The Sun Valley Institute’s annual Sun Valley Forum will return this summer July 23-26 at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

The forum will bring 28 speakers over three days on July 23-25. The fourth day on July 26 is an adventure day.

The speakers have a wide variety of experience in government, finance, philanthropy, media and other fields. Discussions will focus on “transformation of our energy and food systems, impact investment, building resilient cities and rural communities, protecting our oceans from plastic waste and islands as innovation laboratories,” according to a news release from the Sun Valley Institute.

In a news release, Sun Valley Institute Executive Director Aimée Christensen said the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and devastating wildfires that occurred in California last fall add urgency to the forum’s discussions.

“Fortunately, leaders and innovators are showing the way forward to build the future we want, and dozens of them will be joining us this summer in Sun Valley, including military leaders, the insurance industry and indigenous communities,” Christensen said. “Each year the forum sparks new cross-sector collaborations, mobilizes capital towards promising ideas and inspires uncommon thinking.”

A partial list of speakers includes Justin Winters, executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Ashley Schulten, managing director for BlackRock; Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands in Washington state; John Piotti, president of the American Farmland Trust; Julie Shafer Davitz, head of purpose investing for Bank of the West/BNP Paribas; and Julia Pyper, host of the “Political Climate” podcast for Greentech media.

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