CGI America 2015



Opening Plenary Session

The Map of Making it in America

Plaza Building

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.


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


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation


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

Lunch Plenary Session

Networking Lunch Session

Plaza Building

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.