Winfrey, Blankfein, Nooyi Highlight Global Financial Leadership Conference

At a Glance

  • Discussions on 2020 politics, food economics and space among key issues to be presented

For more than a decade, the Global Financial Leadership Conference has featured world leaders in politics, business, media, technology and entertainment sharing ideas with the financial leaders who attend. The 12th GFLC opens today in Naples, Florida.

Former Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein and former Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi are among this year’s featured speakers. They are joined by three former White House chiefs of staff in a panel moderated by journalist Katie Couric. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin will receive the Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award, and Oprah Winfrey will close this year’s conference in a conversation with CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy.  These are a few of the sessions and people we’ll be covering this week from the conference, and some links highlighting their latest news.

The Future of Food

Plenty of global challenges exist for feeding the planet, and they’re about to get bigger. The world is quickly approaching a human population of 9 billion. Is it equipped to handle the challenge? What agricultural advancements need to happen? And what can we do to help more food get to those who need it? Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman moderates a panel with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Memphis Meats founder Uma Valeti and Amanda Little, author of The Fate of Food, to address these issues.

Uma Valeti is making meat more sustainable, and just as delicious, in the Memphis Meats lab. (Inc.)

John Mackey has changed how free markets and supermarkets serve society. (Entrepreneur)

The 2020 Race and Beyond

As the race for the U.S. Presidency heats up and the field narrows, three former White House Chiefs of Staff will assess the state of politics and the Presidency. Katie Couric moderates a panel including John Kelly, Denis McDonough and Andrew Card, who served as Chiefs of Staff for the last three U.S. Presidents.

The Path to Space Travel

Space travel is advancing in terms of technology, ambition and investor interest. With major companies like Virgin Galactic, Amazon and Space X working toward lofty goals of exploration and space tourism, a panel featuring leaders in the industry will discuss what’s next. Chris Davenport, The Washington Post’s Space Editor and author of The Space Barons leads a panel with Tim Hughes of SpaceX, Stephen Attenborough of Virgin Galactic and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to explain the economic opportunity of space.

Will space travel become a multitrillion dollar economy? (CNBC)

The Opioid Epidemic

The epidemic has cost the U.S. economy $2.5 trillion since 2015, according to a new estimate, with nearly 70,000 people dying from opioid abuse in 2017 alone. Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: True tales of America’s opiate epidemic, will speak with Dr. Drew Pinsky, an addiction specialist, and former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., who co-sponsored legislation to help stem the growth of the crisis.

Drew Pinsky says his profession most responsible for opioid crisis (Fox News)

Data: The Most Valuable Commodity

Facebook is preparing to make its platform safe ahead of 2020 elections, while Google is looking to provide health data. Data is a major part of business today, especially in the tech industry. Roger McNamee, Founding Partner, Elevation Partners and Author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe” will discuss the dangers and opportunities of our personal data made increasingly available across the technology industry and beyond.

Roger McNamee says Facebook is a danger to democracy (Tech Crunch)

Is Google suited to handle your health data? (Fast Company)

See the full Global Financial Leadership Conference Agenda here.

Evan Peterson is director of corporate marketing at CME Group and managing editor of OpenMarkets.

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