Bush, Clinton, Yellen Highlight Global Financial Leadership Conference

At a Glance

  • Gary Cohn, Bob Woodward among those featured at 11th annual event

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 11th GFLC opens today in Naples, Florida.

Former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen opens up this year’s conference.  George W. Bush is making his third appearance and Bill Clinton is making his second. David Cameron will be the third former U.K. Prime Minister to speak at GFLC.  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.

Gary Cohn

President Trump’s former chief economic adviser is making his second visit to GFLC. Since he left the White House earlier in 2018, he’s reportedly been looking at new investments and working on a book about his time in Washington.

Gary Cohn says strong economy influenced election results. (Bloomberg)

Ken Griffin

The Citadel founder and CEO will speak Tuesday on the investing landscape. He recently told Bloomberg he sees 18 to 24 months left in the current market rally. His position today is “managing the tail risks” associated with an eventual economic downturn.

Bob Woodward

The legendary Washington Post reporter is discussing the state of the news business, and how to restore trust in it. He’s continued his remarkable streak of writing books about every President since Nixon with his latest about the Trump White House — sure to be a topic of discussion when he speaks with CBS Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan at GFLC.

Blockchain and Crypto

One of the most fascinating of the week’s panel discussions may be this one. Laura Shin, host of the blockchain-focused podcast Unchained, talks to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, Digital Asset Holdings CMO Dan O’Prey and BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes. All digital revolutionaries who will discuss what blockchain and cryptos mean for our lives in the near future.

Alexis Ohanian on “one of the most toxic and dangerous things in tech right now” (Business Insider)

Steve Wozniak

The Apple Co-founder is this year’s recipient of the Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award. He’ll also speak with Dylan Byers of NBC News about the tech landscape. And speaking of blockchain, Wozniak recently co-founded a blockchain venture fund.

General H.R. McMaster

The former White House National Security Adviser and decorated Army veteran will talk with Gillian Tett of the Financial Times about global security risks and how to manage them. He’s currently working on a book about his military career.

The world according to H.R. McMaster (The Atlantic)


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

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