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Theme

The theme of the 42nd International Conference is The Rise of the Millennial Generation: Bridging the Gap. Executives will address all aspects of this theme, from the influx of Millennials in the workforce to changing Millennial consumer preferences, in keynote speeches, panels, and executive seminars.

Students

During the 2015 International Conference, over 150 students from 29 countries were chosen to attend, at no cost of their own. Apply now for a spot at one of the most selective undergraduate business conferences in the world.

Companies:

The 2016 International Conference will include participation from executives from over 70 different companies.

Keynote Addresses, Opening Speeches, and Closing Remarks:

The 2015 International Conference featured addresses from:
• Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
• Mehmood Khan, CSO of Pepsi Co.
• Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor
• Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai
• Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola.
The 2014 International Conference featured addresses from Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone
• Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric
• Paul Fribourg, Chairman and CEO for ContiGroup Companies
• Mark Thompson, President and CEO of the New York Times.

Seminars and Panels:

Engage with leaders from the business world in an intimate setting. 10-15 students will meet with an executive in either a conference room at the Grand Hyatt or their corporate headquarters to engage in dialogue with the executive about their life and work.

Case Study Competition:

Students in groups of 8-10 will compete to find a solution to a real-world business problem, involving the 2016 theme of the Millennial Generation. Each group will pitch their solution to a panel of executives to determine which cohort produced the best resolution to the problem.

BT Impact Challenge:

The BT Impact Challenge is a seed-funding competition for students interested in social entrepreneurship. The BT Impact Challenge is open to social entrepreneurs all over the world, including those accepted to the IC through our regular application. Once chosen, the 5 best teams will receive a month of mentorship from business executives, as well as the chance to compete at the International Conference for seed capital. The 2015 Impact Challenge winner was Asylum Connect—visit their page to find out about their progress since the Competition. Apply here: https://bt68.wufoo.com/forms/w1lugeeq0p03x0c/

About the Conference

At the 42nd Annual International Conference, we will discuss and analyze the impact of the Millennial Generation on the business world. Keynote speeches and conference-wide panels will address the conference theme of The Rise of The Millennial Generation: Bridging the Gap, and executive seminars may touch on this as well.

Business Today covers all student expenses, including airfare, rooming, and meals. The 2016 International Conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt in New York City beginning on Sunday, November 20th and concluding on Tuesday, November 22nd. The third and final round of applications will end August 19th.

Those accepted in the first round will automatically be considered for our Ambassador Rewards Program. Ambassadors to the International Conference receive rewards and special access for every student they refer.