The Listening Project 2021: Charting a New Course for Global Leaders

Milken Institute | Global Conference

Watch the Listening Project panel at the Milken Institute.

The devastating arc of the coronavirus awakened society to structural inequalities, institutional and cultural biases, and growing gaps in income, education, health, and opportunity. In our inaugural study last year, the pandemic exposed deficits in leadership, governance, and political, social, and economic policy.

Building on robust global research and insight from 2020, The Listening Project: Charting a New Course for Global Leaders examined the post-pandemic priority issues of global citizenry to identify the types of business leaders we need to drive growth and foster a more just world. As The Harris Poll data revealed, people increasingly want companies to help solve social challenges where governments are failing.


John Gerzema
CEO, The Harris Poll


Ynon Kreiz
Chairman and CEO, Mattel Inc.

Michael Nyenhuis
President and CEO, UNICEF USA

Sam Stephens
Executive Director, AB InBev Foundation

Stephanie von Friedeburg
Senior Vice President, Operations, International Finance Corporation