The FORTUNE CEO Initiative
The FORTUNE CEO Initiative is dedicated to helping members find ways to promote social progress as part of their core business strategies.
The Role of Business in A Disrupted World
The Fortune CEO Initiative is a membership organization bringing together CEOs of companies that are committed to addressing business excellence, diversity, and major societal issues as a core part of their business strategies. Our annual meeting brings together members for collaborative discussions focused on the Initiative’s core themes and the shared belief that infusing broader purpose into corporate strategies is increasingly important in attracting and motivating talent, deepening bonds with consumers, and steadying corporate reputation.
Participation is by invitation only. For more information on joining, email CeoInitiative@fortune.com.
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2022 Annual Meeting
The world has undoubtedly entered a new age and is experiencing a tangled web of existential crises unlike any we’ve seen in decades. Russia’s brazen invasion of Ukraine. Rising authoritarian tides. Political polarization. Diminished democratic institutions. Unbroken dependency on fossil fuels. Cataclysmic climate change projections. Deep distrust in capitalism. Raging culture wars. The lingering battle with COVID-19 and fear of the next pandemic. These issues are exposing the many challenges of our interconnected world in vivid technicolor.
Global business leaders are acutely feeling the pressure and profound uncertainty generated by these crises. And more is being demanded of those leaders than ever before, as an ever-expanding set of stakeholders urges them to take a stand on issue after issue. How are leaders expected to navigate these troubled waters? How does industry not only make profits but also a positive impact in an exceptionally difficult new global context? There are no easy answers, but Fortune’s CEO Initiative promises to confront these challenges head-on as we examine the role of business and leadership in a disrupted world.
We will take a deep dive into these topics at our 2022 Annual Meeting:
- Leadership perspectives from Global CEOs driving innovation and transformation
- Views from government officials and policymakers working across the aisle to drive economic prosperity
- Insights from subject matter experts on the key geopolitical and business trends
- Observations from thought leaders and academics studying shifts in workplace culture
- Stories from entrepreneurs and changemakers working at grassroots levels
Enjoy a one-hour bicycle tour along the iconic Palm Beach Island – the ride will feature views of the Atlantic ocean, tree canopies, and Floridian architecture. Perfect for all skill levels, this ride will follow a flat terrain along the famed A1A.
Inflation hit a 40-year record high in June, with consumer prices increasing 9.1% over the last 12 months. Lawrence H. Summers has been the leading voice in the national debate surrounding inflation, predicting the onset long before the Federal Reserve and other economists. In this session, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary will outline the risks here and abroad, and provide a sense of what is next for the economy.
Glasgow was a watershed for business and climate, with a majority of Fortune 500 CEOs telling us in surveys they have adopted, or plan to adopt, net-zero targets, and with the SEC proposing to ratify that attention in regulation. Yet, all sorts of practical issues arise as leaders turn that intention into a reality. We’ll drill down on how to track progress in a reliable way, the role of offsets to address the problem, and tactics to make Scope 3 a reality with suppliers and customers.
Considered one of the most powerful people in Washington, Joe Manchin can sink or boost Biden initiatives in a 50-50 Senate. Manchin was the critical vote to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, after stymying earlier attempts. What insight can he share about the art of compromise, and the role of moderates and bipartisanship in today’s politics? As chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Manchin has sway on the energy economy. And how might Manchin’s role change, or not, if the Senate is no longer split 50-50 after Election Day?
The partisan divide continues to deepen. Economic insecurity, cultural issues and demographic shifts heighten political concerns. Employees, shareholders, and customers feel the fallout of our changed political landscape. What can CEOs and companies do to fix our broken politics? In this session, experts will offer ideas to find solutions.
Risk is becoming increasingly complex, locally and globally. Pandemic, war, social unrest are mainstays. Resiliency is the watchword, but what does it look like in today’s geopolitical environment? What questions should CEOs be asking about risk management, including cyber defenses, as they navigate today’s political shoals?
Rising inflation and the looming recession will impact everyone, but especially middle- and low-income Americans. How can business leaders work with policymakers to address economic mobility issues in America? During this session, Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor of a major American city when elected at 26 in Stockton, Calif., will discuss radical interventions, such as guaranteed income programs, and why poverty is not inevitable.
Influencers and creators can make or break a brand with a five-second video. What do companies need to know to leverage this power, or play defense, if necessary? We get insight from a pioneer of the creator economy Marc D’Amelio. As the father of two of the most popular names on Tik Tok, Dixie and Charli D’Amelio (most followed female), Marc has helped his family to launch D’Amelio Brands, start a VC fund and land Hulu and Snap shows, along with a myriad of other ventures. Marc is truly writing the creator playbook, and he’ll share his insights on deriving value from social celebrities.
The benefits of membership in the Fortune CEO Initiative include:
- Participation in the annual meeting
- Virtual Calls: Occurring throughout the year, these calls provide a forum for CEOI members to share ideas and approaches with other CEOI members. Our objective is to understand how each of our members are leading, planning, and thinking in both the short and longer term.
- CEO Collaboratives: The member may participate in collaboratives to follow up on particular ideas for collective action identified at the annual meeting. Current areas include: Economic inclusion, technology for good, climate and sustainability, and workforce development. The result of high impact collective action will be featured on Fortune.com and daily newsletters.
- Video Interview: CEOI members have the opportunity to participate in a video interview series by a Fortune staffer, highlighting your business with purpose, and published on Fortune.com.
- Fortune Events: Complimentary invitations and special opportunities to attend select Fortune events, including the virtual Fortune Global Forum, Brainstorm Health, and Brainstorm Design conferences. This also includes an invitation to the Davos CEO Dinner. Several conferences can be delegated to executives from your company.
- Recognition in Fortune Magazine: Fortune will run an editorial report following the conclusion of the CEO Initiative annual meeting which will include a listing of all members.
- Premium-level access across all Fortune media platforms: In addition, your membership will include complimentary access to Fortune’s new platforms and products including subscriber-only journalism online; an immersive video portal including Fortune conferences via live stream or on demand; proprietary research each week; and subscriber-only calls.
Participation is by invitation only, and benefits of membership in the CEO Initiative extend beyond the annual meeting, and includes frequent virtual conversations. Annual membership is $16,000.
The CEO Initiative is developed with the guidance of FORTUNE editors, and the program is tailored with themes and speakers carefully selected to deliver maximum value to participants.
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Membership in the FORTUNE CEO Initiative is by invitation only, and subject to approval. Registration is non-transferable. Benefits of membership in the CEO Initiative extend beyond the annual meeting, and includes frequent virtual conversations. Annual membership is $16,000. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel charges for all events. The staff for the event will provide more information about accommodations.
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