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Business Leadership Council: Past Speakers




Robert F. Smith
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners
in conversation with
Richard Parsons
Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners
April 27, 2017

Jon Gray
Global Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
in conversation with
Jason Kelly
New York Bureau Chief, Bloomberg
October 5, 2017

Jean Case 
CEO, The Case Foundation
Nancy E. Pfund
Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
in conversation with
Abigail Noble
CEO, The ImPact
October 18, 2017


Roger C. Altman
Founder and Executive Chairman, Evercore
Blair W. Effron
Founding Partner, Centerview Partners LLC
moderated by
Kelly Evans
Co-Anchor, CNBC’s Closing Bell
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jeff Immelt
Chairman and CEO, GE
Gillian Tett
U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times
September 28, 2016

Mike Corbat
CEO, Citi
Robert K. Steel
Partner and CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners
October 31, 2016

Robert E. Rubin
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations
Rik Kirkland
Director of Publishing, McKinsey & Company
December 7, 2016


David Swensen
Chief Investment Officer, Yale University
in conversation with
Hon. William H. Donaldson
Former Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
Co-Founder, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jason Furman
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Paul Sheard
Chief Global Economist at Standard & Poor’s
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Nobel Laureate and Columbia University Professor
moderated by
Steve Liesman
Senior Economics Reporter, CNBC
Monday, May 11, 2015

Jim Breyer
Founder and CEO, Breyer Capital
in conversation with
William A. Ackman
CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital, L.P.
Thursday, October 8

James Chanos
Founder and Managing Partner, Kynikos Associates LP
Robert C. Doll
Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management
Wednesday, November 18


James P. Gorman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley
March 12, 2014

Mary Jo White
Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission
in conversation with
Jeffrey Toobin
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Senior Legal Analyst, CNN
June 10, 2014

Leon Cooperman
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Omega Advisors
September 10, 2014


Peter Thiel
Technology Investor and Entrepreneur
October 15, 2014


Roger Altman
Founder and Executive Chairman, Evercore                 
April 25, 2013

David Sanger
Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
Chad Sweet
Co-Founder and CEO, The Chertoff Group
June 18, 2013

Jeremy Grantham
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist, GMO
October 22, 2013

Steve Mandel
Founder and Portfolio Manager, Lone Pine Capital
November 20, 2013


Byron Wien
Vice Chairman, Blackstone Advisory Partners LP
April 24, 2012

James H. Simons
Founder, Renaissance Technologies LLC
May 24, 2012

David M. Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group 
October 10, 2012

Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Limited
in conversation with
Gary Parr
Vice Chairman, Lazard
November 8, 2012


John Paulson
President, Paulson & Co.
May 3, 2011

Mohamed A. El-Erian
June 8, 2011

Joseph E. Stiglitz
Nobel Laureate and Columbia University Professor
in conversation with 
Barton M. Biggs
Managing Partner, Traxis Partners
November 17, 2011

Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citigroup
December 7, 2011


Hon. Sheila C. Bair
Former Chairman, FDIC
April 23, 2010

"Long & Short Investing" Panel:
James Chanos,Kynikos Associates
Lewis A. Sanders, Sanders Capital, LLC
June 15, 2010

Robert E. Diamond, Jr.
President and Deputy Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC
October 5, 2010

James P. Gorman
President and CEO, Morgan Stanley
February 3, 2011


Lawrence D. Fink
Chairman and CEO, BlackRock, Inc.
April 30, 2009

"Distressed Investing" Panel:
Marc Lasry, Avenue Capital Group
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., WL Ross and Co. LLC
Byron Wien, The Blackstone Group
June 23, 2009

Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group
October 22, 2009

William A. Ackman
Managing Member and Founding Partner, Pershing Square Capital Management
February 23, 2010


John J. Mack
Former Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley
April 2, 2008

John Paulson
President, Paulson & Co.
May 8, 2008

George Soros
Founder and Chairman, Soros Fund Management LLC
October 7, 2008

Sanford I. Weill
Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup Inc.
March 4, 2009


Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State
April 23, 2007


James S. Tisch
President and CEO, Loews Corporation
June 5, 2007

“Risks in Today’s Markets” Panel:
Byron Wien, The Blackstone Group 
Leon Cooperman, Omega Advisors
Paul Singer, Elliott Management Corporation
October 30, 2007


David Bonderman
Founding Partner, TPG Capital
December 4, 2007


Timothy F. Geithner
Former Secretary of the Treasury
May 31, 2006

Jeff Bewkes
President and CEO, Time Warner Inc.
September 19, 2006

Thomas H. Lee
President, Thomas H. Lee Capital
October 19, 2006

Edward S. Lampert
Chairman of ESL Investments, Inc. and of Sears Holdings Corporation
December 5, 2006


Jamie Dimon
Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
April 28, 2005

Sallie L. Krawcheck
Chair, Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund
June 6, 2005

Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group
September 29, 2005

John A. Thain
Former Chairman and CEO, CIT Group Inc.
November 1, 2005


Hon. William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States
February 10, 2004

Warren Buffett
Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
May 5, 2004

William H. Donaldson
Former Chairman, SEC
Co-Founder, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette
September 27, 2004

David Swensen
Chief Investment Officer, Yale University
November 30, 2004


Eliot Spitzer
Former Governor, the State of New York
April 3, 2003

Robert E. Rubin
Former Secretary of the Treasury
June 24, 2003

Maurice R. Greenberg
Former Chairman and CEO, AIG
October 21, 2003

Muriel Siebert
Former Chairman and CEO, AIG
January 13, 2004


Lawrence Summers
Director, National Economic Council
March 20, 2002

Warren Buffett
Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
May 9, 2002

Harvey Pitt
Former Chairman, SEC
October 2, 2002

Hon. John C. Whitehead
Former Co-Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
December 5, 2002


Honorable Felix Rohatyn
Former Ambassador to France
April 10, 2001

Frank Zarb
Former Chairman, NASDAQ
June 28, 2001

Sanford I. Weill
Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup Inc.
October 23, 2001

William J. McDonough
Former President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
December 6, 2001