SmartBrief on Leadership is proud to announce we will once again be providing coverage from CME Group's annual Global Financial Leadership Conference. GFLC brings together a star-studded cast of business leaders and public policy experts to discuss the economic and political roads that lie ahead. This year's event will also host entertainment icons as well as some of the big thinkers who are combating the opioid epidemic and guiding human exploration beyond our planet.
Scroll down to view the speakers and agenda for this exciting event and watch your inbox next Thursday for a complete wrap-up of all the opinions and analyses from this year's GFLC. CME Group's online magazine, OpenMarkets, will also be providing full coverage of the event.
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Monday, November 18
Terry Duffy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CME Group
Heath Tarbert, Chairman, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderated by: Terry Duffy, Chairman and CEO, CME Group
THE ISSUES, THE RACE AND THE 2020 CAMPAIGN: AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE AND THE POLITICS OF TOMORROW
Gen. John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff (2017-2019); Former US Secretary of Homeland Security; 45-Year Marine Veteran; Former Commander, US Southern Command
Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff (2001-2006)
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff (2013-2017); Deputy National Security Advisor (2010-2013)
Moderated by: Katie Couric, Award-winning Journalist, Author and Producer
A CONVERSATION WITH LLOYD BLANKFEIN
Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs (2006-2018)
Moderated by Ed Luce, US National Editor, Financial Times
Tuesday, November 19
DAY TWO WELCOME
Bryan Durkin, President, CME Group
LEADING: REINVENTING FOR RELEVANCE
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
Moderated by: Bryan Durkin, President, CME Group
THE FUTURE OF FOOD: SUSTAINABILITY AND FEEDING A GROWING POPULATION
Uma Valeti, CEO and Co-Founder, Memphis Meats
John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods Market
Amanda Little, Environmental Journalist and Professor, Author of "The Fate of Food; What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World"
Moderated by: Dan Glickman, Former US Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Director, Aspen Institute
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC COST
Drew Pinsky, Physician, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Wellness Advocate
Kelly Ayotte, US Senator (2011-2017) and Attorney General for New Hampshire (2004-2009)
Moderated by: Sam Quinones, Journalist and Author
THE NEW DATA ECONOMY: DANGERS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MOST VALUABLE GLOBAL COMMODITY
Roger McNamee, Founding Partner, Elevation Partners
SPACE: THE NEW MARKET FRONTIER
Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic
Tim Hughes, SVP & General Counsel, SpaceX
Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
Moderated by: Christian Davenport, Space Editor, The Washington Post
CLOSING SESSION: A CONVERSATION WITH OPRAH WINFREY
Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist
Moderated by: Terry Duffy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CME Group
AN EVENING WITH KEITH URBAN AND NICOLE KIDMAN -- FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HONKEYTONK Sponsored by TD Ameritrade
Stephen Attenborough is the commercial director for Virgin Galactic -- a subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group -- which is on track to become the world's first passenger-carrying commercial spaceline. Tasked with putting into place the commercial foundations of the business and creating a new market for private space travel, he now leads the company's brand management, sales, marketing and communications, customer relations, education and outreach efforts.
Kelly Ayotte was elected to the Senate in 2010, where she was ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators working across party lines to find solutions to our nation's biggest challenges. During her tenure in the Senate from 2011 to 2017, Ayotte chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. Ayotte is a senior advisor to Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions as well as a member of the boards of News Corp., Caterpillar and the ONE Campaign.
A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., and former representative of Oklahoma's first congressional district, James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine was nominated and sworn in as NASA's 13th administrator on April 23, 2018. During his tenure as a member of the US House of Representatives, Bridenstine served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine began his career in federal service in the US Navy.
Andrew Card Jr. is chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He also serves on the board of several organizations. Card has held senior-level positions under three US presidents: President George W. Bush, for whom he worked as Chief of Staff; President George H.W. Bush, for whom he worked as both Deputy Chief of Staff and US Secretary of Transportation; and President Ronald Reagan, for whom he worked as a Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs.
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, and New York Times best-selling author. SU2C has raised over $623 million to fund scientific research teams. In 2006, Couric joined CBS as the first woman to solo anchor an evening newscast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC's "Today." She is also the founder of Katie Couric Media (KCM), which is actively involved in developing and producing a range of scripted and nonscripted projects.
In nearly two decades working as a reporter for The Washington Post, Christian Davenport has covered a range of topics within politics and science. His work has earned several Peabody awards and also been considered for a Pulitzer Prize. Davenport covers the space and defense industries and has authored two books -- "As You Were: To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard" and "The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos."
Jacob Frenkel is chairman of JPMorgan Chase International. He also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty (G-30), which is a private, nonprofit, consultative group on international, economic and monetary affairs. Frenkel served from 2001 to 2011 as chairman and chief executive officer of the G-30, and as vice chairman of American International Group Inc. from 2004 to 2009. Between 1991 and 2000, he served two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel.
Daniel Glickman is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program -- a nongovernmental, nonpartisan educational program for members of the US Congress. The program provides lawmakers with a stronger grasp of critical public policy issues. Glickman served as the US Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001.
Tim Hughes leads the policy, regulatory and global business development efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company's first in-house counsel, Hughes defined SpaceX's legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from a true startup to one of the world's most innovative technology firms. His responsibilities span the company's government business development efforts in the civil and national security space markets, insurance, regulatory affairs and launch licensing.
John F. Kelly is a retired US Marine Corps general who served as the White House Chief of Staff under President Donald Trump from July 31, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2019. He previously served as Secretary of Homeland Security as part of the same administration. Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1972 and became a Marine officer in 1976.
Amanda Little is a professor of journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of "The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World." Her reporting on energy, technology and the environment has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to Wired, Rolling Stone and Bloomberg Businessweek. She writes, bikes and is learning to cook and tango in Nashville, Tenn., where she lives with her husband and children.
Edward Luce is the national editor for The Financial Times, where he writes a weekly column and reports on events in and outside of Washington, D.C. Throughout his career as a reporter, Luce has covered three US presidential campaigns, won the July Sidney award for his coverage of middle-class America, and written two highly acclaimed books on America's power, and the decline of American liberalism. He previously served as The Financial Times' Washington bureau chief.
John Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. In this role, he has taken the natural and organic grocer from a single store in Austin, Texas to a $17 billion Fortune 500 company, and a top US supermarket with more than 490 stores and 94,000 team members across the US, Canada, and the UK. Thanks to Mackey, Whole Foods Market was the first national grocer to set and implement standards for humane farm-animal treatment for the meat products it sells.
Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff under the Obama administration from February 2013 until January 2017. In this role, McDonough managed the 4,000-member White House staff and provided strategic advice to the president on the most significant domestic policy, national security and management issues facing the federal government.
A Silicon Valley investor for over 35 years, Roger McNamee is a tech venture capitalist with several successful ventures to his name. An early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and an investor in Facebook, McNamee's experience with the company is detailed in his book, "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe." Through his writing, McNamee hopes to raise consciousness about responsible practices that he thinks tech companies should adopt as the Internet landscape continues to change.
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Pinsky is the author of five New York Times best-selling books, several medical journal articles and contributor to textbooks. Known to his fans as "Dr. Drew," Pinsky currently hosts "Midday Live" on KABC in Los Angeles. He is also host of multiple podcasts including "The Adam & Drew Podcast," "This Life" and "Weekly Infusion."
Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic," which chronicles the roots of America's epidemic of opiate addiction, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2015.
Dr. Heath P. Tarbert is chairman and chief executive of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The mission of the CFTC is to promote the integrity, resilience and vibrancy of the US derivatives markets through sound regulation. The agency's approximately 700 personnel based in Chicago, Kansas City, New York and Washington, D.C., also work to ensure US commodities and derivatives markets are free of fraud and manipulation.
Uma Valeti is a cardiologist, entrepreneur, and CEO and co-founder of Memphis Meats, which produces meat grown directly from animal cells, without the need to raise animals. As Memphis Meats' chief visionary, Valeti sets strategic direction and oversees the development of cell-based meat technologies with a focus on commercialization. Valeti's mission is to feed the world's growing population with meat that is delicious, affordable and sustainable.
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Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce's riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller "Dead Calm." Kidman has since become an internationally recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
Keith Urban is a four-time Grammy Award winner, two-time 2019 Country Music Association Award nominee, and the reigning CMA and Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year. His latest project, "We Were," was released in May, and follows his wildly successful 2018 album, "Graffiti U," which hit No. 1 on charts in the US, Canada and Australia.