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Never before have businesses felt such excruciating pressure to compete. The go-go days of the 1990s turned into the go-sideways days of the 2000s. What’s next? While enjoying super low interest rates and riding a roller coaster stock market, firms have struggled to raise prices, even when their costs go up. China poses a threat but also an opportunity for new sales. Loyal customers seem ready to jump to a competitor. How can your company or industry survive and thrive? Can the Fed keep the economy recovering in the Janet Yellen era? Will Congress try yet another “stimulus”? Todd Buchholz, who led the White House Energy Strategy, will help you figure out whether OPEC and Russia can tighten energy supplies again or whether a revolution in natural gas will reinvigorate U.S. factories. Learn how the “scissors economy” opens up new business and investment opportunities. Today might be the very best—or the very worst—time to finance a loan. By “connecting the dots” of the world economy, Todd teaches how to anticipate the new trends that open up fresh opportunities for manufacturing, service and technology companies.

Burns discusses the great gift of our national parks. Here both “the immensity and the intimacy of time” merge, as we appreciate what the parks have added to our collective and individual spirit. Begins with a 13-minute clip (the intro to The National Parks: America’s Best Idea).

This is a less formal, Inside-the-Actors-Studio type of event. Burns responds to questions from moderator on all his films (or film-specific) and issues in history and contemporary American culture. Audience Q&A to conclude if wanted.

Ernest Moniz (Exclusively WSB)

The energy world has changed dramatically over the last decade and faces continuing change as the world commits to a low-carbon future. Oil and natural gas production in the United States has grown dramatically and impacted global markets, while coal use has dropped precipitously. Renewables costs have become competitive with those of traditional electricity sources, while new and existing nuclear power faces regulatory and cost challenges. The inevitable march towards lower-carbon energy challenges infrastructure, policy, and business models. A timely discussion of the complex interplay of these trends includes:

  • The technology, policy, and business model innovations needed to advance all energy sources over the next years and decades
  • Critical infrastructure needs
  • The development of global energy markets and implications for energy security
  • The continued need for partnerships between public and private entities and the importance of state and regional innovation strategies

Martin O'Malley (Exclusively WSB)

Governor Martin O’Malley draws on his experiences as governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore offering his unique insights on a wide range of topics impacting Americans today, including:

  • The 2016 race for the White House: Lessons learned, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the campaign trail, and both the challenges and opportunities that face the future of our country 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in the information age
  • The threats and opportunities of both national and global cybersecurity issues and how we can prepare the next generation with the right skills
  • The environment, clean water, and opportunities for businesses in the face of climate change
  • Current events, public safety, the future of education, health care reform, the economy, open data and immigration reform

In a career spanning 27 years, ocean advocate Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, including the first swim across the icy waters of the North Pole, and across a glacial lake on Mt. Everest—all in just a Speedo swimsuit. Many of his expeditions were in conditions deemed “impossible.” Widely regarded as one of the world’s most inspiring speakers, Lewis shares his insights on the mind-set, preparation, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for any major undertaking and how they can be applied in your organization. The most crucial success factor, he says, is to have a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our planet’s threatened oceans.

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