Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackstone Group
” What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence “
Dec. 4, 2019
A conversation with Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment firms with over $500 billion in assets under management, and author of the New York Times best seller What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. The session will be moderated by BNN Bloomberg Anchor Amanda Lang.
What It Takes uses stories from Schwarzman’s 50-year career in business to show readers how to make an impact as a leader, learn and adapt from failures, build thriving teams, and generally achieve success in both work and life. The book also explores Schwarzman’s contributions to education, philanthropy and public service, including his involvement in U.S. economic and trade policy discussions, the creation of Schwarzman Scholars, this century’s version of the Rhodes Scholarship at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his work with major global academic institutions to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
A copy of What It Takes is included in your ticket purchase.
Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, a leading global investment firm with over $500 billion in AUM and businesses in private equity, real estate, hedge funds, credit, infrastructure and life sciences.
In both business and philanthropy, he dedicates himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. His major gifts have helped establish a new center at the University of Oxford to redefine the study of the humanities for the 21st century, create a new college at MIT dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, build a first-of-its-kind student center at Yale, renovate and expand the New York Public Library, and found an international fellowship program, Schwarzman Scholars, at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China.
Mr. Schwarzman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Roundtable, and International Business Council of the WEF. He was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” topped Forbes’ list of the most influential people in finance (2016), and ranked on Forbes’ Top 50 “World’s Most Powerful People” (2018). His honors include the Légion d’Honneur and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France, and Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico.
In 2019, Mr. Schwarzman published his first book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, a New York Times best seller which draws on his experiences in business, philanthropy, and public service.