On April 26, in a one-of-a-kind event, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) convened leaders from the world of politics, media, business and government to engage in a direct dialogue about the role creativity plays in our economy and in creating the workforce of the future. The Creativity Conference brought together many of the most important artists and innovators of our time from all parts of society for a mediated conversation about spurring growth and opportunity based on creativity.
Panelists and speakers included President Bill Clinton, TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel, film studio executive Harvey Weinstein, House majority leader Eric Cantor, and the chairman and CEO of the MPAA Chris Dodd. They discussed questions that are fundamental to the future of the country–from the push to develop environments that inspire creativity to how our leaders can harness the power of a workforce that is moving from industrial manufacturing to the tapping of the creative mind.
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Additional speakers and moderators included:
Steven Bathiche, Dir. of Research, Applied Sciences Group, Microsoft
Richard Florida, Ph.D, Founder, Creative Class Group
Fred Humphries, VP, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS
Ted Leonsis, Chmn. & CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment;
Hadi Partovi, Founder, Code.org
Richard Plepler, Chief Executive Officer, HBO
Mitch Singer, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures
Benh Zeitlin, Director, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”