In January 2009, the University of Miami organized the first Global Business Forum, which brought together nearly 700 leading business executives and other professionals for two days of discussions on the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasingly connected global world. From the press release:
The program, which was organized by the School of Business Administration, featured keynote addresses by renowned thought leaders representing some of the world’s most prominent multinational organizations, as well as 17 panel discussions, which also featured prominent business and other leaders.
The keynote speakers included Michael L. Ducker, president, International of FedEx Express, Alberto Ibargüen, president and chief executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Muhtar Kent, president and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, former president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Arun Sarin, former CEO of the Vodafone Group, Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Jim Skinner, vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, and Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric Company.
The next forum is scheduled for January 2011, and it will focus on health care. The list of keynote speakers is not finalized yet, but judging by the preliminary list that was presented to the faculty during our latest meeting, the line-up of speakers is going to be very impressive.
This is a great opportunity for people working on applying O.R. techniques to health care. If you have an idea about how to improve health care management, delivery, allocation, etc., the Global Business Forum is a great place to network. High-profile executives from a number of health-care related organizations from the U.S. and around the world will be just a hand shake away.
As an added bonus, the January temperatures in Miami are pretty decent, so make sure to mark that down on your calendars! For the latest updates, visit the School of Business web site every now and then.
UPDATE (2/28/10): The forum will take place January 12-14, 2011. Registration is now open (early registration discount ends June 15).