On September 18, 2015, Lincoln Center hosted the inaugural Lincoln Center Global Exchange, a first-of-its-kind summit exploring how art and culture are essential in fostering healthy citizens, vibrant cities, and strong communities. The invited audience included 250 leaders from business, government, education, philanthropy, media, science, technology, and the arts, hailing from more than 30 countries. In Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein’s welcome remarks, he outlined the mission of the Global Exchange, “We have founded the Lincoln Center Global Exchange to bring together an extraordinary group of pathfinders to explore the impact of art and culture in our society, not only in concert halls, theaters, and museums, but in brain science, education, and urban development.” Bernstein called on these leaders from across sectors and regions to “together imagine a world in which art is essential, not a sidebar or a frill, but an engine for innovation and progress.” The day-long conference featured talks, presentations, panel discussions, and performances built around three intersections: Art and Science, Art and Education, Art and Cities. Among the distinguished speakers and performers were: Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Actor and Advocate Michel J. Fox, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, IAC Chairman Barry Diller with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, choreographer Shen Wei, Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, President of The Rockefeller University Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Pandora’s Chief Musical Architect Dr. Nolan Gasser, CEO of Cinépolis Alejandro Ramírez Magaña, The Polyphony Quartet with Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel, sociologist Richard Sennett, MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover and Kent Larson, Project VOICE, The Rockefeller University neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, Bosnian theatre and film director Haris Pašovic, Co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities Jessica Posner, and Founder and Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast, and many others.