"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 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, former Director, Office of Management and Budget
"Some people in isolation can do great things. But most of us do better when we're stimulated and challenged by those around us. And this conference does precisely that."
— Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO, Forbes Media; Editor-in-Chief, Forbes
"The Global Conference is a whirlwind of intellectual excitement — and a helluva lot of fun."
— R. James Woolsey, Chairman, Woolsey Partners; former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
"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
"I could hardly go 10 feet through the audience without meeting somebody very interesting who had something really important to say. It's an intellectual feast and I'm very glad that I came."
— Larry Brilliant, President, Skoll Urgent Threats Fund; Philanthropic Advisor to Jeff Skoll and Google
"The Global Conference brings together some of the world's great intellectuals to clarify the most important issues of the day. It was invaluable to me, as it would be for anyone who wants to broaden their scope of knowledge and expand their mind."
— Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
"This conference brings together a tremendous number of very insightful and influential people trying to tackle the many problems that we face as a country and a world."
— Douglas Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office
"The Global Conference brings together national and world leaders to discuss the critical issues confronting all of us in the 21st century. Speakers and a stimulated, knowing audience offered the perfect opportunity to get beyond the superficial and the sound bite in order to discuss issues in depth."
— Kenneth Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP; Special Master, TARP Executive Compensation
"One of the virtues of the conference is some of the views expressed are not necessarily conventional views. It's always good to challenge your own beliefs and assumptions."
— Joseph Dear, Chief Investment Officer, California Public Employees' Retirement System
"For people who are trying to find those ideas that will get us into the future, this conference is absolutely indispensable."
— Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China
"This is a great, great, conference. Every year I look forward to coming to it."
— T. Boone Pickens, Founder, BP Capital
"Nowhere else does such an amazing group of bright and motivated people come together to make a real difference and tackle today's most pressing problems. Exploring ways to encourage medical philanthropy, which plays such an enormous role in galvanizing high-risk research, gave me new perspectives on how to truly change the status quo, and pave the way to the cures we are all so desperately awaiting."
— Susan Axelrod, Founder and Chair, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)
"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"
"Linking so many people together in the context of such a forward-looking agenda is a major contribution to all of us trying to figure out what happens next and what should happen next."
— Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Pacific Investment Management Co.
"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)
"It's a unique forum for important ideas across a wide range of topics that are addressed in a way that encourages people with all their perspectives and viewpoints to engage in lively debate and then to actually see something happen as a result of that."
— John Lechleiter, Chairman, President and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
"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
"Getting to meet some of the most world-renowned experts has given me a much sharper understanding of the forces and issues that we have to deal with today, not only as companies, but as part of this dramatic big ecosystem of the world."
— Michelle Gass, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Category, Starbucks
"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
"Today, you require thinking that is long term. You need ideas that look at problems in a holistic way. And some of the ideas that come out of the Global Conference are quite relevant in that sense."
— Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
"The reason people gather at this conference every year is it is filling a very important void in the world today."
— Joshua Cooper Ramo, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates
"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
"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 Emeritus, 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
"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, former 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