Keynote Speakers

Gary D. Cohn

Gary D. Cohn

American business leader, a philanthropist and the former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council.

Monday, May 6 @ 8:50 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, a philanthropist and the former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council.

Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 to April 2018. Though a registered democrat, he served as President Donald J. Trump's chief economic advisor, and managed the coordination of the president's domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm's Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 to 2016 and was a member of the firm's Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Cohn testified to Congress on the impact of the financial crisis of 2007-2008.

Additionally, Cohn served as a Director of the London Metal Exchange and as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange.

Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. He is an active philanthropist and an advisor to technology companies and entrepreneurs, who rely on his vast knowledge of Wall Street and Washington to better understand the financial and economic environment. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.


Aimee Mullins

Aimée Mullins

Record-breaking athlete, model and actress

Tuesday, May 7 @ 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Aimée Mullins revels in the exploration of what is possible-both for herself and those whose lives she touches. She is an actor, a story-teller, a Renaissance woman, and an inspirational icon for achieving the impossible. She has developed her own unique formula for the invented life, curated from her unique combination of life experiences as an Olympic athlete, a high fashioned model, a beacon for design tech, a dedicated advocate and an avant-grade actor.

Mullins first received worldwide media attention as an athlete. Born without a fibulae in both legs, she was told she'd spend her life in a wheelchair. But she learned to walk on prosthetics after doctors amputated both her legs below the knee, and she spent her childhood swimming, biking, and playing softball and soccer with her peers.

As a student at Georgetown University, she joined the school's nationally ranked Division 1 track team, becoming the first woman with a "disability" to compete in the NCAA. She then set her sights on becoming the fastest woman on prosthetic legs in the world and went on to set world records in the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the long jump.

Mullins is a TED All-Star who has spoken multiple times at the world-famous TED Conference, and her talks have been viewed more than 7 million times. She was one of the youngest honorees to be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the Women's Museum honored her contribution to sport as one of the "Greatest American Women of the 20th Century." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed her to the State Department's "Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports" in 2012, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Northeastern University.

As a groundbreaking model, Mullins made her mark in the highest echelons of the fashion press (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Glamour and Elle). She's been named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World," Esquire's "Women We Love" and Sports Illustrated's "Coolest Girls in Sport." She has acted in a varied range of film and television roles, and she is currently on the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Stranger Things. In 2019, she stars in FX's new series, Devs, set in Silicon Valley.

Mullins delights in sharing what she has learned to help others shatter perceived limitations and reinvent themselves. In a warm, engaging and approachable style, she offers insightful, actionable and powerful guidance to audiences worldwide.


Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

CEO, Kobe Inc.

Tuesday, May 7 @ 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP and 15-time All-NBA player. He has appeared in 17 NBA All-Star Games, earning three NBA All-Star MVP recognitions. He became the League's youngest player ever to be named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team, to start an All-Star Game and to earn All-Rookie honors. In December 2014, Bryant became the League's third all-time leading scorer, surpassing his basketball muse, Michael Jordan.

Bryant was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets and later acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played his entire 20-year career. He was the first NBA player to play all 20 seasons with the same team.

Throughout his career, Bryant has dedicated his philanthropic passion to a variety of causes benefitting children in need. He has served as the ambassador for After-School All-Stars and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk. He has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help fulfill hundreds of wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

In 2006, he launched the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to improve the lives of young people though access to sports, mentorship and economic empowerment. In 2009, Bryant partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation to create the Kobe China Fund, dedicated to the welfare and education of youth in China. Since 2007, Bryant has hosted the Kobe Academy camp to teach children fundamental basketball skills and life lessons to be successful.

Through his investment entity, Bryant has invested in several entrepreneurial companies that share in his vision to build athletic excellence. Most notably, Bryant has invested in Body Armor sports drink and the Players' Tribune media platform.

Bryant formed Kobe Inc. in 2013 as a multimedia content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Kobe Inc.'s first project, Kobe Bryant's Muse, debuted on Showtime in February 2015. Bryant executive-produced the first-of-its-kind documentary, which earned a Clio Award in May 2015.

In 2018, he became the first NBA player to earn an Oscar when Dear Basketball, a film he wrote and narrated, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.