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Opening Plenary | Meeting the Moment

Opening Plenary | Meeting the Moment

October 12 at 7:00 am PDT/10:00 am EDT


Ending as it began, 2020 presents unique, wide-ranging challenges. In the first weeks of 2020, before the pandemic, the Milken Institute and The Harris Poll surveyed nearly 30,000 people in 27 countries to identify their most urgent social and economic priorities. Months later, the Institute and Harris replicated global fieldwork, obtaining a unique, data-based view of how priorities have changed amid a pandemic. In the opening session of this Global Conference, John Gerzema, CEO, The Harris Poll, will unveil insightful results from "The Listening Project."
To set the stage for the next eight days of discovery, debate, and discussion, Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken will explore how global leaders, institutions, and citizens are addressing urgent issues, and how we can collectively meet this moment together, and find opportunity in disruption.

Opening Remarks 

Michael Milken

Chairman, Milken Institute

Kathryn (Katie) O'Reilly 

Executive Director, Business and Program Development, Milken Institute


John Gerzema

CEO, The Harris Poll

Introduction By

Michael Klowden

CEO, Milken Institute