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Milken Institute’s Global Conference Gathers Top Minds

LOS ANGELES, California–The Milken Institute 20th annual Global Conference took place on April 30 and lasted through May 3 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Global Conference, “Building Meaningful Lives,” gathered more than 3,5000 leaders from 50 countries to network and hear 700 speakers in a variety of industries, as well as top leaders from finance, politics and higher education.

The Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank founded in 1991, has as its stated mission, “to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.” The Global Conference is its flagship event.

Conference Topics
In line with the Milken Institute’s mission of seeking global solutions to problems of how to increase prosperity and health, the 2017 conference included topics such as “Disrupting Food: Alternative Proteins Leading to a More Sustainable Future,” “Health Citizenship: The Nexus of Data, Technology and Research,” a “Future of Food” roundtable, “Will You Live to a Healthy 100?” “Investing in Sustainable Development,” “Supercharge the Search for Cures: Medical Philanthropists Reinvent Giving to Get Results,” and “AI: Reshaping the World As We Know It.”
Timely, top-of-the-news topics included “Turning the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic,” “Activist Athletes: Embracing Social Advocacy,” “China, Architect of a New Global Order?” “Not Working: Solutions to America’s Underemployment Crisis,” and a look at the Trump Administration: “The First 100 Days—and the Next 1,000.”

Conference Speakers
Speakers included U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, as well as economists and industry leaders. Education discussion speakers included U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Media figures who moderated discussions include Katie Couric of Yahoo, Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg, Nicholas Kristof and David Sanger of The New York Times and Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal.

The event was very well received. In fact, leading up to the conference, registration was sold out for $12,000 and $15,000 Associates Members. The top level included invitation-only conference events as well as a private meeting with the Milken Institute CEO or president and COO.

Details about the conference, events and speakers are available at the website,