Global Conference 2012
What I find most valuable about the Global Conference is a chance to take a step back and learn from some of the brightest people across a variety of fields about current issues that will drive our country and our world over the years to come. You're not just immersed in powerful ideas — you're immersed in powerful ideas conveyed by people who know how to execute.
— Kenneth Griffin, Founder and CEO, Citadel
The ideas that are shared are fantastic. The insights revealed are powerful. And having the opportunity to witness how other people have converted their ideas into great success stories is truly inspiring. There's always something that stands out from this conference for me, something I can bring back to my team, bring back to my business, and it allows me to be a better leader.
— Brian Cornell, President and CEO, Sam's Club
It's really good to rub shoulders with some of these brilliant people who have ideas that sometimes maybe we in Congress haven't heard. I would recommend this conference to anybody.
— Sen. Orrin Hatch
It's spectacular. I am amazed at the breadth and depth. The knowledge, the people, the inspiration are all great reasons to be here.
— Thomas Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO, Allstate; Deputy Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Any time you have a chance to get together with hundreds of brilliant people, you should go out of your way to get there. It's not just for stimulation — it's for effective action.
— Rob McCord, Treasurer, State of Pennsylvania
The networking that goes on is second to none. It would take you months going around the country to try to connect with the kind of resources that just walked through the hallways here.
— John Engler, President, Business Roundtable
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 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"
For pure substance and getting things done in terms of really understanding cross-currents at the intersection of finance, philanthropy and business, I don't think any conference compares to this one. Coming to an event like this gives you a rare opportunity to step outside of that silo and bounce ideas off people you just might never otherwise run into.
— Alexander Friedman, Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management; former CFO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Milken Institute has the convening power to bring together people who normally don't talk. It's a very sophisticated process to find real-life solutions, and they stick with it until they get the job done. That is unique in this moment of history.
— Andy Stern, Senior Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; former President, SEIU
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, Executive Chairman, Google
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
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 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. 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)
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, PIMCO
The Global Conference has an amazing blend of business leaders, thought leaders, market makers and academic leaders all in one place at one time.
— Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS