For Immediate Release: April 9, 2021
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NEXT WEEK: President Bill Clinton to convene leading voices from business, government, and civil society to take action to support the U.S. workforce
The CGI Action Network on Inclusive Economic Recovery will convene national leaders on April 14-15, including plenary discussions with Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, delegate to the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Virgin Islands; Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Department of Energy; and Beth Ford, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes
New York, NY – Next week, President Bill Clinton will convene leaders across business, government, and civil society to discuss “The Future of Work” – how we can collectively build a future that provides equitable and inclusive jobs for all following the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting, from April 14-15, is being held through the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Inclusive Economic Recovery, which aims to take action on some of the most pressing issues we face as a country in light of COVID-19, the economic crisis, and the systemic and historic inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Participants next week will address topics, build partnerships, and take action on short-term opportunities to support America’s workforce, while identifying the long-term investments and innovations that will propel an inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable economic recovery.
This virtual meeting, convened in partnership with Salesforce, includes individual sessions on emerging opportunities for employment; supporting employment for frontline medical workers; opportunity for women in the workforce; and clean energy jobs. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will also announce new Commitments to Action from CGI members supporting the U.S. workforce. Plenary discussions include:
- Wednesday, April 14, Opening Plenary: A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm
- 11:30-12:00 PM ET
- Thursday, April 15, Closing Plenary: Investing in Rural Communities, featuring President Clinton, Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, and Beth Ford
- 4:00-4:30 PM ET
For a full schedule, please visit https://theclintonfoundation.org/future-of-work/.
The wide-ranging and deep impact of COVID-19 on America’s workforce has exposed and exacerbated systemic inequities that existed long before the pandemic. According to the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, in the United States Black and Hispanic workers are much more likely to be employed in frontline jobs (at 36 percent and 33 percent respectively) than Asians and non-Hispanic Whites (at 25 percent and 21 percent respectively, and they are more concentrated in low-paid occupations. Across every racial and ethnic group, women are more likely than men to be frontline workers than are men (at 28 percent vs. 23 percent).
As the United States works to define and develop a post-COVID economy, data and insights across industries are giving us a glimpse of the future of work – clean energy professions, a growth in well-paying medical, health-science, and technology fields, and an increase in remote jobs powered by teleworking. During this conference, speakers and participants will highlight short-term opportunities to support the U.S. workforce while identifying the long-term investments and innovations that will propel an inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable economic recovery.
About the Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.
As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.
We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.