Global Conference 2013
"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
"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
"You have people coming from all over the world, not just from the business community but also from the opinion makers' community. The Global Conference gives you the opportunity to listen to interesting people that are not of your field of expertise. You can listen to very different voices. There is a kind of cross fertilization because of the dialog."
— Ana Palacio, Member, Spanish Council of State; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
"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 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, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group
"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, Pension Protection Fund; Chairman Emeritus, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
"The Milken conference has always had a diverse group of panelists that come from not only the United States but from around the world. It's dominated by those who really want to think about how the world works, and also thinking about the future, the world's future."
— Myron Scholes, Nobel Laureate, 1997; Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"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
"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 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 Milken Institute is the world's great convener. The value that I get from coming to the Global Conference is meeting people that I would never in my day job get an opportunity to meet."
— Seth Merrin, Founder and CEO, Liquidnet
"I always learn a phenomenal amount, and I always meet people I wouldn't otherwise meet. I love coming here."
— Chris Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi
"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
"The Global Conference creates the environment to share ideas and ultimately figure out how to make one plus one equal six. The Milken Institute has managed to marry a market orientation with an attempt to solve the problems of the world."
— Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments
"I enjoy the ability to meet different people at the Global Conference, contacts that I would not have otherwise. This is a dynamic that I don't get elsewhere in the world."
— Pierre Beaudoin, President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.
"It's rare to have a conference that looks at investment capital and what's going on with mankind. It covers a wide array of the most important subjects."
— David Simon, Chairman and CEO, Simon Property Group Inc.
"The Global Conference is beyond anything I would have expected - and without any question is the most important in North America. If it didn't exist someone would have had to invent it."
— Eli Broad, Founder, The Broad Foundations; Founder, KB Home and SunAmerica
"One of the things that I find that's very unique about the Global Conference, and I don't see it in any of the other conferences that I attend, is the connection between finance and practical life situations, the stratification of wealth in America and around the world, the aging of a population, but how that connects into our investment themes."
— Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS)
"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, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Americas Foods
"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; Former 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
"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
"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)