The 22nd annual Milken Institute Global Conference began Sunday in Beverly Hills with Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin among the speakers.
Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Mnuchin, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Arauno were among the speakers in a discussion titled “What Matters Now.”
The discussion was closed to the news media.
Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter, Kushner’s wife and an adviser to Trump, is set to speak Monday at a luncheon titled “Driving Shared Prosperity,” the conference’s theme.
Two cabinet members — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. — and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney are also set to speak at the conference.
Three candidates for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination are also set to speak — former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
Other scheduled speakers include Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to then-President Barack Obama; Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin “Magic” Johnson; ESPN baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez; former Google CEO Eric Schmidt; fashion designers Calvin Klein and Donna Karan; U2 lead guitarist The Edge; Rwandan President Paul Kagame; Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant; and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of the box office record-setting film, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Selected sessions will be streamed on the conference’s website, globalconference.org, including an interview of Lagarde by Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerard Baker at 7:45 a.m. Monday and an interview of Mulvaney by Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
More than 4,000 leaders in business, government, science, philanthropy, and the arts from more than 60 nations are set to attend the conference, which will feature discussions with current and former senior government officials, CEOs and scientists along with leading figures in entertainment, sports, and media.
“A global transformation is disrupting social and economic norms around the world, heralding an era of rapid change and challenge,” said Richard Ditizio, president and chief operating officer of the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.
“Leaders must understand how shifting culture and demography affect the challenges ahead. We can be a catalyst toward expanding prosperity and improving health by connecting those with social, human and financial capital to those who desperately need it.”
New elements of the conference include an Equality Lounge feature programming devoted to diversity and equality and a Wellness Garden offering meditation, yoga, sound baths and puppies.
“From the main stage presentations to informal, personal conversations throughout the conference, we are pleased to bring powerful voices from diverse perspectives together for thoughtful dialogue to help chart a better future for all,” said Michael Klowden, the Milken Institute’s CEO
The conference at The Beverly Hilton continues through Wednesday.