Dan Jahn / Clinton Global Initiative
Jun 25
June 25, 2014

Highlights from the first full day of CGI America 2014


Yesterday, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton opened the fourth meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) in Denver. This year’s CGI America meeting is the first to convene in the region, bringing together more than 1,000 leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors to develop solutions for economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility.

Opening Session

The opening plenary session, “The Case for Economic Justice: Mobility, Opportunity, and America's Growth,” featured remarks by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who explored solutions for creating economic opportunity and advancing upward mobility for Americans across the country.

The brainpower, commitment, and passion that CGI brings together is truly inspiring.

- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

The session then transitioned to a town hall forum moderated by David Gregory, portions of which will air this Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press." President Clinton joined fellow panelists, including Carly Fiorina, Chipotle Co-CEO Monty Moran, and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. During the forum, Gregory invited audience members and panelists to exchange strategies for achieving an equitable, sustainable, and prosperous American future.  

"Charting a New Course: Educating and Employing America's Future Leaders"

In the afternoon plenary session, Secretary Clinton announced Job One - a major set of commitments focused on improving job pathways for youth in the United States.  Ten leading American businesses made commitments to expand training, hiring or mentoring opportunities for youth within their companies, and reach out to other businesses to communicate the best business case for engaging youth. 

The plenary also featured a panel discussion moderated by Chelsea Clinton, who led participants in a discussion on approaches for integrating unemployed youth into the workforce and continued skill building. Panelists - including Penny Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Eric Spiegel, President and CEO of Siemens Corporation - highlighted dynamic strategies to advance learning and skills development, construct career ladders, and engage youth as partners in reaching their highest potential.

Working Groups

In between larger sessions, CGI America participants convene in ten topic-specific Working Groups, which provide opportunities to share knowledge, build partnerships, and generate Commitments to Action around each group's area of focus, such as STEM Education or Sustainable Buildings. 

Follow the Final Day of CGI America

Join CGI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr to see updates from the final day of CGI America 2014, and visit live.cgiamerica.org to watch the live webcast of the Closing Plenary Session, Wednesday at 4:00pm ET / 2:00pm MT.