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Monday, April 29, 2013

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Global Financial Regulation

James Barth , Senior Finance Fellow, Milken Institute; Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance, Auburn University
Bob Corker , U.S. Senator
Carey Lathrop , Managing Director and Head of Global Credit Markets, Citi
Kevin Lynch , Vice Chairman, BMO Financial Group
Thomas Perrelli , Partner, Jenner & Block; Former Associate U.S. Attorney General

Jaret Seiberg , Managing Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Guggenheim Partners

As countries implement new regulations in response to the global financial crisis, will safer and sounder markets be the result? Or just more burdens and costs? What impact can we expect on financial institutions, lending, the flow of capital around the world and, eventually, the global economy? Has the too-big-to-fail problem been solved, or should the giants simply be broken up? Is there a place for a global financial regulator? And what should be done about the shadow banking system - the institutions that wield influence but go largely unregulated? Our panel will delve into whether there are more effective ways to oversee financial markets than current methods.

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pensions: The Real Fiscal Cliff

Jeffrey Brown , Karnes Professor of Finance and Director, Center for Business and Public Policy, University of Illinois
Brian Pellegrino , Chief Investment Officer, United Parcel Service
Larry Schloss , Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer, New York City Retirement Systems
David Villa , Chief Investment Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Bradley Belt , Senior Advisor, Milken Institute; Chairman and Co-Founder, Palisades Capital

Although Congress narrowly averted a dive over the fiscal cliff this year, both the public and private sectors face staggering future obligations to retirees. Let's call this the "pension cliff." The scale of the problem is alarming. For state and local governments, the funding gap may total $3 trillion. Inexorable demographic trends threaten Social Security, and its disability program faces insolvency as soon as 2016. Private pension plans are also dealing with record deficits, particularly so-called Taft-Hartley plans. According to a recent report by the Treasury and Labor departments and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., more than half of these plans are classified as endangered or in critical status. (cq terms) This panel will assess the implications for retirees, taxpayers and investors, as well as explore what needs to be done to keep the U.S. from falling off the "pension cliff."

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  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Power Shift: The Changing American Electorate

Joel Benenson , President and CEO, Benenson Strategy Group; Lead Pollster, Obama Campaign
Harold Ford Jr. , Former Congressman; Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Policy
Frank Luntz , Chairman and CEO, Luntz Global; Contributor, Fox News
Dan Schnur , Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California

Matt Miller , Columnist, The Washington Post; Host, "Left, Right & Center"

Latinos, African-Americans, young people and unmarried women are wielding more power than they used to. Indeed, they are determining election outcomes and driving the nation's legislative agenda. On the other hand, organized labor has lost much of its pull, and many analysts and activists are wondering whether the NRA will exert as much influence in the future as it has in the past. More Americans are speaking up for gay rights and illegal immigrants' aspirations for citizenship. What other groups are on the rise? How are the takeaways from the 2012 vote shaping party strategies for the midterms and 2016? How will these newly empowered constituencies exercise their widening influence? Our panel of veteran political observers will analyze the new electorate and ponder who's gaining clout and who's losing it.

  2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Debt and the Deficit: What's Really on the Table?

Bob Corker , U.S. Senator
David Cote , Chairman and CEO, Honeywell; Steering Committee Member, Campaign to Fix the Debt
Maya MacGuineas , Head, Campaign to Fix the Debt; President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Peter Orszag , Vice Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup; former Director, Office of Management and Budget

Steven Rattner , Chairman, Willett Advisors; former Counselor and Lead Auto Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

With outsize debt putting the stability of credit markets and the pace of economic growth at risk, will Americans embrace shared sacrifice to set the country on a path toward fiscal health? Or is the problem essentially the result of gridlock in Washington? And what does "shared sacrifice" actually mean? Who will bear the heavier burden: the rich, the elderly, the middle class? Are Simpson and Bowles still relevant? Our panel will examine the economics and politics around our accumulating public debt and annual deficit, with an eye toward palatable and realistic solutions. Can we grow our way out of the mess? How will we cope with the twin hazards of graying demographics and healthcare inflation? Back to the credit markets: Are Treasuries as safe as they seem?

  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

A Conversation with Majority Leader Harry Reid (By invitation only)

Harry Reid , U.S. Senator and Majority Leader

Stephen J. Cloobeck, Founder and Chairman, Diamond Resorts International

  3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Immigration Strategy for the Borderless Economy

Michael Bennet , U.S. Senator
Carlos Gutierrez , Vice Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Rupert Murdoch , Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
Laurene Powell Jobs , Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
Antonio Villaraigosa , Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Vivek Wadhwa , Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Duke University; Author, "The Immigrant Exodus"

Ronald Brownstein , Editorial Director, Atlantic Media

Few issues have been more contentious in the United States, and for a longer time, than immigration. Comprehensive reform, however, appears to be getting close. On one hand, the nation's sizable Latino population is making its presence felt in the economy and the voting booth. Neither party can afford to enter the next election cycle without addressing immigration. On the other, foreigners fill crucial gaps in human capital. The corporate sector wants wider access to the high-skilled global workforce. Moreover, universities are training scientists and engineers who are forced to leave the country because of their immigration status. Our panel of leaders will discuss how policy must evolve to serve the country and the issue's many stakeholders. Is citizenship realistic for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have built lives here? How do we open doors to talent rather than encourage its exodus? Does immigration affect incomes?

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  4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

The Awesome Responsibility of Leadership: A Conversation with Harry Reid and Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor , U.S. Congressman and Majority Leader
Harry Reid , U.S. Senator and Majority Leader

Michael Milken , Chairman, Milken Institute

Although the media often focus on their policy differences, Democrat Reid and Republican Cantor share areas of agreement and experience. Skilled legislators and compassionate individuals, each has seen a close relative suffer from serious disease, and each is an outspoken supporter of medical research. The grandsons of immigrants, each worked his way up to high office with less-exalted jobs along the way - one as a member of the Capitol Police and the other as a driver for a congressman. Both served as their party's minority whip before election to majority leadership. And leadership is the focus of this panel: What qualities, besides intelligence and drive, inspire the trust and respect of their colleagues? Institute Chairman Mike Milken will explore where they agree and disagree on a range of issues - taxes, debt, entitlements, immigration, education, energy and defense - but will also search for the common thread of leadership that has propelled two remarkable men to national prominence.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Creating Smarter Cities

Dan Biederman , President, Bryant Park Corp.; President, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures
Rick Caruso , Founder and CEO, Caruso Affiliated
Richard Daley , Executive Chairman, Tur Partners LLC; Of Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Scott Smith , Mayor, City of Mesa, Ariz.
Meredith Whitney , CEO, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group

Peter Scher , Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

At this juncture, we have good notion of what a 21st century city should look like. In many ways, though, our cities don't match that picture. Among those concerns is the effect of declining municipal finances on urban infrastructure that's in great need of renewal. What adaptations are required for cities to deal with the demographic, economic and resource challenges they face? What are the smarter cities doing right in finance, energy, transportation? How can public-private partnerships contribute to solutions? Are the best approaches to be found overseas or within the U.S.?

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

U.S. Tax Reform: What's New, What Would It Mean?

Jared Bernstein , Economic Policy Fellow, Milken Institute; Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden
Mark Everson , Vice Chairman, alliantgroup, LP; former Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Nancy Kopp , Treasurer, State of Maryland
Phillip Swagel , Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Liz Claman , Anchor, Fox Business Network

Public discussion of tax reform frequently focuses on individual and corporate rates but ignores broader issues that could have significant effects on markets, state finances and the overall economy. From the treatment of foreign real estate investors to MLPs and REITs, from municipal bonds to state tax deductions, these factors can shape how governments fund their programs, investors formulate strategies and companies structure operations. Our panel will examine a range of tax policy proposals with a focus on their impact across the economy.

  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

California and Congress: A Dialogue (By invitation only)

Introduction By:
Erin Tanenbaum, Associate Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute

John Campbell , U.S. Congressman
Tony Cardenas , U.S. Congressman
Kevin McCarthy , U.S. Congressman
Maxine Waters , U.S. Congresswoman

Susan Kennedy , Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird LLP; Chief of Staff to former Gov. Schwarzenegger

Californians take pride in our leadership in social trends, technology, entertainment and entrepreneurship. What about influence in Washington? Although delegations from the state's regions and key industries have made inroads in the nation's capital, rarely have California's representatives unified around statewide issues. In 2013, those include decaying infrastructure, implementation of health care reform and a shortage of skilled workers - and it has never been more important for California's congressional representatives to collaborate with state leaders in business, government, academia and philanthropy. This session will advance that dialogue. We'll discuss ways state leaders can help our delegation in Washington help California, particularly when it comes to laying the groundwork for future prosperity. We will also get an update on what to expect from Washington in the coming year.

  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch Panel: A Conversation with Tony Blair and Michael Milken

Tony Blair , Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Institute Chairman Mike Milken sits down with Tony Blair to discuss a wide range of issues including global politics, international economics and energy as well as more personal reflections on leadership, faith and philanthropy. Blair, who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, now represents the Quartet - the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia - in helping mediate Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to addressing the Middle East, the euro zone and other pressing geopolitical topics, this free-flowing discussion will explore the global race for human capital; the shifting natural-resource landscape; the roles of religion and culture in national development; the future of education; and Blair's philanthropic efforts, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, created to promote respect and understanding among religions, and the Africa Governance Initiative, which will be a major focus of Wednesday's Africa panel.

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  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Conversation with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (By invitation only)

Eric Cantor , U.S. Congressman and Majority Leader

  3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

American Politics 2013

Bob Casey , U.S. Senator
Cathy McMorris Rodgers , U.S. Congresswoman
Jerry Moran , U.S. Senator
Mark Warner , U.S. Senator

Major Garrett , Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News

Sequestration. Debt and deficit reduction. Tax reform. Immigration. Education. Unemployment and job creation. Washington has a lot on its plate this year, but the question is: What can our leaders in Washington accomplish? Will the 113th Congress usher in a paradigm of consensus to address the challenges that face our nation? Or will the election's slightly shifted political ground harden partisan lines? A distinguished group of leaders will discuss America's priorities and how to advance them.

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  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A Conversation with Al Gore: Six Drivers of Global Change

Al Gore , Former Vice President, United States of America

Michael Klowden, CEO, Milken Institute

In the contest between "The Global Mind" and "Earth Inc.," who will win? Oscar winner, Nobel laureate, environmental activist, bestselling author and former Vice President Al Gore offers his assessment of the future, in which rapid human population growth and an expanding global middle class are contributing to an increase in consumption and the depletion of natural resources. What is the influence of technological innovation on politics in a world undergoing the most rapid change in its history? Who will prevail -- the powerful transnational corporations and networked entrepreneurs disrupting the traditional power of the nation-state, or will it ultimately be a connected, enlightened public? Join us for an expansive and provocative forecast.

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  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Book signing: Al Gore, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change"

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