Silicon Valley Business Forum

Silicon Valley Business Forum

Palo Alto, California (map)

Age of the Machines: Demystifying Machine Learning

Machine learning and AI is the latest buzzword that has captured Silicon Valley’s imagination. What is the impact this technology will have on the economy, jobs, life-style and our humanity? Leading investors, entrepreneurs and experts who are at the cutting edge of this field will engage in a compelling discussion. Topics would include applications of AI such as autonomous cars, the next conceptual leaps in this field such as unlabeled learning and the ethical implications of AI.


3D: Diagnostics, Data and Digital: Healthcare’s New Future

As America and the world struggles with healthcare costs and an ageing demographics, technologies that are revolutionizing health care are coming of age. From Point of care diagnostics that brings the lab to your friendly retail store or even to your cellphone to discoveries in genomic therapies that are seeking a breakthrough to deadly diseases by cracking the code of life, technology is an ally - bringing down costs while delivering superior value. An expert panel shares some of the exciting trends in healthcare.


Making Disruptive Innovation work for Corporate America

The valley has long been an island. Innovation happened in garage start-ups with maverick founders in the virtual world. Corporate America recognized innovators by buying them out. Efforts to repeat the valley magic in the corporate offices have invariably failed. New technologies have increasingly linked the real world to the virtual world. Corporates have reached out to work with innovative start-ups to engage with disruptive technologies at their inception. Corporate venturing is a new trend in the valley. The pioneers of corporate venturing talk about examples how corporate America is leveraging the valley.

Greenville Camperdown Project

Greenville Camperdown Project

Greenville, South Carolina (map)

Erik Weir (SC, 17) and his colleagues at WCM Wealth Management have graciously offered to host us for light refreshments, a briefing on the Camperdown project, their perspective on downtown Greenville development, summary comments on their business overall, and weather permitting, an optional walking tour at the conclusion of their remarks.

Complimentary for all SIBF members, guests and prospective members.

China's Two Currency Worlds

China's Two Currency Worlds

Dallas, Texas (map)

GUEST SPEAKER
J. Kyle Bass, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Hayman Capital Management

Complimentary for all SIBF members, guests and prospective members. Presented by John Rutherford (TX, '90) and Winstead PC

These programs present a perfect opportunity to introduce your contacts to SIBF. Invite them to attend as our guests! Contact Membership Consultant Kathy Payne for assistance in registering a potential member for an event

Houston Mix & Mingle

Houston Mix & Mingle

Houston, Texas (map)

Wine & cheese at the Home of Karen and Trevor Turbidy (TX, '16); COMPLIMENTARY FOR ALL SIBF MEMBERS, GUESTS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS.

Shaping Tampa’s Economic Future

Shaping Tampa’s Economic Future

Tampa, Florida (map)

Trends in Early Stage Investing, Business Expansions and Corporate Relocations


SPEAKERS

Tom Wallace (FL, '12) - Managing Partner, Florida Funders; Craig Richard, President & CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Steve Morey, SVP of Business Development, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

Join us for an evening of socializing and an update on several trends that are driving the Tampa Bay economy. You’ll discover how Florida Funders is fueling the growth of our state’s most innovative technology startups, what factors are encouraging global companies to establish or expand in our market, and which sectors are experiencing the greatest expansion.

Private Screening with Yemeni Filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami

Private Screening with Yemeni Filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami

Charlotte, North Carolina (map)

Khadija Al-Salami, Award-winning Director & Producer

Khadija is the first Yemeni female film producer and director.  Her films have been nominated and won awards at film festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival and the Vesoul Asian Film Festival, as well as being submitted for consideration for the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.  She also served as the press and cultural attaché and director of the Yemeni Information Centre at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris, where she currently resides.  Most of her films focus on women’s rights in her home country and draw from her personal and tragic experiences growing up in a culture where women have been given little to no voice.  Her projects have been seen as controversial by many in Yemen due to the subject matter but Khadija masterfully blends awareness of these issues with a deep love for her country and its’ people.  Her most recent film, Yemen: Kids and War (2018), entrusts her camera to three Yemenese children who become war correspondents and provide a glimpse into the daily lives of the Yemeni people as the war rages on around them.

 
Alabama - April Breakfast

Alabama - April Breakfast

Mountain Brook, Alabama (map)

Advanced Registration Required

Local breakfasts provide another opportunity for everyone to connect on an informal basis. Because space is limited, it is critical that you let us know if you are planning to attend by clicking the registration link below.

Abandonment of US Grand Strategy?

Abandonment of US Grand Strategy?

Atlanta, Georgia (map)

GUEST SPEAKER
Marc Chandler, Managing Partner & Chief Market Strategist
Bannockburn Global Forex, LLC


Join us for insights into the world economy and the US/China role; the outlook for trade and interest rates and the importance of the US dollar in the global economy.

Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for more than 30 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks.  After 14 years as the global head of currency strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman, Chandler joined Bannockburn Global Forex, as a managing partner and chief markets strategist as of October 1, 2018. 

These programs present a perfect opportunity to introduce your contacts to SIBF. Invite them to attend as our guests! Contact Membership Consultant Kathy Payne for assistance in registering a potential member for an event

Washington Briefing

Washington Briefing

Washington, District of Columbia (map)

SIBF will again host the highly rated Washington Briefing. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in Washington on domestic and international policy issues and hear perspectives from all sides of the political spectrum. The Washington Briefing has a tradition and established track record for introducing SIBF members to unique venues and exclusive programs and speakers that go far beyond the typical business group Washington fly-in.

I thought I was up to date on all things politics. And then I went to the Washington Briefing where I learned how wrong I was. I was floored by the access we were allowed and the quality of information was over the top! I thought I knew what was going on in DC, but boy, was I wrong. The Washington Briefing provided such behind-the-scenes access to the players involved in the news stories unfolding every day that I was blown away. Sitting and listening to working Senators take the time to address our group in such an intimate way was amazing. And standing under the rotunda of the Russell Senate building is a memory I won’t soon forget.
— Clay Shivers (CA, '16), Chief Executive Officer, S Box

In addition, springtime is one of the most beautiful times of year in our nation’s capital. Our opening reception will take place Sunday night, May 5. Consider arriving early to take advantage of DC’s many cultural options and historic sites. For those arriving Saturday, May 4, we will gather for early evening cocktails in the hotel. You may wish to arrange small group dinners or cultural activities Saturday night. A list of performances, exhibits and the top restaurants will be provided to attendees prior to arrival. Monday and Tuesday mornings will include presentations and discussions with key experts on topics of current debate and national importance, including developments regarding immigration, homeland security, international conflicts and terrorism, and trade and tax policy. Participants will gain insights into the agenda of the newly elected Congress.

Georgia - May Breakfast

Georgia - May Breakfast

Atlanta, Georgia (map)

Local breakfasts provide another opportunity for everyone to connect on an informal basis. Because space is limited, it is critical that you let us know if you are planning to attend by clicking the registration link below.

UPCOMING DATES

Thursday, July 25
Wednesday, September 25
Wednesday, November 20

Global Network Summit hosted by CELA

Global Network Summit hosted by CELA

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan (map)

Pre-GNS Optional Program: June 8, 2019 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)


GNS Kyrgyzstan: June 9-14, 2019 (Bishkek & Issyk-Kul)

GNS Uzbekistan: June 14-17, 2019 (Tashkent)


Post-GNS Optional Program: June 17-18, 2019 (Samarkand & Bukhara, Uzbekistan)


CELA teams from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are honored to host their friends and peers from SIBF, CELA, MELA, and SEALA at the 2019 Global Network Summit (GNS) – a moveable feast of learning, sharing, and connecting leaders from across the world. Your hosts are waiting with open arms to introduce you to fascinating people and places, ideas and unique experiences which ordinary visitors could never access, and which you will remember with pleasure for the rest of your life!

CELA is here to be your guide to the Great Silk Road, one of the most significant achievements in the history of World civilization, by welcoming you in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and introducing you to fascinating people and places, ideas and unique experiences which ordinary visitors could never access, and which you will remember with pleasure and profit for the rest of your life!

GNS Kyrgyzstan

The Global Network Summit in Kyrgyzstan will include a special 3-day Post-graduate Executive Leadership Program designed to equip experienced professionals across industries and cultures to take their leadership to the next level within their company, country and around the world. This transformational leadership experience will be accompanied by outstanding speakers and trainers from around the world at the picturesque and breathtaking alpine lake Issyk-Kul and gorgeous stately mountains and enveloped by the exposure to enigmatic nomadic experience surrounded by old and new friends.

 

GNS Uzbekistan

The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent will introduce our guests to ongoing large-scale business development reforms in the country and key members of business industries for future cooperation and specific B2B matching opportunities through a special Business Forum platform specially designed for GNS participants. Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan’s main cultural cities will charm our guests with their history, oldest architectural monuments, turquoise domes, vast deserts, and bazaars full of textiles and ceramics as part of the post-GNS cultural program.

Cambridge Money & Responsibility

Cambridge Money & Responsibility

Cambridge, United Kingdom (map)

SIBF’s annual summer program, targeted to young adults age 17 to 24, is held at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. This highly rated program offers students the chance to discover the mathematics of money, the importance of philanthropy and entrepreneurialism, and the significance of financial planning. Led by global finance and business experts, along with Cambridge scholars, the Money & Responsibility program is a life-changing experience for young people as they plot their courses for the future.

FIC South Africa

FIC South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa (map)

South Africa is a country rich in natural resources. It boasts some of the planet’s most extraordinary scenery and wildlife. South Africans are known for their hospitality, and living standards are, for some, much higher than those elsewhere in Africa. At the same time, political events are moving rapidly, and major economic and social problems pose complex challenges.

Our itinerary allows you to see South Africa through a variety of lenses: historic, economic, cultural and scenic. Our aim, as always, is a unique SIBF blend of high-level content, person-to-person contact with local business and community leaders, unparalleled cultural experiences—and a few surprises.

SIBF Annual Summit

SIBF Annual Summit

Cape Neddick, Maine (map)

The Maine Coast's southernmost stretch—with Cape Neddick’s sweeping views and Kennebunkport’s seaside serenity—features miles of white sandy beaches, creatively preserved seaside towns and charming lighthouses. Whether you seek the solitude of shell hunting or a rousing lobstering cruise, Maine offers something for everyone!

SIBF Leadership Academy

SIBF Leadership Academy

Atlanta, Georgia (map)

The individual curriculum for both sessions of the SIBF Leadership Academy has been thoughtfully developed to offer a broad spectrum of opportunities to investigate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. World-class business coaches and global business executives with proven expertise serve as session instructors for the plenary sessions. In addition, a select group of experienced international business professionals serve as facilitators; two or three facilitators manage participant Learning Groups and lead the conversations that deepen and extend learning and personal growth. The underlying credo for the Academy is that everyone is a teacher; each participant is expected to share personal knowledge and experiences as they assimilate each session’s lessons.
 

Session 1:  Dallas, Texas  -  November 10-15, 2019

Session 2:  Atlanta, Georgia  -  February 16-20, 2020


Both sessions are required and participants will remain in contact to work on individual business projects between sessions 1 and 2.

 

 

FIC Lebanon, Tunisia & Malta

FIC Lebanon, Tunisia & Malta

Lebanon, Tunisia & Malta (map)

SIBF will travel to one of the most intriguing areas of the world in June 2020. Through an exclusive network of on-site contacts in business, politics and culture, you will discover the uniquely transforming nations of Lebanon, Tunisia and Malta. We begin the journey in Beirut, Lebanon’s largest seaport and one of the oldest cities on Earth. Lebanon, a small country wedged against the Mediterranean Sea, has long been a center of trade, with coastal cities like Beirut acting as gateways for critical east-west trade routes. A historic walking tour introduces us to the city, followed by an overview from SIBF Senior Advisor Rami Khouri, journalist, senior public policy fellow-AUB professor and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. We will visit the prestigious American University of Beirut for discussions with students and professors, and bond with MELA members who will join us for several sessions. 

Notable sights include the jewel of tourism, the Jeita Grotto (a 5.5-mile limestone cave network); Byblos, one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities; and Baalbeck, site of the nation’s greatest Roman treasures.   Evenings include group dinners in the homes of local business and cultural leaders. A flight now takes us to Tunis, where we enjoy the spectacular, new Four Seasons hotel. Wedged between Libya and Algeria, the North African republic of Tunisia is often overlooked; however, as a Mediterranean country with deep European economic ties and a stake in transnational security issues, it plays a critical role in the global order. 

After a briefing on Tunisia, we visit the National Bardo, boasting an unparalleled collection of mosaics. Spend time in the medina, a UNESCO site with cobbled alleys, souks, and glorious mosques. Just beyond the city limits, visit Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village brimming with artists. We also tour Tunisia’s most important archaeological treasure and UNESCO site Carthage, known as the great opponent of Rome in the duel for supremacy in the civilized world.  Our visit includes an overview of Tunisia’s economy and introductions to prominent local business leaders.  

We conclude our travels in beautiful, vibrant Malta, another UNESCO World Heritage site whose streets are a veritable open-air museum. With its location in the Mediterranean, the country enjoys a position of great strategic importance. Capital city Valletta, the smallest national capital in the EU, has welcomed emperors, knights, heads of state, and renowned artists over the centuries. Delve into the island's mysterious history during an interactive session with local residents and a tour of the former capital Mdina, an ancient fortified city.