Clinton Global Initiative America is an event taking place June 13-14 in Chicago, Illinois. The Clinton Global Initiative is a foundation that convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s challenges. Annual meetings have brought together heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, and the world’s leading CEO’s and philanthropists. CGI was founded in 2005 by Bill Clinton and advisor Doug Band.
The CGI America conference will focus on solutions to promote economic recovery and how to create jobs. Classified as a “working meeting,” business, foundation, NGO and government leaders will be on hand to collaborate and present ideas.
Headlining the event will be Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Secretary Clinton will be participating at CGI America for the first time, and will give featured remarks along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and J.B. Pritzker, Managing Partner of The Prtizker Group. Moderated by President Clinton, participants will also include:
Eva Longoria, Founder, The Eva Longoria Foundation
Sara Martinez Tucker, Chief Executive Officer, National Math + Science Initiative
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President and CEO, Chobani, Inc.
Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target Corporation
The focus of the group will be “American Dreams, American Realities: Achieving Economic and Social Mobility.”
Governor Christie will take the stage in the final session of the conference on Friday with President Clinton. They will participate in the plenary session “Cooperation and Collaboration: A Conversation on Leadership.”
Other notable participants at CGI America include, Jacob J. Lew, US Treasury Secretary, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation board member, and Bill Simon, President and CEO of Walmart US and Walmart Stores, Inc.
This week Bill Clinton and chief advisor, Doug Band, hosted the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference. CGI was started in 2005 from an idea generated by Band to “turn ideas into action”. The mission was to bring world leaders in politics, business, and non-profits together to tackle world problems. Instead of just talking about what should be done, CGI actually requires participants to generate actual plans of action and to submit donations to fund projects. After day 1 of the 6th annual CGI meeting, former President Clinton tweeted that CGI members have made 1950 commitments totaling $63 million that will improve 300 million lives. Clinton has reiterated that most of his post Presidency success is largely in part due to Doug’s help and dedicated work ethic. Politico has done a great job of recapping just exactly what Doug Band has done to promote Clinton to his level of success. Additionally, the success of CGI would not have been possible without Band’s ingenuity and around-the-clock work and organizational masterminding.
Several months ago you might recall the special ops trip that Bill Clinton and Doug Band took to free two U.S. journalist from a prison in S. Korea. Recently, the U.S. is looking to the infamous duo again to see if they can help free U.S. hikers that have been taken prisoner in Iran.
One of the most recent endeavors taken on by Bill Clinton and Doug Band is the push to bring the World Cup Soccer Tournament to the United States in 2018 or 2022 by joining the Board of Directors of the U.S. World Cup Committee.