Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time.
This October 5 and 6, the Forum will once again bring the best and brightest to the table for debate, conversation, and idea-sharing.
David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein is co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group. Since its inception in 1987, the private equity firm has grown into managing more than $100 billion from 27 offices around the world. Rubenstein is chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and president of the Economic Club of Washington.
He is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution and on the boards of directors or trustees for Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and several other organizations.
Rubenstein also serves on several academic councils and advisory boards. He has practiced law, served as chief counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on constitutional amendments, and was President Jimmy Carter's deputy assistant for domestic policy.
David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, dissects what sets Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech apart from other similarly famous orations by Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.