ABOUT THE International conference

For the past 45 years, Business Today’s International Conference attracts top undergraduate students from across the world to attend an all-expenses-paid three day conference in New York City. This unique opportunity exposes attendees to diverse viewpoints, not only from many industries and companies, but also from students of different countries, universities, and backgrounds. True to our mission, we connect influential business executives with top undergraduate students to develop the next generation of leaders. At Business Today’s International Conference, we aim to create a meaningful dialogue in which students and executives can connect and learn from each other so that together we can face the issues of tomorrow.

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Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 25th

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast

9:15am - 10:00am Keynote III

10:15am - 11:15am Executive Seminar II 

11:30am - 12:30pm Diversity Panel

12:45pm - 1:45pm Lunch

2:00pm - 2:45pm Keynote IV 

3:30pm - 4:30pm Offsite Executive Seminars 

4:45pm - 5:30pm Snack Break 

5:30pm - 6:15pm Impact Challenge Discussion

5:30pm - 6:15pm Optional Networking Reception 

6:30pm - 7:30pm Top of the Rock

7:30pm - 9:30pm Dinner

Sunday, November 24th

7:00am - 11:00am Registration

11:30am - 12:00pm Opening Remarks

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch 

1:00pm - 1:45pm Keynote I 

2:00pm - 3:00pm Executive Seminar I

3:15pm - 4:00pm Impact Challenge Opening Remarks

4:15pm - 5:00pm Keynote II

5:15pm - 6:00pm Recruiting Reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner - Strella 34

Tuesday, November 26th

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast 

8:45am - 10:00am Impact Challenge Presentation 

10:15am - 11:00am Panel II

11:00am - 11:45am Check-Out Period

11:45am - 1:00pm Speaker Series

1:15pm - 2:15pm Lunch

2:15pm - 2:45pm Closing Remarks

2:45pm - 3:00pm Awards and Presentation of Check


Business Today is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Steve Forbes in 1968. For the past 50 years, our goal has been to bridge the gap between influential business leaders, from all industries, and top undergraduate students from across the world. BT creates a dynamic forum in which students from all backgrounds can be educated and inspired.



Since the beginning of time, humans have sought to globalize, constantly looking to settle new territories and trade with neighbors. The Silk Road was a perfect example of an early form of globalization: countries jockeying to develop influence and interact with one other. Following World War II, globalization has inextricably intertwined the world’s major economies with international trade, the rise of multinational corporations, and the surge of international investments. More recently, however, globalization has slowed as international trade has plateaued, global GDP growth has slid to the single digits, and nationalist sentiments have taken hold worldwide. 

But globalization is not over: instead, it is undergoing a fascinating redefinition. The World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Company Global Institute, and Boston Consulting Group Henderson Institute have all begun to examine this new phase of globalization. With the fourth industrial revolution at its helm, the world’s digital integration will be defined by data and information flow serving as the new form of global trade. 

Business Today’s 45th International Conference seeks to explore the impact of this new wave of globalization on affected businesses and industries worldwide. Over our three day conference, we will examine issues ranging from the impact of this changing globalization on the service sector to how global digitization expands market opportunities for small companies and developing countries. How will digital platforms change the organizational structure of businesses? Do businesses have the innovative strategies necessary to compete in this new wave of globalization? How will professional and service-sector workers be affected? At the 45th International Conference, we aspire to facilitate the thoughtful and open exchange between students and executives necessary to engage with the approaching transformation.