Global Conference 2015


"The great thing about the Milken Institute Global Conference is that it brings together people that are doers. These are not people who are commentating or writing about the issues of the day. They're people who get things done."
— Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
"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 clearly has a phenomenal reach. You get to have discussions and deliver messages to the kind of people who then go out and talk about these issues in their world and have a tremendous impact."
— Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for Responsible Federal Budget
"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
"It's just got an amazing energy about it. This has become a tremendous force – a force for great ideas, great leaders to come together to explore things that are incredibly important, relevant to our culture, our society today."
— Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, Dreamworks Animation
"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, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz
"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-CEO of The Carlyle Group
"It seems like there's no limit on curiosity and what should be included in the subject matter. I always meet people who are interested in new ideas and new opportunities."
— Wesley K. Clark, retired four-star Army general and former supreme allied commander of NATO
"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, "Opening 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, former 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."
— U.S. 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
"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, CEO, 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; Deputy Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
"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
"If you've never been to a Global Conference before I'd tell you, ‘Fasten your seat belt – you're in for a thrilling ride. Jam-packed rooms, fast-paced exchanges, big ideas – it's really exciting for anyone concerned about the world and for how to make it a better place.'"
— Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
"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)
"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. I would describe it like being a kid in the world's biggest candy store. But instead of candy it's ideas."
— Alexander Friedman, Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management
"It's a very good mixture of sessions of various aspects, politics, economics, entertainment, and other things."
— Etsuro Honda, Special Advisor to the Cabinet, Office of the Prime Minister, Japan
"The Milken Institute's Global Conference is the must-go-to event. I know I'm gonna be bumping into people just as I walk through the conference area who are world leaders in their field. What I love about the panels is there's a certain dynamism there. There's a little bit of an edge."
— Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
"It's an incredible concentration of minds and speakers who discuss the most important global, economic, social, and political issues. The quality of the panels is really excellent."
— Nouriel Roubini, Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics
"It's a great place to get out of your comfort zone. We've found that, not only our own people, but also our clients really like to come. The particular mix here, the informality, the mingling, are particularly valuable."
— Jim McCaughan, CEO, Principal Global Investors
"For me, the global conference is meeting all the fascinating people from all walks of life, all parts of the nation, parts of the world, and being able to talk to them about issues that we have in common."
— Nancy Kopp Treasurer, State of Maryland
"The terrific thing is the convergence of so many different parts of society all focused on making progress. We're looking at health and from philanthropy, to government, academia, to clinical care, research, and industry, and corporations working together to help people live longer, healthier lives."
— Thomas Frieden, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"The quality of the speakers, and frankly, the quality of the audience, I think are quite unparalleled relative to other conferences."
— Wilbur Ross Jr. Chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co. LLC; Chairman, Invesco Private Capital
"The conference, for me, personally, is my favorite because it goes beyond my background and interests in finance and the capital markets into areas of philanthropy, education, healthcare, and it does with it a global perspective."
— Tom Finke, Chairman and CEO, Babson Capital
"There are people from all over the world: I was with the former prime minister of Italy yesterday. It's really quite a select group of individuals and very interesting."
— Ken Rogoff, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
"I've been very impressed by the skill and depth of the discussion, and by the interesting use of both data and analysis to look at the problems that face our country and world. The Milken idea of bringing people from very different fields altogether to work on these problems and discuss them is absolutely crucial."
— Jim Messina, Chairman, Organizing for Action; Campaign Manager, Obama Campaign
"You can turn to your left and there's the former British Prime Minister. You turn to your right and there's one of the Fortune 500 CEOs. And in front of you is a United States Senator who runs an essential committee. People who would otherwise not be in the same room, let alone on the same stage, are brought together. You get a 360 degree view of something."
— Frank Luntz, Chairman and CEO, Luntz Global
"Be prepared to be amazed. Be prepared to be wowed. Be prepared to be challenged. You have the best, brightest people in the world here. You have some of the most successful people here. You have areas of concentration and energy and philanthropy and healthcare and finance. You name it, it's here."
— Kneeland Youngblood, Founding Partner, Pharos Capital Group
"It's the best. I meet people, and I get a lot of information. Wouldn't miss it."
— T. Boone Pickens, Founder, BP Capital
"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
"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
"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
"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
"It's one of the must-attend destinations for people with ideas, for people making policy, for people trying to advance causes or endeavors of various kinds. I've always been impressed with the high level of corporate participants, the heads of state that are present, the former public officials that are present, the media attention to it."
— Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman, City View; former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; former San Antonio Mayor
"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
"You get a chance to meet some excellent people with great ideas. When you come here, you're always going to hear new and different things."
— A. Barry Rand, Former CEO, AARP
"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
"No matter what's going on, middle of the NBA playoffs, boxing, whatever may be happening, I try to carve out these few days because I want to be here. This conference attracts people who are in the news and making news, for their views, for their accomplishments, for their ability to solve problems."
— Jim Gray, Sportscaster, Showtime, Fox and WestwoodOne Radio