Plenary Session

Overcoming Poverty; Improving Opportunity

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

The American Dream is built on the idea that no matter their background, children will have the opportunity to pursue success and prosperity. However, more than one in five American children live in poverty, with African-American, Hispanic, and Native American communities disproportionately affected. Children who grow up in poverty will likely suffer serious consequences later in life. They may drop out of school, become unemployed or incarcerated, and may suffer from chronic health conditions. However, successful preventative approaches can alleviate poverty while supporting these children to realize their full potential, so they can support America’s economic growth.

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

• Scale up high-quality early learning programs and make these readily available to those who need them most.
• Address poverty, health and wellness in students by providing robust wrap-around services in schools.
• Scale up effective interventions by using innovative financing tools such as Social Impact Bonds and other Pay for Success models.


Kent McGuire, President and CEO, Southern Education Foundation


Michael McAfee, Co-director for Promise Neighborhoods Institute and Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
Patrick T. McCarthy, President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

Closing Plenary Session

Investing in Quality Jobs

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Each year, health emergencies, chronic diseases, and work-related injuries cost the U.S. approximately $450 billion in productivity . Some forward-thinking U.S. employers are improving health and wealth benefits, increasing wages, and providing educational and professional development opportunities, while creating more flexible work environments. More employers need to duplicate their efforts to create better, healthier jobs, particularly for women and minorities, so employers can build a more productive and diverse workforce, support business profitability, and strengthen the American economy.

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

• Increase wages and eliminate wage gaps that particularly affect women and minorities.
• Promote worker wellness and professional development to increase retention.
• Create flexible work environments that benefit those caring for dependents.

Panel Discussion:


Barbara Dyer, President and CEO, The Hitachi Foundation


Tom Kartsotis, Founder, Shinola
Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor

Closing Conversation:


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
President Jimmy Carter, Founder, The Carter Center, 39th President of the United States