
What Larry Fink Got Right About Leadership, Purpose & American Innovation
LinkedIn | January 26, 2022
Tech is Making our World Healthier, Safer and More Accessible

December 2021

Real Clear Markets | December 07, 2021
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LinkedIn | December 24, 2021
Innovation is More critical than Ever: Why CES 2022 is Still On

September 2021

Morning Consult | September 9, 2021
Tech Innovation Is the Engine of Free Speech and Tech Policy Must Reflect This Reality

August 2021

Morning Consult | August 9, 2021
Tech Will Be the Engine of Our Economic Recovery. New Data About Consumer Demand Shows Why

June 2021

FOX Business | June 30, 2021
Workers, inflation, tech and three uncomfortable truths about our economy
LinkedIn | June 11, 2021
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Morning Consult | July 11, 2021
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May 2021

LinkedIn | May 28, 2021
Career Curveballs: How Getting Fired for Alcohol Changed My Life
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LinkedIn | May 14, 2021
Graduating Ninja Advice Series: Five Tips for Success
Protocol | May 10, 2021
App stores drive the innovation economy
Digital Health Journal | May 10, 2021
How industry alignment and best practices can improve patient care
The Daily Signal | May 5, 2021
4 Ways Washington Is Damaging Our Kids’ Future

April 2021

Protocol | April 29, 2021
What piece of President Biden's sweeping infrastructure bill will have the biggest effect on tech's private sector?
Morning Consult | April 19, 2021
The Solution to Greater Mobility and a Public Health Crisis: Self-Driving Vehicles

February 2021

Protocol | Feb. 23, 2021
The PRO Act hurts American competitiveness
Morning Consult | Feb. 1, 2021
How the New Administration Can Regulate Tech and Compete With China

January 2021

STAT | Jan. 13, 2021
Using technology to help heal health care disparities
FOX Business | Jan. 11, 2021
Consumer Technology Association CEO: COVID has sped up our use of tech, don't let government derail innovation

November 2020

LinkedIn | Nov. 12, 2020
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Protocol | Nov. 7, 2020
What does a Biden presidency mean for tech?

October 2020

Digital Imaging Reporter | Oct. 29, 2020
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FOX Business | Oct. 28, 2020
Control of Google, Facebook, Twitter's online speech by government must be resisted: CTA CEO Shapiro
TechDirt | Oct. 7, 2020
Facebook Internal Memo Reveals Challenges Social Media Companies Face In Protecting Democracy

September 2020

Morning Consult | Sept. 24, 2020
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August 2020

LinkedIn | August 21, 2020
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July 2020

LinkedIn | July 28, 2020
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Morning Consult | July 27, 2020
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June 2020

Morning Consult | June 26, 2020
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LinkedIn | June 25, 2020
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Issues & Insights | June 18, 2020
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LinkedIn | June 17, 2020
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May 2020

CEIR | May 26, 2020
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Morning Consult | May 14, 2020
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The Washington Post | May 7, 2020
Let the robots do their part
CTA | May 6, 2020
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April 2020

FOX Business | April 25, 2020
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CTA | April 20, 2020
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LinkedIn | April 17, 2020
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Washington Examiner | April16, 2020
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Morning Consult | April 10, 2020
How the Coronavirus is Teaching Us to Balance Privacy and Safety
i3 Magazine | April 2, 2020
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March 2020

LinkedIn | March 27, 2020
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LinkedIn | March 18, 2020
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Northstar Meetings Group | March 6, 2020
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STAT News | March 4, 2020
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February 2020

NextGov | February 28, 2020
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LinkedIn | February 11, 2020
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Morning Consult | February 11, 2020
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Fox Business | February 6, 2020
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January 2020

Morning Consult | January 8, 2020
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Fox News | January 6, 2020
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