I had the pleasure of attending the intriguing, challenging and encouraging Milken Institute this week. Unbelievable! The quality of the speakers were unsurpassed. The quality of the production was superb (every room was streamed real time to the web as you will see via links below)!
So here I am, the CEO of a small business trying to make sense of the news clips which summarize the daily ups and (mostly) downs of the last 18 months as it relates to my family, my personal finances and the business for which I am fully vested. Imagine now, being placed in a room with some of the brightest hedge fund managers, economic advisory panel members, professors, historians, institutional investors and venture capitalists, not to mention Steve Forbes, Pete Carrol, Deepak Chopra and others (see Speaker List).
Now go with me here….imagine watching panels and debates as I did, on issues that ultimately affect how I run my small business, hoping to glean a glimmer of knowledge, a glimmer of insight, a slice of intelligence which will give us a competitive advantage. Issues such as “When will growth resume?” (click to watch), “Infusing Technology into Education for economic competitiveness” (click to watch), “Global Health: New Business Models” (click to watch) and other macro and micro issues all of which intertwine.
This small business owner got everything I could have hoped for and then some! The “then some” came from talks by entrepreneur Lynda Resnick and a panel called Entrepreneurship: A formula for long-term economic growth .
So what did I take away? Well, after just 100 days, you President Obama, get my thanks and complete appreciation for everything you are trying to do. My head is spinning and my optimism could not be stronger. Optimism for the future of America, our recovery and eventual return of capitalism and ability for entrepreneurs to be once again one of the key ingredients of what makes our Country so great. This is just a slice of what I enjoyed from the event. Quick tweets can be seen on my Twitter page ( @mybuddypeted) or search #GC2009 for other’s reactions and links.
Take some time, watch some of the and if you can, attend this conference next year. I have not been this inspired since the day I first started The Buddy Group!