The Milken Institute Global Conference: My brain's gonna hurt

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:26 AM on April 27, 2008

I speak at a lot of conferences and events (about one per week on average). It's a cool job because every few days I meet a fresh set of interesting people in a fun setting and learn something new.


This week I'm leading a panel discussion at The Milken Institute Global Conference. Holy cow what a lineup of presenters! I think my brain's gonna hurt.

How about this panel discussion for cool factor!

Decision '08: What Awaits the Next President?
- John Cleese, Comedian, Writer, Actor and Producer
- Frank Luntz, Founder and CEO, Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research
- William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
- Jerry Brown, Attorney General of California
- Richard Schiff, Actor (Toby on The West Wing)
- Moderator: Bill Schneider, Senior Political Analyst, CNN

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The Milken Institute Global Conference, April 28-30 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, brings together some of the most extraordinary people in the world - from scientists, business executives and philanthropists to journalists, academics and Nobel laureates - to discuss, debate and deliberate today's most pressing social, political and economic challenges.

Some other A-list discussions that sound interesting: Tennis great Andre Agassi on "Taking the 'Risk' Out of At-Risk Youth," Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation on "Pursuing Your Passion," There's a Conversation With T. Boone Pickens. One I'm eager to hear is "Business Innovations That Are Changing the World" with Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google. Or maybe just pop over to hear His Royal Highness Michael of Kent participating in a one-on-one interview.

These are other panels I hope to attend:

Paying the Piper: How Can Music Keep Its Revenues and Its Customers?
- Quincy Jones, Producer; Composer; CEO, Quincy Jones Music Publishing
- Andrew Lack, Chairman, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
- Justin Goldberg, Founder and CEO, Indie911
- Moderator: Larry Carroll, News Anchor, KFWB News 980

A Discussion With Nobel Laureates in Economics
- Gary Becker, Nobel Laureate, 1992; University of Chicago
- Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate, 2006; Columbia University
- Myron Scholes, Nobel Laureate, 1997; Platinum Grove Asset Management
- A. Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate, 2001; Stanford University

I'm leading a killer panel called The Changing Rules of PR and Corporate Influence in the Digital Age
- Jason Calacanis, Founder and CEO,
- Robert Dilenschneider, Founder and Principal, The Dilenschneider Group
- Steven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications Inc.
Moderator: David Meerman Scott (that would be me)

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