Fred Swaniker in conversation with Chris Blackwell


Tuesday, February 16, 2021


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EAT

The Pathway, a new global leadership conversation series hosted by Fred Swaniker (one of Time Magazine’s 2019 ‘100 Most Influential people’), welcomes outstanding global leaders to share the pathways of their success with the next generation of innovators, disruptors, entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world. The Pathway aims to demystify the road to success by uncovering the milestones, failures, relationships, and untold serendipity that has enabled the trajectory of the world’s greatest leaders.


Our second episode of the year features the legendary Chris Blackwell. The founder of Island Records – one of the greatest independent record labels in musical history – Blackwell guided the careers of artists such as Bob Marley, U2, Cat Stevens, Salif Keita, Melissa Etheridge, and many more. Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, he is credited with introducing the world to reggae music.

Not only is he one of the most influential figures of the British music industry, Chris Blackwell is also a highly successful entrepreneur and businessman with a keen eye for real estate ventures. He owns the Island Outpost, a collection of Jamaican hotels and villas which includes the former home of James Bond author Ian Fleming, The GoldenEye.

Join Fred in conversation with this global icon on The Pathway.

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I believe that those of us who are privileged enough to be educated, healthy, and part of powerful networks should not be doing easy things. The only way to justify our privilege is to do the hard things that society demands of us — to solve tough problems and create opportunities for others. I launched The Room to bring the most ambitious ‘doers’ together to do these hard things that will change the world. I welcome you to be a part of our story and join this global community as we make history together.

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