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Powering Global Recovery and Change

Conversations With

The C-Suite 

September 28 - October 2, 2020
Virtual Platforms
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The Speakers



How to Lead

Sept. 28, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman

The Carlyle Group

David Rubenstein has long been fascinated with leadership. What makes a great leader? Are leaders born or are they made? Does extraordinary leadership arise from personality, mental or physical skills, or the simple good fortune of being in the right place at the right time? For the past five years, Rubenstein has conducted behind-the-scenes conversations with some of the highest performing leaders from the worlds of finance, tech, entertainment, sports, and government. Now these conversations are distilled into an essential new playbook for our times:

HOW TO LEAD: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers


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Innovation and Integrity

Sept. 29, 4:00-4:45 PM ET

Former Chairman and CEO, Volvo 

Swedish industrialist Pehr Gyllenhammar was born in Gothenburg in 1935, the son of insurance executive Pehr Gyllenhammar and Aina Kaplan Gyllenhammar. He graduated in 1959 from Lund University with a Bachelor of Law degree, and studied at the Centre d’Etudes Industrielles in Geneva. Mr. Gyllenhammar was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Skandia Insurance Company, then became the CEO of Volvo when just 35 years old. His 24-year tenure leading the company was an historic and groundbreaking era in Volvo’s history. Gyllenhammar's new book is Character Is Destiny: Reflections on Innovation and Integrity.

Moderator: Nora Dempsey, Senior Advisor of Innovation, U.S. Department of State.

World Affairs Councils of America, Philip Morris International, Council on Competitiveness, and U.S. Global Leadership Coalition


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Driving Global Recovery

Sept. 29, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

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This Foreign Policy Virtual Dialogue will bring together preeminent voices from across U.S. policy, industry, and civil society to discuss how organizations are transforming to remain competitive in the global marketplace and how U.S. global policy can be activated to support the future of American leadership in the post-COVID world. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world. Bank of America is recognized as a top employer by Working Mother magazine and Military Times. The company is also listed on Fortune magazine’s list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Best Workplaces for Parents.

Moderator: Tanaya Macheel, business journalist.

The Future of Money and Banking

Sept. 30, 4:00-4:45 PM ET


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Chairman and CEO, Boston Scientific

Michael “Mike” Mahoney is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific Corporation and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Since joining Boston Scientific, Mahoney has focused the company on addressing the needs of the evolving healthcare landscape by driving improvements to patient outcomes and increasing healthcare economic efficiency and access. Under his leadership, Boston Scientific has brought many transformational medical devices to market while creating significant value for its shareholders. 

Moderator: Colette Phillips, CEO, Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.

Navigating the Pandemic

Sept. 30, 1:00-1:45 PM ET


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Keys to Successful Supplier Diversity

Sept. 30, 2:00-2:45 PM ET

President and Chief Executive Officer, CDW

Christine Leahy is president & chief executive officer of CDW. Leahy is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company as well as leading the senior management team. Ms. Leahy has held numerous roles at CDW, most recently serving as chief revenue officer, where she was responsible for all customer-facing units of the company including its corporate, public, small business, international and integrated technology solutions organizations. Prior to that role, Leahy was SVP International, where she led the development of the company’s international strategy, including the acquisition of Kelway, now CDW UK.

Moderator: Kristin Malek, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity, CDW.


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Future of Aviation, Travel & Tourism

Oct. 1, 11:00-11:45 AM ET

Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, is one of the most recognizable figures in the global aviation industry. His vision and commitment enabled the ground-breaking development of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into one of the world’s leading global airlines in the span of just 20 years.

Moderator: Alex Macheras, aviation analyst.


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Culture Shock: The Future of Entertainment

Oct. 1, 4:00-4:45 PM ET

Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association

Charles H. Rivkin is Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association (MPA). He leads the MPA’s global mission to advance and support the film, television, and streaming content industry. The MPA’s members currently include; Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.

Drawing on almost 30 years of experience as a media executive and a leading U.S. diplomat, Rivkin advocates for policies that drive investment in film and television production, protect creative content, and open markets. He champions the economic and cultural power of film and television to communities around the world.

Moderator: Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America


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Founder General Partner, BITKRAFT Ventures

German entrepreneur Jens Hilgers is a Founding General Partner of BITKRAFT Ventures, a global early and mid-stage investment platform for gaming, esports, and interactive media, which he started in 2015. Under his leadership, the Berlin-based firm has built a portfolio spanning more than 50 companies across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Hilgers will be in discussion with Thomas Heilmann, a German Bundestag Member (CDU/CSU). Also an attorney, he is the author of the recently published political bestseller NEUSTAAT, in which he, together with other members of parliament and experts, presents 103 proposals for the fundamental modernization of the state. Heilmann became known as a co-founder, start-up financier and small shareholder of various start-ups - including mytoys, Xing, Pixelpark, and Facebook.

Moderator: Teresa Miles Walsh, CEO & Managing Director, Access Media Advisory

Accelerating the World of Virtual Reality

Oct. 2, 10:00-11:00 AM ET



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Founder and Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide

Margery Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. She specializes in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major corporations, governments, and causes.

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Founder and CEO, HireHer

Ruth Chandler Cook is an entrepreneur who leads HireHer’s efforts to connect diverse talent with innovative industries faster. Through the HireHer® technology and services, she enables employers to recruit, engage, and retain diverse talent. She has over 20 years of experience leading human resources management at large complex organizations.

CEO, Adecco Americas

Corinne Ripoche has more than 25 years of experience in the HR and staffing solutions industry. She first joined the Switzerland-based Adecco Group in 1993 as a branch manager in France and progressed to take on a variety of senior leadership roles. This July, she was appointed CEO of Adecco in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

The Future of Work and Talent

Oct. 2, 1:00-2:00 PM ET



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September 28-October 2

September 28

4:00-5:00 PM ET

How to Lead

September 29

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Driving Global Recovery: Transformational Leadership in U.S. Policy and Business