The 2017 Conference will feature:

  • 6 Keynote Addresses
  • 2 Panels and 1 Speaker Series
  • On-Site Executive Seminars
  • Off-Site Executive Seminars
  • A Case-Study Competition
  • Business Today Social Impact Challenge
  • Recruiting Reception

2017 Conference Schedule

Day 1, November 19
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registration
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Opening Remarks
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Keynote | Fireside Chat
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Stand and Stretch
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM On-Site Executive Seminar
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Recruiting Reception / Executive Lounge
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM Impact Challenge Opening Remarks
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Split Sessions
A: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Millennium Challenge Explanation and Q&A
B: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Brainstorming
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Impact Challenge Discussion and Preparation
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM Keynote II
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Dinner in Grand Hyatt
9:00 PM - 9:15 PM Reconvene at Grand Hyatt
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM Rockerfeller Center with WSJ
11:59 PM Question and Subtopic Paragraph Due
Day 2, November 20
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Work Time
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Keynote III
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM On-Site Executive Seminar II
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Letter Writing to Sponsors
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Keynote IV
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Speaker Series
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Off-Site Seminars
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM Magnolia Break & Networking
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Split Sessions
A: 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Impact Challenge Group Discussion
B: 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM Millennium Challenge Discussion
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM Dinner in NYC
9:30 PM - 12:00 AM Open Work Hours
Day 3, November 21
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast and Millennium Challenge / Impact Challenge Preparation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Millennium Challenge Preliminary Presentation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Impact Challenge Presentations
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Panel II: Technology & Sustainability
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Millennium Challenge Finalists Runoff
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Stand and Stretch
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Closing Remarks
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Awards Ceremony
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Conclusion

Past Executive Keynotes

Recent International Conferences featured addresses from:

  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric.
  • Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone.
  • Mark Thompson, President and CEO of the New York Times.
  • Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola.
  • Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America.
  • Mehmood Khan, CSO of Pepsi Co.
  • Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai.

Executive Seminar Description

Our seminars will give students and executives the opportunity to interact in a close environment, where they can discuss in-depth the executive’s understanding of the changing landscape of the business world. Students will be able to ask questions and connect with business leaders in a way that is afforded exclusively by Business Today and the International Conference. The theme of the conference is the “Redefining Innovation: Leading the 21st Century Revolution”, specifically focusing on (1) Inspiration: learn from executives who did it first, (2) Innovation: practice new methods in various fields, and (3) Implementation: sustain/apply beyond the 3 days. Seminars will focus on these three areas, weaving executives’ personal stories, company work, and overall industry experience.

Case Study Competition

Each attendee will be a part of a team of 8-10 students that collaborate to come up with their own innovative solution to the case study. Our attendees will receive guidance from industry-leading executives and compete for a prize to meet with an executive in an intimate setting.

Impact Challenge: Win $15k
Seed Funding for Your Social Venture

This year, we are continuing the annual BT Impact Challenge, a seed-funding competition for students interested in social entrepreneurship. The Challenge is open to social entrepreneurs all over the world, including those accepted to the Conference through our regular application. The five chosen teams receive a month of mentorship from top business executives, as well as the chance to compete at the International Conference for $15,000 in seed funding.
Last year's winner was the nonprofit Upsolve, which provides free Chapter 7 bankruptcy assistance to low-income New Yorkers: upsolve.org
Note: Selection for the Impact Challenge will remove you from participation in the Case Study Competition