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General Session 1: Monday, October 17, 2016 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM
'Dear World': Can We Talk?
Do you consider yourself a global citizen? Through what lens do you view the world? From a generalist’s perspective – or with a specialized focus? How clear is that focus? Do you have eyes in the back of your head? Can you see what’s coming? Do you have blind spots? Can you spot opportunity and reduce risk?
This year’s Summit is a time set aside for the exploration of ideas where macro and micro views can be brought into focus and re-evaluated.
In this opening general session, speakers present ideas challenging your role as a global citizen and considering new ways of seeing with three unique, ‘big picture’ perspectives. Engage in compelling conversation with a National Geographic explorer, a Yale University lecturer and an internationally recognized photographer, as they endeavor to challenge your field of view.
General Session 2: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 8:30 - 9:45 AM
Crossing the Political Divide
With the Summit scheduled just two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, you can bet politics will be top of mind. What better way to add energy to an already charged conference atmosphere than to hear two well-known political experts with opposing viewpoints weigh in on what the future political landscape might look like. Donna Brazile, the first African-American woman to run a U.S. Presidential campaign and current Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Latina Republican strategist Ana Navarro, former Governor Jeb Bush’s first Director of Immigration Policy and National Co-Chair of Senator John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council, will debate and discuss politics, glass ceilings, and life after the U.S. Presidential election. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be an exciting and colorful exchange.
General Session 3: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bridging Peoples, Nations, and Ideas – An Interview with Felipe Calderón
As a powerful former Head of State, Felipe Calderón is uniquely qualified to discuss today’s complex global issues. Calderón served as the 56th President of Mexico from 2006-2012 at a critical time during the country’s drug war. He implemented public policies during his tenure that projected Mexico as a powerful player in the global economy. He was named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations. He chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 16 and was ranked among the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.
Since leaving his post as President, he has focused his attention on the economic benefits of acting on climate change and has positioned himself as a leading voice on this global issue. His wife, Margarita Zavala, recently announced she intends to run for President of Mexico in the 2018 election.
In this powerful closing general session, Calderón will discuss topics ranging from immigration to geopolitics, the economy to the environment and more. Seize your opportunity to engage, ask questions and get insights in this highly interactive session.