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CNBC Events brings the power of our newsroom to live, in-person experiences, featuring dynamic discussions with top CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and innovators. With unique full-day, half-day, and salon programs led by renowned CNBC anchors and reporters, our events deliver actionable insights, unmatched networking, and valuable sponsorship opportunities.

 

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UP

  • @Work Talent + HR

    Building the workforce of the future

    April 2, 2019
    New York City

    April 2, 2019

    @Work Talent + HR

    New York City

    In an era of technological change, balancing the needs of the workforce—present and future—with the needs of the enterprise.

    Business | Tech


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    Net/Net Charlotte

    Promoting innovation and managing change

    April 3, 2019

    April 3, 2019

    Net/Net Charlotte

    Net/Net is an event-driven, editorial franchise that examines the ways companies are promoting and managing innovation, exploiting rapid change and using technology to accelerate growth exponentially.

    Business | Tech


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  • Net/Net Denver

    Promoting innovation and managing change

    2019
    Spring 2019

    2019

    Net/Net Denver

    Spring 2019

    Net/Net is an event-driven, editorial franchise that examines the ways companies are promoting and managing innovation, exploiting rapid change and using technology to accelerate growth exponentially.

    Business | Tech


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  • Capital Exchange

    Where business and politics converge

    2019
    Washington D.C.

    2019

    Capital Exchange

    Washington D.C.

    Examining the critical issues at the confluence of business and policy.

    Business | Politics & Policy


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  • Healthy Returns

    Investing in health care innovation

    May 21, 2019
    New York City

    May 21, 2019

    Healthy Returns

    New York City

    How innovators and investors are working with patients and providers to develop dynamic new solutions and create healthy returns.

    Business | Healthcare


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  • @Work Capital + Finance

    Investing in the future workforce

    2019
    Chicago | Summer 2019

    2019

    @Work Capital + Finance

    Chicago | Summer 2019

    The technologies and strategies that will transform the workforce, increase productivity and improve the bottom-line results.

    Business | Tech


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    CNBC Transform

    How great companies embrace change, disrupt themselves and fight to stay competitive.

    2019
    Summer 2019

    2019

    CNBC Transform

    Summer 2019

    How great companies embrace change, disrupt themselves and fight to stay competitive. Lessons and learnings from the front lines.

    Business | Entrepreneurship


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  • CNBC CEO Forum

    (Re)defining the Modern Corporation

    2019

    2019

    CNBC CEO Forum

    Roundtable discussions among top CEOs about the strategies that will shape the most successful enterprises of the future.

    Business | Investing


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COMING UP

Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase

James Dimon became chairman of the board on December 31, 2006, and has been chief executive officer and president since December 31, 2005. He was president and chief operating officer following JPMorgan Chase's merger with Bank One in July 2004. At Bank One he was chairman and chief executive officer from March 2000 to July 2004. Before joining Bank One, Dimon held a wide range of executive roles at Citigroup, the Travelers Group, Commercial Credit and American Express.

Dimon is on the board of directors of Harvard Business School and Catalyst, chairman of the Business Roundtable and a member of The Business Council. He is also on the board of trustees of New York University School of Medicine. Dimon does not serve on the board of any publicly traded company other than JPMorgan Chase.

Dimon graduated from Tufts University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Atul Gawande

Brigham and Women's

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health leader. He is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the founding executive director and chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi is Chairman of PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. She has served in this role since 2007.

Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to October 2, 2018. As CEO, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo is focusing on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering our associates and people in the communities we serve.

She directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc. She also led the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.

Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.

Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.

In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of Schlumberger Limited, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.

Kevin O'Leary

O'Shares Investments

Kevin O'Leary is Chairman of O'Shares Investments, an Exchange Trade Fund (ETF) company and O'Leary Ventures, a private equity firm.

He is also founder and chief sommelier of O'Leary Fine Wines, an award-winning wine maker, and a member of Boston's 108-year-old Hamilton Trust.

Kevin is an investor on ABC Television's four-time Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, a finance commentator, and a contributor to Good Morning America. He has authored three best-selling books on financial literacy "Cold Hard Truth" , "Men, Women and Money" and "Family, Kids and Money." O'Leary holds a B.A. in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, where he serves as a board member.

PAST
SPEAKERS

Steven Mnuchin

United States Treasury

Steven Terner Mnuchin was sworn in as the 77th Secretary of the Treasury on February 13, 2017.

As Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin is responsible for the executive branch agency whose mission is to maintain a strong economy, foster economic growth, and create job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable prosperity and stability at home and abroad. He is also responsible for strengthening national security by combating economic threats and protecting the integrity of our financial system as well as managing the U.S. Government's finances.

Prior to his confirmation, Secretary Mnuchin was Finance Chairman for Donald J. Trump for President. In this role he spent the last year traveling with the President. He met with hundreds of business leaders. He also served as a Senior Economic Advisor to the President in crafting his economic positions and economic speeches.

Prior to his confirmation he also served as Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Dune Capital Management. He also founded OneWest Bank Group LLC and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until its sale to CIT Group Inc. was the first bank merger over 50 Billion dollars post financial crisis.

Earlier in his career, Secretary Mnuchin worked at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he was a Partner and served as Chief Information Officer. He has extensive experience in global financial markets and oversaw trading in US government securities, mortgages, money markets, and municipal bonds.

Secretary Mnuchin is committed to philanthropic activities and previously served as a Member of the Boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA), the Whitney Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the Mall, the UCLA Health System Board, the New York Presbyterian Hospital Board, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation. He was born and raised in New York City. Secretary Mnuchin holds a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.

Catherine Bessant

Bank of America

Catherine Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations (GT&O), delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries.

Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles for the company. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market. She joined the bank as a corporate banker in 1982.

Bessant represents our employees on a number of important topics serving as executive sponsor for the company’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride executive board, the LGBT Ally program, and the Disability Advisory Council. She is one of OUTstanding’s top 10 Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives.

Active in the community and region, Bessant received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine and was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award. She chairs the North Tryon Vision Plan Advisory Committee.

Bessant recently led the formation of The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Managed by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the council will convene the brightest minds from tech, business, academia and government.

Bessant serves on the board of directors of Zurich Insurance Group and the advisory board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is ranked No. 1 among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She also appears on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list of 2018.

Marc Benioff

Salesforce

Marc Benioff is Chairman, co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.

Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.

Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999, and it is now a Fortune 500 company with more than 30,000 employees, guided by four core values — trust, customer success, innovation and equality. The company has been recognized as the Most Innovative Company by Forbes, the #1 Best Place to Work by Fortune, and the 15th Most Admired Company in the World by Fortune.

Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes, ranked #3 on Fortune's 2017 "Businessperson of the Year" list, and recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 15 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award.

Building a different kind of company, Benioff created Salesforce to not only develop great products, but also to have a positive impact on the world. On day 1, Benioff created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world. Today, more than 5,000 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement.

Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their philanthropy on children’s health, the environment, public education and homelessness. The Benioffs have given more than $250 million to the University of California, San Francisco to build UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2016, they created the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to study and solve ocean issues around the world.

A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

Before launching Salesforce, Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, where he was the youngest vice president in company history. When he was 14 years old, he sold his first piece of software, “How to Juggle,” for $75. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15.

Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees. In 2014, USC awarded Benioff an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Jim Chanos

Kynikos Associates

Jim Chanos is the founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates, a short-selling investment firm that provides investment management services for domestic and offshore clients. He launched Kynikos in 1985 to implement strategies he had uncovered while beginning his Wall Street career as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities and Deutsche Bank.

Throughout his investment career, Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters; among them Baldwin-United, Commodore International, Coleco, Integrated Resources, Boston Chicken, Sunbeam, Conseco and Tyco International. His celebrated short sale of Enron shares was dubbed by Barron's as "the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years." The media have noted his prescience in alerting finance ministers and others about the global financial crisis well before it occurred. His views on the lessons of the crisis, capital markets regulation and investment strategies, among other topics, are regularly covered by news organizations worldwide.

Chanos is chairman of the Coalition of Private Investment Companies, whose members are diverse in their size investment strategies. The members' clients include pension funds, asset managers, foundations, other institutional investors and qualified wealthy individuals. In that role, Chanos has testified before Congress and provided comments to regulations proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Services Authority in the U.K.

He is currently a lecturer in finance at the Yale University School of Management and teaches a class on the history of financial fraud.

Chanos lives in New York City and has four children. He is president of the board of trustees of The Browning School and serves as a trustee at The Nightingale-Bamford School and The New York Historical Society. Chanos received his BA in economics and political science in 1980 from Yale University.

PAST SPEAKERS

  • Jamie Dimon

    JPMorgan Chase

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  • Jamie Dimon

    James Dimon became chairman of the board on December 31, 2006, and has been chief executive officer and president since December 31, 2005. He was president and chief operating officer following JPMorgan Chase's merger with Bank One in July 2004. At Bank One he was chairman and chief executive officer from March 2000 to July 2004. Before joining Bank One, Dimon held a wide range of executive roles at Citigroup, the Travelers Group, Commercial Credit and American Express.

    Dimon is on the board of directors of Harvard Business School and Catalyst, chairman of the Business Roundtable and a member of The Business Council. He is also on the board of trustees of New York University School of Medicine. Dimon does not serve on the board of any publicly traded company other than JPMorgan Chase.

    Dimon graduated from Tufts University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Atul Gawande

    Brigham and Women's

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  • Atul Gawande

    Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health leader. He is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the founding executive director and chairman of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally.

    Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

  • Indra Nooyi

    PepsiCo

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  • Indra Nooyi

    Indra Nooyi is Chairman of PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. She has served in this role since 2007.

    Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to October 2, 2018. As CEO, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo is focusing on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering our associates and people in the communities we serve.

    She directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc. She also led the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.

    Prior to becoming CEO, Mrs. Nooyi served as President and Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2001, when she was also named to PepsiCo’s Board of Directors. In this position, she was responsible for PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations and information technology. Between February 2000 and April 2001, Mrs. Nooyi was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo. Mrs. Nooyi also served as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000, and as PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996.

    Before joining PepsiCo in 1994, Mrs. Nooyi spent four years as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri, a Zurich-based industrials company. She was part of the top management team responsible for the company’s U.S. business as well as its worldwide industrial businesses, representing about $10 billion of ABB’s $30 billion in global sales.

    Between 1986 and 1990, Mrs. Nooyi worked for Motorola, where she was Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning, having joined the company as the business development executive responsible for its automotive and industrial electronic group. Prior to Motorola, she spent six years directing international corporate strategy projects at The Boston Consulting Group. Her clients ranged from textiles and consumer goods companies to retailers and specialty chemicals producers. Mrs. Nooyi began her career in India, where she held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and Mettur Beardsell, Ltd., a textile firm.

    In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of Schlumberger Limited, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

    She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.

  • Kevin O'Leary

    O'Shares Investments

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  • Kevin O'Leary

    Kevin O'Leary is Chairman of O'Shares Investments, an Exchange Trade Fund (ETF) company and O'Leary Ventures, a private equity firm.

    He is also founder and chief sommelier of O'Leary Fine Wines, an award-winning wine maker, and a member of Boston's 108-year-old Hamilton Trust.

    Kevin is an investor on ABC Television's four-time Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, a finance commentator, and a contributor to Good Morning America. He has authored three best-selling books on financial literacy "Cold Hard Truth" , "Men, Women and Money" and "Family, Kids and Money." O'Leary holds a B.A. in environmental studies and psychology from the University of Waterloo and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, where he serves as a board member.

  • Steven Mnuchin

    United States Treasury

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  • Steven Mnuchin

    Steven Terner Mnuchin was sworn in as the 77th Secretary of the Treasury on February 13, 2017.

    As Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin is responsible for the executive branch agency whose mission is to maintain a strong economy, foster economic growth, and create job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable prosperity and stability at home and abroad. He is also responsible for strengthening national security by combating economic threats and protecting the integrity of our financial system as well as managing the U.S. Government's finances.

    Prior to his confirmation, Secretary Mnuchin was Finance Chairman for Donald J. Trump for President. In this role he spent the last year traveling with the President. He met with hundreds of business leaders. He also served as a Senior Economic Advisor to the President in crafting his economic positions and economic speeches.

    Prior to his confirmation he also served as Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Dune Capital Management. He also founded OneWest Bank Group LLC and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until its sale to CIT Group Inc. was the first bank merger over 50 Billion dollars post financial crisis.

    Earlier in his career, Secretary Mnuchin worked at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he was a Partner and served as Chief Information Officer. He has extensive experience in global financial markets and oversaw trading in US government securities, mortgages, money markets, and municipal bonds.

    Secretary Mnuchin is committed to philanthropic activities and previously served as a Member of the Boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA), the Whitney Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the Mall, the UCLA Health System Board, the New York Presbyterian Hospital Board, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation. He was born and raised in New York City. Secretary Mnuchin holds a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.

  • Catherine Bessant

    Bank of America

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  • Catherine Bessant

    Catherine Bessant is chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. Since 2010, Bessant has led Global Technology and Operations (GT&O), delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through nearly 95,000 employees and contractors in more than 35 countries.

    Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles for the company. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market. She joined the bank as a corporate banker in 1982.

    Bessant represents our employees on a number of important topics serving as executive sponsor for the company’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride executive board, the LGBT Ally program, and the Disability Advisory Council. She is one of OUTstanding’s top 10 Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives.

    Active in the community and region, Bessant received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, she was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine and was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with the Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award. She chairs the North Tryon Vision Plan Advisory Committee.

    Bessant recently led the formation of The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Managed by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the council will convene the brightest minds from tech, business, academia and government.

    Bessant serves on the board of directors of Zurich Insurance Group and the advisory board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is ranked No. 1 among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker. She also appears on Working Mother magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Working Moms” list of 2018.

  • Marc Benioff

    Salesforce

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  • Marc Benioff

    Marc Benioff is Chairman, co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.

    Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.

    Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999, and it is now a Fortune 500 company with more than 30,000 employees, guided by four core values — trust, customer success, innovation and equality. The company has been recognized as the Most Innovative Company by Forbes, the #1 Best Place to Work by Fortune, and the 15th Most Admired Company in the World by Fortune.

    Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes, ranked #3 on Fortune's 2017 "Businessperson of the Year" list, and recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 15 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award.

    Building a different kind of company, Benioff created Salesforce to not only develop great products, but also to have a positive impact on the world. On day 1, Benioff created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world. Today, more than 5,000 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement.

    Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their philanthropy on children’s health, the environment, public education and homelessness. The Benioffs have given more than $250 million to the University of California, San Francisco to build UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2016, they created the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to study and solve ocean issues around the world.

    A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

    Before launching Salesforce, Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, where he was the youngest vice president in company history. When he was 14 years old, he sold his first piece of software, “How to Juggle,” for $75. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15.

    Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees. In 2014, USC awarded Benioff an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

  • Jim Chanos

    Kynikos Associates

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  • Jim Chanos

    Jim Chanos is the founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates, a short-selling investment firm that provides investment management services for domestic and offshore clients. He launched Kynikos in 1985 to implement strategies he had uncovered while beginning his Wall Street career as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities and Deutsche Bank.

    Throughout his investment career, Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters; among them Baldwin-United, Commodore International, Coleco, Integrated Resources, Boston Chicken, Sunbeam, Conseco and Tyco International. His celebrated short sale of Enron shares was dubbed by Barron's as "the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years." The media have noted his prescience in alerting finance ministers and others about the global financial crisis well before it occurred. His views on the lessons of the crisis, capital markets regulation and investment strategies, among other topics, are regularly covered by news organizations worldwide.

    Chanos is chairman of the Coalition of Private Investment Companies, whose members are diverse in their size investment strategies. The members' clients include pension funds, asset managers, foundations, other institutional investors and qualified wealthy individuals. In that role, Chanos has testified before Congress and provided comments to regulations proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Services Authority in the U.K.

    He is currently a lecturer in finance at the Yale University School of Management and teaches a class on the history of financial fraud.

    Chanos lives in New York City and has four children. He is president of the board of trustees of The Browning School and serves as a trustee at The Nightingale-Bamford School and The New York Historical Society. Chanos received his BA in economics and political science in 1980 from Yale University.

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    @Work People + Machines

    New York City

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    Bringing together founders, leaders and investors to discuss the challenges and opportunities available to entrepreneurs who are looking to accelerate their businesses

    October 24, 2018
    Philadelphia

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    Disruptor 50 Roadshow: Philadelphia

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    CNBC’s Disruptor 50 Roadshow brings together founders, leaders and investors to discuss the challenges and opportunities available to entrepreneurs who are looking to accelerate their businesses.

    A spin off of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list – which identifies 50 innovative companies every year – the roadshow will bring together Disruptor 50 company founders, leaders and investors to share actionable insights that can help you take your small business to the next level.

     

    Business | Entrepreneurship


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    Promoting innovation and managing change

    October 16, 2018
    New York City

    October 16, 2018

    Net/Net Summit

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    CNBC Net/Net is an event-driven, editorial franchise that examines the ways companies are promoting and managing innovation, exploiting rapid change and using technology to accelerate growth exponentially.

    Business | Investing


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