The technology and media elite at this year’s Allen & Co. conference in picturesque Sun Valley, Idaho, will hear from Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and listen to a panel on “Green Disruption.”
A meeting schedule obtained by Bloomberg News provides a rare glimpse into the plans for the invite-only event hosted annually by investment bank Allen & Co. Reporters and photographers are mostly kept out, left to shout questions at arriving guests.
Meetings begin Wednesday, with an early-morning panel on “The Complexity of Managing in Today’s World.” Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent, Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Meg Whitman and Jorge Paulo Lemann, founding partner of investment firm 3G Capital, will divulge their strategies in a conversation moderated by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.
At the second Wednesday panel, Musk -- the driving force behind Tesla’s battery-operated cars, as well as rocket company SpaceX and home-energy company SolarCity Corp. -- will be interviewed by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of professional networking site LinkedIn Corp.
The events on both Wednesday and Thursday all start before 10 a.m. local time, leaving plenty of time for attending billionaires and executives to bike the mountains of Idaho with their children, golf at Trail Creek and plot the mergers that Sun Valley is famous for incubating. The event has nurtured deals from Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBCUniversal to last year’s failed bid by 21st Century Fox Inc. to buy Time Warner Inc.
Thursday’s three panels begin with style. “The Business of Building a Fashion Brand” will feature Spanx founder Sara Blakely, fashion-design icon Diane Von Furstenberg and French retailer Kering’s CEO, Francois-Henri Pinault.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who has been embroiled in the fight with the Islamic State, will then take the stage for an interview by Charlie Rose.
Closing out the event is a panel on sustainable energy, featuring California Governor Jerry Brown; Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Cathy Zoi, SunEdison Inc.’s CEO of the rural electric utility unit. Financial Times editor Lionel Barber will moderate the panel, titled, “The Great Greed Disruption.”