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Ivy Leadership Summit Offers Business, Media Insights

By Elizabeth Golden

Serving on the Ivy League Summit's sustainable development panel were Jeffrey Sachs (center) director of Columbia's Earth Institute, and Steve Forbes (right), CEO of Forbes magazine.

Columbia hosted some 200 students from the eight Ivy League schools for the annual Ivy Leadership Summit (ILS), Feb. 27-29. The summit's theme was "Leaders in the Age of Technology and Globalization."

The annual event is administered by the Ivy Council, which was founded in 1993 to provide students from each Ivy League institution with an opportunity to discuss leadership issues with proven leaders from a wide range of professions.

Experts from different fields were invited to participate. Discussions included a panel on sustainable development, which featured Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute, and Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes magazine; a panel on media that included Provost Alan Brinkley and NewsHour correspondent Susan Dentzer; and an international business discussion, which featured Joe Lane, former president of the IBM Credit Corp.

Under Secretary of Defense Dov Zakheim, Iraqi Minister of Municipalities & Public Works Nasreen Berwari and Professor E. Tory Higgins, director of the Motivation Services Center at Columbia, participated in a panel discussion on terrorism and the new security threat.

"ILS 2004 was the most ambitious summit yet," said Ivy Council President Alex Cosmas, a student at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science.

ILS Chairman Eric Poirier, also a student at the Fu Foundation, said, "We have created an event that exposes student leaders to the visionaries and policy makers of today's global landscape. We're improving the network needed for tomorrow's leaders to make informed and responsible decisions."

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Published: Mar 22, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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