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Friday, November 03, 2006

Foundation To Host Leadership Summit On Creativity, Neuroscience

The Global Creative Leadership Summit -- an initiative of the Louise T Blouin Foundation -- will bring together top executives, scientists, politicians and artists to discuss and develop solutions for the complex challenges facing today's leaders with a focus on creativity, cultural empathy, and new findings in neuroscience.

Titled "New Demands of the 21st Century," this interdisciplinary three-day event will be held Nov. 13-15, at the Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall in New York.

The summit, which will encourage open dialogue among its 100 notable speakers including Bradbury Anderson, CEO of Best Buy; Stephen Schwartzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group; Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP Chief Officer; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Gustavo Cisneros, chairman and chief executive of the Cisneros Group of Companies; HRH PrinceTurki Al-Faisal, ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States; Richard Meier, architect; Henry Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of state; Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, president of Iceland; Bianca Jagger, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador; Richard Serra and Jeff Koons, artists, as well as Nobel Laureates Richard Axel, Daniel Kahneman,Eric Kandel, and James Watson.

According to Louise T Blouin MacBain, chairman of the LTB Foundation: "We need to look to the mind to develop 21st century solutions to 21st century challenges. Whether it is what a leading athlete knows about motivation, what a scientist knows about the brain, what a CEO knows aboutdelivering results, or what a head of state knows about leadership, we need to hear from all voices to understand better the practical ways in which we can find new tools to achieve more in a new world. As just one example, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding the way themind reacts to advertising: the one factor that drives the economies of the world."

Summit participant and Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel says, "Louise MacBain has become an ambassador for interdisciplinary analysis, creatingthe links between business, science, the arts and many fields to focus onthat which unites us all."

The summit is the centerpiece of the Louise T Blouin Foundation's program of work -- breaking down traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, businesses and governments to discover practical learning thatwill help people from the classroom to the boardroom.

This work intends toenrich the mind to stimulate greater levels of achievement, cultural empathy and economic growth through exhibitions, research, events, and mainstream media.

The summit will be broadcast live through internet webcasts. More information in the Global Creative Leadership Summit can be found at

The strategic partner of the summit is the United Nations Fund forInternational Partnerships.


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