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Plenary Session

8:45 AM -

 10:30 AM


Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134?

When women participate in the economy and politics, the positive effects ripple across entire societies. Imagine a world where women make up half of CEOs, executives, government officials, and landowners, and whose salaries equal men’s. What if this world also ensured that girls and women were as educated and as healthy as men, and were free from violence, trafficking, and abuse? While tremendous progress has been made over the last 20 years in achieving equality for girls and women around the world, the pace of change needs to be significantly accelerated. For example, with current projections, women will not comprise half of the world’s elected representatives until 2065 or half the world’s leaders until 2134. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• examine the progress that has been made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and what challenges remain
• build the foundation for women’s equality and societies’ prosperity through increased access to finance and land, while addressing socio-cultural norms
• utilize transformative levers, such as social media and data, to accelerate progress

Remarks:

Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

 
Small Group Discussions

11:00 AM -

 12:00 PM


Taking Charge of Girls’ Education

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive


The number of children attending primary school has significantly increased in the past two decades, and the gap between boys’ and girls’ attendance has narrowed in many countries. However, there are still far fewer girls than boys in secondary school in many regions, and girls face additional barriers to completing secondary school with the skills they need to succeed—including threats to their safety and inadequate quality and learning opportunities. A new consortium commitment aims to address these “second generation” issues, particularly in some of the most difficult to reach and marginalized communities across the globe. The consortium will: ensure that girls can attend and complete primary and secondary school; make schools safer and more secure; improve the quality of learning for girls; support the transition to higher education and employment; and cultivate local country leaders to champion this work at the grassroots level.

This session will build off the momentum of this collaborative effort by more than 20 companies, civil society, multilateral organizations, and governments. CGI members are encouraged to join in the discussion to learn more about the consortium and to explore partnership opportunities across the CGI community to improve learning and leadership opportunities for young women around the world.


 
Breakout Sessions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


CGI Conversation hosted by CNN's Erin Burnett

The Tenth Meeting: Turning Ideas into Action

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel


President Bill Clinton began CGI in 2005 with the idea that leaders across sectors often discussed great solutions worth testing, but needed help moving from ideas to action. Since CGI’s inception, participants have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. As CGI kicks off its tenth year, join President Clinton, CNN’s Erin Burnett, and a series of celebrities, business and government leaders, and philanthropists in a retrospective conversation on lessons learned since CGI was founded. Guests will discuss:

• progress made on major global challenges since 2005
• lessons learned in the designing and implementing of social change programs across the world
• critical issues driving the next decade’s agenda for action

Moderator:

Erin Burnett, Anchor, Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Ashley Judd, Actor, Author, Advocate, Population Services International
Zainab Salbi, Founder, Executive Producer and Co-Creator, Women for Women International; The Trials of Spring

 

Haiti 2025

Session Features:  Debates  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion


Since the formation of the Haiti Action Network in 2008, CGI members have galvanized more than $500 million for Commitments to Action when fully funded and implemented. As Haiti continues to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, foreign aid is waning while local and international businesses are increasing investments, supported by the government of Haiti. This session will highlight the work of the Haiti Action Network and debate the following questions:

• Can CGI members continue designing and implementing Commitments to Action that build local capacity and have clear exit strategies to enable Haiti to prosper far into the future?
• Can direct investments supporting Haitian entrepreneurship and business growth replace philanthropy?
• Can the critical lessons learned from Haiti be applied to similar settings that have been impacted by natural disaster, conflict, and poverty?

Moderator:

Adam Davidson, Co-founder, NPR's Planet Money

Participants:

Nemdia Daceney, HELP Graduate, Haitian Education & Leadership Program
Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School
Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister, Republic of Haiti
Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
Norma Powell, Director General , Center for Facilitation of Investments

 
Small Group Discussions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


Coding for Opportunity: Engaging Underrepresented Groups in Computer Science

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


Computer science (CS) is a key driver of technological innovation, bolstering economic competitiveness and job creation across industries and sectors. Expanding and strengthening CS learning opportunities along the educational pipeline is a business imperative, required to build a highly qualified workforce for the future. Foundational digital literacy is also essential for individuals to achieve full participation in the 21st century. Despite this, wide disparities exist in access to and engagement in CS education opportunities, namely for women and other underserved communities who are largely underrepresented in the field.

In this session, CGI members will learn about current research on inequality in CS education—including innovative approaches that companies, NGOs, and advocacy groups are taking to lower barriers to entry and broaden participation. Members will examine strategies for scaling and replicating these successes around the world through collaborative action.

Moderator:

Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Participants:

Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Zamrize: Turning Dreamers into Creators
Shelly Esque, Chair, Intel Foundation and Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Intel Corp
Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google.org
André J. Gudger, Director, Office of Small Business Programs and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Telle Whitney, Chief Executive Officer, Anita Borg Institute

 

Investing in/Connecting Impact Entrepreneurs

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive


As an increasing number of organizations are working to identify and cultivate entrepreneurs across the world, incubators and accelerators are being used as aggregation points for technical assistance, competitions, market linkages, and possible impact investments. This session will explore how CGI members are successfully helping to grow regional entrepreneurial ecosystems where risk-taking is encouraged, failure is accepted, and beta efforts are supported and scaled. How can we better connect impact entrepreneurs with earlier-stage investors to help them reach proof of concept and become investment-ready for larger investors or markets?

Participants:

Randall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

 

Myanmar Action Network

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


Myanmar—a nation of 60 million people and one of the most exciting frontier markets in the world—has seen a dramatic increase in investment and activity resulting from an ambitious economic growth agenda. Opportunities abound to address critical social, economic, and environmental challenges while fueling growth. As the future of this emerging economy unfolds, inclusive efforts to design and invest in solutions that support enterprise development, expand educational opportunity, build the agricultural sector, enhance public health, improve critical infrastructure, and ensure financial inclusion will be essential.

This session will serve as an opportunity for CGI members representing corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and social enterprises to explore strategies for responsible and inclusive investment in the social and economic development of the country.


 
Networking Event

12:30 PM -

 1:30 PM


Lunch

This informal networking opportunity will provide a dedicated space for members to enjoy lunch while making connections with fellow meeting attendees.


 
Breakout Sessions

1:30 PM -

 3:00 PM


Can impact investing prioritize profit, people, and the planet?

Session Features:  Debates  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion


The impact investment market is currently estimated to hold around $40 billion in capital, and projections suggest that by 2020, the sector could reach $400 billion to $1 trillion. As new vehicles—such as development impact bonds and retail bonds—hold great promise for future scale, gaps remain. Notably, in the wake of unprecedented climate change disruptions and escalating global resource constraints, environmental value has failed to be addressed equally alongside social and financial gains. In this session, CGI members will debate the following questions:

• Can impact investing preserve its original intent to create social and environmental returns, while accounting for scale and financial gains?
• Can the field of environmental impact investing grow by addressing the challenges and opportunities of measurement and long-term sustainability?
• Can bonds bridge the gap between financial gains and environmental and social returns for all stakeholders?

Moderator:

Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Participants:

Robert A. Annibale, Global Director, Citi Microfinance and Community Development
Amy Bell, Executive Director, Social Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Tammy Newmark, President and CEO, EcoEnterprises Fund
Nick O'Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Big Society Capital
Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

 

CGI Conversation hosted by CNN's Sanjay Gupta

The Science of Success: Investing in Babies’ Minds

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel


A baby’s mind develops into an incredible intelligence machine—from zero to five years old, 700 new neural connections are formed every second. In this critical stage of life, parents and caregivers play a huge part in building their babies’ brains, fostering the abilities that will help them succeed in learning and working. Investing in early childhood development garners phenomenal returns—improving the future health, education, and income of children and creating higher-skilled workers whose increased level of productivity benefits their local economies and society as a whole. This conversation will guide CGI members in reimagining how to:

• equip parents across the world with the tools necessary for providing their children with the best early start in life
• identify proven early childhood interventions that reduce income inequality for individuals, increase economic opportunities for countries, and grow profits for businesses

Moderator:

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Participants:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children's Zone
Cindy McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative
Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop

 

How can communities prevent and resolve the double burden of malnutrition?

Session Features:  Designing Ideas  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion


Today, 925 million people globally suffer from hunger and undernutrition, the greatest risk factors leading to disease, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Simultaneously, developing countries are grappling with the onset of obesity, driven by the overconsumption of unhealthy calories. Mexico, for example, has surpassed the United States as the most obese country in the world, and China has transitioned from famine to obesity within one generation. The long-term and irreversible consequences of nutrition deficiency and obesity—including diabetes, heart disease, and other non-communicable diseases—affect 10 percent of adults and 30 million children worldwide. In this session, CGI members will reimagine how to:

• support countries and communities in avoiding the shift from food scarcity to nutrition deficiency and overconsumption
• increase food availability and optimal nutrition among the malnourished, whether they are undernourished or obese
• promote better behaviors that result in healthier food choices and consumption

Moderator:

Sandy Speicher, Associate Partner and Managing Director, Education, IDEO

Participants:

Jay Naidoo, Chair of Board of Directors and Partnership Council, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Executive Director, 1,000 Days

 
Small Group Discussions

1:30 PM -

 3:00 PM


Expanding Energy Access in Africa

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Interactive


Access to energy is a pressing challenge for the continent of Africa, where roughly 600 million people live without electricity. Partnerships aimed at deploying clean energy solutions and promoting universal electrification in Africa can help to bridge the gap in reliable access to energy.

This session will consider how to increase private investment in sustainable energy in Africa, as well as how social entrepreneurs can innovate low-cost energy solutions for impoverished and off-grid communities.

Remarks:

Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary , Ghana Energy Commission

Participants:

Ellen Morris, Founding Partner, EMBARK Energy
Francesco Starace, Chief Executive Officer, Enel S.p.A

 

Resilient Cities Action Network

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive


Rising sea levels, droughts, and increased frequency of storms are just some of the effects of climate change that cities must now address when constructing and maintaining built structures. The Resilient Cities Action Network addresses the topic of resilient cities through five interrelated angles: 1) design, 2) investment, 3) risk management, 4) social fabric, and 5) technology.

This session will allow CGI members to assess the progress made on this topic since last years’ Annual Meeting and define future priorities. Business leaders and key government officials will work together identify cross-sector opportunities for action and collaboration.

Remarks:

Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

 

Responding to Ebola: Report from West Africa

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Interactive


The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a defining global health challenge of our time. As death tolls mount, and the virus continues to spread to additional countries, tens of thousands of people are likely to be infected. The outbreak has put an enormous strain on already-vulnerable health systems in countries like Liberia, and many more lives are at risk as health centers close, health care workers perish, and people lose access to basic health services. An urgent, well coordinated, extensive response is required to contain the outbreak, prevent further infections, avoid preventable deaths from causes other than Ebola, protect the health care workers caring for the sick, and strengthen public health systems to prevent future outbreaks.

In this session, CGI members will discuss current efforts underway and explore ways to leverage partnerships in response to the outbreak. How can resources be mobilized to deliver the staff, health commodities, and systems to stop the spread of Ebola?

Participants:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School
Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health, Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Harvard Medical School

 
Closing Plenary Session

3:30 PM -

 4:45 PM


Aiming for the Moon and Beyond

Since 2005, CGI members have challenged the status quo by proposing bold and cutting-edge ideas, some never envisioned before, that led to disruptive breakthroughs. Going forward, how can CGI members continue to take worthwhile risks and accept that experiencing failure is a critical element to achieving success? How can they “dream big” in order to unlock innovation and drive social change?

This session will share the perspectives of forward-thinking leaders and innovators from across sectors, including a live conversation with the International Space Station on exploring new frontiers.

Participants:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA, Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder, X PRIZE Foundation
Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development
Reid Wiseman, Astronaut, NASA , Commander, U.S. NAVY