The CEO of the Varkey Foundation on inviting every kind of stakeholder to the Global Education & Skills Forum, identifying high- and low-profile speakers, and giving a deserving teacher $1 million.
Last month, participants attended the 31st edition of TED — the conference devoted to spreading great ideas. TEDsters must apply to be accepted, and then pay a hefty registration fee to attend. Convene spoke to Katherine McCartney, TED’s producer, to learn how an innovative design supports the event’s compelling content — year after year.
She didn’t set out to become the spokesperson for equal pay. But after a lifetime of hard work, Lilly Ledbetter decided to right a wrong that had been done to her and to so many women in the workforce.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, presidential historian, biographer, and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin has spent her writing career meticulously excavating stories that reveal the talents and foibles of the leaders who helped forge the United States.
The first woman to serve as U.S. National Security Advisor and the second to serve as U.S. Secretary of State has returned to her academic roots as a professor of politics and business. She shares with Convene her thoughts on why face-to-face experiences — which “cannot be replaced with anything else” — are pivotal to advancing society.
On her Twitter page, where she has more than a million followers, Arianna Huffington offers a snapshot of her roles, interests, and quirky personality: ‘President and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. Mother. Sister. Flat-shoe advocate. Sleep evangelist.' Here's how her passions - including giving sleep its due - factor into meetings.
The author of seven books on innovation, he’s a frequent speaker on the global conference circuit — which has given him the opportunity to observe firsthand the ‘transformative changes’ the meetings industry is experiencing. He recently convened a two-day think tank for a small group of executives who produce conferences to help them chart their own path — in other words, to innovate — in a shifting landscape.
As a former schoolteacher and librarian, it was only natural that Laura Bush would make education and literacy the focus of her tenure as first lady. Here she speaks to Convene on why lifelong learning, the lifeblood of the meetings industry, is 'key to any sort of success in society.'