SALT Conference 2017: Speakers to Watch

The SALT Conference, an annual event for thought leaders, business professionals, investors and public policy officials, brings together over 1,800 people from across the globe.  Here, men and women debate and discuss geo-political events, macroeconomic trends, and investment opportunities.  This year, the SALT Conference 2017 is taking place May 16th-May 19th in Las Vegas.

This marks the 7th year of the SALT Conference, an invitation-only event where accredited institutional investors, family offices, investment managers and service providers come together.

Top motivational speakers at the SALT Conference 2017

Bill Ackman
Activist, Investor and Hedge-Fund Manager

Bill AckmanWilliam (Bill) Ackman is the founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, an American hedge fund that holds shares in Wendy’s International and McDonald’s Corporation. As well it has interest in Target Corp., the second largest discount company in US.  Graduated at Harvard College, he holds also an MBA from Harvard Business School. He began his career working for his father in the real estate, and in 1993 he founded Gotham Partners Management Co.

Ben S. Bernanke
Chairman, The Federal Reserve System (2006-2014)

Ben S. BernankeBen S. Bernanke is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. From February 2006 through January 2014, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Bernanke also served as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System’s principal monetary policymaking body.  Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006. He had already served the Federal Reserve System in several roles.

John O. Brennan
Former Director of the CIA

John O. BrennanJohn O. Brennan is an American government official who was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013-January 2017.  He has served as chief counterterrorism adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama; his title was Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Assistant to the President. His responsibilities included overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he met with the President daily.[ Previously, he advised Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition.

David Cameron
Former Prime Minister of the UK

David CameronDavid Cameron is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2016. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Witney from 2001 to 2016. Cameron identifies as a One-Nation Conservative, and has been associated with both economically liberal and socially liberal policies.  Cameron has been praised for modernizing the Conservative Party and for decreasing the United Kingdom’s national deficit.

Dana Carvey
Actor and Stand Up Comedian

Dana CarveyEmmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey has maintained an illustrious career. While a student at San Francisco State University, he won the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition. After graduation and countless club appearances, he became a regular on Saturday Night Live in 1986. Carvey left SNL after seven very successful seasons, establishing his best known characters; The Church Lady, Hans from body building duo Hans and Franz, Grumpy Old Man and Garth, the most Excellent Co-Host to Mike Myers in the immensely popular “Wayne’s World”.

Jeffrey E. Gundlach
CEO and CIO DoubleLine Capital LP

Jeffrey E. GundlachMr. Gundlach is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of DoubleLine. He was formerly associated with TCW where he was Chief Investment Officer and head of fixed income activities. He is recognized as a leading expert in mortgage-backed securities and investment asset allocation. His investment strategies have been featured in leading publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, Pensions & Investments and Institutional Investor.

Steve Harvey
Actor, Comedian, TV Host

Steve HarveySteve Harvey is an American actor, comedian, entertainer, television/radio personality and best-selling author who hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man.  He starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and he was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He also hosts the Steve Harvey Project, on an extended cable channel.  Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010, and is the first African American to do so.

Valerie B. Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Obama

Valerie JarrettValerie B. Jarrett is an American lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. She served as the Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.  Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama’s presidential campaign.

Jewel Kilcher
Musician, Author, Philanthropist

Jewel

Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter.  From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the four-time Grammy nominee, hailed by the New York Times as a “songwriter bursting with talents” has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Her singular style and beauty continuously land her on the covers of such diverse magazines as TIMEPeopleEntertainment Weekly,Vanity FairIn StyleGlamour and SeventeenStuff listed her among its “102 Sexiest Women in the World” while Blender went further, crowning her “rock’s sexiest poet.”

Daniel Loeb
Founder and CEO of Third Point LLC

Daniel LoebDaniel Loeb is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. Loeb founded Third Point LLC in 1995 and leads portfolio management, risk management and research activities.  Dan Loeb is a Trustee of the United States Olympic Committee, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Manhattan Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council.

David M. Rubenstein
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

David M. RubensteinDavid Rubenstein is an American financier and philanthropist best known as co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment company based in Washington D.C. He co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $85 billion from 28 offices around the world.

 

Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman & Former CEO, Google

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessman, and the Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc.  Schmidt served as the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011. Eric Schmidt helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global enterprise.  Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and broadened its offerings while maintaining a culture of strong innovation. His background uniquely prepared him to lead Google’s efforts toward technological solutions that focus on users.

Mike Tyson
Boxing Heavyweight Champion

Mike TysonMike Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old.  Now dedicated to giving back to the community, Tyson launched his own charity, The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, on December 7th, 2012. The Foundation’s mission is to “give kids a fighting chance” by providing innovative centers that offer services to meet the comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes.

Samuel Zell
Founder & Chairman of Equity International

Samuel ZellSamuel Zell is an American businessman, with investments in commercial real estate, energy, manufacturing, logistics/transportation, healthcare, and communications.  Zell is the founder and chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. In addition, Zell maintains substantial interests in, and is the Chairman of, several public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange

Michael Abbott
General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

Michael AbbottMike Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures.  An engineering leader, entrepreneur and investor, Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB.

Donna Brazile
Democratic Political Strategist

Donna BrazileVeteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

 

John Bryant
President & CEO of the Kellogg Company

John BryantJohn Bryant has been Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company since July 1, 2014. In this role, he also chairs the Executive Committee of the Board. Bryant was named President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Bryant chairs Kellogg’s diversity and inclusion council and links diversity goals to executive compensation; he and his direct reports are executive sponsors of the company’s six resource groups.

Liz Claman
Anchor of Fox Business Network Show 

Liz ClamanLiz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett. Since the 07 launch of Fox Business, Claman has brought extended and exclusive interviews to the networks viewers ranging from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Muhtar Kent, the CEO of Coca Cola, McDonalds Jim Skinner, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro, European Central Bank leader Jean-Claude Trichet, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, Microsofts Bill Gates, Fords Alan Mulally and Googles Eric Schmidt.

Jon Corzine
Former Governor of NJ; Former CEO of Golman Sachs

Jon CorzineJon Corzine is an American financial executive and former politician. A Democrat, he was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 2001 to 2006 and was the 54th Governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010. He also worked as CEO of Goldman Sachs during the 1990s and was CEO of MF Global from 2010 to 2011.

 

Lawrence Delevingne
Hedge Fund Correspondent for Reuters

Lawrence DelevingneLawrence Delevingne was the Big Money enterprise reporter for CNBC.com from 2013 to 2015. He focuses on large money managers, especially hedge and private equity funds. Before joining CNBC in September 2013, Delevingne was a senior staff writer at hedge fund publication Absolute Return from 2010 to 2013. He has also written for Business Insider, Fortune and BusinessWeek.

Lara Logan
Award Winning Foreign Correspondent

Lara LoganLara Logan is a South African television and radio journalist and war correspondent. She is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News and a correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes.  Logan was named CBS News chief foreign correspondent in February 2006 and chief foreign affairs correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to 60 Minutes beginning in 2005.

 

SALT Conference Lineup: Other Inspirational Speakers

  • Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States
  • Michael Abbott, Executive Chairman, Columbia Care LLC
  • H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, General Counsel, Qatar Investment Authority
  • Teresa C. Barger, Chief Executive Officer, Cartica Management, LLC
  • Maria BartiromoAnchor & Global Markets Editor, FOX Business Network
  • Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Nobel Laureate & President, The Salk Institute
  • Adam B. Blitz, CEO & CIO, Evanston Capital Management
  • David Bossie, Deputy Campaign Manager, Donald Trump Presidential Campaign
  • R. Nicholas BurnsFormer U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Governor Jeb BushGovernor of Florida
  • James ChanosFounder & President, Kynikos Associates LP
  • Anna ChristySoprano – Award-Winning & International Opera Singer
  • George CookInstitutional Consulting Director, Graystone Consulting
  • Eric CostaManaging DirectorHead of Hedge Fund Research, Cambridge Associates
  • Clayton DeGiacintoFounder & Chief Investment Officer, Axonic Capital LLC
  • Vivek DhayagudeChief Technology Officer, SkyBridge Capital
  • Robert DugganPartner & Senior Portfolio Manager, SkyBridge Capital
  • Josh EarnestWhite House Press Secretary For President Obama
  • Don Fehrs, Ph.D.Principal Risk Management & Research
  • Joshua S. Friedman, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO, Canyon Partners, LLC
  • Emanuel J. FriedmanCEO & Co-CIO, EJF Capital LLC
  • Troy Gayeski, Partner & Senior Portfolio Manager, SkyBridge Capital
  • Nick GrazianoManaging Partner, Venetus Partners
  • Jim GreenbergBoard Member, eSpear
  • Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign
  • Reade Griffith, Co-Founder, Tetragon
  • Zhao HaiyingChief Risk Officer, China Investment Corporation
  • Kenneth J. Heinz, CFA, President, Hedge Fund Research, Inc.
  • Chris HentemannManaging Partner & CIO, 400 Capital Management LLC
  • Sir Michael HintzeFounder, Chief Executive & Senior Investment Officer, CQS
  • George HornigChief Executive Officer, Transatlantic Financial Holdings, LLC
  • Tony HsiehNew York Times Bestselling Author and Chief Executive Officer, Zappos
  • Colin Ireland, VP – Institutional ETF Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
  • Brett R. JeffersonPresident & Chief Investment Officer, Hildene Capital Management
  • Mark JeffriesAuthor & Communications Expert
  • Jerry JonesOwner, President & General Manager of Dallas Cowboys
  • Jason KarpFounder & Chief Investment Officer, Tourbillon Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Aleksander KwaśniewskiPresident of the Republic of Poland
  • Marc LasryChairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Avenue Capital Group
  • Marc LevinAward Winning Independent Filmmaker & Executive Producer, Brick City TV
  • Jon LewinsohnManaging Partner, Diameter Capital Partners LP
  • John LykouretzosFounder & CIO, Hoplite Capital Management, L.P.
  • Aristedes MahairasSpecial Agent in Charge, Special Operations/Cyber Division, FBI
  • Omeed MalikManaging Director, Global Head of Capital Strategy, BOA Merrill Lynch
  • Morris MarkManaging Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Mark Asset Management
  • James MaundVice President-ETF Capital Markets, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)
  • Rosemary Mazanet, M.D. PhDChair, The Columbia Care Scientific Advisory Board
  • Mark MobiusExecutive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group
  • Rick Newman, Columnist, Yahoo Finance
  • Ray NolteManaging Partner & Chief Investment Officer, SkyBridge Capital
  • Kevin O’MalleyPartner & Portfolio Manager, Chatham Asset Management, LLC
  • George PapandreouPrime Minister of Greece (2009-2011)
  • Victor ParkPrincipal & Founder, Alternative Assets
  • Felix PartowPortfolio Manager, The Midway Group
  • Christopher Pucillo, CEO & CIO, Solus Alternative Asset Management LP
  • Douglas RachlinManaging Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, Neuberger Berman
  • Bruce RichardsChairman & Chief Executive Officer, Marathon Asset Management
  • Sarah Robb O’HaganChief Executive Officer, Flywheel Sports; Founder, Extreme You
  • David RosenblumPartner & Portfolio Manager, Prophet Capital Asset Management L.P.
  • Jack RossPrincipal & Co-Founder, Waterfall Asset Management
  • Joseph RotterManaging Director, Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC
  • Aaron C. RouseSpecial Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Karl RoveFormer Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Ricky SandlerFounder, CEO & CIO, Eminence Capital, LP
  • David C. SaundersFounding Managing Director, K2 Advisors
  • Anthony ScaramucciFounder, SkyBridge Capital
  • Dr. Edward M. “Ted” SchaefferChair, Department of Urology, Northwestern U.
  • Erik SchatzkerEditor at Large, Bloomberg Television
  • Adam SchefterESPN NFL Insider
  • Andy SerwerEditor in Chief, Yahoo Finance
  • Stephen A. SmithFeatured Commentator, ESPN
  • Zachary SquireCIO & Co-Founder, Tekmerion Capital Management
  • David StrinePortfolio Manager, Impala Asset Management
  • George SullivanExecutive VP, State Street Corporation
  • Anthony ToddChief Executive Officer, Aspect Capital
  • Ariella Tolkin, Senior VP- Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group, Jefferies
  • Nicolas Vassalli, Head of Portfolio Management, Structured Portfolio Management
  • Gary VaynerchukFounder, VaynerMedia
  • Ty WallachPartner, Paulson & Co. Inc.
  • Boaz WeinsteinFounder & Chief Investment Officer, Saba Capital Management, L.P.
  • Ilana D. WeinsteinFounder & Chief Executive Officer, The IDW Group, LLC
  • Basil Williams, Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Management, PAAMCO
  • Robert WolfChief Executive Officer, 32 Advisors & Chairman, Measure
  • Ryan WolfingtonFounder & Member, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation
  • Sean WolfingtonChairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Wolfington Companies
  • Jake WoodCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Team Rubicon USA
  • Dr. Joon YunManaging Partner & President, Palo Alto Investors
  • Roslyn ZhangManaging Director, China Investment Corporation

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