SOURCE: Milken Institute

April 16, 2015 14:56 ET

Where the World Connects: Milken Institute Global Conference Marries the Power of Convening With the Power of Ideas

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - With the world full of complex challenges and no shortage of conferences that ponder them, the Milken Institute Global Conference is unique in its determination to drive change. For the 18thyear, Global Conference will bring together leading thinkers, visionaries and decision makers to find common solutions to shared problems.

From April 26-29, more than 3,500 people from 55 countries and 41 states will gather at the Beverly Hilton for discussions on 11 content tracks; topics include rebuilding housing finance, creating healthier lives and a healthier economy, the future of higher education, building a global workforce, and more. This year, the conference will also focus on bringing to the forefront issues that promote greater equality of opportunity for women and girls.

"Our Global Conference builds relationships that turn powerful ideas into transformative action, especially in our core issues of access to capital, improving health care, and spurring job creation," says Institute CEO Mike Klowden. "Our ability to bridge the worlds of business, finance, science, and policy has never been more in demand."

More than 650 speakers, including major investors, CEOs, senior government officials, scientists, educators, philanthropists, and journalists will take part in more than 170 sessions at the conference. These include:

  • Leon Black, Chairman and CEO, Apollo Global Management
  • Terry Duffy, Executive Chairman and President, CME Group
  • Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Chair, President's Global Development Council
  • Sherry Lansing, CEO, Sherry Lansing Foundation; Founder, EnCorps Teachers Program
  • Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment; Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; Former UK Foreign Secretary
  • Julia Ormond, Actress; Founder and President, Advancing Systemic Solutions to End Enslavement and Trafficking
  • Henry Paulson, Chairman, the Paulson Institute; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
  • J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Human Longevity Inc.; Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • John S. Watson, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron Corporation
  • Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

There are many ways to experience Global Conference without being there. For the first time, several Global Conference panels will be live-streamed. Videos of all panels will be posted on the Institute's website. In addition to blog posts and videos, nearly all Global Conference panels will live-tweeted. Follow and take part in the conversation with #MIGlobal and #better4women.

Complete information about the Global Conference, including a full program and a list of speakers, is available at

Note to media: Due to space constraints, media passes are available to a limited number of full-time, professional journalists who represent broadly available, prominent media outlets. Use the media registration form to apply: Only registered journalists may attend the Global Conference; you are not registered until your application has been approved and you receive email confirmation.

About the Milken Institute
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges and improve lives. Its mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.

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