Global Conference 2009


"The Milken Institute's Global Conference is an extraordinary chance to learn from some of the world's most talented thinkers and doers. I look forward to another fantastic gathering in 2009 and to hear their great ideas about how our world is going to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of our time."
— California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

"It's a great conference, bringing so many powerful people in one place to explore and discuss and create a new frontier of knowledge."
— Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"The Milken Conference brings together global experts to engage in informal but critical conversations about the most pressing issues of our time. What emerges is thoughtful insight and inspiring advice that gave me and other participants a deeper appreciation for what the future holds."
— Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google

"What I find valuable about the Global Conference is the mixture of people. Bringing them together so that you can get different perspectives on the same question is what I find to be very valuable for me in my job."
— Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

"This is a great, great, conference. Every year I look forward to coming to it."
— T. Boone Pickens, Founder, BP Capital

"The Milken Institute is genius in bringing people together, in getting us to collaborate. Out of that collaboration comes new ideas and new partnerships."
— Sherry Lansing, Founder, The Sherry Lansing Foundation

"The Global Conference is a thought-provoking, highly productive and truly unique annual gathering of leaders from all parts of the world. I look forward to attending each year so that I can meet and hear from so many individuals with different perspectives, values and ideas than my own."
— David M. Rubenstein, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

"With so many changes taking place in the world, the Global Conference is an invaluable resource. It's an impressive gathering of global leaders, who leave you with a greater understanding of the future and the opportunities it holds."
— Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation

"The Milken Institute brings together an extraordinary group of people, including CEOs from a variety of industries and money managers representing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets, for a great snapshot of today's global economy."
— Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo"

"The Global Conference has such an amazing blend of business leaders, thought leaders, market makers and academic leaders all in one place at one time that it has become a valuable tool when managing a multi-billion-dollar portfolio."
— Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)

"The Global Conference is an outstanding gathering of leaders, experts and innovators from across the world."
— Thomas Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"The Global Conference is a great gathering and an amazing anomaly. It not only brings together world leaders, who are extremely passionate about what they do, but also gives them a challenging forum for innovative thinking and lively debate."
— Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman, Viacom

"Listening to the discussions of others and the points they raise shape my own thinking. It helped me a lot in fleshing out my own ideas and my own models."
— Myron Scholes, Nobel Prize Laureate

"In a time of such great challenges, the Milken Institute Global Conference is a valuable source of ideas and new thinking on a host of critical issues. For those interested in helping solve these immense challenges, I strongly recommend you not miss this event."
— Bill Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education

"This is an excellent event. The quality of speakers, the high caliber of attendees and the superior production values make it an important forum for those who are serious about solving some of our biggest challenges."
— Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, Chairman, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

"It's a remarkable event. Over the course of a few days, I had a chance to talk to a lot of very bright people, whose knowledge and experiences gave me fresh ideas on how to improve our company."
— David Neeleman, Founder, JetBlue Airways Corporation

"I found the conference absolutely fascinating, extremely well-organized, highly informative and remarkably varied in content. I've never experienced anything so remarkably done and valuable."
— Theodore Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and former Solicitor General of the United States

"It is an indispensable conference - a real 'catch-up and look ahead' event."
— General Wesley Clark, U.S. Army (ret.); former Commander, NATO

"I was very impressed by the quality of the event - from the high-caliber panelists and attendees to the substantive discussions that take place throughout the conference. It's an excellent place to gain new insights about where the world is headed."
— Thomas "Mack" McLarty, III, President, McLarty Associates; former Chief of Staff, Clinton Administration

"The Global Conference represents a unique environment where accomplished individuals from disparate fields get to cross-pollinate ideas and solutions."
— Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments, LLC

"It's an amazing gathering. I rarely see such an assemblage of incredibly powerful, incredibly smart people all in one place at one time."
— Dennis Kneale, Media & Technology Editor, CNBC

"It's not just brain food, it's a call to action."
— Rafael Pastor, Chairman and CEO, Vistage International, Inc.

"The Global Conference offers insightful perspectives on today's trends and helps business people understand the forces of finance, commerce and technology that are shaping the future of America and the world."
— Robert Hormats, Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.

"The Global Conference is one of the best resources in the country for new ideas, bridging current information and innovative solutions to future problems."
— Nancy Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

"The Global Conference is a perennial winner. The presenters are a great mix of thoughtfulness, preparation and expertise, and there is always an incredible range of important, interesting and timely topics for attendees to choose from. The Global Conference is well organized and attracts a great mix of leaders and engaged individuals from business, academia and the public sector."
— Jay Wintrob, Executive Vice President of Retirement Services, AIG/SunAmerica Inc.

"Year after year, the Milken Institute Global Conference manages to explore the day's fundamental social, political and economic issues in a dynamic way that brings together some of the world's greatest minds for compelling, provocative discussion. It's a unique event and one I never miss."
— Peter Chernin, President, Chief Operating Officer, News Corporation

"The conference always brings a fresh and multi-dimensional perspective to global affairs. Anyone pressed into the service of disciplined forward-thinking management ought to attend."
— Sharon L. Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

"The Miken Institute Global Conference is outstanding. Leaders from all fields provide not only stimulating presentations, but are accessible to discuss issues and share ideas. The panels explore differing points of views on many topics. I thoroughly enjoy it as a speaker and attendee."
— Paul Reilly, Chairman and CEO, Korn/Ferry International

"The Milken Institute Global Conference is a terrific forum to discuss how American businesses fit within a global context, and learn what business leaders need to know to adapt to the ever-changing world in which we live. Participants gain keen insights from respected experts into how we are affected by economic, political and technological change around the world."
— J. Terrence Lanni, Chairman and CEO, MGM Mirage

"This was a transformative event. It's a terrific educational and inspirational conference in which a related community of people driven by passion and business savvy are determined to make a difference as fast as possible."
— John Fraser, Executive Director, Office of IP Development and Commercialization, Florida State University