From weekly speakers to yearly symposia, IBGC provides numerous meaningful opportunities for the business world and the Fletcher community to come together and influence policy and decision-making conversations. Whether it’s 250+ people listening to prominent experts debate the role of BlueTech in the future of the oceans or a group of students and practitioners live-hacking a business case for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, these events truly give us the chance to connect the world of business to the world.
Since 2001, our Speaker Series has hosted international business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to share insights and debate the issues shaping global business. Our purpose is to examine inclusion, sustainability, risk, innovation, and other challenges as experienced by the leaders navigating them firsthand, inspiring and offering a “breadcrumb trail” for the next generation.
As the first dedicated graduate school of international affairs in the United States, The Fletcher School is uniquely poised to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to the issues of business, geopolitics, society, the economy, and international relations in key regions around the world. Our “Turn? Series” of conferences looks at countries and regions at a point of inflection, facing an uncertain future with wide-ranging impact. We ask, in which direction will Africa, Turkey, Greece, the Ocean, and beyond, turn? In short, the question mark matter!
On the cutting edge of the institutional investment space, the annual Building Bridges conferences put on by our SovereigNet research network (in collaboration with K&L Gates and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds) examine the state of global infrastructure. Since 2013, these events have gathered investors, policy makers, academics, and more in Washington, D.C. for high-level conversation and ideation.
In our “Fletcher Reads the Newspaper” series we pick several hot news items each semester and gather an interdisciplinary panel of Fletcher experts to examine the issues. From there we invite students to approach the problem as they would a case study to offer solutions and strategies for dealing with the issues. These joint problem-solving/consulting events approach the stories of the day with the objective of creating a set of practical recommendations for the relevant decision-makers: CEOs, political leaders, heads of multi-lateral bodies, NGOs, and entrepreneurs.
Our interactive Inclusion, Inc. events break the conference mold, offering a collaborative environment for experts, practitioners, and students to grapple with real world issues together. Participants roll up their sleeves and develop frameworks for joining sustainable business growth with sustainable development — demonstrating that “doing good” for the bottom of the pyramid can also be good for the bottom line.
IBGC is also proud to lend its support to many conferences convened by our students, looking at topics relevant to the business world, from Gender to Political Risk, the Arctic to Africa.
Learn more about these conferences:
- Innovate Tufts