8:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Plenary Session

10:00 AM -

 11:30 AM

Opening Plenary Session

The opening plenary session will frame the agenda for the three days to follow. World leaders will identify critical areas for action and collaboration across a multitude of sectors, ranging from education and the environment and energy to global health and economic empowerment.

Keynote Lunches

12:00 PM -

 1:00 PM

Economic Empowerment

Poverty persists as a transcendent challenge, but sound policy combined with human ingenuity offers solutions that can be brought to scale. This session will feature presentations on important issues within the area of Economic Empowerment.



Quality education is the most important tool for all people to pave themselves a path to a better future. This session will feature presentations on important issues within the area of Education.


Environment and Energy

As the Earth's temperature rises, so does the will to find climate solutions. This session will feature presentations on important issues within the area of the Environment and Energy.


Global Health

Investment in health not only alleviates suffering, but increases human capital and helps avoid inter-generational transmission of poverty. This session will feature presentations on important issues within the area of Global Health.

Plenary Session

1:30 PM -

 2:30 PM

Empowering Girls and Women

Empowering girls and women is both smart policy and smart business. When given opportunities to learn and work, women can drive economic growth and development. For example, women are likely to reinvest significantly more of their income into their families than men do. In some countries, an increase of just 1 percent in girls’ education can boost GDP growth rates by 0.2 percent. Businesses, governments, and development organizations that fail to invest in women are missing out on important ways to improve productivity, develop new markets, and address global challenges. This plenary session will explore new ways to empower girls and women, such as incorporating more women-owned businesses into global supply chains. Panelists will also discuss strategies for enabling girls and women to access education, high-quality health care, and viable economic opportunities.

Girls and Women Breakout Sessions

3:00 PM -

 4:00 PM

Access: The Key to Women's Economic Empowerment

When women are economically empowered, they earn income that they invest in the health and education of their families. They start businesses, employing not only themselves but others. They save money that can smooth family consumption and provide for emergencies. For many low-income women, the challenge is accessing fundamental tools—assets, property rights, technology, and information—that can help them start down the road to economic independence. This panel will examine the latest strategies in enabling women to serve as their own economic agents by expanding access to these four critical areas.


Preparing Girls for the World

In many parts of the world, adolescent girls are the most vulnerable demographic group. They are more likely than boys to be forced out of school, face alarming risk of sexual violence and exposure to HIV/AIDS, and often are pressed into early marriage. Moreover, cultural practices highly constrain adolescent girls' mobility and relationships, making it hard to reach them with important messages and support. This panel will explore culturally sensitive approaches to preparing girls for the world, including effective strategies for increasing schooling, delaying marriage, promoting savings and entrepreneurship, encouraging the adoption of new technologies, and improving health awareness.


Securing the Health and Safety of Girls and Women

If girls and women are unsafe and unhealthy, families suffer, communities are poorer, and cycles of poverty are perpetuated. Yet there is a gender-based health crisis in many parts of the world today. Women account for 75 percent of new HIV cases among 15-45 year olds in sub-Saharan Africa; sexual violence is an epidemic worldwide; and hundreds of thousands of women die in childbirth each year. Panelists will discuss new innovations in improving women's health, reducing their vulnerability to HIV and violence, and engaging new players to enhance the well-being of girls and women.

Special Session

3:00 PM -

 4:00 PM

Special Session: Peace and Beyond in the Middle East

Drawing on re-invigorated leadership in the Middle East and internationally, hope is re-emerging among parties on all sides that a just and comprehensive peace can be agreed, bringing an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Assuming the peace process continues to advance, this session will examine the contours and realities of a peaceful Middle East. What would the region look like? What would be the needs of the Israeli, Palestinian, and neighboring communities? Would they have access to education and economic opportunity? What are the steps that can be taken today by CGI members, notably the private sector, to help address those needs and prepare for, and uplift, a peaceful Middle East?

Small Group Discussions

4:30 PM -

 6:00 PM

Action Network: Focus on Girls: From Education to Economic Empowerment

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Adolescent girls are one of the most underutilized resources in the world today. Data from the past three decades show the inextricable link between girls’ education and long-term social and economic benefits; studies show that closing the gender gap in education could boost per capita growth by .2 percent. Yet girls still face significant social and economic disadvantages. This Action Network will explore ways to ensure girls have access to high-quality education and economic opportunities.


Action Network: Promoting Safe Roads

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

Every six seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads; 90 percent of these incidents occur in the developing world. Given that there are 1.3 million road deaths each year, this is a global epidemic comparable to malaria or tuberculosis. Through this Action Network, CGI members from across sectors are working to raise awareness of this critical health and development issue and are aligning resources to create supportive and safe roads for people across the globe.


Action Network: The Gulf Coast: From Disaster to Prosperity

This session will be built around an Action Network, a group of CGI members who have been working together throughout the year to coordinate action on this issue.

The oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reminds us of the need to pay attention to a long-overlooked, yet critically important resource. Members of this Action Network will develop strategies to help build a social, political, and economic system in the region that: 1) values ecosystem function, 2) transitions to a diversified economy, 3) develops renewable energy resources, and 4) restores the natural systems, all while paying special attention to the need for broad public support and macro-level changes.


Community-Led Development in Conflict Areas

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Innovative community-led development efforts are an important means of developing local capacity and improving governance, especially in fragile, war-torn countries. They can also be an effective way to include women in local decision-making. Mechanisms such as block grants dependent on women’s participation can bring women into community governance in new and profound ways. This session will address the National Solidarity Program in Afghanistan and other instances in which this model of community-led reconstruction has been used to empower women in conflict areas.


Human Trafficking

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Some estimates put the number of victims of human trafficking and slavery at more than 25 million people worldwide. This epidemic—the fastest growing criminal activity in the world—takes many forms, including sex trafficking, debt bondage, and child labor. This session will explore initiatives applying different approaches to the problem, including monitoring corporate supply chains, rehabilitating victims through training and income generation, and preventing trafficking through education and micro-land grants.


Political Representation

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Women are still woefully underrepresented in most governments around the world, at both the national and local levels. Some countries have adopted quotas as a short-cut to improving women’s political representation. While quotas have certainly increased the number of women in government, are they translating into legislative gains or resource reallocations that empower women? This discussion will examine the emergence of female voices on the political stage and how it is affecting governance and legislative outcomes.


Savings and Financial Literacy

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Having access to safe, flexible, and confidential savings accounts equips women and girls with tools they can use to build their own financial success and improve the economic health of their families and communities. Savings can boost self-esteem and increase the propensity among girls to start businesses, achieve higher education, or own homes—all of which have far-reaching implications for economic empowerment. This session will address how women can build skills, build assets, and gain confidence through savings and financial education.


Women and the Environment: Innovation and Social Change

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

The spread of new technologies in the developing world has improved women’s well-being with respect to health, safety, and income generation—while improving environmental outcomes at the same time. This session will explore products and services such as solar lights, cook-stoves, waste management, and resource protection. Members will discuss the best ways to engage women in the process of creating, adapting, and distributing these innovations, which both empower women and protect the environment.


Women in the Middle East

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

In the past several decades, a quiet revolution has been occurring in the Middle East. Women have been making steady educational gains, closing gender gaps in school and even beginning to exceed men at the university level in several countries. Women are becoming a stronger presence in government, in business and in civil society. While the obstacles they face are still large, they are making gains throughout the region and becoming agents of change in their societies. This panel will examine some of the educational, social, and economic initiatives being led by and for women, which are driving reform efforts across the region.


Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Without good health, women cannot care for themselves or their children and they cannot be productive members of their communities. Yet social, economic, and political challenges render women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. As a follow-up to the “Health and Safety of Girls & Women” breakout, this session will dive more deeply into exploring effective and innovative ways of preventing and treating HIV/AIDS in women and girls.


Women’s Property Rights

This session will be driven by collaborative discussion among members.

Women account for 70 percent of the agricultural production in developing countries, yet own less than 5 percent of the world’s land. In much of the developing world, women do not have the right to own or inherit property. For women, securing land rights is an essential step in tackling poverty and hunger, enhancing security, and reducing unsafe migration and trafficking. In this session, members will discuss the efforts underway to ensure that women are granted land rights that are both legally and socially recognized.

Special Session

4:30 PM -

 6:00 PM

Special Session: Profiting from the Poor? A Discussion on Microfinance IPOs

Microfinance now brings over 150 million people access to financial services. What was once led by the nonprofit sector is increasingly linked to mainstream financial markets offering investors a range of ways to participate – through debt, equity, and other specialized instruments. This link has led many to question: are microfinance institutions (MFIs) and wealthy investors profiting from the poor? There is continued controversy over the level at which interest rates become exploitative; and now, with the public offering of a third MFI—SKS Microfinance—the question arises over appropriate means to raise microfinance capital. This session will provide a forum for a candid discussion on the topic.

Topic Dinners

6:30 PM -

 9:00 PM

The Climate War - Can It Be Won?

Hosted by Duke Energy

Join Eric Pooley, author of The Climate War and deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy in a lively discussion on the prospects to address climate change in the U.S. and globally.


7:00 PM -

 9:00 PM

A Shared Commitment: Innovative HIV/AIDS Programs and Partnerships

Hosted by Chevron

Today, more than 33 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS. The continued spread of HIV/AIDS threatens the health, stability and viability of our global communities. Cross-sector collaboration between businesses, NGOs, multilateral institutions and governments is critical to provide innovative thinking, on-the-ground knowledge and resources, and funding necessary to combat this widespread epidemic.

The interactive discussion will focus on cutting-edge strategies in addressing HIV/AIDS, and the significant role of partnerships in fighting the epidemic. Ultimately, we seek to define effective solutions to advance a shared commitment in stemming the spread of this disease around the globe.


Eat. Play. Live. The Health of Our Children Depends On It

Hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Eat. Play. Live. Three simple words that have the potential to significantly impact one of today’s most troubling health epidemics: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and special guest U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin examine this growing problem and what can be done – beginning with our youngest children – to reverse the trend. By eating right, playing more, and living a commitment to better health, a difference can be made. After all, the health of our children does depend on it.


Protecting Living Oceans

Hosted by the United Postcode Lotteries

The Protecting Living Oceans Dinner is hosted by the United Postcode Lotteries, which raises funds for charities through a unique lottery system in The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. One of the projects supported is “Postcode Lottery Project Oceans.” World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) work together to protect the richness of life in the oceans, enlarge the consumer market for MSC-certified seafood, and help realize High Seas Marine Protected Areas. During the dinner, renowned nature photographer and film producer Mattias Klum will show us the magnificent beauty of our oceans and inspire us to act together to protect them for future generations.


Responsible Banking

Hosted by Standard Chartered Bank

In recent years, banks have been maligned as the drivers of the current financial crisis. While financial institutions certainly played a role in the economic crisis, they also serve an important role in the recovery and will help drive economic growth in emerging markets. This conversation will look at innovative and institutional ways banks facilitate economic growth by ensuring financial inclusion, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, growing employment opportunities, and creating wealth. It will also explore how other sectors can partner with financial institutions to ensure maximum impact.


The Education Dividend: Increase College Completion to Drive the Economy

Hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

An intimate dinner and conversation about how the low post secondary completion rates in the U.S. are draining our local, state and national economies. To initiate our conversation we are assembling a small panel of representative stakeholders from education, business, and government who will engage the dinner guests in an informal discussion.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is proud to host this dinner and facilitate learning and dialogue about the postsecondary completion crisis in America, how it will impact business and communities, and why harnessing human potential through postsecondary attainment is critical to economic stability.


The Power of Purpose: Inspiring Your Organization to Improve and Save Lives

Hosted by Procter & Gamble

The organizations and leaders who will create the future will all have one characteristic in common; they will be “Purpose Inspired.” They will be driven to improve lives — not through philanthropy but through their core business strategies. Winning on Purpose will be the mantra and the accelerator of passionate employee engagement, life improvement innovations, and exceptional and sustainable performance. Jim Collins best-selling author of Good to Great said of Roy Spence, who will speak during the dinner: “Roy Spence is dedicated to the idea that true greatness comes in direct proportion to passionate pursuit of a purpose beyond making money and has inspired and changed leaders in every sector.”


7:30 PM -

 9:30 PM

Investing in Women and Girls

Hosted by Goldman Sachs and their 10,000 Women Initiative

This dinner will feature some of the world’s foremost thought leaders on the subject of investing in women and girls, and will focus on the innovative partnerships and interconnected benefits of empowering women across all sectors and pillars of development. The evening will include a discussion session moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and featuring Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank, Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the Novo Foundation, Zainab Salbi, co-founder of Women for Women International, and Christy Turlington Burns, CARE advocate for maternal health. The program will also feature remarks by Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, U.S. Department of State, and Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University.