In 2019, the World Economic Forum reported 326 privately held startups with a valuation of over US$1B. These “unicorns” are becoming both more prevalent than their mythical namesake suggests and taking on a bigger role in reshaping business models and industry norms: The gig economy is redefining our concept of work, the sharing economy is shifting possibilities for asset owners, and artificial intelligence is changing how we experience the world around us. So what should the unicorns of the 21st century look like? What responsibilities should they have in society at large and in the communities where they operate? What opportunities do they have to be leaders in rolling out a modernized 21st-century social contract?
I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.