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Axios360: Smarter Faster Revolution at Howard University

Mike Allen and Baratunde Thurston discussing the future of work and how far technology has come. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

On Wednesday, Howard University students spent their snow day getting smarter faster with Axios and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Axios' Mike Allen explored how diversity & inclusion, tech & innovation, media, and privacy will affect the future of work for soon-to-be college graduates. He dove in with:

  • Mr. Ali Velshi, Co-Host "Velshi & Ruhle", MSNBC
  • Mr. Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution/Co-Founder, America Online
  • Mr. Baratunde Thurston, Futurist comedian, Writer & Activist
  • Mr. Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

What they said on diversity & inclusion:

The importance of inclusive innovation, according to Steve Case: ""Even though this is a great entrepreneurial nation, it does matter where you live, what you look like, who you know...we’re trying to figure out ways to level that playing field." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Jamie Dimon on JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s inclusion efforts: "We started entrepreneurs of color funds based on the fact that people of color aren't afforded the same amount of opportunities. We're looking to make a difference." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

On tech & innovation:

What Baratunde Thurston learned during his social media cleanse: “We have made a linguistic choice to describe what we do with technology as ‘connectivity,’ but we have lost so much human connection." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Quote We should focus on pushing innovation in cities that tend to be left behind [like] DC, Detroit, New Orleans.
— Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution/Co-Founder, America Online

On the media:

What Ali Velshi would tell Howard students who want to be like him: "“If you asked me this question 2 years ago, I would’ve told you find something else to do....but there’s a remarkable hunger for real news.” Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Quote"It used to be that there was shame preventing you from lying to a doesn’t matter that you’ll be found out now, what matters is that you get to tell people that you fought the good fight. Everyone has their own truth.
— Ali Velshi, Co-Host"Velshi & Ruhle", MSNBC

On privacy:

Jamie Dimon's thought bubble: "This privacy issue is a a big deal. I don’t buy this idea that millennials don’t care. Millennials don’t know. We took out all the contracts, laid them out…every time you push that 'I agree,' you have know idea what you agree to." Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Quote“We co-signed to the largest information gathering system in exchange for birthday reminders."
Baratunde Thurston, Futurist comedian, Writer & Activist

Why it matters: Dimon and Thurston's comments came on the heels of the Facebook data scandal that revealed Cambridge Analytica, which did work for the Trump campaign, gathered the data on millions of Facebook users.

Other highlights:

Howard University president, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick welcomes Axios to campus and kicks off the event. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Jazmin Goodwin, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Howard University's student newspaper (and an Axios intern!), discusses her career ambitions and what Howard has meant to her. "Howard chose me, and the great gift that it has given me is identity," she said. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
Before the event, students had the opporzntinty to learn about the various internship and job opportunities JPMorgan Chase and Co. offers. Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

Two more pieces of inspiration/advice from our Smarter Faster thought leaders:

Quote“It always seems impossible until it happens. For me it was the internet. For you, it could be healthcare. If you do persevere, you have the opportunity to change the world.
— Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution/Co-Founder, America Online
Quote"Take care of yourself. Your mind, body, spirit and soul. Take care of your friends and your family because companies cannot do that for you."
— Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Thank you to the Howard students who joined us!

Our next stop is the Ohio State University, with Mark Cuban and Governor John Kasich. See you there.

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Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump at the White House in March. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In a phone call last year with Bibi Netanyahu, President Trump said something that shocked some of the people who helped prepare his briefing materials for the conversations. According to three sources familiar with the call, Trump asked Bibi bluntly if he actually cares about peace or not.

The details: Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a "deal" for Mideast peace. He'd read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

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Kellyanne Conway rises — again

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Kellyanne Conway has never actually wanted the job of White House communications director, according to sources who've discussed it with her, but Axios has learned that she left many in the White House communications team this week with the impression that she'd be leading the team in some capacity.

Behind the scenes: Senior White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp convened an off-site team-building and planning retreat last week for the White House comms team. They held the session on Thursday at the General Services Administration building a couple blocks from the WH (the same building that once housed the transition).