Every two years, the Biennial of the Americas brings leaders from across the Western Hemisphere to Denver in an effort to accelerate and transform how we do business and live together. The 2015 Biennial of the Americas, July 14-August 30, is the third iteration of this international festival of ideas, art and culture in Denver.

A highlight of the event is the Symposium Series in which renowned experts and leaders from across the Americas convene for four days of thought-provoking discussions and engagement. The Symposium Series features experts and innovators in a variety of fields, including education, technology, entrepreneurship, energy, trade, public health, natural resources and politics. Discussions are led by a moderator and showcase the importance of various issues affecting the Americas.

The initial Symposium Series will run July 14-17 and includes the following:

  • July 14: Generation NOW!
    New Leadership for a New World will explore new priorities and approaches to participation in business, civic and social life that are fueled by evolving technologies, methods of learning and interaction. Speakers include Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, president of com and author of Educacion 3.0: The Struggle for Talent in Latin America and Adriana Cisneros, president of Fundacion Cisneros.
  • July 15: Business NOW!
    The Case for a New North-South Vision will seek the next big idea for trade in the Americas, exploring the strategies, tools and policies that can jumpstart business growth in the hemisphere. Speakers include: Mike Fries, president and CEO of Liberty Global Inc., Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, Jose Manuel Carrera, director of infrastructure and new business ventures for Pemex, Graciela Chichilinisky, CEO of Global Thermostat and Alicia Lebrija Hirschfeld, president of Televisa Foundation.
  • July 16: Community NOW!
    Legalization: the Next Phase in the War on Drugs? will examine how illicit drug markets affect communities in the Americas and will explore effective approaches to legalization and policy. Speakers include: Ricardo Lagos, president of Chile from 2000-2006, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and Cesar Gaviria, president of Colombia from 1990-1994.
  • July 17: Governance NOW!
    The Return of the City-State will convene a panel of mayors and former mayors from across the western hemisphere to discuss the growing importance of local leadership on national and international issues. Speakers include Denver mayor Michael Hancock, Miami mayor Tomas Regalado and Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Biennial of the Americas connects business, art, culture and civic leaders from throughout the Americas by building lasting relationships, addressing shared issues and inspiring action.

In addition to the Symposium Series, there are several cultural events and performances happening throughout the event, including an Opening Week of free events, demonstrations and talks at the Biennial Pavilion (1550 Wewatta Street) in the Union Station neighborhood, beginning July 14.

For tickets and more information, visit biennialoftheamericas.org.