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Breakout Sessions

8:00 AM -

 9:00 AM


Appalachian Communities

Session Features:  Breakfast Available


Long the center of large-scale logging and coal-mining in the United States, Appalachian communities now face challenges of a depressed economy and low wages due to a decline in coal production. In response, these communities are evaluating and leveraging local assets to start new businesses, invest in infrastructure and sustainable industries, build workforce capacity, and enhance economic competitiveness.

This participatory roundtable session will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their perspectives on promising strategies to support an inclusive economic transition in Appalachia. Participants are invited to include their perspectives on youth engagement, education, workforce development, renewable energy, community health, and small business development.


 

Service as a Career Pathway for Young Americans

Session Features:  Breakfast Available


Engaging in national service can be a critical period in a young person’s life as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Young people gain invaluable work experience and hands on skills development, valued by employers ranging from major corporations to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. However, only 1 percent of the 75 million young Americans aged 18-34 are able to participate in Americorps and other service initiatives due to limited spaces, affordability, and educational requirements.

This session will provide a space for attendees to connect and discuss how to increase the number of service programs offered through innovative financing—including public-private partnerships—and how to elevate the image of National Service as integral to building social capital and securing high-quality employment.

Moderator:

Lisa J. Nutter, President, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

Participants:

Bill Basl, Director, AmeriCorps State and National, Corporation for National and Community Service
Julia Hillengas, Director of PowerCorpsPHL Partnerships , City of Philadelphia
Shirley Sagawa, President and CEO, Service Year Alliance

 

Technology Opportunities for Men and Boys of Color

Session Features:  Breakfast Available


Black and Latino men make up only 5 percent of the information technology (IT) workforce—despite the fact that the industry seeks to diversify its talent pool and fill 1.4 million new jobs by 2020. Investing in the education and training of young men and boys of color can not only meet this demand but create new pathways of economic opportunity for the 21 percent of Black and 13 percent of Latino young men between the ages of 16-24 who are unemployed.

In this session, attendees will connect and discuss strategies that support young men of color entering and advancing in high-growth industries like IT. Potential Commitments to Action that can improve educational and career outcomes for young men of color, particularly those at risk, will be explored.

Moderator:

Kamau Bobb, Program Officer, National Science Foundation

Participants:

Jesse Martinez, Co-founder and Co-chair, Latino Startup Alliance
Leslie Miley, Director of Engineering, Slack

 

What Works (and What Doesn’t): Learning from CGI Commitments to Action

Session Features:  Breakfast Available


Since 2005, members of the CGI community have made thousands of Commitments to Action that are addressing some of our most pressing domestic and global challenges. While CGI commitment-makers share a common goal to improve the world around them, the challenges they face in developing and implementing Commitments to Action are as diverse as the issues they address. This session will bring together CGI commitment-makers to discuss lessons learned, provide insight for future and current commitment-makers, and answer questions from participants.

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Adva Saldinger, Associate Editor, Devex

Participants:

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE
Elsa Palanza, Director of Commitments, Clinton Global Initiative
Zack Rosenburg, Chief Executive Officer , SBP

 

Women Entrepreneurs

Session Features:  Breakfast Available


Women entrepreneurs have become a prominent force in the U.S. economy—women-owned firms are estimated to comprise at least 30 percent of all businesses in the country. Despite this progress, numerous barriers remain. For example, women entrepreneurs receive only 4 percent of the total dollar value of small business loans. In addition to driving further capital toward women-owned businesses, women entrepreneurs need even greater access to mentorship, networking opportunities, and skills training.

This session will provide a space for attendees to connect, discuss new ideas, and learn from existing successes to enhance entrepreneurship opportunities for women.

Moderator:

Jim Bildner, Chief Executive Officer, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Participants:

Tracy Bame, President, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan
Veronika Scott, Founder and CEO, The Empowerment Plan
Theia Washington Smith, Executive Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative, City of Atlanta

 
Special Event

8:00 AM -

 9:00 AM


Ask an Expert: Strengthening America’s Fiscal and National Security

Breakfast hosted by The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Session Features:  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Fiscal stability is an essential factor in ensuring our nation’s security and capacity to serve as an effective global leader. As we face increasingly complex challenges around the world, what structural reforms can we make here in America to improve our defense and foreign policy strategies, put the national debt on a sustainable long-term path, and consequently secure both our economic strength and stature on the international stage? Two national security experts will discuss the newly released recommendations from the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security, a bipartisan group of former senior government officials and congressional leaders, and engage the audience in a conversation about these critical issues.

Attendees of this Topic Breakfast will:

• Explore long-term fiscal challenges facing the United States and their potential impact on the future of economic growth and competitiveness.
• Discuss the connections between America’s fiscal and economic strength and its leadership role in the world.
• Examine policy options that can improve both our national security posture and the country’s long-term fiscal health.

Strength at Home and Abroad: Ensuring America’s Fiscal and National Security (Statement from the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security) »

Participants:

Brian Hook, President, John Hay Initiative
Heather Hurlburt, Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America
Kevin Riley, Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 
Opening Plenary Session

9:30 AM -

 11:00 AM


America in the World: Staying Ahead

The United States remains the largest economy in the world, a center for innovation and entrepreneurship especially in the information technology, advanced manufacturing, and energy sectors. But the United States is falling behind other nations on a number of key indicators: educational attainment, economic mobility, and infrastructure development. Over the long term, our lack of investment in these areas will prevent individuals from realizing their full potential and will severely limit business profits and economic growth. Investing in these areas now will ensure broadly shared, long-term prosperity and enhance American competitiveness and leadership.

In this session, leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will explore how CGI America attendees can:

• Increase social mobility and equality of opportunity.
• Bolster education and workforce development program.
• Invest in critical infrastructure such as transportation systems, broadband, and wireless connectivity and the electric grid.

Remarks:

Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

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

Participants:

Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
Jewel Burks, Co-founder and CEO, Partpic
Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company
Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 
Networking Event

11:00 AM -

 11:30 AM


Coffee Break

Located in the Attendee Lounge


 
Working Groups

11:30 AM -

 1:00 PM


Advanced Energy

The Advanced Energy Working Group will explore forces rapidly reshaping the energy industry and consider how these factors impact shared infrastructure such as the grid, how energy choices for customers and communities are changing, and how more Americans across the nation can benefit especially low-income, rural, and tribal communities.


 

College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness Working Group will work to provide more students with access to the resources and opportunities needed to have a meaningful education and career. Participants will explore approaches to increase high school graduation rates, support apprenticeships and mentorships, increase awareness of postsecondary pathways, and guide first-generation college students.


 

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Working Group will continue to foster cross-sector partnerships and scale research-informed approaches that improve the lives of young children, families, businesses, and communities. Topics of discussion will include increased investment in early learning, support for the early learning workforce, and the links between child development and health.


 

Financial Opportunity

The Financial Opportunity Working Group will work to leverage, expand, and shape financial and technology tools that enable families to build wealth and move toward long-term financial wellness. Participants will focus on key areas such as homeownership, consumer credit, and college savings.


 

Outcomes-Based Financing

The Outcomes-Based Financing Working Group will explore how Pay for Success and other performance-based investment structures can be leveraged to introduce new investors and capital to high-impact social programs in the United States. Participants will discuss ways to use these new investment tools and products to better align capital with social outcomes in health, education, housing, and criminal justice.


 

Small and Medium Enterprises

The Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group will examine promising approaches to support firm formation and active small businesses, with particular emphasis on the promise and challenges posed by new sources of small business finance, from microfinance to online lending.


 

STEM Education

The STEM Education Working Group will explore strategies to increase engagement and broaden participation in high-quality STEM Education in the United States. In particular, participants will discuss promising approaches to diversify the STEM talent pool, with a focus on girls and women and other historically underrepresented groups.


 

Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Cities Working Group will explore cross-sector strategies to cultivate a more equitable and sustainable built environment. Among other topics, participants will discuss innovative financing, resilient planning, high-performance building strategies, and smart building and planning technologies.


 

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Working Group will focus on cross-sector strategies that equip low-income Americans with the skills needed to ascend today’s emerging career ladders. Participants will discuss ways to invest in employees, promote career pathways for Opportunity Youth, and utilize technology tools for workforce development, among other topics.


 
Lunch Plenary Session

1:30 PM -

 3:00 PM


Strengthening America’s Communities

I. A LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in America’s Communities


In this Opening Conversation, President Bill Clinton and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia will discuss strategies to address the devastating human impact and staggering economic cost—$25 billion in lost wages and productivity annually—of prescription opioid abuse across the nation.

II. PANEL DISCUSSION
Communities in Transition: Building a Sustainable Future


Climate change is altering the United States’ resources and environments, with winners and losers across regions. In some cases, these changes are welcome: from California to Vermont, the booming solar energy sector has added workers at a rate 20 times faster than the overall economy. In some cases, these changes are constraining overall economic growth and disproportionately limiting the opportunities available to low-income populations. For example, in the western United States, communities face water shortages that negatively affect agriculture. Meanwhile, the coal industry has lost 76 percent of its value in five years, particularly affecting the Appalachia region. Public and private actors across the United States must invest in resilient preventative measures to mitigate and adapt to these changes and ensure socially and environmentally sustainable growth.

In this session, leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will discuss how CGI America attendees can:

• Create jobs and local businesses in the renewable energy sector throughout the United States.
• Invest in alternative industries and retrain workers in regions reliant on coal and water.
• Create incentives across sectors to invest in resilient climate-adaptation and mitigation measures.

Opening Conversation:

Participants:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Joe Manchin III, U.S. Senator from West Virginia

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Kevin J. Delaney, Editor in Chief and President, Quartz

Participants:

Donnel Baird, Chief Executive Officer, BlocPower
W. Paul Bowers, Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power
Adrianna Quintero, Founder and Executive Director, Voces Verdes, Director of Partner Engagement, Natural Resources Defense Council

 
Working Groups

3:30 PM -

 5:30 PM


Advanced Energy

The Advanced Energy Working Group will explore forces rapidly reshaping the energy industry and consider how these factors impact shared infrastructure such as the grid, how energy choices for customers and communities are changing, and how more Americans across the nation can benefit—especially low-income, rural, and tribal communities.


 

College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness Working Group will work to provide more students with access to the resources and opportunities needed to have a meaningful education and career. Participants will explore approaches to increase high school graduation rates, support apprenticeships and mentorships, increase awareness of postsecondary pathways, and guide first-generation college students.


 

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Working Group will continue to foster cross-sector partnerships and scale research-informed approaches that improve the lives of young children, families, businesses, and communities. Topics of discussion will include increased investment in early learning, support for the early learning workforce, and the links between child development and health.


 

Financial Opportunity

The Financial Opportunity Working Group will work to leverage, expand, and shape financial and technology tools that enable families to build wealth and move toward long-term financial wellness. Participants will focus on key areas such as homeownership, consumer credit, and college savings.


 

Outcomes-Based Financing

The Outcomes-Based Financing Working Group will explore how Pay for Success and other performance-based investment structures can be leveraged to introduce new investors and capital to high-impact social programs in the United States. Participants will discuss ways to use these new investment tools and products to better align capital with social outcomes in health, education, housing, and criminal justice.


 

Small and Medium Enterprises

The Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group will examine promising approaches to support firm formation and active small businesses, with particular emphasis on the promise and challenges posed by new sources of small business finance, from microfinance to online lending.


 

STEM Education

The STEM Education Working Group will explore strategies to increase engagement and broaden participation in high-quality STEM Education in the United States. In particular, participants will discuss promising approaches to diversify the STEM talent pool, with a focus on girls and women and other historically underrepresented groups.


 

Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Cities Working Group will explore cross-sector strategies to cultivate a more equitable and sustainable built environment. Among other topics, participants will discuss innovative financing, resilient planning, high-performance building strategies, and smart building and planning technologies.


 

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Working Group will focus on cross-sector strategies that equip low-income Americans with the skills needed to ascend today’s emerging career ladders. Participants will discuss ways to invest in employees, promote career pathways for Opportunity Youth, and utilize technology tools for workforce development, among other topics.


 
Special Event

7:30 PM -

 9:30 PM


Social Reception

Transportation will be provided from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

As part of the CGI America 2016 experience, attendees are invited to an evening reception at the renowned National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore museum exhibits while networking and enjoying selections from Atlanta’s Southern cuisine. CGI staff will be available to help facilitate introductions and follow up on conversations initiated during the broader meeting.