Thursday, April 3, 2014
Breakfast Keynote Speaker
David James is president of Business Strategies
International (BSI Corporation), a consulting and venture development firm in
San Francisco, CA. His published works include The New Asia: Business Strategies for the Economic Region that Is
Shaking Up the World, The Executive
Guide to Asia-Pacific Communications, Doing Business in Asia,
and numerous articles on legal, business, and technology issues.
He was chairman of
business programs at the East-West Center, Honolulu, HI, and under a project
of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), he headed a team of
U.S. advisers to the Government of Indonesia on the revision of its
commercial laws and related subjects.
James served as Honorary Consul of Malaysia in Hawaii and was general counsel
or assistant general counsel of three large multinational corporations and a
senior partner of a Chicago, IL-based law firm. He also was co-professor of a
seminar on Asian law and society at Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA. James
holds an A.B. degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; a J.D. degree
from the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL; and a Stanford
Executive Program certificate from the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business, Stanford, CA.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Lunch Keynote Speaker
Amy Liu is a senior
fellow, and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. She and
Bruce Katz, the Institution’s Vice President, launched the program in 1996 to
provide decision-makers with the latest trends analyses, policy ideas, and
on-the-ground practices to help metropolitan areas, compete and prosper. Over
the years, she has worked directly with neighborhood, city, suburban, and
rural leaders within metropolitan areas; and government, business and civic
leaders at the regional, state, and national level to address the most
pressing challenges and opportunities facing our communities.
Liu is a frequent speaker on ways to advance U.S. economic competitiveness by
harnessing the unique assets of regional economies. She particularly
focuses on the importance of strengthening industry clusters, innovation,
skills, and exports and trade to excel in the global economy.
is leading a "practice” effort at Brookings to help civic, political and
business leaders in metro areas adopt intentional, market-oriented strategies
for growth, including the role of state and federal policies to align with
those strategies. She is also advancing a Global Cities Initiative to
help U.S. and international cities, with their state partners, act on their
roles as engines of the global economy.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Breakfast Keynote Speaker
The legendary entrepreneur and businessman, Al Bell has
been responsible for shaping the American music scene for over 40 years. From
his humble beginnings as an on-air personality in Little Rock, Memphis, and
Washington, DC, to his decades-long journey through the complex worlds of
entertainment and business, Bell’s dynamic leadership style led him to become
known as one of the premier business executives in the recording industry.
Bell successfully owned and operated STAX Records. STAX
produced gold and platinum hits on such artists as Isaac Hayes, the Staple
Singers, Johnny Taylor, Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MG's, the Bar Kays,
Otis Redding, The Emotions, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Richard Pryor, Bill
Cosby, Billy Eckstine, Albert King, The Dramatics, and a host of others. The
BBC profiled Bell as "one of the icons of soul music” and "the driving force
behind Stax Records.” His innovative promotional efforts promulgated the
"Memphis Sound” internationally and made Stax the second-largest African
American-owned business in the 1970s. Bell later became head of the Motown
Records Group and worked with Berry Gordy in the sale of Motown to the
MCA/Boston Ventures Group.
In 2011, Bell received the highest honor the recorded
music industry offers: the prestigious Grammy Trustees Award, presented by
the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Recording Arts and
Sciences (NARAS). This award was given in recognition of Bell’s lifetime of
influence, achievement, and success in his pursuit of musical excellence, as
demonstrated through the creation, development, and successful marketing of
"rare performing artists” that recorded "unique music art” and who with
"passion and emotion” interacted with and entertained their audiences with a
standard of excellence that classified them as entertainment icons.
Throughout his career, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, a seer, an
icon, a "music mogul,” and a communications and entertainment "maverick.”
Bell currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the
Memphis Music Foundation, which is dedicated to cultivating an economic
engine for Memphis, TN and reinvigorating its music scene in an effort to
help businesses grow, increase employment opportunities and improve the
quality of life for residents. Several surveys conducted by the Memphis
business community concluded one of the city’s distinct areas for future
economic growth is music—an industry Bell is fully versed in. He is now
responsible for enhancing the economic vitality of the city he helped brand
as Soulsville, U.S.A.
A prolific speaker and trusted
business advisor, Bell travels internationally sharing his wealth of
knowledge as it relates to entering a new market, scaling a business and
investing in today’s global economy. He advises executives, entrepreneurs and
other professionals on how they can successfully navigate the new business
landscape to compete globally, achieve operational efficiency and increase profitability.
His passion is economic development & philanthropy, where his personal
interests intersect with special projects worldwide. Bell’s work in Africa
includes infrastructure and development projects that support sustainable
growth objectives and projects on the continent.