7:00 AM -

 9:00 PM


Plenary Session

8:30 AM -

 9:45 AM

CGI Opening Plenary: Leaders Dialogue on Climate Change

The climate challenge has captured the attention of political leaders, corporate boardrooms, and individual citizens around the world, yet the need for sustained action is greater than ever. Looking ahead to the Durban summit and beyond, it is essential that governments, businesses, civil society, and the media work together to take action that enables global growth while preserving our planetary sustainability, particularly for the vulnerable populations most affected by climate change. How can efforts to address climate change help to create jobs, build new industries, and strengthen economic and ecological systems around the world? How do implementation strategies differ between developed and developing nations? Hosted by President Clinton and co-chaired by President Calderon and President Zuma, this session will bring together distinguished Heads of State to highlight opportunities for collaboration and share effective strategies for addressing the global climate challenge in the coming years.


10:30 AM -

 11:30 AM

The World at 7 Billion: A Member Conversation with President Clinton

The Earth’s population is projected to reach 7 billion later this year, and could exceed 10 billion by 2050. Yet the numbers alone hide much deeper demographic and economic challenges for both the developed and developing world. Amidst the economic downturn, many wealthy nations struggle to provide meaningful employment, education, health care, and safety nets for their increasingly aging populations, even as the world’s poorest are faced with vicious cycles of high mortality and birth rates, scarce opportunities for youth, and environmental degradation. How can CGI members work across sectors and nations to generate sustainable growth on a planet that many biologists suggest is strained beyond its carrying capacity? This session will include insights from CGI members on commitment successes, as well as a unique question-and-answer exchange between President Clinton and the CGI community.

Keynote Lunches

12:00 PM -

 1:15 PM

Keynote Lunch: Innovative Partnerships: Developing Green Technology

Each keynote lunch (four simultaneous) will be comprised of one emcee and two speakers presenting diverse stories of action on complementary themes, followed by audience Q&A.


Keynote Lunch: Organizing for Change

Each keynote lunch (four simultaneous) will be comprised of one emcee and two speakers presenting diverse stories of action on complementary themes, followed by audience Q&A.


Keynote Lunch: Scalable Development in Post-conflict Zones

Each keynote lunch (four simultaneous) will be comprised of one emcee and two speakers presenting diverse stories of action on complementary themes, followed by audience Q&A.


Keynote Lunch: Values-based Leadership

Each keynote lunch (four simultaneous) will be comprised of one emcee and two speakers presenting diverse stories of action on complementary themes, followed by audience Q&A.

Action Network

2:00 PM -

 3:15 PM

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Action Network will address health, education, energy, economic empowerment, and conflict mineral issues in the Congo. This network will use a multi-sector approach to identify and implement collaborative and innovative solutions to address short- and long-term issues affecting the sustainable livelihood of the Congolese.


Rio + 20

Twenty years after the historic Earth Summit, which established the major frameworks for international environmental governance, the global community will reconvene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. With a focus on the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, Rio + 20 will assess progress to-date and develop the sustainability agenda for the next decade. The private sector will serve as a critical voice in developing this agenda and will continue to be essential in achieving broad-based sustainability goals. This session will provide the opportunity for businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss priority focus areas and to determine how the CGI community can catalyze action around the goals of this seminal meeting.

Small Group Discussions

2:00 PM -

 3:15 PM

Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: Women and Jobs in Technology Fields

While the digital divides between rich and poor, developed and developing nations have narrowed dramatically, the digital divide between the genders persists. In most regions of the world, girls and women have less access to and experience with digital technologies, less exposure to STEM education and fewer IT career opportunities than their male peers. Particularly because IT is an important growth sector in the developing world, it is imperative that the next generation of female workers possess the skills they need to compete in the job market and succeed. This session will provide a forum for discussing how to expand opportunities and representation of women in the technology jobs that will define the 21st century workplace.


Closing the Gap : The Global Health Worker Shortage

The current global shortage of approximately 4.2 million healthcare workers has created a critical gap in vital service provision, ranging from the distribution of vaccines to the treatment of non-communicable diseases. A cross-sectoral approach is needed to generate sustainable employment for a new generation of healthcare workers and improve the systems that educate, train, and support existing professionals. This session will provide an opportunity for members from all sectors to present innovative approaches to strengthening the global health workforce and improving access to quality health care for the global community.


Engaging the Global Diaspora: Collaboration, Communication, and Community

The global diaspora of the 21st century is more mobile – often returning to home countries or moving between nations – and more connected to countries of origin than any previous diaspora generation. These global citizens, be they migrant farm workers or corporate executives, gain knowledge and generate wealth that can be used to benefit themselves, their countries of residence, and their home countries. This conversation will be an opportunity for members of the global diaspora and those interested in it to explore the unique ways that this community can generate positive change around the world.


Microfinance 2.0: Stability through Accountability

The last year, more than ever before, called into question the merits of microfinance as a constructive mechanism for business and economic growth in the developing world. Examples of improper oversight, financial illiteracy, and usurious practices contributed to a level of indebtedness that put clients even further into poverty. This session will examine what are the next steps for the microfinance industry, particularly an explicit movement towards client-focused banking—adopting client protection measures and shaping products around client need—in order to uphold microfinance as an effective poverty alleviation tool for the world’s poor.


Next Generation Place-based Job Growth: Supporting High-growth Entrepreneurship

From Israel to India, Austin to Amsterdam, new and growing businesses (NGB) have been shown to create more jobs in their communities than their larger counterparts. They also often reinvest more of their profits back into their communities, generating more local economic activity in the process. Place-based strategies – coordinated efforts between government, business, and educational institutions, tailored to the strengths of individual regions – have had great success in generating economic activity and job expansion by investing in NGBs. This group will explore how “next generation” strategies driven by the private and public sectors can foster the financial opportunities, business-friendly environment, global connections, leading-edge technologies, and internal capabilities that are critical for NGBs to prosper and serve as a powerful engine for job creation.


Using Global Grand Challenges to Engage Students in STEM

Encouraging more students to pursue a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education – which many jobs now demand – will require more than just better schools and better teachers. Educators must also provide powerful experiences that make science and technology relevant to young people. Imagine introducing the basics of engineering and biomedical sciences by harnessing student interest in providing communities better access to clean water, a healthy food supply, adequate healthcare, and environmentally-friendly energy sources. This discussion will examine the use of the “global grand challenges” as a vehicle for increasing student interest and success in STEM fields.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Breakout Sessions

3:45 PM -

 5:00 PM

Financing Inclusive Jobs: Impact Investing and the Triple Bottom Line

In an increasingly connected global marketplace, “impact” and socially responsible investors (SRIs) are emerging as an ever-larger market force. Because these investors evaluate a company’s values as well as its profitability and product offering, they have become an important source of capital for triple bottom line businesses, particularly in the developing world. The segment of the potential impact investing market in developing economies is estimated to reach anywhere from $400 billion to $1 trillion over the next 10 years. As a result, many businesses that generate social good but have depended on traditional financing are now turning to impact investing as well. What kind of businesses could benefit from SRIs and impact investing, and how can governmental action support these inclusive businesses to help stimulate job growth? What are the opportunities for growth in this sector, and what realistic challenges remain? In this session, leading finance, business, and government voices will share success stories and discuss effective impact investing and inclusive business practices.


Going Small for Big Results: Microfranchise and Entrepreneurial Growth

In the wake of the global recession, many countries are struggling to create employment opportunities for their populations. Even in nations where jobs are being created, opportunities for employment are spread unequally. Some promising inclusive microfranchise and microenterprise business strategies, however, are creating jobs and assisting business owners in low-income, marginalized communities where access to employment is the scarcest. Micro- and social enterprises expand entrepreneurship and are increasingly effective at building local capacity and generating job growth, while microfranchises allow individuals with little or no formal education to be trained to operate replicable, financially sustainable, ready-made business systems. These systems can create proven employment opportunities for franchisees, generate profit for both franchisee and franchiser, and deliver often-critical goods and services to the underserved. This panel will invite job creators to tell their stories, discuss the kinds of jobs they created, and detail how they attracted the financing to do so.


Transformative Tools for a Skilled Workforce

Around the world, millions of people are ill-prepared for the jobs available to them. Many young people and students lack marketable skills, and older workers can no longer count on lifelong employment at the same firm or in the same field as they once did. As technological transformation and globalization upend established markets, leaders around the world must consider how to empower current and future workers with new skills. Coordination between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors can create effective programs that close the gap between the skills potential workers have and those that the market requires. This panel will explore how workers can be trained regardless of age or environment, and will present examples of targeted job training, structured apprenticeships, and innovative partnerships that get people to work faster, saving businesses, and governments, money in the process.

Special Session

3:45 PM -

 5:00 PM

Special Session: From Response to Resilience: Effective Disaster Preparedness

Natural disasters strike both the developed and developing world without regard to economic status, race, religion, or culture. Economic and social conditions do, however, dramatically affect capacity to prepare, respond, and rebuild in the wake of such events. From the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan to the floods in Pakistan, there is a vital need for effective emergency management that balances short-term disaster relief with long-term recovery and prevention. Yet a lack of basic infrastructure and coordinated response mechanisms can make it significantly more difficult for communities to recover when their existing resources are already taxed. Faced with these constraints, how can communities work together across sectors to create effective, coordinated emergency response systems? This session will examine how NGOs, governments, companies, and citizens can develop the tools and infrastructure necessary to systematically prepare for and minimize the impact of future natural disasters.

Plenary Session

5:30 PM -

 6:30 PM

Megacities, Mega Challenges

In 1800, only 3 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Now, half of us live in cities, and by 2050 over 70 percent of the global population is projected to be urban. Most of this urban growth will occur in less-developed countries, and will bring with it the many challenges associated with rapid urbanization: informal or illegal settlements, overtaxed education and infrastructure systems, chronic poverty, unemployment, and violence. Despite these challenges, cities can provide new residents with unprecedented opportunity, offering greater access to education, health care, and jobs than surrounding rural areas. Given the risks and promises of continued urbanization, what can governments do to ensure sustainable job growth in their cities? How can businesses take advantage of this growing workforce resource? How can city managers, private enterprises, and nonprofits work together to create healthy, prosperous urban communities? This panel will explore the challenges faced by global megacities, and will highlight innovative, effective strategies to catalyze sustainable employment and livable environments in the urban growth hot spots of the world.

Topic Dinners

7:00 PM -

 9:30 PM

How America Can Still Do Big Things

Hosted by Duke Energy

Join a presentation and discussion on forming a consensus to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges – energy, environment and the economy – with a historical perspective that shows how leaders have found a path forward despite overwhelming differences.


Women + Technology: A 21st Century Solution

Hosted by ExxonMobil

As technology continues to define our era, the greatest challenge is to unlock its potential to advance women. This event will explore the power of technology to overcome barriers to women’s progress in the developing world. Join Suzanne McCarron, ExxonMobil Foundation President to hear from Cherie Blair, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Helene Gayle, CARE; Premal Shah, Kiva; Malika Saada Saar; The Rebecca Project for Human Rights; and, Bob Freling, Solar Electric Light Fund on how technology is critical to creating life-changing opportunities for women around the world. Join the conversation on Twitter #womentech.


7:30 PM -

 11:00 PM

Brazil: Gateway to Emerging Markets and Beyond

Hosted by Brazilian Global Leaders

At the "Brazil: Gateway to Emerging Markets and Beyond" dinner, CGI participants from around the world will sit down with local players to discuss the future of Latin America's largest economy. Brazil is growing quickly and is rapidly becoming one of the handful of countries that global business, political, and cultural figures need to be familiar with. Brazilian participants invited by Grupo ABC - the country's largest communications group - will provide insights about the shape of the country's development, issues on the horizon, and the opportunities Brazil offers the world.


7:45 PM -

 9:30 PM

A Breakthrough in the Fight Against AIDS?!

Hosted by United Postcode Lotteries

The Breakthrough in the fight against AIDS?! 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 aims to eliminate all new HIV infections in Swaziland. STOP AIDS NOW! and the Clinton Health Access Initiative work together to reach this goal. When successful, it will be a major breakthrough in AIDS relief, possibly saving hundreds of thousands of lives in Southern Africa and beyond.


Achieving Food Security in Africa: Investing in Agricultural Development

Hosted by Barclays Capital

Conflict, political instability, natural disasters, increased global demand for agricultural products and related price volatility, have all placed greater emphasis on the importance of food security and investments in agriculture. Today, nearly 1 billion people go hungry; malnutrition severely impedes human and economic development. New challenges require new approaches to food security – from improvements in agriculture productivity, to infrastructure, market access, and risk management of environmental changes affecting agriculture yields. The dinner features representatives from the private sector, governments, agricultural specialists, and development agencies discussing collaboration between the public sector, private sector and civil society to drive innovation and investment to meet the challenges of creating sustainable food security.


Doing Well and Doing Good: How to Partner to Save Lives while Driving Profitable Growth

Hosted by Procter and Gamble

Private sector investment and public private partnerships are critical to address poverty and provide sustainable development in the developing world. Primary challenges for the private sector are to generate new growth and attractive return on investment while the public sector must ensure their partnership efforts help benefit the most vulnerable. New business case studies have revealed some unique models to achieve both an attractive return on investment for the private sector while helping provide life-saving interventions for the those most in need.


Growing a Healthier Generation: From Farm, to School, to Community

Hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

A unique farm-to-table experience, including a menu harvested from fields within 100 miles of New York City, will highlight the importance of reconnecting with where our food comes from in order to address one of our most pressing health issues, childhood obesity. The discussion will feature Sam Kass who is at the center of First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to combat childhood obesity; renowned James Beard award-winning chef and Time 100 selection Dan Barber; and Deb Eschmeyer co-founder of FoodCorps, a national service organization that places young leaders in limited-resource communities to develop school gardens and teach children about healthy food.


Is College Worth It? An Unconventional Conversation about What's Up and What's Next

Hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This topic dinner will feature a lively discussion on the value of college in America. Our panelists will debate how to define college in today’s technologically driven economy, and lean into the latest innovations disrupting the status quo. What roles do government, the private sector, entrepreneurs and the higher education sector play in catalyzing new models of instructional delivery, making college more affordable, and balancing access and high quality instruction? The panel will include trailblazers, researchers and practitioners responsible for designing new systems that demonstrate value to the broader public.


Widening Our Lens: Seeing Global Health as an Economic Investment

Hosted by Standard Chartered Bank

Poor health can have devastating impacts on the financial wellbeing and income potential of families, communities, and, ultimately, countries. Healthcare intervention can have significant effects, resulting in the decrease of widespread disease and chronic illness and increasing national productivity, helping to pave the road in breaking the cycle of poverty. This dinner will feature leaders in this movement who will both demonstrate that a return on investment that is possible from global health interventions, and direct the discussion on an issue that we cannot afford to ignore.


Women in the Middle East: Building the Future through Economic Empowerment

Hosted by Goldman Sachs <em>10,000 Women</em>

At this historic moment in the Middle East, women`s roles, much like institutional relationships across the region, are shifting. As research has demonstrated, women`s participation in the labor force is critical to creating economic growth and opportunity.
The evening`s program will be an opportunity to discuss the central role women can and will play in the Middle East and how economically empowering women will help bring about a stronger and more prosperous future.
In addition to hearing from a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women scholar from Cairo, Egypt, a high-level panel of distinguished experts will discuss the significance of the role women play and the many challenges still ahead.