Wednessday, July 29, 2015
Paul Tucker, former deputy governor of the Bank of England
Has it been too risky to rely almost entirely on monetary policy to revive the global economy? Having so relied, will the divergence of major economy's monetary settings strain market liquidity in the period ahead? Do we know what the new normal looks like?
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Mention the word skateboarding, and it often brings to mind images of kids in skin-tight pants grinding curbs or sliding down handrails. Kids who don't quite fit into the mainstream and who like it that way.
The most famous skateboarder of all time, Tony Hawk, has turned an edgy pastime into a global empire. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the action sports market with his laid-back style. He is the most recognized action sports figure in the world and is one of the most recognizable athletes of any kind in the United States.
Tony was 9 years old when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard, chipped and scratched from years of use. The first time Tony stepped on it, there was no epiphany, no revelation . . . no foreshadowing whatsoever that he would go on to become a skateboarding icon. He reached the end of the driveway, looked back at his brother, and shouted, "How do I turn?"
A short time later, the undersized prodigy began to attract attention by performing maneuvers well beyond his years. At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. At 17 he was able to buy his first home, and he soon traveled the world, skating demos and contests. Then, in the early 1990s, the sport of skateboarding died a quiet, but sudden, death. Tony's income shrank drastically, and times were so lean that he survived on a $5-a-day Taco Bell allowance.
But, Tony never gave up on the sport he loved. Confident that skating would rebound, Tony refinanced his first house and, with a friend, launched his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects. The first few years were rough: Birdhouse wasn't making money, and Tony's future was sketchy.
But skating's popularity returned and surged skyward, and the Hawk became the Phoenix. Birdhouse grew into one of the biggest and best-known skate companies in the world, and Tony signed a wide range of endorsement deals. He and his family started a children's skate clothing company and Tony's career skyrocketed along with the sport. In fact, he provided much of the fuel.
He teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game franchise, one of the most popular game franchises in history to this day. His life would never be the same. In a stroke of good timing at the X Games, Tony also became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, a maneuver that had eluded (and occasionally hobbled) him for ten years. It was one of skating's most gripping moments, playing out in front of a collection of his peers and fans and on national TV. That exposure, along with his successful video game, helped establish Tony's mainstream celebrity.
He continues to put on demos and exhibitions all over the world, and his action sports exhibitions and shows continue to pack venues worldwide. He has millions of followers on social media. Tony regularly appears on television and in films and hosts a weekly radio show on Sirius XM. His autobiography, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller, and in 2010 Wiley Publishing released How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO.
Tony is also dedicated to giving back to the subculture that has given him so much. Since 2002, his Tony Hawk Foundation has donated more than $5.4 million to more than 550 skatepark projects in all 50 of the United States. The Foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas, providing a safe place to skate and helping young skaters build their self-confidence. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve more than 3 million young Americans annually.
He's won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish's Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards' Choice Male Athlete, and Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards' Favorite Male Athlete and the Robert Wood Johnson Award.
In an era when “game-changer,” “status quo disrupter,” and “new standard,” are tossed around regularly, there are only a small handful of brands and technologies that serve as the indisputable, iconic personifications of those monikers. YouTube is one such entity. Serving as a website, a brand, and a verb, YouTube is the world’s largest and most popular video sharing site and the third most visited site globally. At the genesis and development of this phenomenon is its cofounder and former CEO, Chad Hurley. Equal parts businessman and Silicon Valley maven, Chad’s transition from working at PayPal to founding and growing YouTube has truly become the stuff of legend in business, technology, social, and educational circles around the world. In October of 2007, Chad and his partner sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.6 billion and still serves as the company’s advisor.
Currently, it is estimated that YouTube attracts over 1 billion unique users watching over 6 billion hours of video each month with 80% of its traffic coming from outside the U.S.
Additionally, 100 hours of new video is uploaded every minute—a rate that shows more content being uploaded in less than a month than the combined three U.S. networks created in their first 60 years.
Soon after selling YouTube, Chad cofounded AVOS Systems, which is committed to creating platforms and building products that enable individuals to utilize their time more efficiently in their everyday life. Recently AVOS has secured financing from New Enterprise Associates and Google Ventures, with participation from Madrone Capital and China-based incubator Innovation Works. The company is responsible for powering the web and mobile applications MixBit, Delicious, and Wanpai.
From the lectern, Chad discusses the rise of YouTube and managing its meteoric growth. He shares the lessons learned from the unique experiences of creating a “game-changer,” “status quo disrupter,” and “new standard” in technology and how content is consumed and shared in the modern era. He also explains what’s next in the ever-evolving landscape of emerging technology, the shifting paradigm of media production and distribution, and how YouTube continues to evolve in order to stay on top.
A multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer.
Seymour’s past films include the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, the cult classic Somewhere in Time, and the comedy smash Wedding Crashers. Her television credits include the Emmy® Award winning performance in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World as Maria Callas, East of Eden for which she was awarded a Golden Globe®, the mini-series War and Remembrance and her Golden Globe® winning role as “Dr. Quinn” on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman which ran for six seasons.
Most recent projects for Seymour include the independent feature films Bereave co-starring Malcolm McDowell, which she produces, Scout and High Strung, for which she is also an executive producer. In 2014, she served as an executive producer on the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me which told the touching story of musician’s Glen Campbell’s farewell tour while dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Daughter of a British obstetrician and his Dutch wife, Jane was born in Hillingdon, England and raised in Wimbledon. She began training in dance at an early age, and
was just thirteen when she made her professional debut with the London Festival Ballet. That same year, she entered the Arts Educational Trust for dance, music and theatre training and danced with the visiting Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden.
In addition to acting, Jane has written over ten books including her most recent, The Wave, along with Open Hearts Family, Among Angels, Open Hearts, Making Yourself At Home, and Remarkable Changes. As well, she has launched Jane Seymour Designs, a national lifestyle brand inspired by her homes, art and family-centered lifestyle.
When she is not acting, writing or designing, Seymour can be found in her painting studio.
With a thriving career as an artist and her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across North America. Over the past twenty-five years she has created an intimate world of delicate watercolors, colorful vibrant oil paintings, pastels and bronze sculptures and has accepted select private commissions. She continues to reach new artistic levels by continually developing her technique, style and subject matter.
Her art also serves as inspiration for Open Hearts by Jane Seymour®, a jewelry line she designs for Kay® Jewelers in the U.S., Peoples in Canada and H. Samuel in the UK. Inspired by Seymour’s original paintings of two hearts connected and open at either end, the exclusive designs symbolize that love has no boundaries and flows unconditionally. The open-heart design reminds us that if we keep our hearts open, love will always find its way in. Seymour’s Open Heart philosophy reflects her mother’s advice that only when you keep your heart open can you best give and receive love.
Seymour is involved in many philanthropic causes including Childhelp, American Red Cross, City Hearts and Camp Soaring Eagle. In addition to the charitable work that Seymour does with these notable organizations, in 2010 she launched the Open Hearts Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is based upon selfless giving even in the face of adversity, into communities worldwide. The Foundation provides funds to charitable organizations in the areas of Health, Arts, Education, Sports, and honors individuals that exemplify the Open Heart Philosophy in their service to others.
Stephen Kelly became Chief Executive of Sage in November 2014. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the technology sector having led successful businesses in California, New
York, and Europe. Stephen is unique having served as Chief Executive Officer of two high growth,
U.S. and UK public companies - NASDAQ listed Chordiant Software, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and
London Stock Exchange listed Micro Focus International plc. from 2006 to 2010, where the
company achieved a 7-fold increase in market value over the 4 years. In 2012 he was appointed
Chief Operating Officer for UK Government. Stephen was the most senior Executive responsible for
UK Government’s Efficiency & Reform Program - Digital, Commercial, IT, Major Projects and SME
strategies. The program improved services to UK citizens whilst saving the UK taxpayer over £14bn
in 13/14 (compared with 2010 base year).
Stephen has a passion for Small & Medium Businesses and acted as an angel investor for multiple
Stephen loves sport and is married with three daughters.
Follow Stephen on Twitter at @SKellyCEO.
For over 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He was educated in the New York City public schools and after graduating from Morris High School attended the City College of New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. It was not until he joined the Army ROTC program at CCNY that he discovered his calling and launched his military career. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 35 years, rising to the rank of Four-Star General.
From 1987–1989 Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served from 1989–1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position but also was the first African American to do so. During his time as Chairman, he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th Secretary of State and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As Secretary of State, he led the State Department in major efforts to address and solve regional and civil conflicts—in the Middle East, Sudan, Congo, Liberia, the Balkans, Cyprus, Haiti, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. In all areas, he used the power of diplomacy to build trust, forge alliances, and then help transform these unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures have the potential to prosper. He also worked at the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.
Among the many U.S. military awards and decorations Powell has received are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. His civil awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he has also received awards from over two dozen countries, including a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Powell is the Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at his alma mater, the City College of New York (CCNY). The Powell School was inaugurated May of 2013 and stands alongside CCNY’s other premier named schools. He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, dedicated to forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children have the fundamental resources they need to succeed.
Powell is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He serves on the Board of Directors of Bloom Energy, an alternative energy company that provides unique on-site power generation systems utilizing an innovative new fuel cell technology. In March of 2014, he joined the Board of Directors of Salesforce.com, the world’s largest provider of cloud-based customer relationship management software.
He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the education, training, information, and business services industries. He is also Chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowships, a cross-cultural program for emerging international leaders.
Powell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is on the Executive Leadership Cabinet of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and is the Honorary Chairman of the education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He also serves on the board of the Smithsonian Institute’s African American Museum of History and Culture.
His autobiography, My American Journey, was a best seller and has been published in more than a dozen different languages. Powell's second book, It Worked for Me (May 2012), was an instant New York Times best seller and reveals the lessons that shaped his life and career.
Powell is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama. They live in McLean, Virginia, and have three children and four grandchildren.
Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and cofounder and chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to Oprah.com, Intent.com, and Huffington Post.
Chopra is known as a prolific author of more than 80 books with 22 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than 43 languages. His New York Times bestseller “Peace Is the Way” received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and “The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life” was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include "What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul," "Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being," "War of the Worldviews," “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul,” and “Spiritual Solutions—Answers To Life's Greatest Problems” His book, The Soul of Leadership, was mentioned as one of five best business books to read for your career FINS—Wall Street Journal.
His innovative mobile programs Stress Free and Yoga and Vook’s Deepak’s Buddha Guide and Sages and Scientists applications provide an avenue to explore the world of Deepak Chopra. Released on Mother’s Day 2010, the new multimedia project, “The Mother-Infant Bond: The Biology of Love,” produced by TheVisualMD.com with a consortium of partners, reveals never-before-seen scientific visuals depicting the extraordinary biological bond between mother and baby.
Deepak Chopra's popularity as an international presenter and keynote speaker is exemplified in an impressive list of honorariums. Chopra is the recipient of the 2010 GOI Peace Award, 2010 Starlite Humanitarian Award, 2010 Art for Life Honoree, 2009 Oceana Partners Award, 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, 2006 Trailblazer Award by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, and 2002 Einstein Humanitarian Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He serves as an adjunct professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University; assistant clinical professor in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences; faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering; and senior scientist with The Gallup Organization. GlobeIn acknowledges Chopra as "one of top ten most influential spiritual leaders around the world." The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Dr. Chopra #40 influential thinker in world and #1 in Medicine.
Karren Rita Brady, Baroness Brady CBE (born 4 April 1969) is an English sporting executive, politician, television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author, and novelist. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and current vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C. She features in the BBC One series The Apprentice as an aide to Lord Sugar. She is the Small Business Ambassador to the UK Government under Prime Minister David Cameron. She is known as "The First Lady of Football." Her appointment with Birmingham City began in March 1993, when she was 23. In 2002 she became the first woman to hold such a post in the top flight of English football when the team was promoted. She oversaw the company's flotation in 1997, thus becoming the youngest managing director of a UK plc. She left in 2009 when her employers David Sullivan and David Gold sold the club for £81.5 million. In January 2010 she was appointed vice-chairman of West Ham United following a change of ownership of the club.
Brandi Temple is the founder and CEO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, a social shopping innovator and leader in personalized children’s apparel and accessories. A mother of four and first-time entrepreneur, Temple founded the Lexington, North Carolina, company in 2009. All Lolly Wolly Doodle clothes are designed, manufactured, or customized in the U.S., creating new American manufacturing jobs. Lolly Wolly Doodle is one of the first online retailers to fully leverage social platforms, from product design and brand building to order taking and community sharing. For more information, visit: www.lollywollydoodle.com