Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives. The group brings together experts, innovators and influencers to construct policy and program initiatives and educate through annual conferences and events. The team came to us looking for a partner to help enrich their network of speakers and elevate their programming.

Challenge

To curate thought-provoking, impact-focused panel discussions with diverse thought leaders and perspectives.

Impact Storytelling

Talent Booking & Panel Curation

In our world today, there are growing demands on time and attention, curating thought-provoking discussions inspire and engage an audience to make change in the world. 

Overview

Securing the “right” speakers and creating an engaging program, takes the understanding and know-how that comes from being a thought leader so the audience has a memorable and valuable experience.

Each year, we deliver a strategic perspective and coveted high-profile speakers network to curate programming that reflects the Milken Institute’s vision and purpose.

Throughout the year, our team curates thought-provoking, impact-focused panel discussions for Milken Institute’s Global Conference, Future of Health Summit, Asia Summit, Middle East Africa Summit and other regional conferences. We are proud to have helped the group raise its focus on diversity and inclusion, bring in more voices and participants from more sources. These efforts have gone hand in hand with promoting an atmosphere of activism on a wide range of topics in partnership with Milken.

Additionally, we ideated and activated the coveted Wellness Garden, which takes place at each Global Conference. It provides a welcomed escape for invited guests of the convening to receive massage treatments and reiki, practice meditation and yoga. During COVID restrictions, this practice has transformed into a series called Mindful Moments, which is a virtual experience of these self-care practices for summit participants. Led by well-known wellness experts, we’re ushering in the next stage of practice for the digital age.

Media Influencers as Agents for Social Change

Speakers

Scott Budnick Founder and President, Anti-Recidivism Coalition; Film Producer; CEO, One Community 
Sophia Bush Actress; Activist
Caron Butler Author, Analyst, Entrepreneur, and former NBA Champion/NBA All-Star

Stand in Your Power: The Mindful Way

Moderator

James Doty Professor of Neurosurgery, Founder and Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University School of Medicine

Speakers

Neville Crawley CEO, Kiva
Laura Dern Actress; Activist
Donna Karan Founder, Urban Zen and Donna Karan International
George Mumford The Performance Whisperer Dan Siegel Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine; Founding Co-director, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Stand in Your Power: The Mindful Way

Moderator

James Doty Professor of Neurosurgery, Founder and Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University School of Medicine

Speakers

Neville Crawley CEO, Kiva
Laura Dern Actress; Activist
Donna Karan Founder, Urban Zen and Donna Karan International
George Mumford The Performance Whisperer Dan Siegel Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine; Founding Co-director, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Whats Next: Harnessing the Momentum of #MeToo and #TimesUp

Moderator

Alex Witt Anchor, MSNBC; Correspondent, NBC News

Speakers

Ashley Judd Actress, Humanitarian and Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA
Kerry Kennedy President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Catharine MacKinnon James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Author, “Sexual Harassment of Working Women” and “Butterfly Politics”
Stacy Smith Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, University of Southern California
Jurnee Smollett-Bell Actress and Activist, Time’s Up X WOC

The Power of Mindfulness

Moderator

Jay Shetty Award-Winning Host, Storyteller and Filmmaker

Speakers

Baron Baptiste Founder, Baptiste Institute and Baptiste Foundation; Yoga Instructor
Goldie Hawn Actress; Founder, Hawn Foundation
Andy Puddicombe Co-Founder, Headspace
Tim Ryan U.S. Representative, Ohio

Pushing the Boundaries of the Final Frontier

Moderator

Anousheh Ansari CEO, XPRIZE

Speakers

Peter Diamandis Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation
Bernard Harris, Jr. CEO, National Math and Science Initiative, Former NASA Astronaut
Steve Isakowitz President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
Leland Melvin Former NFL Football Player, NASA Astronaut and Author of “Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances”
George Whitesides CEO, Virgin Galactic

Panel Curation

Our team secured several expert speakers for the following panels

Act Now Make Change
Virtual Reality Storytelling
The Business of Space
The Business of #MeToo and #ItsOnUs
Blow Your Mind
Advancing Inclusion and Addressing Media Inequality
Drawdown: Changing the Food System to Save the Planet
Representation in American Art: Inclusion and Social Change
Coming of Age: Women Rise to the Top
Building Better Cities and Scaling Housing Solutions
Psychedelics: Mind Enhancing Methods to Well-Being

First Step, But Not the Last: Criminal Justice Reform
For Women, By Women: Entrepreneurs on the Rise
Sleep Strategies for Peak Performance Workshop
Stand in Your Power: The Mindful Way
Farmacy: Harnessing the Microbiome to Treat Disease
Envisioning the Future of Entertainment and Media
Food as Medicine
Mentoring and Motivating the Next Generation of Leaders
The Power of Mindfulness
Ready Player All? Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities
Voices of Impact: Using Music to Instill Positive Change and Create Global Conversation

Notable Speakers Booked

Anousheh Ansari
Baron Baptiste
Natalie Bell
Neil Blumenthal
Senator Cory Booker
Scott Budnick
Sophia Bush
Common
Deepak Chopra
Dr. Robynne Chutkan
Laura Dern
Peter Diamandis
Abigail Disney
Hugh Evans
Tim Ferriss

Dr. James Gordon
Jody Gerson
Paul Hawken
Goldie Hawn
Dr. Mark Hyman
Randy Jackson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Ashley Judd
Donna Karan
Gayle King
Jim Kwik
Matthew McGorry
Charles Melcher
French Montana
George Mumford

Petra Nemcova
Colin O’Brady
Kevin O’Leary
Andy Puddicombe
Sylvia Rhone
Jonathan Rose
Congressman Tim Ryan
Bob Roth
Jill Scott
Sharon Salzberg
Dr. Dan Siegel
Jay Shetty

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