CGI America 2016

The sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting will be held June 12–14, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. CGI is pleased to announce new programming and participants in this year's meeting, including President Jimmy Carter who will join President Bill Clinton in a special one-on-one conversation. View the 2016 agenda here

The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action. CGI America brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop solutions that encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States. Each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 500 Commitments to Action, which have already improved the lives of nearly 2.4 million people.

Working Group Model

The core of the CGI America meeting is the Working Group model, which consists of nine topic-specific groups—each bringing together about 60-120 diverse industry leaders. Each group will convene several iterative sessions over the course of the meeting to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action.
Building off past meetings, the 2016 CGI America Meeting will feature several new Working Groups. These new Working Groups are as follows: College and Career Readiness, Outcomes-Based Financing, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Sustainable Cities.

Advanced Energy

Financial Opportunity

STEM Education

College and Career Readiness

Outcomes-Based Financing

Sustainable Cities

Early Childhood Education

Small and Medium Enterprises

Workforce Development


Sunday, June 12

6:30 PM–9:30 PM

Special Event
Sponsor-Hosted Events
Start times may vary

Monday, June 13

8:00 AM–9:00 AM

Breakout Sessions
4 Simultaneous

9:30 AM–11:00 AM

Opening Plenary Session
America in the World: Staying Ahead

11:45 AM–1:15 PM

Working Groups
9 Simultaneous

1:30 PM–3:00 PM

Lunch Plenary Session
Communities in Transition: Building a Sustainable Future

3:30 PM–5:30 PM

Working Groups
9 Simultaneous

7:30 PM–9:30 PM

Special Event
Social Reception

Tuesday, June 14

8:00 AM–9:00 AM

Office Hours
Working Group Office Hours

9:00 AM–10:15 AM

Plenary Session
Overcoming Poverty; Improving Opportunity

10:45 AM–12:15 PM

Breakout Sessions
4 Simultaneous

12:30 PM–3:30 PM

Working Groups
9 Simultaneous

4:00 PM–5:15 PM

Closing Plenary Session
Investing in Quality Jobs

Agenda is subject to change

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta participates in a session on community-based sustainability projects at CGI America 2015.

Past Participants

American Association of Community Colleges
American Federation of Teachers
Appalachian Regional Commission
Apple, Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Center for Financial Services Innovation
City of Atlanta
City of Houston
City of Los Angeles
City of Philadelphia
The Coca-Cola Company
Duke Energy
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Farmers Insurance Group
The Ford Foundation
Gap Inc.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Goldman Sachs
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Google Inc.
Intel Corporation
The Joyce Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Kresge Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Coalition
Lockheed Martin
MacArthur Foundation
McDonald’s Corporation
Noble Energy, Inc.
NRG Energy

Project Lead The Way
The Rockefeller Foundation
Rocky Mountain Institute
Sesame Workshop
Social Finance
Target Corporation
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
UP Global
Vestas Wind Systems
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The Western Union Company
The White House
Year Up

These LEED Platinum homes were built through Make It Right Foundation’s 2007 commitment to create sustainable and affordable homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Commitments to Action

Commitments to Action—a defining feature of CGI—are concrete plans that address a pressing challenge. They can be small or large, and financial or non-monetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sector partnerships, with attendees combining efforts to expand their impact. Every commitment must be new, specific, and measurable, and CGI America staff provide commitment-making support in the lead up to the meeting.

Inversiones: A Small Business Investment Initiative 
Commitment by: National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; partners.

In 2012, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders committed to support the creation and expansion of 1,500 small businesses in predominately Latino communities. As of spring 2015, over $114M in loans had been deployed to 4,166 small business owners, stimulating the creation of 8,230 jobs.

Making the Green Mountain State Green
Commitment by:  NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

In 2013, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont committed to retrofit 1,000 homes in a five county area of Vermont by 2015. As of spring 2015, the commitment had exceeded expectations with 1,134 retrofits completed, representing one-third of all in-state residential projects and saving residents over $800,000 a year.