Special Convening

3:30 PM -

 6:00 PM

Girls & Women Strategy Session

Since 2009, the progress CGI has made in supporting the empowerment of girls and women (G&W) across the world is a result of the dedicated work of the CGI community overall. Over the past few years, girls and women have been strategically integrated into CGI’s programming and various platforms, leading to more member commitments that take this perspective and issue into account in their design and implementation.

This special convening provides an opportunity for CGI members to network and participate in a curated conversation with industry leaders, covering a range of critical issues related to the empowerment of G&W.


Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, The White House
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women


Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University


François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Board of Directors, KERING
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Theo Sowa, Chief Executive Officer, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)


4:00 PM -

 5:00 PM

Navigating the Annual Meeting

CGI makes every effort to ensure that first-time attendees are best prepared to navigate the 2013 Annual Meeting, in order to provide the most successful and meaningful experience. This session will be moderated by John Wood, Founder of Room to Read, and will include:

• Agenda and Session Types: A review of the overall program and annual theme, the broad offering of distinct session formats and events, as well as directions on how to register through the various platforms provided by CGI
• Networking: Information on the many ways and opportunities to engage with fellow attendees throughout the duration of the meeting
• Commitments to Action: An introduction to commitment-making and existing commitments, and how they shape the overall CGI experience
• Continued Engagement: Details on how to continue the momentum of the relationships and action facilitated by the Annual Meeting through CGI’s ongoing opportunities for engagement offered year-round


John Wood, Founder and Board Co-chair, Room to Read

Networking Event

5:00 PM -

 6:00 PM

Track Networking Session

During this session, members will be able to network with CGI members that share similar topic-based interests, discuss themes and highlights from the past year, and hear how each Track’s issue areas will be incorporated into the Annual Meeting program. Additionally, Track Managers will be available to connect with members and answer any questions regarding year-round events and commitment development.

Special Event

6:15 PM -

 9:30 PM

Hult Prize Award Dinner

Join President Clinton and a panel of judges as six regional business school finalists pitch their solutions to the global food crisis and compete for $1 million in start-up capital.


Steve Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Aid
Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Program
Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC
Premal Shah, Co-founder and President,
Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre

Sponsor Topic Dinners

6:45 PM -

 9:30 PM

A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

Hosted by: ExxonMobil

The evidence is clear that investing in women’s economic opportunity is one of the wisest decisions that can be taken to spark economic growth and social development. As a result, the issue has gained momentum – fostering a myriad of programs and interventions to promote women’s economic empowerment. This dinner will focus on what the road ahead looks like and how cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of strengthening the efforts of practitioners, governments, academics, and funders. The evening’s program will feature a dynamic discussion between influential leaders on their plans to expand women’s opportunities globally.


Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women
Cathy Russell, Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State


7:15 PM -

 9:00 PM

Addressing Harmful Practices Against Girls: FGC and Child Marriage

Hosted by: United Postcode Lotteries

(Sunday, September 22, 2013)

The United Postcode Lotteries fundraises for good causes through a unique lottery system in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Great Britain. In 2013, the Postcode Lotteries and its partners AMREF, Tostan, and Girls Not Brides committed to work toward bringing an end to harmful practices affecting girls and young women, specifically child marriage and female genital cutting (FGC), with a specific focus on East and West Africa. During this dinner Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, a young Masai woman from Kenya, will speak about her work on these issues in the region.


7:30 PM -

 9:30 PM

Forging Alliances for Good: Lessons from Leaders

Hosted by: Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos

Whether overseeing an organization, governing a country, or preparing to host the Olympics, leaders must be able to mobilize across sectors to ensure efficiency and efficacy. At this dinner, participants will examine how leaders from across the world are harnessing the power of cross-sector partnerships to achieve lasting impact—from driving growth through green investments, to upholding social values in the global supply chain. The discussion will focus on successful examples of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as with individual citizens, while addressing key obstacles to partnership-building.


Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Ambassador-at-Large, Hellenic Republic
Diane Brady, Senior Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
President Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico


Majoring in Employment: Transforming Higher Education to Deliver a 21st Century Workforce

Hosted by: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Joyce Foundation

Today’s rapidly changing labor market requires an unprecedented level of responsiveness by higher education. Economic adjustments, policy changes, technological advancements, and labor market shifts occur at a faster pace and employers are emphasizing a more sophisticated mix of technical and 21st century skills even for most entry-level occupations. There is increasing concern and attention placed on college-to-labor market skills gaps which are widening and becoming more persistent—most notably for low income young adults. Is there a need for new higher education business models that can keep pace with changing economic, labor market, and workforce demands? Join us for a provocative conversation with innovative thought leaders and practitioners addressing this and other questions.