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Tim Cook, Yo-Yo Ma and other influencers gather for Time 100 Summit

You might be surprised to see Jared Kushner and Hillary Clinton at the same event, yet that's just what happened Thursday at the first-ever Time 100 Summit.

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You might be surprised to see Jared Kushner and Hillary Clinton speaking at the same event, yet that's just what happened Thursday. Influencers who'd made the cover of Time Magazine gathered for the first-ever Time 100 Summit in New York. It was a who's who of movers and shakers, or "changemakers," as Time put it.

Security was heavy due to the various celebrities and political figures in attendance.

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Attendees were encouraged to try out a VR experience called Space Explorers while waiting for the day's events to kick off.  

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This immersive VR piece gives you a peek into the International Space Station experience.

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A surprise guest was announced at the last minute: Yo-Yo Ma gave a lovely performance for the crowd before the first talk began.

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Edward Felsenthal, Editor-in-Chief of Time, welcomes us to the summit.

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They started strong with an interview with Tim Cook, who spoke candidly regarding his concerns regarding privacy and screen addiction, among other things.

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Next up was Jared Kushner, who seemed content to answer and reanswer Brian Bennett's largely Russia and Mueller investigation-focused questions.

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Gayle King moderated a panel discussion on women in the workplace with Venture Capitalist Aileen Lee, Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble, and Tyra Banks.

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We got to hear from the one and only Jane Goodall, who eloquently answered the inevitable "what can we do about the environment?" question by urging attendees to deeply consider all our small choices in consumerism and lifestyle, including a re-examination of the meat in our diets. 

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Renowned artist JR was on hand to say a few words about an imaging project he had done for Time, which features all the speakers and many of the other guests. 

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Hillary Clinton was welcomed by the Time audience with warm and enthusiastic applause.

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When asked if she was planning a run for office, she chuckled in the negative.

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They spent much of her interview discussing the details of the Mueller report, the Russian election-interference narrative, and the processes of impeachment in her experience.

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Next up Martha Stewart interviewed Chef José Andrés, who performs disaster relief meal preparation around the world.

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When asked how he solves the problems of getting food into disaster areas, he explained that he finds the US food distributer nearby, calls them and gives them his credit card.  

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Between speakers I spotted Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, being accosted by other guests eager to introduce themselves.

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Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement gave an interview with Joy Reid about the movement and how it is effecting change.

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Next up was Oscar Munoz, President and CEO of United Airlines.

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Arianna Huffington then moderated a panel discussion about genetic manipulation featuring Dr. George Church and Dr. Pardis Sabeti of Harvard with Dr. Giuliano Testa from Baylor.

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Van Jones interviewed Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated writer, producer, and director of movies including Monster's Ball and Precious.

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The event concluded with an interview with Nancy Pelosi, who emphasized repeatedly that the Mueller report was not conclusive and that it left things in the hands of the Congress.

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