CGI America 2015

 
All times listed are Mountain Daylight Time
 
Breakout Sessions

7:30 AM -

 8:30 AM


Ask an Economist: Expanding Economic Opportunity and Mobility

Breakfast available

America’s economic recovery is finally taking hold and current deficits are down from the record highs during the recession. At the same time, far too many American families are being left out of the recovery, and our nation still faces an unsustainable long-term fiscal outlook. Lower unemployment and improvements in growth are fueling renewed optimism, yet the nature of the recovery is uneven and longer-term trends of income stagnation remain. In this session, two leading economists will discuss their recently published research papers, which explore how policymakers can foster greater opportunity and economic mobility. The economists, Jared Bernstein and Scott Winship, will engage each other – and the audience – in a conversation about these critical issues. This session will:

• Examine policy options for enhancing economic mobility in America.
• Explore the relationship between America’s long-term fiscal outlook and economic growth and opportunity.
• Discuss how CGI America participants and Working Groups can help foster greater opportunity and mobility.

Improving Economic Opportunity and Mobility (Report)

Participants:

Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Doug Hamilton, Vice President, Research, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Policy Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution
Scott Winship, Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute

 

Girls and Women in America

Breakfast available

The 2015 CGI America Meeting will demonstrate CGI’s ongoing commitment to empowering girls and women worldwide by continuing its effort to integrate a focus on girls and women throughout its programming. In this session, participants will explore the ways in which women have traditionally faced challenges related to participating in the labor force. Participants will also explore how the Commitment to Action model can be used as a tool to address this issue. This networking session will:

• Discuss common barriers that are preventing full and equal participation for girls and women.
• Highlight successful existing commitments that are enhancing equality and opportunity.
• Provide a space to brainstorm approaches that can lead to success for other existing commitments, as well as ideas that inspire new commitments.

Participants:

Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-director, Caring Across Generations

 

Men and Boys of Color

Breakfast available

Fifty years after the march on Selma and despite great gains, a quarter of African Americans and Latino Americans still live in poverty. The disparities are even more dramatic for young black and Latino men, who are not only less likely to graduate from college than the general population, but are also incarcerated at 2.5 times the general rate for Latinos and nearly six times for black Americans. Building on last year’s discussion on this topic, this networking session will:

• Provide an opportunity for organizations focused on minorities and youth to connect and strategize at the start of the event.
• Discuss barriers that prevent many young males of color from reaching their potential, and share effective interventions to close the opportunity gap.
• Highlight potential Commitments to Action that can improve outcomes for those at risk.

Moderator:

Lisa Nutter, President, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

Participants:

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Ralph Smith, Managing Director, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Alejandro Villanueva, Executive Director, Televisa Foundation

 

Rural and Tribal Communities

Breakfast available

Rural and tribal communities throughout the United States face challenges of slowing economies, low wages, and population decline. In response, communities are evaluating and leveraging their local assets to start new businesses, invest in infrastructure and sustainable industries, build workforce capacity, and enhance their economic competitiveness in a manner that builds and preserves wealth. Building on last year’s session, this networking session will:

• Provide a space for participants to connect and learn about rural and tribally-focused Commitments to Action being developed across numerous Working Groups.
• Identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration across issue areas.


 

Young Americans: From Recession to Optimism

Breakfast available

Young Americans make up a third of the United States, with a population of more than 80 million between the ages of 16 and 35. This generation came to age at a time when unemployment was peaking at ten percent in the United States, Americans were experiencing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and student loan debt was continuing to rise exponentially. Despite all of these factors, young Americans are more optimistic about their futures, more conservative with their finances, and more socially conscious than their parents and grandparents. Focusing on the action that leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors can take, this networking session will:

• Explore how to support young Americans to access higher education and thrive.
• Discuss investing in new financial tools for young Americans that increase financial independence and lower student debt burdens.
• Determine approaches for connecting young Americans with entrepreneurial and job opportunities.

Moderator:

Denise Leonhard, Vice President, Enterprise Growth Business Development and Strategy, American Express

Participants:

Khalil Fuller, Chief Executive Officer, Learn Fresh
Nicole Glaros, Partner, Techstars
Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO, Venture for America

 
Opening Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:30 AM


The Map of Making it in America

With 66 consecutive months of growth, the U.S. is in the midst of one of its longest-lasting periods of economic expansion since 1850. In 2014, unemployment dropped to 5.6 percent—making it the best year for job growth since 2007. Yet these national indicators mask the unevenness of the recovery, particularly for many lower- and middle-class Americans: the labor force participation rate hit its lowest rate since 1978, wages have stagnated despite significant productivity gains, and median household net worth has either stagnated or declined. Reversing these trends will require business leaders to partner with government, civic, and community leaders, to ensure the recovery reaches its full potential.
In this session, participants will discuss the challenges facing people left out of the recovery, highlighting:

• The intersection between work and wages.
• Strategies to build household wealth.
• Pathways to high-quality employment.

Remarks:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
John Hickenlooper, Governor , State of Colorado

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Lucas Benitez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Kip Tindell, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, The Container Store
Kyle Zimmer, Chief Executive Officer, First Book

 
Working Groups

11:15 AM -

 12:45 PM


Community Investing

Innovative social investment practices can transform the community finance sector—however, this market faces real challenges in attracting mainstream private investors at scale. In 2015, attendees in the Community Investing Working Group will focus on actionable strategies to broaden the U.S. social finance market through private capital investments in the areas of health, housing, small business lending, and community development.


 

Early Childhood Education

The early years of a child’s development are critical to ensuring their future success. Investing in high-quality early learning generates long-term economic growth by improving health, education, and workforce outcomes while preventing costly interventions later in life. In 2015, attendees in the Early Childhood Education Working Group will develop cross-sector partnerships and identify approaches that increase access to high-quality education and skills development for America’s young children.


 

Entrepreneurship

Since 2008, more businesses have closed than opened, creating a net contraction in the number of American businesses for the first time in decades. Business failure rates spiked during the most recent recession, while entrepreneurial activity broadly declined. In 2015, attendees in the Entrepreneurship Working Group will work to reverse this trend by expanding opportunities to start businesses—namely among underrepresented populations—and supporting business survival and growth.


 

Financial Opportunity

Nearly half of all American families live paycheck to paycheck, while many more live outside of the financial mainstream. In 2015, attendees in the Financial Opportunity Working Group will support families in preparing for financial emergencies, while they continue to invest in their futures. Together, attendees will address major issues such as student debt, regulatory requirements, tightened credit markets, and stagnant wages.


 

Infrastructure for Cities and States

Public funds alone are insufficient to address America’s growing infrastructure needs. In 2015, attendees in the Infrastructure for Cities and States Working Group will focus on innovations in project selection and finance by leveraging perspectives from state and local government officials, executives in construction and finance, and union leaders.


 

Reconnecting Youth

In the United States, more than 5 million young people between 16 and 24 years of age are unemployed, not in college, and have not obtained a high school diploma. This unrealized potential stunts generational progress, with rippling effects. In 2015, capitalizing on the momentum of the Opportunity Youth movement, attendees in the Reconnecting Youth Working Group will expand innovation and best practices across sectors to better identify, engage, and redirect these young people.


 

Renewable Energy

Renewable energies have become more competitive and affordable than ever before, but more can be done to reduce costs and ensure that the benefits of these clean, sustainable energy resources are accessible to everyone. In 2015, attendees in the Renewable Energy Working Group will explore collaborative projects that increase the affordability of investments in renewable energies and ensure that growth is inclusive of all communities and customers.


 

STEM Education

The persistent poor performance of American students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines has serious implications for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy. In 2015, attendees in the STEM Education Working Group will focus on cross-sector approaches to increase student engagement and broaden participation in STEM by strengthening STEM learning networks in urban and rural communities, supporting teacher preparation, expanding access to computer science education, and leveraging educational technology.


 

Sustainable Buildings

Green building is among the fastest growing industries in the world, representing a $260 billion market in the United States. But while sustainable building comprises 20 percent of new construction, these practices lack adoption in certain markets and face the challenge of including low-income communities. In 2015, attendees in the Sustainable Buildings Working Group will workshop ideas that incorporate innovative efficiency and design techniques, new building materials, housing affordability, and sustainability in schools.


 

Workforce Development

In 2014, the U.S. economy added more than 2.7 million jobs. However, the employment rate is the lowest in almost 30 years and low-skilled workers continue to experience poor social and economic outcomes. In 2015, the Workforce Development Working Group will convene leaders from government, business, foundations, and nonprofits to develop cross-sector strategies that equip low-income Americans with the skills needed to ascend today’s emerging career ladders.


 
Lunch Plenary Session

1:15 PM -

 2:30 PM


Networking Lunch Session

Lunch available

In order to find new partners and increase the impact of their Commitments to Action, CGI America attendees have increasingly sought additional opportunities to meet and learn from others across Working Groups. This special networking lunch will provide participants with an opportunity to:

• Hear standout commitment examples from the past five years of CGI America from across Working Groups.
• Meet, network, and find new partners.

Commitment Announcements:

Participants:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

 
Working Groups

3:00 PM -

 6:00 PM


Community Investing

Innovative social investment practices can transform the community finance sector—however, this market faces real challenges in attracting mainstream private investors at scale. In 2015, attendees in the Community Investing Working Group will focus on actionable strategies to broaden the U.S. social finance market through private capital investments in the areas of health, housing, small business lending, and community development.


 

Early Childhood Education

The early years of a child’s development are critical to ensuring their future success. Investing in high-quality early learning generates long-term economic growth by improving health, education, and workforce outcomes while preventing costly interventions later in life. In 2015, attendees in the Early Childhood Education Working Group will develop cross-sector partnerships and identify approaches that increase access to high-quality education and skills development for America’s young children.


 

Entrepreneurship

Since 2008, more businesses have closed than opened, creating a net contraction in the number of American businesses for the first time in decades. Business failure rates spiked during the most recent recession, while entrepreneurial activity broadly declined. In 2015, attendees in the Entrepreneurship Working Group will work to reverse this trend by expanding opportunities to start businesses—namely among underrepresented populations—and supporting business survival and growth.


 

Financial Opportunity

Nearly half of all American families live paycheck to paycheck, while many more live outside of the financial mainstream. In 2015, attendees in the Financial Opportunity Working Group will support families in preparing for financial emergencies, while they continue to invest in their futures. Together, attendees will address major issues such as student debt, regulatory requirements, tightened credit markets, and stagnant wages.


 

Infrastructure for Cities and States

Public funds alone are insufficient to address America’s growing infrastructure needs. In 2015, attendees in the Infrastructure for Cities and States Working Group will focus on innovations in project selection and finance by leveraging perspectives from state and local government officials, executives in construction and finance, and union leaders.


 

Reconnecting Youth

In the United States, more than 5 million young people between 16 and 24 years of age are unemployed, not in college, and have not obtained a high school diploma. This unrealized potential stunts generational progress, with rippling effects. In 2015, capitalizing on the momentum of the Opportunity Youth movement, attendees in the Reconnecting Youth Working Group will expand innovation and best practices across sectors to better identify, engage, and redirect these young people.


 

Renewable Energy

Renewable energies have become more competitive and affordable than ever before, but more can be done to reduce costs and ensure that the benefits of these clean, sustainable energy resources are accessible to everyone. In 2015, attendees in the Renewable Energy Working Group will explore collaborative projects that increase the affordability of investments in renewable energies and ensure that growth is inclusive of all communities and customers.


 

STEM Education

The persistent poor performance of American students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines has serious implications for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy. In 2015, attendees in the STEM Education Working Group will focus on cross-sector approaches to increase student engagement and broaden participation in STEM by strengthening STEM learning networks in urban and rural communities, supporting teacher preparation, expanding access to computer science education, and leveraging educational technology.


 

Sustainable Buildings

Green building is among the fastest growing industries in the world, representing a $260 billion market in the United States. But while sustainable building comprises 20 percent of new construction, these practices lack adoption in certain markets and face the challenge of including low-income communities. In 2015, attendees in the Sustainable Buildings Working Group will workshop ideas that incorporate innovative efficiency and design techniques, new building materials, housing affordability, and sustainability in schools.


 

Workforce Development

In 2014, the U.S. economy added more than 2.7 million jobs. However, the employment rate is the lowest in almost 30 years and low-skilled workers continue to experience poor social and economic outcomes. In 2015, the Workforce Development Working Group will convene leaders from government, business, foundations, and nonprofits to develop cross-sector strategies that equip low-income Americans with the skills needed to ascend today’s emerging career ladders.


 
Special Event

7:30 PM -

 9:30 PM


Bites & Brews: A CGI America Tasting Reception

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

As part of the CGI America 2015 experience, attendees are invited to a reception taking place in the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and enjoy food along with pairings from a diverse group of Denver microbreweries. CGI staff will be available to help facilitate introductions and follow up on conversations initiated during the meeting.