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HowSilicon Valley Farming Startup Addresses Extreme Poverty, Global Food Shortage — John Denniston, Chairman of Shared X

8/26/2017
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The problem is challenging and enduring – and to listen to John Denniston, it also just may present the perfect opportunity to both do good and well. It’s called the Yield Gap – the difference in agriculture yield from farms in developed countries – which are more efficient and deliver more food per acre – vs. emerging countries, which are, of course, the very places where food is most needed. And that gap is part of the reason why Denniston, whose career has included investing in green...

Duration: 00:27:11


Conversation on Leadership and Culture — Ron Williams, Chairman & CEO of RW2 Enterprises

7/21/2017
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It’s a question that any executive or wannabe executive asks: What defines great leadership? Are great leaders born – or can the skills be learned? And how does strong leadership get connected to successful business outcomes? To learn more, I spoke with someone who not only spends much of his time thinking about leadership, he also writes and talks about it – and most importantly, has spent much of his life doing it. Ron Williams is the former Chairman and CEO of Aetna. When he joined...

Duration: 00:24:23


How to Close the Global Skills Gap — Jake Schwartz, General Assembly

7/18/2017
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For many Americans, a central reason that the inequality gap may be getting worse can be summed up in one word: Jobs. Job openings have been increasing. And yet as we all know – perhaps personally, perhaps from the news, and definitely from the most recent U.S. election –employment prospects for workers left behind by the current economic expansion seem increasingly dim. Now, there are many causes for this trend, many of which come under fierce debate. One is the skills gap. As LinkedIn...

Duration: 00:27:38


Global Investing, Leadership & Education — Kevin Burke, Notre Dame Institute of Global Investing

7/17/2017
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The role and importance of global investing continues to grow – and get more complicated. At the same time that globalization trends, cross-border transactions and supply chains, technology and more have flattened the world and extended the range and importance of investing, new counter trends of protectionism and nationalism may be changing the game. The need for understanding, education, and heightened capability around global investing skills arguably has never been higher. What are...

Duration: 00:21:00


How the Internet Can Help Stop Human Rights Abuse

7/17/2017
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This is special edition of Working Capital Conversations. Sadly, there is no shortage of work these days for global human rights abuse investigators. From Syria to Yemen to Sudan and beyond, the horrible ways in which humans torture, starve, and kill other humans seems unending. We all condemn the horrors, but most of us find ourselves with little opportunity to do anything directly. Today I’m talking with someone who does. Alexa Koenig is Executive Director of the Human Rights Center...

Duration: 00:33:23


The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility

7/17/2017
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Be honest – when you think about Corporate Social Responsibility, what comes to mind? Colleagues taking an afternoon off to build a house or paint a schoolyard? Perhaps, a fundraiser to send money across the world for an emerging environmental concern? Well, if you haven’t been paying attention, a massive transition has occurred in corporate social responsibility, or CSR. CSR is now more about hands on, deeply embedded activity that not only delivers direct benefit to the city or country...

Duration: 00:39:06


Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body

7/17/2017
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You’ve seen them nearly everywhere – from Soul Cycle to Flywheel to Equinox and beyond. Boutique fitness outfits that might seem, at first glance, to be engaging, if not mildly costly places to get or stay in shape. And if that’s how you see them, you’re only half right. The part you’re missing – Big fitness is also big business. In fact, health, wellness and fitness, as the sector is called, is now estimated to be $3.4 trillion global industry. And as you’d expect, that has attracted...

Duration: 00:28:11


Corporate Boards Need Investor Relations Expertise

7/17/2017
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It’s no secret that corporate boards have increasingly come under increased scrutiny. And for good reason. From corporate scandal to CEO compensation, from cyber security to risk, investors and the general public want to know who’s in charge – and who’s keeping an eye on management. And with this scrutiny, the makeup of corporate boards is slowly shifting, too – away from clubby groups and towards a collection of experts — finance, human resources, law, and more. But what about Investor...

Duration: 00:16:48


Investing Into Uncertainty — Lessons from Endowment Investing

7/17/2017
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Warren Buffett once said on CNBC: “The world—there’s always uncertainty. Now the question is, what do you do with your money?” Buffett may have been talking about public markets – even personal – investing. But even on the institutional side, given that we are continually surrounded by uncertainty and given that stuffing cash under a mattress – while relatively certain – carries no financial return, how should today’s institutional investors think about uncertainty? More specifically, is...

Duration: 00:23:24


Private Equity’s ‘Solution Capital’ — Conversation with Nate Sleeper of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

7/17/2017
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Private equity, of course, is a core part of most large institutional investors’ portfolios. How core? As of last year, some 90% of large U.S. public pension funds maintained allocations to private equity – an investment amount that totalled nearly 10% of all U.S. pension assets. In fact, for some global endowments, public pension systems and sovereign wealth funds around the world, the dollar-weighted average proportion of total AUM invested in private equity had increased from 6% to 12%...

Duration: 00:17:29


E-Commerce Innovation with Liza Landsman, Jet Chief Customer Officer

7/14/2017
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As we approach the depths of the Christmas buying season, today we head straight to the core of holiday spirit: e-commerce and online shopping. Chances are, if you’re shopping this season – or, really, any day of the year – you do some, if not all of it, online. Few industries are bigger than e-commerce, with online sales expected to break $400 billion within three years.

Duration: 00:19:24


Strategic Conversations: ‘The Biology of Corporate Survival’

7/14/2017
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A recent Harvard Business Review piece by Martin Reeves and Simon Levin laid out the case. It’s titled “The Biology of Corporate Survival.” Numbers explain why it matters: After reviewing the histories of more than 30,000 U.S. public firms over 50 years, the authors found that “Businesses are disappearing faster than ever before.”

Duration: 00:35:06


Economics of Successful Partnerships: Josh Lerner

7/14/2017
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The premise behind any business partnership seems obvious: Build a structure and set of rules around performance and profits that not only create agreed upon fairness, but more importantly, position the partnership for long-term success.

Duration: 00:26:40