The 80th Yale CEO Summit, led by Yale Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on December 17 and 18, 2014. This Summit brought together business leaders, current and former government officials, academics, and other thought leaders. This Summit’s theme was “The Global CEO and Local Sensitivities: Leading at Once as Diplomat, Patriot, Entrepreneur, Financier and Industrialist.”
Sessions dealt with the CEO voice and when to use it in global events, the role and types of activist investors, disrupting existing industries, and reinventing established enterprises. This Summit looked at the business climate in the U.S., Europe, China, and elsewhere, and examined trends in industries including telecom, entertainment, technology, healthcare, retail, and more. Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa, was honored with the Legend in Leadership Award.