CGI America 2015

All times listed are Mountain Daylight Time
Office Hours

8:00 AM -

 9:00 AM

Working Group Office Hours

Breakfast available in the Attendee Lounge

Working Group Office Hours provide an opportunity to spend additional time with CGI America Working Group Managers and fellow Working Group attendees. Working Group Managers will be available in the Working Group rooms to answer questions, share information about developing Commitments to Action, and help facilitate introductions when possible. If interested, attendees are also welcome to visit Working Group rooms other than their own.

Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:30 AM

New Horizons: Unlocking the Potential of Rural America

While only 8 percent of American households are in rural areas, the country’s wide open spaces are at the heart of the American identity. Although decades of slowing industry, lagging investment in basic services, and the pressures of a globalizing economy have taken a toll on rural America, a transformation is underway. Record-setting agricultural exports, enormous growth in new and traditional energy development, and untapped human capital markets are making rural America the country’s newest growth frontier.
In this session, participants will discuss the future of rural economic development, highlighting:

• The growth potential in a range of sectors across rural America.
• Investment streams available for rural development.
• Challenges and opportunities to enhance economic security for rural Americans.

One-on-One Conversation:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Panel Discussion:


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


Bob Dixson, Mayor, City of Greensburg, Kansas
Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director, Four Bands Community Fund
Mary McBride, President, CoBank

Breakout Sessions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM

CGI Conversation moderated by Bloomberg TV

Tequity: Innovation, Technology, and Diversity

Innovation and technology are key drivers of the American economy today: computer and information technology jobs are expected to grow over 20 percent by 2020, and each job in a high-tech industry creates an estimated five additional jobs in other sectors. Because the U.S. tech market is predicted to grow over six percent this year alone, it will be critical to ensure that technology companies have the talent necessary to generate innovation and manage growth. Despite evidence suggesting a diverse workforce enhances both business performance and innovation, minorities and women are still underrepresented in technology companies. In this session, filmed by CGI America’s 2015 broadcast partner Bloomberg TV and moderated by host Betty Liu, guests will:

• Explore the current and future economic impact of information technology and its associated businesses.
• Discuss the challenges in recruiting, hiring, and retaining the workforce necessary to generate and manage innovation.
• Examine how to scale and replicate model programs and partnerships to build a strong and diverse talent pipeline.

This session will be filmed for broadcast by Bloomberg TV. No video or still cameras will be allowed. Print reporters may attend; however content from the sessions is under embargo per the discretion of each network. Please contact the appropriate network for footage requests and embargo rules.

One-on-One Conversation:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Betty Liu, Anchor, Bloomberg TV

Panel Discussion:


Betty Liu, Anchor, Bloomberg TV


Aneesh Chopra, Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics
Kay Koplovitz, Founder and Managing Director, Springboard Fund
Jake Schwartz, Co-founder and CEO, General Assembly


CGI Conversation moderated by CNN

The Business Case for Investing in America’s Workforce

While the United States economy is recovering, weakening productivity could hamper long-term progress. In addition to increasing productivity, investing in job quality can expand profit margins and long-term sustainability for businesses. Through efforts that improve health and wealth benefits, increase wages, provide educational and professional development opportunities, and create more flexible work environments, household names are leading the charge in creating not only better jobs, but a more productive workforce that supports the bottom line and strengthens the American economy.

This session will be filmed for broadcast by CNN. No video or still cameras will be allowed. Print reporters may attend; however content from the sessions is under embargo per the discretion of each network. Please contact the appropriate network for footage requests and embargo rules.

One-on-One Conversation:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN

Panel Discussion:


Poppy Harlow, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN


Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder and CEO, Birchbox
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO, Venture for America


Energy and Infrastructure: Building Sustainable Communities

Communities can leverage their local assets to promote and develop renewable energy solutions, climate-resilient infrastructure, and sustainably-designed buildings. Community-based sustainability projects will in turn spur economic development locally, create high-quality jobs, improve public health, and promote a clean, safe, and accessible environment. This session will:

• Explore how community organizations, industry, and the public sector can create partnerships that stimulate inclusive, green growth within distressed and low-income communities.
• Share examples of community-based approaches being explored in the Sustainable Buildings, Infrastructure for Cities and States, and Renewable Energy Working Groups.
• Examine strategies for greening public and nonprofit buildings, schools, and affordable housing.


Aimée Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Valley Institute for Resilience


Kasim Reed, Mayor , City of Atlanta


Expanding Community Schools

High quality teachers and curricula are essential, but these factors alone cannot guarantee student achievement. Non-academic factors such as unsafe neighborhoods, inadequate health care, parent disengagement, and the fact that one in five children in the United States is at risk of hunger all severely impact a child’s ability to learn and succeed. Many schools are ill-equipped to provide the full range of services needed to address the social, physical, and emotional needs of their students and families. Today, the need is greater than ever with the majority of public school children living in poverty. By aligning school and community assets to provide wraparound services, community schools help remove non-academic barriers to learning, promote student success, and support thriving families and communities. This session will:

• Discuss successful community school initiatives and how these are providing the wraparound services required for student success.
• Explore how public, private, and nonprofit organizations can work together to replicate these models.


Nicholas Garcia, Senior reporter , Chalkbeat Colorado


Nicole Anderson, Executive Director, Philanthropy, AT&T
Richard Berry, Mayor, City of Albuquerque
Lisa Villarreal, Program Officer, Education, The San Francisco Foundation


Scalable Investment Tools for Social Impact

Innovative investment models and tools, such as Social Impact Bonds or pension investment vehicles, have shown great promise to align social outcomes with financial returns. These tools are now extending across the United States to topics such as early childhood education, recidivism, homelessness or mental health. This session will:

• Highlight cutting-edge impact investing models that can be scaled and replicated in new geographies.
• Discuss the importance of outcomes data and measurement in building social impact investment tools.
• Offer participants the opportunity to explore these approaches in-depth and discuss their application in new sectors and regions.


Jim Bildner, Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Michael Hancock, Mayor, City & County of Denver
Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO, Calvert Foundation
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Working Groups

1:00 PM -

 2:30 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.



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.

Closing Plenary Session

3:00 PM -

 4:30 PM

Comeback Cities

While the Great Recession impacted most American communities, for some it compounded decades of economic decline and decay. Today, across the country, cities that had lost population, jobs, and hope for years are turning themselves around through a series of different approaches. Building dynamic local economies does not have a one-size-fits-all solution and often requires communities to fundamentally reinvent themselves, while also harnessing their traditional strengths. By leveraging distinct sectoral and geographic advantages, creating long-term development strategies to attract both financial and human capital, and working together through cross-sector partnerships, cities are capitalizing on their potential and building a new future.
In this session, participants representing cities along a continuum of development will highlight:

• Effective, long-term strategies for cooperation and collaboration across sectors.
• Innovative economic development strategies, including the use of anchor institutions and the role of entrepreneurship.
• Continued needs and opportunities for cities looking to rebuild their economies.


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Michael Hancock, Mayor, City & County of Denver

Opening Conversation:


R.T. Rybak, Executive Director, Generation Next


Tonit Calaway, Vice President of Human Resources, Harley Davidson, Inc., President, The Harley-Davidson Foundation
Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, State of New York
Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Closing Conversation:


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


April Anderson, Co-Owner and Pastry Chef, Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC
Michael Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation