Simon Schama: Zionist Isn't a Dirty WordSixth and I Historic Synagogue - Sixth & ISchama, a historian and New York Times bestselling author, has a monumental new book-a chronicle of the 3000-year history of the Jewish people, told in two volumes and in a five-part television documentary airing on BBC and PBS.With the lavishly illustrated first volume, The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC - 1492 AD., Schama takes readers from the time when scholars begin to talk about the Jews as a unified people and religious community to the traumatic moment of their expulsion from Spain.The wide-ranging narrative explores Jews living as integral parts of four civilizations: the ancient Near East, the Hellenistic and Roman world, medieval Christianity, and Islam. Schama explores often overlooked elements like the origin of Judaism in both Hellenic and pagan practices, and the longstanding culture of Arab Jews. From London in the Middle Ages to the synagogues of Spain, he challenges stereotypes and recreates a story of heroism in everyday life as much as one of grand tragedies.
Keynote Address: Ohio Governor John KasichThe Atlantic - Siemens Motor Manufacturing FacilityIn 2014, The Atlantic magazine will launch a series of conversations across the country on how we can "build the future" - of manufacturing, of biotechnology, and of energy.On February 19, The Atlantic will be coming to Cincinnati area for the first event in this series. Thanks to advanced software and new technologies, modern manufacturing has become one of the most innovative industries in the world. Please join us as we explore what businesses and universities are doing to equip the workforce with the skills needed to succeed in this new era and how local leaders are strengthening the resurgence of the manufacturing sector.
Numbers and Money Follow, They Do Not LeadGreat Place to Work® - Hyatt Regency New OrleansQuicken LoansBill Emerson, CEONumbers and money follow, they do not lead. That is one of 19 simple sayings Quicken Loans team members live by every day - and it's true. Spreadsheets can tell you numbers and formulas, but are useless when looking at the real human impact. The most important things, like innovation, creativity and a passion for client service can't be measured. So why do companies get so caught up on projections and complex data analysis, when what really matters are the people who make up their business? At Detroit-based Quicken Loans, America's largest online mortgage lender, they ask themselves one simple question - "How do we positively impact the outcome?" And that doesn't have to be the impact on the bottom line. You'd be surprised how asking one simple question can transform your business, your team members' morale and how they serve your clients.
Great Workplaces, Great HealthGreat Place to Work® - Hyatt Regency New OrleansStanford UniversityJeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of BusinessDespite employees becoming more vocal about requesting great workplaces, more flexibility, and a greater share of company profits, and many companies recognizing the benefits that can be realized through more people-friendly policies and cultures, many still have management practices that sicken and kill people, driving up health care costs in the process. It's well documented that heavy work demands and work-family conflict, coupled with long work hours, layoffs, and an absence of control over one's job can have adverse health effects on employees. Drawing on his current research, author and organizational behavior expert, Jeffrey Pfeffer, estimates that there are more than 120,000 excess deaths in the U.S. that are the result of these detrimental management actions. Unfortunately, these practices that sicken employees do not actually improve profit or productivity, suggesting that these practices may be all in vain! In this session, Pfeffer will speak to specific areas for employers to focus on how to enhance human sustainability while cutting down on social pollution, waste, and excess cost. Pfeffer's latest research makes a powerful case for the business and human benefits of being a great workplace.Break: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
The Focus is on The IndividualGreat Place to Work® - Hyatt Regency New OrleansW.L. Gore & AssociatesTerri Kelly, President and CEOKnown as the maker of Gore-Tex fabric and Glide dental floss, W.L. Gore & Associates employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. What sets them apart is the company's team-based, flat lattice organization that fosters personal initiative. In her session, peer-selected president and CEO Terri Kelly will explain how the absence of traditional organizational charts, no chains of command, nor predetermined channels of communication have contributed to the success of this global organization.Break: 2:30 - 4:00 pm CDT
Mars' Five Core Value PrinciplesGreat Place to Work® - Hyatt Regency New OrleansMars, IncorporatedVictoria B. Mars, Member, Board of DirectorsMars is a diverse, successful, global business that employs more than 72,000 Associates in 74 countries, and produces and markets some of the world's most iconic brands. Four generations of visible and active family leadership have built a culture rooted in Five Principles-- Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Associates at Mars understand the importance of consistently abiding by the Principles and how everyone benefits from being part of a principles-led business. The fact that Associates embed the Principles into every action and decision they make is at the core of Mars' success. In her keynote address, Victoria Mars will share her own beliefs on how all Associates have a better chance of thriving when they feel respected, needed and appreciated. She will also provide insight into how Mars engages with its Associates through a culture of mutual respect empowering them to take responsibility for making a difference in both their own working environment and the communities in which they live. It is Victoria's belief that you can combine this more egalitarian culture with the sense of responsibility and passionate spirit that has underscored Mars' success.
What to Expect from the Great Place to Work ConferenceGreat Place to Work® - Hyatt Regency New OrleansGreat Place to Work®China Gorman, CEOModerator Marisa Stoltzfus
The Democratization ArgumentIntelligence Squared U.S. Debates - Columbia UniversityIs the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?Brought to you in partnership with the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint venture of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. The Richman Center fosters dialogue and debate on emerging policy questions where business and markets intersect with the law.
Has the University System Failed?Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates - Columbia UniversityIs the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?Brought to you in partnership with the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint venture of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. The Richman Center fosters dialogue and debate on emerging policy questions where business and markets intersect with the law.
Millennial Entrepreneurs: Plug In, Drop Out, Start UpNational Journal - The University of Texas at Austin,Millennials are on track to be the most educated, the most connected, and the most wired generation, with a bent for entrepreneurship and service. Evidence shows that Millennials may represent the tipping point generation in America, whose preferences and priorities are setting the direction for public and private life over the decades ahead. They are, by far, the most diverse generation in American history, with non-whites comprising about 40 percent. Austin, Texas has become a hub for Millennials and millennial entrepreneurs; the city's open and collaborative business climate has turned it into a unique entrepreneurship incubator.Join National Journal and The Atlantic for the second in a series of town hall events as we go to the heart of Austin to examine the opportunities, inclinations and impact of this giant influential generation. This exciting event will focus on how Millennials are using entrepreneurship to build a pathway to success, and will feature insights from Millennials, government officials, educators, entrepreneurs, and more.
The Last Drop: California Drought Hits Farmers & FoodCommonwealth Club - Commonwealth ClubConsumers and businesses can expect to pay more for their water in the future as the realities of climate disruption and severe weather sink into California’s parched soil and politics. Though many agree the state’s water system needs an overhaul, there is fierce debate about how to fix it and who should pay. How will stress on the Sierra snowpack and Colorado River water supply hit California? What water choices will voters face on the 2014 state ballot? Join a conversation about the future of water in the era of climate constraints.
The Biggest Threat to Taxpayers? Tax Preparer FraudThe Atlantic - NewseumLeslie Book, Professor of Law, Former Director of Graduate Tax Program, Villanova School of LawEric Toder, Co-Directors, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy CenterChi Chi Wu, Attorney, National Consumer Law CenterModerated by: Nancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal
Senator Ben Cardin: Is a Simple Tax Code Impossible?The Atlantic - NewseumThe Honorable Ben Cardin, D-MD, United States SenateNancy Cook, Economics Correspondent, National Journal
Leafly: The Yelp for the Marijuana IndustryFORA.tv Studios - With ballot initiatives legalizing the use of marijuana in the states of Colorado and Washington, more than 20 states permitting medicinal marijuana, and the enactment of Health Canada on April 1, 2014, what does the future hold for the business of pot? Listen in as Privateer Holdings COO Christian Groh discusses the market opportunities opening up for recreational marijuana and how legalization makes it possible for investors to make profits -- legally.