Agenda



 
Sponsor Topic Breakfast
 

7:45 AM -

 8:45 AM

 
 

Refueling the Fight Against Poverty

Hosted by: Fuel Freedom Foundation

The scarcity of cheap, clean fuels is one of the greatest challenges facing much of the global population, especially affecting the world’s poorest three billion people. The shortage and lack of access to affordable fuels can negatively affect hunger, health, and security. This breakfast will explore transforming the traditional view and understanding of fuels today, investigating alternatives to fuels commonly used for transportation, cooking, electricity, lighting, and fertilizers. Rethinking low-cost and clean fuels can have wide-reaching impact globally in the fight against poverty.

Please note, doors will open and breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30AM.


Moderator:

John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress

Participants:

Joseph “Yossie” Hollander, Co-Founder, Fuel Freedom Foundation
David R. Lee, International Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University; Director, International Relations Program in the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University
Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


 
 
Opening Plenary Session
 

9:00 AM -

 10:30 AM

 
 

Mobilizing for Impact

CGI’s 2013 theme, "Mobilizing for Impact," focuses on how members can be more effective in leveraging key resources, and engaging individuals and partner organizations. From concept to completion, activating the right entities to drive Commitments to Action is essential to ensuring comprehensive and sustainable change.

In this session, key leaders from across sectors will share HOW members can:

• mobilize individuals — from employees to customers and citizens — to take collective action in adopting healthier, more sustainable lifestyles
• mobilize internal resources along value chains to pursue positive economic, social, and environmental returns
• mobilize creative networks of cooperation, implementing large-scale partnerships capable of solving global challenges


Moderator:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Participants:

Bono, Lead Singer, U2; Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
Khalida Brohi, Founder and Executive Director , Sughar Empowement Society; Giving Women Wings in Pakistan
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook


 
 
Breakout Sessions
 

11:00 AM -

 12:00 PM

 
 

CGI Conversations hosted by PBS's Charlie Rose

Leadership That Matters

Session Features:  Filmed For Broadcast  •   Panel

The quality of leaders in today’s complex global economy will depend on their vision, strategy, and capacity to cooperate with new—and at times unconventional—partners. In this session, filmed by CGI’s 2013 broadcast partner PBS and moderated by host Charlie Rose, members will hear a guest panel share their respective experiences in mobilizing key stakeholders to tackle systemic economic, social, and environmental challenges. Speakers will share their views on how CGI members can best leverage partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and government to achieve the greatest impact in their efforts.

To ensure your place in this session, please arrive in the room by the scheduled start time. Once taping begins, the doors must remain closed and entry will no longer be permitted.


Moderator:

Charlie Rose, Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose

Participants:

Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States, Chairman, The Climate Reality Project
Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice, State of Israel

From Stigma to Success: Empowering the World's Billion People with Disabilities

Session Features:  Moderated Discussion  •   Panel

One billion people globally live with intellectual, mental, and physical disabilities, spanning every country, race, religion, and social class. For far too long, a combination of social stigma and lack of access to supporting care and services has prevented the world from recognizing and tapping into their enormous potential. Implementing inclusive strategies that work to both eliminate stigma and empower people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives- through health care, education, and workforce training—is a social and economic imperative.

This session will focus on the action steps needed to integrate people with disabilities into the global agenda, ensuring their needs and perspectives are included in building development goals and priorities. Key strategies will be identified for increasing health and educational capacity; improving public understanding and reducing stigma; and expanding the private sector’s integration of people with disabilities into core business decisions.


Moderator:

Judith E. Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State

Participants:

Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi
Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics International
Chun Li "Angel" Zhao, Chief Inspiration Officer and Starkey Hearing Foundation Fellow, Partners in Excellence, Inc.

Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships

Session Features:  Commitment Pitches  •   Interactive  •   Networking

Moving from proof-of-concept to successful scale up is often the biggest test to proving a program’s long-term viability and potential to achieve broader impact.

Five commitment-makers representing a selection of CGI Tracks will spend three minutes "pitching" their Commitments to Action, sharing the details and progress of their work. An expert panel will then conduct a short Q&A session with "pitch-makers" before the session opens to networking with the audience, with the goal of mobilizing potential new resources and partnerships to scale highlighted commitments.


Remarks:

James Mwangi, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Linda Rottenberg, Co-founder and CEO, Endeavor Global
Chuck Slaughter, Founder and President, Living Goods

Moderator:

Rex Northen, Executive Director, Cleantech Open

Participants:

Olivier Behra, Chief Executive Officer, Man And Nature
Pallavi Gaikwad, Program Officer, Sport for Development, The Naz Foundation India Trust
Farah Mohamed, Creator, President and Chief Empowerment Officer, G(irls)20 Summit
Salif Romano Niang, Chief Impact Officer, Malô
John R. Seffrin, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society


 
 
Small Group Discussions
 

11:00 AM -

 12:00 PM

 
 

Beyond a Degree: The Broader Benefits of Girls’ Education

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Interactive

Education is one of the most critical tools that can be utilized to empower girls and women around the globe. A strong economic case been has made highlighting the development objectives met by increasing girls’ access to education and improving their learning outcomes—and education provides an abundance of other benefits to society, including improvements in health and social well-being.

Members in this session will examine the progress of current efforts being made to ensure all girls are in school. Members will explore opportunities to build cross-sector partnerships, with the goal of providing the skills, information, and self-confidence necessary for girls worldwide to be exceptional students, citizens, and workers.


Participants:

Mary Mwende Ndandi, Partnership Manager, Global Give Back Circle
Kakenya Ntaiya, Executive Director, Kakenya’s Dream Organization

How Donors and Doers Leverage Limited Resources for Maximum Impact

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Interactive

In addressing complex global issues, grassroots NGOs and family foundations play a significant role, even if their funding sources are limited. Specifically, grassroots NGOs are uniquely suited to deliver required services due to their localized knowledge and long-term commitment to their stakeholders, while family foundations often possess flexibility, an appetite for risk, and the ability to incubate and support critical grassroots initiatives when larger organizations cannot.

This session will present a case study of two CGI members—a family foundation and an effective partner organization they help to fund—and will examine how organizations can leverage their limited resources to achieve scale. Participants will also discuss how organizations can best utilize the CGI network to maximize their value and further their goals.


Remarks:

Andy Bryant, Executive Director, Segal Family Foundation
Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health

Networking and Partnership Building for CGI Latin America

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive

Earlier this year, President Clinton referred to Latin America as "one of the world’s most dynamic regions." Latin America has truly demonstrated a unique post-recession resilience, with its GDP expected to grow by an average rate of four percent this year. However, accompanying this growth are the challenges of economic equality, urbanization, and sustainability.

This session will encourage conversation and collaboration in the lead-up to the first CGI Latin America meeting, taking place December 8-10, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Participating leaders from the government, business, and civil society sectors will discuss opportunities for partnerships that can continue through both the Annual Meeting and CGI Latin America.


Promoting Health Through Smart Design of Buildings and Cities

Session Features:  Commitment Development  •   Interactive

In communities around the world, the design and construction of places and spaces can have drastic impacts on public health outcomes. CGI members are working collaboratively to positively impact these results through healthy hospital design and construction, the elimination of toxins in buildings and their supply chains, the construction maintenance of healthy and green schools, and the implementation of healthy urban design strategies.

In this session, participants will hear more about existing Commitments to Action and explore how building design and interventions can strengthen the social fabric of whole communities, while improving physical and mental health globally. This session will also serve as an opportunity to launch this topic as an ongoing area for collaboration among CGI members in the following year.


Remarks:

William A. McDonough, Chairman, McDonough Advisors

Moderator:

Michael Murphy, Co-founder and Executive Director, MASS Design Group


 
 
Lunch Plenary Session
 

12:30 PM -

 1:30 PM

 
 

"Big Bets" Philanthropy: Partnership, Risk-Taking, and Innovation

Successfully addressing the world’s most pressing challenges requires ambitious risk-taking, effective partnerships, and the most efficient use of resources. While market solutions can be used to create economic opportunities, philanthropic and public funds are still essential to fully resolve issues that cannot be addressed by markets alone. Progress can be greatly accelerated by more effective philanthropy and goverment aid.

In this session, key leaders from across sectors will share HOW members can:

• promote collaboration between multiple stakeholders — including philanthropists, governments, the private sector, investors, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs — to most effectively take on intractable global issues
• design and utilize sound and functional metrics to measure the outcomes and impact of their work
• establish strategies for innovative financing, such as impact investing, aid, and philanthropic funds to complement one another, allowing them to scale exemplary projects


Moderator:

Matthew Bishop, Bureau Chief, The Economist

Participants:

Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings Limited
Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Geeta Rao Gupta, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF


 
 
Breakout Sessions
 

2:00 PM -

 3:30 PM

 
 

CGI Conversations hosted by CNN's Sanjay Gupta

Advancing Progress: Investing in Healthy and Educated Girls and Women

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel

When girls and women are healthy, educated, and fully integrated into their societies and economies, their countries flourish. Yet today, women are still twice as likely as men to be illiterate, gender-based violence remains persistent and widespread, and approximately 800 women worldwide die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Targeted investments focused on expanding access to high-quality health care and education for girls and women can work to overcome these continued challenges, resulting in longer life expectancies, increased economic participation, and fuller social and political agency.

This session will highlight specific approaches that enable girls and women worldwide to learn, earn, thrive, and control their own destinies — and will explore critical considerations for achieving the next generation of global developments objectives.

To ensure your place in this session, please arrive in the room by the scheduled start time. Once taping begins, the doors must remain closed and entry will no longer be permitted.


Moderator:

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Participants:

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States
Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business - Global Initiatives

How can women transform their lives using mobile technologies?

Session Features:  Designing Ideas  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion

In the developing world, 300 million fewer women than men own mobile phones — a tool that can promote independence and security, as well as improve access to services like health care, education, finance, and income generation opportunities. For mobile operators, closing this gender gap could unlock a $13 billion market. Overcoming the economic, cultural, and design barriers prohibiting women from accessing and using mobile phones is key to ensuring they gain the full benefits of this technology.

This interactive session will mobilize members to brainstorm new solutions and actionable next steps, by exploring HOW they can:

• improve women’s access to mobile technology
• design products, services, and content that are relevant to women
• support women in developing and distributing mobile products and services


Remarks:

Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Aldi Haryopratomo, Co-founder and CEO, Rekan Usaha Mikro Anda (Ruma)

Moderator:

Pam Scott, Founder, The Curious Company
Sandy Speicher, Associate Partner and Education Lead, IDEO

The Race for Resilient Communities

Session Features:  Commitment Case Studies  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion

From megacities to rural villages, local economies and communities are increasingly vulnerable to the risks of climate change, environmental degradation, and natural disasters. Boosting resiliency to these threats is critical to sustaining economic development and job creation, preserving hard-earned gains in poverty reduction.

This session will examine cross-cutting approaches and key learnings from existing CGI commitments, this session by exploring HOW members can:

• expand local infrastructure, access to services, and social networks to bolster the resiliency of communities and local business owners, especially women
• join or replicate ongoing conservation efforts to protect natural assets vital for local livelihoods, ecotourism, and global supply chains


Moderator:

Alexander Grashow, Chief Executive Officer, Alexander Grashow Consulting

Participants:

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
Timote Georges, Co-founder and Country Director, Smallholder Farmers Alliance
Mark Newton, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, The Timberland Company
Zhang Xinsheng, President, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


 
 
Small Group Discussions
 

2:00 PM -

 3:30 PM

 
 

Investing in Young Children: Delivering Long-Term Social Impact

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Interactive

Investing in children from a young age will lay the foundation for their healthy and productive future. Without the provision of proper nutrition, health care, physical protection, and opportunities to learn, children are placed at an acute disadvantage for the rest of their lives. Identifying and implementing innovative funding mechanisms for comprehensive early childhood development interventions provides a critical opportunity to improve children’s learning outcomes, their economic contributions, and supports their health and well-being and that of their families.

Building upon track convenings in 2013, members in this session will discuss innovative practices for investing in young children, explore opportunities to build cross-sector partnerships, and identify business opportunities that can facilitate the scaling up of successful early child development programs.


Moderator:

Susan Branker Greene, Development Consultant, Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children

Participants:

Elizabeth M. King, Director, Education, The World Bank
Melvin Ming, President and CEO, Sesame Workshop

Making the Shared Value Case to Investors

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Interactive

The strategy of ‘shared value’ is gaining global momentum, being utilized by companies to improve their core business through innovations that improve the bottom line while providing societal benefits. Demonstrating the link to shareholder returns is becoming increasingly important, and by addressing global challenges through business, companies bring powerful new tools to sustainable development while simultaneously boosting their competitive advantage.

In this session, members will explore strategies for strengthening the investment thesis in order to advance the practice of shared value across industries and regions. Industry leaders will share how they have designed shared value strategies, integrated them into their core business operations and partnerships, and begun to measure the business and social value created.


Moderator:

Mark Kramer, Managing Director, FSG Advisors

Participants:

Jørgen Ole Haslestad, President and CEO, Yara International ASA
Janet Voûte, Vice-President, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé S.A.

Storytelling: A Tool for Action

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive

Storytelling is a profoundly powerful form of communication. Well-crafted stories create an emotional connection to the lives behind global issues that often feel too distant or abstract to be personally relevant. Compelling storytelling has the ability to influence individual choices, community action, and public policy. While studies have shown that humans are wired to retain stories more easily than statistics alone, these two elements combined can move audiences both emotionally and intellectually.

From corporate partners to nonprofits, this session will bring together a diverse group of accomplished storytellers to discuss various methods for sharing stories and explore how to unleash the power of stories responsibly to mobilize action.


Moderator:

Cara Mertes, Director, JustFilms, The Ford Foundation

Participants:

Shelly Esque, President, Intel Foundation
Holly Gordon, Executive Director and Executive Producer, 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World
Chi Yvonne Leina, World Pulse correspondent and Founder, GenderDanger

Syria: Delivering Support and Basic Services

Session Features:  COLLECTIVE STRATEGIES  •   COMMITMENT DEVELOPMENT  •   NETWORKING  •   INTERACTIVE

Over the past two years, the Syrian conflict has displaced over two million people to surrounding countries and resulted in a void in the provision of basic services to Syrians. This year, CGI members have built partnerships and made commitments to support Syrian students and scholars, offer temporary community structures for refugees, and ensure that Syrians have access to essential needs such as medicine, food, and water. Establishing how the private sector can assist in scaling up these efforts, and defining how to create incentives for additional investment in basic services, are critical to strengthening the foundation for future Syrian prosperity.

In this session, members will hear updates on how the CGI community is collaborating to provide health care, education, and infrastructure to those affected by the conflict in Syria, as well as identify new opportunities for cooperation.


Moderator:

Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director and Chief Eternal Optimist, Architecture for Humanity

Participants:

Jorge Sampaio, Former President of the Portuguese Republic
Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bint Saud, Founder and CEO, The United Global Lanterns


 
 
Plenary Session
 

4:00 PM -

 5:30 PM

 
 

Healthier Futures: Prioritizing Prevention

The rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is one of the greatest threats to global health and economic development in the 21st century, accounting for 63 percent of global deaths. The leading risk factors — tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity — play a major role in the cause of high-burden NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

In this session, key leaders from across sectors will share HOW members can:

• position prevention, with an emphasis on risk factors, at the center of the health debate
• invest in more economical measures to address NCDs — such as early testing and diagnosis — rather than costly treatment
• leverage new insights from the field of behavioral economics to incentivize change at home and in the workplace

President Obama and President Clinton will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe.


Panel


Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Adrian Gore, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Holdings Limited
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Closing Conversation

Participants:

President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States


 
 
Sponsor Topic Dinners
 

6:30 PM -

 9:00 PM

 
 

Entrepreneurship in Energy

Hosted by: Duke Energy

Our world faces a number of energy challenges — including access to affordable, reliable, and increasingly clean energy. Entrepreneurial approaches to energy development are yielding important results and lessons learned. This dinner, hosted by Jim Rogers, chairman of Duke Energy, will feature a discussion with thought leaders that have experience in energy entrepreneurship in the U.S. and abroad.


 

7:00 PM -

 9:00 PM

 
 

Women in the Eye of the Storm: The Power of Women Entrepreneurs in Countries in Transition

Hosted by: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

Over the last five years, the use of innovative approaches to address the gender gap has dramatically increased. Through these efforts, women entrepreneurs have emerged as a key to unlocking economic growth in developing countries around the world. Their role is increasingly important today, namely for women caught in the eye of the storm in countries experiencing economic and political transition. This dinner will include a panel of experts and women entrepreneurs from Egypt, Afghanistan, and Pakistan—all sharing their personal stories of perseverance and how they are helping to shape a more peaceful and prosperous future for their respective countries. Building off of CGI’s 2013 theme, "Mobilizing for Impact," the conversation will also focus on mobilizing the right entities and resources to promote economic development and stability in these regions, ensuring women entrepreneurs can flourish through improved access to support programs, networks, and capital.


Remarks:

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, The White House

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, CNN’s The Situation Room
Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
Nora Haleem, 10,000 Women Graduate, Egypt
Shah Rukh, 10,000 Women Graduate, Pakistan
Cathy Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

 

7:15 PM -

 9:00 PM

 
 

Building Global Partnerships in Disaster Preparedness and Response: Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

Hosted by: Procter and Gamble

Natural disasters are occurring more frequently around the world, and these events are having a greater impact on people and the communities in which they live. As a result, relief organizations are working to better prepare for these catastrophes, while also developing new strategies for disaster response in highly populated, urban areas. This dinner will include a panel discussion among preeminent disaster response organizations and government leaders who will provide a firsthand perspective on their approach to these challenges based on recent experiences. These leaders will also share their thoughts on how private-public partnerships can further help to strengthen their capabilities.


Remarks:

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Governor of Missouri

Moderator:

Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Participants:

Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross
Marc Pritchard, Global Brand Building Officer, Procter and Gamble
Richard Stearns, President, World Vision

From Basics to Excellence: Putting a Quality Education within Reach of Every Child

Hosted by: Varkey GEMS Foundation

Over the last 15 years, the global community has invested significant resources into providing children with universal primary education and increased access to secondary education—dramatically raising the number of children in school around the world. However, education systems cannot always meet this new demand, especially in developing countries where the young and school-age population outnumbers that of adults. These nascent national education systems are strained and faced with a critical shortage of trained teachers. Meanwhile, new technologies and school models are calling into question traditional education systems in both the developing and developed world. At this dinner, guests will explore how such innovations can help to address these challenges and ensure that a quality education is within reach of every child.


Moderator:

Fareed Zakaria, Host, GPS, CNN

Participants:

Anant Argwal, Founder, EdX
Esteban Bullrich, Minister of Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
Rebecca Winthrop, Director of the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institute

From Shadows to Significance: People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Global Development Agenda

Hosted by: Tom Golisano

Last year, when speaking about people with intellectual disabilities at the Special Olympics Press Conference at the 2012 Annual Meeting, President Clinton stated that "CGI had not adequately represented this community before," and identified "a need for greater global cooperation on this issue." His comment spoke to a broad need to include the global population of 200 million people with intellectual disabilities in development strategies. Mainstream development efforts often don’t reach people with intellectual disabilities due to the profound isolation, stigma, and stereotype they face. This contributes to inadequate health outcomes, greater rates of abuse and neglect, and extremely limited access to education, employment, and housing opportunities. This interactive dinner will highlight several innovative organizations that are working collaboratively to reach this population. Participants will also explore ways in which this coalition can continue to grow, ensuring that the next iteration of the Millennium Development Goals are inclusive of those with intellectual disabilities.


Remarks:

Tom Golisano, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Paychex Corporation

Participants:

Loretta Claiborne, Athlete, Special Olympics International
Michael Elliott, President and CEO, ONE
Bekele Geleta, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Cara E. Yar Khan, Resource Mobilization Specialist and Disability Focal Point, UNICEF Haiti
Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics International

Innovating for a Better World: Sustainable Solutions for Community Development

Hosted by: The Coca-Cola Company

Water scarcity, food insecurity, energy inter-dependence, anemic job growth, persistent poverty, and gender inequality—these global challenges pose significant barriers to progress, namely in the developing world. Innovators, however, see these issues as surmountable opportunities to design breakthrough solutions. The "constructively discontent" are grounded in a shared vision, a bias for action, and a strong sense of accountability, exemplified through innovation and partnerships. Join Coca-Cola and a select group of visionary partners to explore ways in which government, civil society, NGOs, and businesses can collaborate effectively to create lasting, positive impact on community development globally through innovation. Guests will share insights, learn from one another, and formulate best practices that can be put into action.


Remarks:

Muhtar Kent, Chairman of Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

Participants:

Dean Kamen, Inventor and Founder, DEKA
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University

Our Food. Our Health. Our Lives.

Hosted by: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

The global obesity rate has nearly doubled since 1980. In the United States, the number of obese adults now stands at more than one-third of the population. Coinciding with these troubling statistics has been a dramatic increase in both the prevalence of diet-related disease and in the costs—both economic and social—associated with these conditions. Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for a discussion exploring the opportunities within our food system to address one of the most critical health issues of our time, the obesity crisis.


Participants:

Jeffrey T. Dunn, President and CEO, Bolthouse Farms
Dan Glickman, Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center;, Former United States Secretary of Agriculture
Kathleen Merrigan, Former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Wendell Pierce, Actor, NBC’s ‘Michael J. Fox Show’; Co-founder, Sterling Farms Fresh Foods, Board Member, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The World’s Youth: Building the Future

Hosted by: Microsoft

The world’s youth are paving the way for the future, but continue to face significant obstacles in the road ahead. While some economies around the world are beginning to show signs of recovery, recent data indicates that the global economic crisis continues to create an acute challenge for young people in terms of education, employment, and entrepreneurship. As a result, youth today encounter a growing "opportunity divide" and closing this gap is one of the most important actions that can be taken to secure the future of today’s youth and the future of the global economy. At CGI’s 2012 Annual Meeting Microsoft launched YouthSpark, a global commitment to creating opportunities for 300 million youth in 3 years. This dinner will involve an interactive conversation with nonprofit partners and youth beneficiaries to discuss lessons learned, insights gleaned, and stories of early impact from the commitment around the world.


Participants:

Ahmad Alhindawi, United Nations Secretary General Envoy on Youth
Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Corporation
Rafael Casal, Poet and Founding Member, The Getback
Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Fred Humphries, Vice President, Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Genevieve L'Esperance, Student, McGill University
Johnnie Lovett, Brand Director, Fresh Connect, Assistant Strategic Planner, Commonground Marketing
Mary Mwende, Youth Beneficiary, Global Giveback Circle, Student, American University, Dubai