George Washington University School of Business Is the 2015 Fortune Global Forum Education Partner

GWSB hosts pre-conference “master class” on “Leadership in the Disruptive Century.”

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(Top to bottom) Fortune Editor Alan Murray, GW School of Business Dean Linda Livingstone, McKinsey & Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton.
September 28, 2015

By Brittney Dunkins

The George Washington University School of Business will host a pre-conference “master class” Nov. 2 in San Francisco to kick off the 2015 Fortune Global Forum, Fortune magazine’s bi-annual, invitation-only convening of CEOs and leaders in business, technology and emerging markets.

The discussion, “Leadership in a Disruptive Century,” will feature GW School of Business Dean Linda Livingstone and McKinsey & Company Global Managing Director Dominic Barton, among others. Fortune Editor Alan Murray will serve as moderator.

Students and faculty who would like to view or participate in the master class can register online for the live stream of the event.

“The GW School of Business pioneers research, influences global business and shapes society,” Dr. Livingstone said. “It is the ideal setting for the next generation of international leaders, and we are proud to be the education partner for this year’s forum.”

Master class panelists will discuss the collaborative roles of higher education institutions and companies in creating a successful pipeline for students from the classroom to the boardroom. The dialogue will spotlight trends in human capital development, talent retention and career management.

The master class is a part of the university’s role as the official education partner for the three-day conference, which includes interviews, roundtable discussions and workshops with more than 300 C-Suite leaders. The select group of attendees will explore the far-reaching effects of disruptive technology on the global economy.

Following the event, GWSB will launch a video series with faculty members who will further explore the core issues raised at the forum.

Joe Kaiser, CEO of Siemens AG, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc., and Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, are among the diverse roster of thought leaders who will address the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the 21st century, a period which has seen rapid technological advancement.

Dr. Livingstone, George Washington President Steven Knapp, GW Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles and GWSB Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Vanessa Perry also will attend.

The conference includes four tracks: Rethinking the 21st century company; Finance and Markets; Technology and Innovation; and Global Risks and Opportunities.

The Fortune Global Forum was established in 1995 to connect leaders in global business and encourage the exchange of ideas across industries. GW previously served as education partner for the forum in 2013