Keynotes

  • Wednesday, June 8
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Joshua Cooper Ramo

The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks

The Digital Age we live in is as transformative as the Industrial Revolution and Joshua Cooper Ramo explains how to survive. If you find yourself longing for a disconnected world where information is not always at your fingertips, you may eventually be as useful as the carriage maker post-Henry Ford. It's practically impossible to know where the marriage of imagination and technology will take us (sorry Betamax and Kodak), and the only certainty is that in the networked world we will only become more intertwined. Is it possible to not become hopelessly tangled?

Joshua Cooper Ramo, a policy expert who has advised the most powerful nations and corporations, says yes—if you are ready to ride the disruption. Drawing on examples from business, science and politics, Ramo illuminates our transformative world. Start by imagining a near future when America's greatest power is not its military or its economy, but its control of the Internet.

Joshua's called his book THE SEVENTH SENSE because what we’ll need in order to navigate what comes next is not merely specific answers, but a kind of instinct for what life in a connected age looks like. We all need to have a hunch for what will and won't work. How do you react to what you’ve never seen before? Whether it is waves of refugees, new ways of war, fresh approaches to making money or life-changing biological revolutions—what you will find you need is a new way of thinking as we step towards marking the dimensions a new and historic era.

A new landscape of power is emerging now. That's why our old maps aren't as useful. This book is the story of this new terrain. And it is the tale of the instinct that will divide those who master the age ahead from those who will be mastered by it.

About Joshua Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo is the author of the international bestseller The Age of the Unthinkable. He is co–chief executive officer and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates and a member of the board of directors of FedEx and Starbucks. His clients include some of the largest companies and investors in the world. Author of the international bestseller The Age of the Unthinkable, he puts forth a radical model for thriving in a world of uncertainty.

Available in May 2016, Ramo’s next book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks, explores what all the successful figures of this age see and feel: the power to understand networks of trade, DNA, finance, the internet, and more. He introduces a powerful way of seeing the world, one which is based on his years advising generals, CEOs and politicians.

A Mandarin speaker who divides his time between Beijing and New York, Ramo has spent over a decade witnessing, firsthand, the remarkable rise of a superpower. He understands China in all of its dynamism and complexity. His papers on China's development, including "The Beijing Consensus" and "Brand China," have been widely distributed in China and abroad. The World Economic Forum called him "one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars."

Ramo was the youngest Foreign Editor in TIME magazine's history. In 2012, Fortune published "Globalism Goes Backward," Ramo's article on the need for companies and countries to adapt to the rise of the "inside economy."

Trained as an economist, Ramo holds degrees from the University of Chicago and NYU. He has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a founder of the USā€China Young Leaders Forum. He was the China analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympic Games and has appeared on such programs as Meet the Press, Fareed Zakaria GPS and Charlie Rose.

  • Thursday, June 9
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Gabby Giffords &
Mark Kelly

Endeavour to Succeed

Join us as two of America's most recognized heroes will discuss what it takes to transform a tragedy into an endeavor to succeed.

On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords' road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Mark Kelly, focus equals success—even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication, and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success.

A representation of the possibility of second chances, you will be inspired with lessons learned through personal tragedy and powerful perspective on harnessing strength.

About Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Distinguished public servants and models of dedication and resilience, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly represent the very essence of American heroism. A retired American astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain, Kelly flew 39 combat missions over Iraq and Kuwait during the first Gulf War, spent over 50 days in orbit and served as the commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final flight. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Giffords represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012, consistently ranking as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress.

On January 8, 2011, an assassination attempt at an event with constituents in Tucson, Arizona, left Giffords severely wounded, shot in the head from near point blank range. Since then, the couple has inspired individuals around the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances.

The couple's inspirational memoir, GABBY: A Story of Courage and Hope topped multiple best-seller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Over their careers and since the shooting, the couple has been honored with numerous accolades. In 2015, the US Navy honored Giffords by naming a ship after her; the USS Gabrielle Giffords was chosen as the vessel’s namesake because of the courage that she has exemplified.

With a message inspiring courage through tough times and on the way to new goals, and powerful perspective on harnessing strength from others to persevere, Giffords and Kelly bring audiences inside their journey, motivating individuals to overcome any challenge they face, and to be passionate, be courageous and be their best.