The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2015 Annual Meeting brought members together from across the world to translate good ideas into real results on the ground.

This year, members announced 123 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact more than 15 million lives around the world when fully funded and implemented. To date, more than 3,400 commitments have been made, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

The CGI Annual Meeting provided a global stage to amplify the impact of members' Commitments to Action, dynamic sessions for members to challenge approaches and share expertise, and a forum for defining the next decade of commitment-making through the “Future of Impact” theme.

As part of this year's theme, CGI invited individuals around the world to share their voice and help us envision the future of impact.


Sir Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group and Virgin Unite

Ursula Burns

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation

President Bill Clinton

Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Bill Gates

Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President, Republic of Liberia

Jim Yong Kim

President , World Bank Group

Yang Lan

Chairman, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation


Saturday, September 26

4:00 PM–5:30 PM

Networking Event
Navigating the Annual Meeting

4:30 PM–6:30 PM

Breakout Sessions
The Economic Implications of Gender-Based Violence

7:00 PM–10:00 PM

Special Event
Hult Prize Award Dinner

7:30 PM–9:30 PM

Special Event
Sponsor-Hosted Event

Sunday, September 27

8:30 AM–10:00 AM

Special Event
Sponsor-Hosted Event

10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Opening Plenary Session
The Future of Impact

12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions
3 Simultaneous

12:30 PM–2:00 PM

Small Group Discussions
3 Simultaneous

2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Plenary Session
Investing in Prevention and Resilient Health Systems

4:00 PM–6:00 PM

Breakout Sessions
3 Simultaneous

8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Special Event
Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Tuesday, September 29

9:15 AM–10:30 AM

Plenary Session
Unleashing Women's Economic Opportunities

11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions
2 Simultaneous

11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Small Group Discussions
5 Simultaneous

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Networking Event

1:45 PM–3:15 PM

Breakout Sessions
3 Simultaneous

1:45 PM–3:15 PM

Small Group Discussions
4 Simultaneous

3:45 PM–5:15 PM

Closing Plenary Session
The Future of Equality and Opportunity

The Future of Impact

CGI's 2015 theme, “The Future of Impact," prompts members to define the next decade of commitment-making and highlights the necessary next steps for accelerating progress going forward. By building on the achievements of CGI members over the past decade, the theme guides members in defining strategies for:
  • Expanding and replicating proven solutions to underserved geographies, markets, and populations.
  • Making the required long-term investments to address global challenges and create opportunity for all.
  • Democratizing social and technological innovation to drive global and local impact.


Special Features

This year’s Annual Meeting theme, The Future of Impact, prompted us to envision how we can replicate and expand proven solutions to the underserved, make long-term investments to address global challenges and create opportunity, and democratize social and technological innovation to drive change moving forward. Throughout the Annual Meeting, members experienced a wealth of new, forward-looking on-site features and thought-provoking programming, including:

Preview Technologies of the Future
In the Plenary Session "Looking to the Next Frontier," members saw demonstrations of revolutionary technologies that represent The Future of Impact, such as Pepper the Social Humanoid Robot.

View the webcast at Share this link with your colleagues and online audiences so they can watch.

See Commitments Come to Life Through Virtual Reality 
"Inside Impact: East Africa" is eight-minute virtual reality film that allows people around the world to join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on their trip to East Africa in spring 2015 and see first-hand how Commitments to Action made by CGI members are changing lives and empowering communities.

The film debuted on Sunday, September 27 at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting and will be available exclusively on the Oculus Store for Gear VR Innovator Edition, powered by Oculus.

To learn more, visit and take a first look at the film here.

Envision The Future of Impact
This year's Annual Meeting is engaged a global audience like never before—CGI and GOOD Magazine asked individuals worldwide to help define The Future of Impact. 

Visit to see what what people around the world envision as The Future of Impact.

Explore Innovative Approaches Already in Action
How will we define the next decade of action? From turning discarded nylon fishing nets into carpet tiles, to pioneering worker-driven social responsibility on America’s farms and rethinking the way we protect and preserve our planet, Commitments to Action are pushing the envelope today. By learning from and building on these solutions, we can accelerate our current progress and realize the future that is already within our reach.

The "Lessons from the Future" Commitments Gallery showcased how CGI members' cutting-edge ideas are working to define the next decade of action.

To explore commitments featured in the exhibit, visit


Session Types

The annual theme was carried throughout the various programming of the 2015 Annual Meeting. Session formats included:

Plenary Sessions are moderated discussions, bringing together key leaders to present cross-sector perspectives and methods for reimagining solutions to global challenges.

Small Group Discussions are in-depth conversations in which participants focus on specific topics of interest, using alternate lenses and identifying strategies to re-envision the outcomes of their efforts.

Breakout Sessions bring members together to network, partner, and learn through a number of distinct formats:

Future Labs: In these collaborative, forward-thinking sessions, CGI members work in smaller groups to craft their ideal vision of the future and generate ideas for future Commitments to Action.

Calls to Action: These workshop-style sessions engage members in the four CGI Calls to Action made last year, harnessing the CGI community's unique ability to address these issues through the creation of crosscutting Commitments to Action.

CGI Conversations: These panel discussions are moderated by news anchors and filmed to air on international news networks.


Clinton Global Citizen Awards

Established in 2007, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards honors outstanding individuals for their exemplary leadership and groundbreaking work that has effected positive, lasting social change.