Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America brings together leaders from the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors to develop solutions that encourage economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States.
CGI America’s annual convening is designed to be a working meeting that promotes collaboration. 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-Sized Enterprises, and Sustainable Cities.
Attendees at CGI America 2015 take part in a session on scalable impact investing models that align social outcomes with financial returns.
7:30 PM–9:00 PM
8:00 AM–9:00 AM
9:30 AM–11:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session
11:45 AM–1:15 PM
1:30 PM–3:00 PM
Lunch Plenary Session
3:30 PM–5:30 PM
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
8:00 AM–9:00 AM
Working Group Office Hours
9:00 AM–10:15 AM
10:45 AM–12:15 PM
12:30 PM–3:30 PM
4:00 PM–5:15 PM
Closing Plenary Session
5:15 PM–6:15 PM
Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta participates in a session on community-based sustainability projects at CGI America 2015.
American Association of Community Colleges
American Federation of Teachers
Appalachian Regional Commission
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
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Farmers Insurance Group
Girl Scouts of the USA
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Local Initiatives Support Coalition
Noble Energy, Inc.
Project Lead The Way
Rocky Mountain Institute
The Coca-Cola Company
The Ford Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Western Union Company
The White House
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Vestas Wind Systems
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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.