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AARP Global Thought Leadership Conference

AARP’s annual flagship conference serves as a premier platform, uniting a distinguished group of national and global thought leaders from various sectors, including private industry, finance, philanthropy, policy, and nongovernmental organizations. These change-makers explore cross-sector collaboration, global solutions, strategies, and promising practices so ALL can have and make the most of healthier and longer lives.

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2023 Conference

"The Power of Global Aging in an Interdependent World"

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

This year’s program focused on the global megatrend of population aging that extends deeply into Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), where 85% of the 65+ population growth worldwide will occur between now and 2050. To leverage the opportunities of this demographic change and harness growth, economies will need to invest in the health of an aging population that is stronger, healthier, more skilled, and adaptable than it has ever been. We heard from leaders and experts from around the world and highlight real-world solutions that strengthen health, wellbeing, and the opportunity for all to thrive as they age.

Featured Speakers

  • Ambassador Susan Rice, Domestic Policy Advisor (2021-2023), U.S. National  Security Advisor (2013-2017), and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations           


  • H.E. Lui Tuck Yew, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the United States of America 

  • Kent Walker, President Global Affairs, Google & Alphabet

  • Bola Owolabi, Director – National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England

  • Susan DeMarois, Director, California Department of Aging, State of California 

  • Emem Omokaro, Director General, National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), Nigeria 


Past Conferences

2022 Conference

“Building a Competitive Future for All: The Business Case for Health & Longevity”

Health and well-being is not just an individual concern—it is the reflection of a strong and competitive society.  Health is fundamental and anything that makes it harder for us to get healthy, stay healthy, or recover when we’re sick will have societal and economic ramifications. We have seen how the pandemic bundled with changing demographics around the world has impacted labor shortages, supply chain issues, and increased competition for talent.  Amid these changes, our aging population is increasing, and many people are working longer and over the long-term living longer.

Let’s talk about how we build stronger, more competitive economies by harnessing the potential contributions of people living longer, healthier lives.  We recognize the important role and potential that the private sector can play in promoting healthy longevity. 

2021 Conference

“Redefining Health: New Approaches for How We Live and Age”

In October 2021, AARP convened a global conference, Redefining Health: New Approaches for How We Live and Age, where we engaged some of the world’s top thinkers and leaders on how to invest in the health of an aging population that is stronger, healthier, more skilled, and more adaptable. During the conference speakers from AARP and from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors presented the audience representing 65 countries with a global vision for aging where everyone has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

2020 Conference

“Moving Forward: Reimagining How We Invest in Health, Wealth & Aging”

Hosted in October 2020, this conference served to challenge and rethink current systems and structures in light of COVID-19, leverage innovation and reimagine a future that ensures people at every life stage have the opportunity to make the most of a longer and healthier life. This event builds upon AARP’s long history of working to address racial injustice and disparities, epitomized now by current efforts to address the impact of inequities in health and wealth through the lens of COVID-19. The roster of premier speakers focused on proposed solutions and ideas to achieve health and wealth equity.

2019 Conference

“The Future of Work for All Generations”

Work, and the workplace, is changing around the world at a rapid pace. With people living and working longer, employers are managing up to five generations at work on any given day. A new approach to the future of work is required; one that is multigenerational.

On Thursday, June 6, The Future of Work for All Generations Global Summit brought together leading thinkers, executives and innovators from a range of industries and sectors, both from the U.S. and abroad, to envision a future of work that leverages age diversity as a competitive advantag​e and key​ to success.