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In an event filled with optimism about "new frontiers" in science, technology and economics, yet tempered by current world events, the 2003 Global Conference focused on how to get the engines of economic growth running again.

More than 180 speakers from around the world - senior executives from major corporations, CEOs and analysts from leading financial firms, senior public policy officials, Nobel laureates, academic experts, scientists and journalists - gathered to discuss how to improve global economic conditions before an audience of 1,600.

The 6th annual Global Conference opened Monday with two special events - a luncheon that launched the Center for the Accelerating Medical Solutions, a new initiative of the Milken Institute, and a special presentation by Stuart Eizenstat, former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, who discussed his book, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II, his account of the battle to reclaim the stolen and confiscated assets of Holocaust survivors and other victims of World War II.

The conference got into full swing Monday night with a discussion of "The Long View" of history and the future of our civilization with Dr. Steven Pinker of MIT, one of the world's leading evolutionary psychologists; Alvin Toffler, legendary futurist and author of Future Shock; Dr. Robert Fogel, Nobel laureate in Economics; and Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University, author of The Population Bomb.

That was followed by more than 30 plenary and concurrent sessions Tuesday and Wednesday that focused on job creation, regional prosperity, business issues, international finance, health care, technology, education, immigration, biotechnology, regional outlooks and other issues that impact every individual and business.

This year's theme is "Creating Value, Opportunity and Economic Growth," with sub-themes looking at human capital, financial capital, social capital, regions and business. But several other issues inspired many of the conference discussions, including the search for financial and economic growth, the diminishing rates of return and the impact that will have on pension funds and other investors, security and the war in Iraq, and America’s role in the world today.

To view summaries or listen to audio recordings of the conference sessions, please click on the links below. In addition, you may purchase CD audio recordings for $15 per session, or videotapes for $25 per session. To order audio recordings or videotapes of the panels, please contact us by e-mail at, or by phone at (310) 570-4600.

Monday, March 31, 2003
Luncheon - Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions
Special Presentation and Book Signing: Stuart Eizenstat
Dinner Panel - The Long View: Is History Destiny?
Tuesday, April 1, 2003
United States: Getting the Engine Running Again
Biotech/Pharma: Blazing New Trails, Battling Old Obstacles
The Changing Face of Europe
Security: How the World Has Changed Since 9/11
Protecting Value in an Uncertain World: The Future of Business Trading Networks
Nutrition: Healthy People, Healthy Society
Business Schools: Adjusting to New Realities
A Rising Star in the Global Economy: The Greater China Market
Mergers and Efficiency: Corporate Darwinism
Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Science Debate Our Biological and Scientific Future
Real Estate: The "Gold" Standard of the New Millennium
The Health Care Conundrum: Maintaining Quality, Controlling Costs and Promoting Innovation
Russia's Rising Fortunes
Intellectual Property: Capitalism Goes Intangible
The State of Our Cities: A Debate With U.S. Mayors
Restoring Japan's Economic Growth
International Microfinance: A New Investment Opportunity
America's Role in the World
Wednesday, April 2, 2003
The Global Economy
K-12 Education: The Cornerstone of Our Future
Branding: Keeping Your Company on Top
Emerging Domestic Markets: Riding the Wave of Growth
Financial Innovations: The Creators of Economic Opportunity
Travel and Tourism: Looking for the Turnaround
Human Capital and Lifelong Learning: The Key to Success in the 21st Century
America's New Demography
Best Places: Where Are the New Silicon Valleys?
The New Journalism: How It Can Affect Your Business
The Balance Sheet: Efficiency in Reorganization
Latin America: Can It Realize Its Potential?
Nobel Laureates in Economic Science Debate Global Economic Issues
Philanthropy: Foundations at the Forefront of Social Change
Institutional Investors I: Exercising Ownership in Changing Times
Institutional Investors II: Where Are the Returns?

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