October 8, 2020
Thursday
Oct 08
2020

WATCH TODAY: President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to host a CGI University event with Morehouse College on student action and addressing inequality

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For Immediate Release: October 8, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

WATCH TODAY: President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to host a CGI University event with Morehouse College on student action and addressing inequality

Watch today’s event beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT at live.cgiu.org.

Today’s event, the Foundation’s first with Morehouse College, will bring together leaders in business, public health experts, and students to discuss ways to build an inclusive society, promote health equity, and support student leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program includes remarks and conversations with Grant Bennett, People Analytics Research Analyst, Google; Tiffany Rogers Bussey, Founding Director, Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center; Aurora James, Creative Director and Founder, Brother Vellies and Founder, 15 Percent Pledge; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; LaShyra Nolen, Student Council President ’23, Harvard Medical School; La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Dr. David Thomas, President, Morehouse College; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Founder and Senior Advisor, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine; Jamal Simmons, CBS News Political Contributor and Host, #ThisisFYI on Instagram; and more.  

New York, NY – Today, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are partnering with Morehouse College to co-host a Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) virtual event that will bring together business, health, and student leaders to discuss strategies to build a more inclusive future through entrepreneurship, innovation, and the recruitment of a diverse workforce.

This event is part of CGI U’s commitment to providing student leaders with mentorship, training, funding, peer networking, and opportunities for students to engage with national and global leaders throughout the year. Since its launch in 2007, CGI U has been a leader in bringing together 10,000 college students from around the globe to take action and tackle the world’s most pressing challenges by building “Commitments to Action,” - new, specific, and measurable social impact projects.

This is the Clinton Foundation’s first event with Morehouse College. Founded in 1867 in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is the nation’s only HBCU focused on educating men. The liberal arts college has a nationally-acclaimed business program and is the top feeder school for black men entering Harvard Business School. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs, with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. The College educates 2,200 students. As the national epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which have created disparities in income, employment, health, housing, and educational opportunities for people of African descent.

In the last six months, CGI U students have launched dozens of commitments to address the COVID-19 pandemic, with $100,000 of support from the CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund. For more information about these commitments, please visit here.

Watch today’s event, beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT at live.cgiu.org.

Follow along on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonFdn or on Facebook at Facebook.com/CGIUniversity for event news and highlights using #CGIU_Morehouse.

Entrepreneurship & Equity

Thursday, October 8

For any questions, please e-mail [email protected].

All conversations for this virtual event were recorded on October 1, 2020.

Event footage is owned by the Clinton Foundation, and any use or distribution of this footage must give visible credit to the Clinton Foundation.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. David Thomas, President, Morehouse College
  • President Bill Clinton, Founder and Board Chair, Clinton Foundation & 42nd President of the United States

Panel 1: Start It Up: Entrepreneurship for Impact & Building an Inclusive Economy in an Uncertain World

Today’s college graduates face an increasingly unstable job market, an economy in chaos, and declining rates of social mobility across their generation, particularly for Black Americans. They are starting their careers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has only magnified the crises of inequality and unemployment throughout the US. It is estimated that over 40% of Black-owned businesses will never reopen following the pandemic, only further compounding an existing lack of economic inclusion. Yet many young Black Americans are harnessing entrepreneurship and social innovation when it is needed most, and their startups and social enterprises are boosting small business growth. This session will highlight how college students and recent graduates, particularly those from communities of color, can:

  • Find the seed capital, mentorship, and networks of support necessary to launch their enterprises and jumpstart their careers;
  • Utilize technology as a tool for social good and to create more inclusive businesses and industries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • Exercise leadership in a polarized and deeply unequal world, while laying the groundwork for greater long-term social mobility; and
  • Better understand the resources that may be available to help students launch or grow their businesses like CDFIs, Block Grants and Opportunity Zones

Moderator:

  • President Bill Clinton

Featured panelists:

  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Aurora James, Creative Director and Founder, Brother Vellies and Founder, 15 Percent Pledge
  • Rose Stuckey Kirk, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon
  • Grant Bennett, People Analytics Research Analyst, Google

Panel 2: Health Equity in the Midst of COVID-19

In this conversation, Chelsea Clinton will discuss with Dr. David Satcher, Morehouse Alum and Founder and Senior Advisor at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine; and LaShyra Nolen, CGI U alum and Student Council President ’23 of Harvard Medical School, what it takes to eliminate health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Moderator:

  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Featured panelists:

  • Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Founder and Senior Advisor, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine
  • LaShyra Nolen, Student Council President ’23, Harvard Medical School

Panel 3: Conversation on Youth Leadership and Innovation at Morehouse

In this conversation, Jamal Simmons will moderate a panel discussion with undergraduate student Jaden Alexander Cody and Dr. Tiffany Rogers Bussey to discuss youth leadership and ways to support student innovation and entrepreneurship.

Moderator:

  • Jamal Simmons, CBS News Political Contributor and Host, #ThisisFYI on Instagram

Featured Panelists:

  • Tiffany Rogers Bussey, Founding Director, Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
  • Jaden Alexander Cody, Undergraduate Student, Morehouse College

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About Morehouse College

Morehouse College is the only historically Black college focused on educating men. Founded in 1867, the College is the nation’s top producer of Black men who go on to receive doctorates. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs, with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. The College was recently named on the list of U.S. institutions that produced the most 2019-20 Fulbright Scholars, the nation's flagship international educational exchange program. Prominent alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Morehouse currently has more than 17,000 alumni in 14 countries. For more information, visit: https://morehouse.edu.

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.