Upcoming Programs

Combating Enemies in a Globalized World, with David Kilcullen, President & CEO, Caerus Associates (GNLA)

July 23, 2014, 6:30pm

Today’s conflicts abroad make past eras, like World War II, look simple by comparison. When our enemies have evolved from well-organized national armies to rogue groups as small and specific as a few insurgents in a remote area of Afghanistan, how do we create strategies that prevent violence and ensure peace? On Wednesday, July 23, Gen Next Members in Los Angeles will hear from David Kilcullen, President & CEO at Caerus Associates on how factors like energy, health, and economic opportunity impact safety and security around the globe. A renowned author and security expert, Kilcullen has advised both the Bush and Obama administrations on counterinsurgency strategies in the Middle East and beyond. He will enlighten Gen Next Members on the realities of today’s enemies, and how we must rethink our strategies to incorporate things like urbanization and connectedness—topics he touches on in his recent book, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla.

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Growing the Reach of a Global Brand, with Peter D. Gibbons, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Mattel, Inc. (GNOC)

July 24, 2014, 6:30pm

As EVP of Global Operations, Peter Gibbons is very familiar with the logistical challenges that face global supply chains. In his exclusive remarks to GNOC, he will focus on three key areas for the company – enabling business growth, ensuring world-class customer fulfillment, and assuring quality and product integrity—and ho these areas are affected by factors like transportation infrastructure, security, and workforce fluctuations. Mattel is one of the largest toy manufacturers in the country, with a storied history that extends far beyond the Barbie doll and Hot Wheels, and Peter’s insights and expertise keep the operations, and brand, running smoothly and successfully.

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The Impact of Media on Politics in the 21st Century, featuring Michael Emerson, Media Strategist & Hollywood Director (GNAZ)

July 30, 2014, 6:00pm

Since the advent of television reporting from the front lines of the Vietnam War, the American public’s view of the world, and opinions on foreign policy, have been shaped by the media. Indelible images create a sense of fear, success, security, or failure, but each of the images we see are carefully curated by a news outlet with a point of view, and a battle for viewers. On Wednesday, July 30, Michael Emerson, media strategist and Hollywood Director, will speak to Members of Gen Next in Arizona about how media, and the news climate in the 21st century, heavily influences politics and public opinion—and at what price. Emerson will explain how the new approach to media, especially the tendency to use sensationalism to drive ratings and a reliance on politically-slanted reporting angles, has negatively impacted the ability of the average American to stay informed, engaged, and aware.

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Bringing a Regional Brand to National Recognition, with Bradley Tilden, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Airlines, Inc. (GNSEA)

August 07, 2014, 6:00pm

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Enriching the Future of our Students, featuring Lisa Graham Keegan, Education Reform Advocate and former AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction (GNSD)

August 14, 2014, 6:00pm

In the struggle to best publicly educate America’s children, the quality and administration of schools is debated every day. The rise of public charter schools has created variety, diverse education options, and also heated discussion. On Thursday, August 14, Lisa Graham Keegan, Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction of will visit with Members of Gen Next San Diego for a private dinner discussion on trends in public education with an exploding demand for public charter schools. San Diego residents are currently discussing the merits of a state bill supported by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, which many parents claim would affect the freedom charter schools require to grow thriving independent curricula. This evening will address the most current of events in the movement to improve access to and diversity of quality public education.

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Abby McCloskey, Program Director of Economic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (GNLA)

August 27, 2014, 6:30pm

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Abby McCloskey, Program Director of Economic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (GNOC)

August 28, 2014, 6:30pm

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Michael Medved, Radio Host of the Michael Medved Show (GNSEA)

September 04, 2014, 6:00pm

As one of America’s most popular and respected voices, nationally-syndicated radio host Michael Medved brings top-line news from politics and popular culture to millions. From his books and radio program, Medved has never been afraid to cut to the heart of a key matter, and will bring his famous analysis exclusively to Members of Gen Next Seattle on Thursday, September 4. He will take on everything from ongoing Capitol Hill gridlock, the new Federal budget, and the recent State of the Union address. No one gives straight-forward, honest insights with the candor, humor, and wit better than Michael Medved.

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Eyal Aronoff, Co-founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation (GNAZ)

September 10, 2014, 6:00pm

Energy Security is more than a global buzz-word: its impact is woven into our daily lives. Foreign policy, industrial growth, food costs, and transportation are inextricably tied to fuel sources. Members of Gen Next Arizona will delve into this important issue with Eyal Aranoff, Co-Founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation. About Eyal Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Quest Software, one of the largest independent software ventures in the world. His current focus is energy and philanthropy. Eyal graduated summa cum laude in chemistry and computer science from Bar Ilan University in Israel and now lives in Newport Beach, California. More about Fuel Freedom: Fuel Freedom is a non-partisan campaign dedicated to breaking our oil addiction by removing barriers to competition and to promote the development of cheaper, cleaner, American-made fuels. Fuel Freedom means that gasoline, diesel, methanol, natural gas, ethanol and electricity compete on equal footing both at the dealership and at the pump. Achieving Fuel Freedom will lower fuel prices, create jobs, spur economic growth, reduce pollution, improve national and global security, and eliminate the need to send our sons and daughters to faraway lands to ensure the free flow of oil.

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Ian Gardner, Chief Strategy & Investment Officer at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (GNLA)

September 24, 2014, 6:30pm

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Wall Street: The New Security Battlefield, with Kevin Freeman, Author & Expert on Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism

September 25, 2014, 6:30pm

When we think of threats from foreign enemies, the attacks we picture usually aren’t hidden within our financial markets. Kevin Freeman, Economic Warfare & Financial Terrorism Expert, is concerned that the weaknesses that make us truly vulnerable as a nation aren’t along our borders or in our defense systems. They are actually economic tools and tactics employed by rival nations to exploit weaknesses and pressure points on Wall Street and beyond, that could strain us financially to the point of no recovery. On Thursday, September 25, Freeman will meet with Members of Gen Next Orange County to discuss his work advising companies and the U.S. government on how we can detect our own weaknesses, and defend ourselves against the new battlefield: the financial markets.

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Dr. Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute (GNAZ)

October 08, 2014, 6:00pm

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Leslie D. Michelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Private Health Management, Inc. (GNLA)

October 22, 2014, 6:30pm

Leslie D. Michelson has more than 20 years of experience as a founder, CEO, investor, advisor and/or director for a portfolio of entrepreneurial health care, technology and real estate companies. Michelson serves as a director of American Realty Capital Trust, a retail REIT (NASDAQ: ARCT); American Realty Health Care REIT, a public non-traded health care REIT; American Realty Business Development Corporation of America, a public, non-traded business development company; and American Realty Retail Centers of America, a public, non-traded REIT that invests in retail malls; and, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotechnology company that focuses on prostate cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Michelson is also a director of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a non-profit research and development institute focused on ALS. He also serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry, a council assembled to help the city support emerging growth companies.

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