October 30, 2019
Oct 30

THIS SATURDAY: President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to host Clinton Global Initiative University’s Alumni Gathering at Cornell Tech in New York City

New York, NY
Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 30, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

THIS SATURDAY: President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to host Clinton Global Initiative University’s Alumni Gathering at Cornell Tech in New York City

On November 2, distinguished alumni will attend plenary sessions led by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton and convene to reflect and celebrate 12 years of social impact and innovation

New York, NY – This Saturday, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will host its first-ever alumni gathering at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City to celebrate 12 years of impact and innovation by CGI U alumni. The day will feature plenary sessions led by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, in addition to alumni-led small-group discussions and networking opportunities.

In addition to President Clinton, founder and chair of the Clinton Foundation; and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, featured speakers will include: Howard W. Buffett, professor and research scholar, Columbia University; Cheryl Dorsey, president, Echoing Green; Indra Nooyi, former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo; and Zainab Salbi, humanitarian, journalist, and author.

CGI U recently announced a major expansion of the program, including year-round programming and the first international annual meeting at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. This event is part of the CGI U program expansion and highlights CGI U’s long-term commitment to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and global innovators by providing on-going support to participants and alumni through a wide range of resources, expertise, and mentorship.

At this event, young leaders, business and nonprofit executives, philanthropists, and members of the media, will come together to renew commitments to social impact and innovation, and celebrate their progress to date. Group discussions led by alumni will include topics such as: Using Art & Media for Social Innovation, Pitching for Investment, Scalable Systems, Scalable Impact, Diversity & Inclusion: Ensuring No One is Left Behind, Social Listening During Disaster Response, and more.

Launched in 2007, CGI U is a leadership development program run by the Clinton Foundation for undergraduate and graduate students – each year, students from around the world gather and meet with topic experts, academics, and other influencers to develop Commitments to Action.

With a network of over 10,000 alumni from more than 1,100 schools, 163 countries, and all 50 states, CGI U students have made over 8,000 Commitments to Action, positively impacting their hometowns, their college campuses, and communities around the globe.

CGI U’s alumni gathering is made possible by the generous support of our partners: IBM, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Kevin Xu.

Media accreditation is now open. To attend, RSVP to: [email protected]




Saturday, November 2

MORNING PLENARY SESSION — Beyond the commitment

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST

CAMERA AND PRESS PRE-SET: 10:45-11:30 a.m. EST

Bloomberg Center, 2 W Loop Road, New York

From expanding access to solar energy and preventing iron deficiency, to advocating for LGBTQ equality and helping low-income youth access higher education, the talent and dedication of CGI U alumni are a testament to how young intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs are on the frontlines of social impact. Yet behind their successes, alumni have shared the challenges they face every day in their commitment to addressing society’s most pressing issues. At a time when it is more important than ever for young people to persevere in their drive to make a difference, how can CGI U alumni draw on each other and the broader Clinton Foundation network for strength, support, courage and resilience? In this plenary session, members of the CGI U community will share their journeys through hardship, failures, and challenges as they commit each day to make a difference around the world. 

Moderator: Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation


  • Kristin Duquette, Former Appointee, Obama Administration, CGI U Class of 2013
  • Ashifi Gogo, Founder and CEO, Sproxil, Inc., CGI U Class of 2009
  • Suhani Jalota, Founder and CEO, Myna Mahila Foundation, CGI U Class of 2014
  • Derrius Quarles, Fellow, Foster America and Founder of Million Dollar Scholar, CGI U Class of 2013


2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EST

PRESS PRE-SET: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Bloomberg Center, 2 W Loop Road, New York

The number of global challenges is increasing: from natural disasters caused by climate change to growing income inequality to political conflict and violence around the world. Yet despite - and as a result of - these overwhelming challenges, change leaders have chosen possibility and hope over division and despair. In this plenary session, leaders from the nonprofit, business, and philanthropic sectors will share their experiences, lessons learned, and the core values that inform and inspire their leadership during this age of both promise and uncertainty.

Moderator: President Bill Clinton, Founder and Board Chair, Clinton Foundation; 42nd President of the United States


  • Howard W. Buffett, Professor and Research Scholar, Columbia University
  • Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green 
  • Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
  • Zainab Salbi, Humanitarian, Journalist, and Author

Onsite Logistics – Saturday, November 2

Press Credentials:

Press registration is open to members of the media. All media must apply for credentials and must be approved by the Foundation in order to attend. To register, please email [email protected]

Credentials may be applied for on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. For questions about press registration, contact the Clinton Foundation communications department at [email protected].

Media who pre-registered and received a confirmation email notification from CGI U of their acceptance are encouraged to pick up their credentials at the press registration desk.

Credentials will be available for pick up at the press registration table at the following location and hours:

Press Registration

9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. EST


Cornell Tech - Bloomberg Center

2 W Loop Road

New York, NY 10044

Wireless Microphones
Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on-site, as they may interfere with the show wireless system.

Transportation to Cornell Tech

Roosevelt Island is accessible by subway, ferry, and tram. Public transportation is highly encouraged.

BY SUBWAY (recommended)

From Manhattan or Queens, take the F Train to the Roosevelt Island stop

Cornell Tech Campus is a 4-5min walk south from the Roosevelt Island Station

After exiting the subway station, head southwest on West Road towards West Main Street

Continue Straight on West Main Street

Once you reach North Loop Road, Cornell Tech Campus will be directly in front of you.


Event drop-off and collection is located at the corner of West Loop Road & North Loop Road, please utilize the address below for directions.

Please note, access to Roosevelt Island by vehicle is via the 36th Avenue Bridge in Queens.

Cornell Tech Campus

2 West Loop Road

New York, NY 10044

General Parking

There is limited metered street parking available at both the Cornell Tech Campus & on Roosevelt Island.

Parking facilities are available at Motorgate Garage: 688 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

*For information and hourly rates, visit: https://rioc.ny.gov/parking.htm

Interview Requests
Please send all interview requests to [email protected]

Social Media

Throughout the course of the CGI U Alumni Event, we encourage you to take advantage of these social media opportunities:

Photos Available for Use

For photos and permission to use in published materials, please send requests to [email protected]