John Legend, Ashton Kutcher Set to Participate in Milken Global Conference

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BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) - Mayor Karen Bass, entertainer John Legend, actors Ashton Kutcher and Seth Rogan and Sen. Joe Manchin are among today's scheduled participants at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

Bass will deliver introductory remarks before Legend participates on a panel on the path to reentry after incarceration. Legend founded FREEAMERICA, a campaign seeking to transform the nation's criminal justice system. Kutcher will participate in a discussion titled ``Head in the Clouds: Embracing the Potential and Promise of Artificial Intelligence,'' in his role as a co-founder of the venture capital firm Sound Ventures. 

Rogan and alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra will participate in a discussion on ``Lifestyle Medicine for the Brain.'' Rogan and his wife, Lauren Miller-Rogen, founded Hilarity For Charity, a national nonprofit organization providing care for families coping with Alzheimer's disease.  Manchin, D-West Virginia, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will be joined by ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods in a discussion titled, ``Fueling the Future,'' moderated by David Faber, an anchor of the CNBC program, ``Squawk on the Street,'' broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of each trading day.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will be interviewed by Blair Smith, the senior director of the Milken Institute's Center for Financial Markets on ``inclusive capitalism.''  Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the No. 3 position in the House Democratic leadership, will be interviewed by Dan Carol, the senior director of the Milken Institute's Center for Financial Markets, about the topic, ``Emerging Market America.'' Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin will be interviewed by Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerard Baker on the topic ``Governing America.''  All of the conference's public panels will be streamed on the institute's website, A complete schedule is available at

The conference's theme is ``Advancing a Thriving World.'' ``As we move away from the pandemic and pivot forward, it's clear that large portions of the global community do not feel they are thriving,'' said Richard Ditizio, the CEO of the Santa Monica-based Milken Institute. ``We are tasking our attending leaders from government, industry, medicine, and the philanthropic community to bring their best thinking toward fixing that -- to see advancing as an action verb.  ``The willingness of our global constituents to engage so earnestly across a spectrum of issues fuels optimism about the future we can create.'' The Milken Institute bills itself a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank focused on accelerating measurable progress on the path to a meaningful life, with a focus on financial, physical, mental and environmental health. The conference continues through Wednesday.

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