September 25, 2017: New York City

Program Overview

Monday, September 25, 2017

9:00 AM OPENING SESSIONS

Businesses often face a tension between the conflicting demands of society and their own financial viability. Yet in increasing numbers, global executives are incorporating societal needs into their corporate strategy, aligning companies’ business missions with their impact on communities and environment. These discussions will examine the range of challenges faced by the global business community and showcase some of the leading examples of social and environmental engagement.

10:30 AM BREAK

10:55 AM WORKING SESSIONS

The group will break into smaller groups for in-depth working sessions.
Topics will include:
TECHNOLOGY: Deploying Technology to Create Jobs, Not Destroy Them
TALENT: Workforce Training, Education, and Retention
HEALTH: Ensuring Health Care for All
FINANCE: Maintaining a Long-Term Focus with Short-Term Shareholders
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Where do we go from Paris?

12:20 PM BREAK

12:30 PM LUNCH & CONVERSATION

2:15 PM WORKING SESSIONS

The group will break into smaller groups for in-depth working sessions.
Topics will include:
TALENT: Making Diversity a Source of Strength
FINANCE: Creating Platforms to Empower Entrepreneurs and Small Business
FINANCE: Maintaining a Long-Term Focus with Short-Term Shareholders
Additional Session to be Announced

3:45 PM BREAK

4:05 PM CLOSING PLENARY

Town Hall Discussion: The Role for Business in the 21st Century
In the coming decades, the earth’s population will reach 9 billion, with 97 percent of that growth occurring in the developing world. In addition, the disruptive impacts of climate change and a populist spread of nationalism will be further realized. Business will have to navigate these challenges in order to deliver on the aspiration of inclusive growth and shared prosperity. What are the critical investments companies need to prioritize now to be prepared for the approaching challenges of tomorrow?

This session will allow for an interactive discussion between the panel and audience, and include select report-backs from “Chairs” of the working sessions.

5:45 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION

6:45 PM DINNER AND PROGRAM

8:45 PM CLOSING REMARKS