Networking Event

4:00 PM -

 6:00 PM

Student Networking Reception

The Student Networking Reception is a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow CGI U students. Upon entering the room, attendees should locate the CGI U keywords that are most closely aligned with their respective commitments, and introduce themselves to other participants who share their interests and work.


Aloe Blacc, Singer and Songwriter, Aloe Blacc Recording Inc.
Alessandria San Roman, Undergraduate Student Government President, University of Miami Student Government

Opening Plenary Session

6:30 PM -

 8:00 PM

Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All

The world has made tremendous advances in the past 15 years: over two billion people have gained access to drinking water, the maternal mortality rate has declined by nearly half, and enrollment in primary education for children in developing regions has reached 90 percent. However, there are over three billion people living on less than $2.50 a day, nearly 73 million young people are unemployed globally, and significant wage disparities persist between men and women around the world. There are still far too many circumstances where talent is held back by a lack of opportunity. CGI U students will one day lead the health care, finance, and education systems of tomorrow. How can they start now to ensure that the freedom to learn, to start or join businesses, and to access essential services is available to all, regardless of gender, nation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or faith? This session will explore how students and universities, in partnership with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can:

• Help strengthen and expand access to opportunity around the world, and ensure that the benefits of technology and innovation are shared with all
• Remove barriers that hold back the hardest-to-reach populations


Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami


America Ferrera, Actress, Producer, Activist
Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder, Women Journalists Without Chains
Paul Lorem, Student, Yale University
Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General, United States Department of Health and Human Services