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1:00 PM -

 2:00 PM


Inclusion to Equality: Amplifying the Contributions of Girls and Women

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that gender equality is not only important for women and girls—it is critical to economies and societies. When women and girls are healthy and educated, families and communities prosper. When women participate in the economy, poverty decreases and gross domestic product grows. In addition, women’s leadership strengthens both the public and private sector by bringing diverse perspectives to the table and making institutions more representative and inclusive.

However, in terms of achieving full gender equality, inclusion alone is not enough. Participants in this session will examine how advancing the full participation of girls and women is not just seen as an exercise in inclusion, but as a strategic imperative for growth and prosperity.

Objectives:

• Learn from a panel of experts about existing efforts to promote women’s full economic and social participation
• Emphasize the need to eliminate legal barriers by ensuring equal rights and opportunities
• Propose new private sector and civil society partnerships to support girls and women in amplifying and multiplying their contributions

Moderator:

Alexander Grashow, Co-Author of Adaptive Leadership

Speakers:

Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of International Affairs, City of New York
Tim Hanstad, President and CEO, Landesa
Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver
Jamie S. Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, General Electric., Board Member, Girls Who Code.
Elizabeth Vazquez, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, We Connect

 

2:30 PM -

 5:00 PM


21st Century Skills for Learning and the Workforce

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

Demand is increasing among employers for a workforce equipped with 21st century skills—including the ability to communicate clearly, work collaboratively in teams, think critically, and approach problems with creativity. Interventions to build these skill sets start in the earliest years and continue through employment—students must be equipped with these competencies to solve today’s challenges and to be prepared to succeed in an ever-changing and complex workforce. In this session, participants will discuss approaches for building 21st century skills and measuring learning outcomes to prepare children and youth for the workforce.

Objectives:

• Identify successful interventions to build relevant skills during different phases of a student’s lifetime
• Discuss approaches for ensuring that program outcomes build 21st century skills
• Identify environments and support structures that promote optimal learning


Speakers:

Stephan Turnipseed, President Emeritus and Executive Director - Strategic Partnerships, LEGO Education

 

Growing More with Less: Bringing Data to the Smallholder

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

Technology and data innovations are revolutionizing the world’s ability to grow more food with less environmental impact. Agriculture currently accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 13 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and severe degradation of water and soil resources—but this trend will change as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), satellites, sensors, mobile phones, predictive modeling, and a range of other tools are employed by farmers, equipping them with better decision-making abilities to achieve higher yields with less resource impact. Participants in this session will look specifically at opportunities to bring data-driven services and financial benefits to smallholder farmers, increasing their profitability, improving their capacity to deliver food to supply chains and formal markets, and minimizing their environmental impact.

Objectives:

• Learn about existing models that deliver geolocation-based planting advice to smallholder farmers and discuss opportunities for improvement of these models
• Explore how tools that are cost-efficient for large farms can be adapted to small-scale farms or smallholder cooperatives
• Assess private sector, public sector, and civil society interest in investing in new models to bring better data, tools, and services to smallholders

Moderator:

Don Seville, Co-Director, Sustainable Food Laboratory

Speakers:

Whitney Gantt, Global Director, Mobile Agriculture, Grameen Foundation
Jackson Kimani, Regional Director, Africa, Clinton Climate Initiative
Andy McCormick, Vice President, Public Affairs, The Hershey Company

 

Recyclable Grants to Green Bonds: Innovative Financing for Renewable Energy

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

The new economics of solar and other forms of renewable energy are changing the landscape of energy finance. From pay-as-you-go residential solar to utility scale wind and solar farms that are not susceptible to volatile fossil fuel markets, the risks and rewards of investing in energy projects are gaining in complexity and opportunity. Building owners and developers can maximize return on investment in on-site electricity generation by bundling energy efficiency and resiliency upgrades. Foundations or impact investors can play a unique role in reducing risk by offering program-related investments that assume first-loss positions. While the opportunity for market rate returns has been proven in both developed and emerging markets, participants in this session will examine multiple financing models, from grants to equity and debt, which all play critical roles in reducing energy poverty and expanding renewables adoption across different energy distribution systems.

Objectives:

Convene leading foundations, private investors, commercial lenders, multi-laterals, project developers, and energy service companies to discuss the various energy investment opportunities and similarities across geographies and scales
Highlight roadblocks to success and how collaborations like public-private partnerships or the cross-sector convening power of CGI could help improve outcomes
Identify potential connections between investors or grantmakers and energy service providers across a range of markets, from base-of-pyramid access to utility-scale projects

Speakers:

Christine Eibs Singer, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All
Greg Hale, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor, State of New York
Gary Hattem, Managing Director and Head, Global Social Finance, President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Bob Webster, Investment Advisor, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

 

Resilience and Security: Multi-Sector Investments in Global Health

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

As of March 2015, the total estimated cost of the Ebola outbreak response was $4.3 billion, with an additional $33 billion in approximate losses to West African economies. In comparison, it would have cost an estimated $1.6 billion to build health systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone that may have prevented the rapid escalation of the Ebola outbreak. As seen with outbreaks in years past—including Sars, Mers, and the avian flu—the impact and risks associated with the Ebola outbreak were felt across the world. Ensuring global health security and resilience requires assessing and mitigating risks, while prioritizing long-term investments in health from across sectors. These include the medicines and vaccines necessary to prevent and treat infectious diseases, the supply chains required to bring products to the most remote areas, and the health care workforce capable of delivering continuous quality services. Participants in this session will examine the issues of global health security and resilience—identifying ways countries manage outbreaks and deliver other critical care, including maternal health and non-communicable disease prevention and treatment.

Objectives:

• Discuss the tools, human resource capacity, infrastructure, and overall delivery and management systems required to prevent outbreaks and deliver equitable, quality health care
• Highlight the need to invest in research and development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments that are critical to health security and improve quality of and access to care
• Emphasize the importance of financing and scaling programs that are integrated across functions and diseases, and move beyond a vertical focus on infectious diseases

Speakers:

Richard Brennan, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, World Health Organization
Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health , Council on Foreign Relations

 

Water Scarcity: Improving Access and Quality of H2O

Hosted at Convene in New York City, New York

Water availability and quality is at risk globally—two-thirds of the population will experience water shortages by 2025, creating health, economic, and environmental risks, as well as exacerbating poverty. It is estimated that water use has risen at more than twice the rate of population growth over the last century, and a lack of access to safe water already impacts 750 million people around the world. In this session, participants will identify ways, as populations and industries continue to grow, that the private sector can reduce its water use and assess its role in water stewardship through core business practices. Participants will also explore how organizations can improve quality and access to water.

Objectives:

• Address water scarcity at different scales—including interventions at the regional, watershed, corporate, and community levels
• Identify opportunities for increased coordination among various stakeholders, including conservationists, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) advocates, and private sector industry leaders
• Workshop Commitments to Action in development related to the Water Scarcity Call to Action

Moderator:

Brooke Barton, Senior Program Director, Water Program, Ceres

Speakers:

Ezgi Barcenas, Global Manager, Beer & Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev Services
Melissa Fifield, Director of Sustainable Innovation, Gap, Inc.

 
Special Event

6:00 PM -

 7:30 PM


Summer Reception at the New York Public Library

Join CGI at the New York Public Library for an evening of connecting and discussion with members of the CGI community. The reception will feature a conversation on CGI’s 2015 Annual Theme, The Future of Impact, and the announcement of special programming elements for the 2015 Annual Meeting.