For many years now, I have attended the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to show my support for the organization’s ground-breaking philanthropic initiatives. This annual meeting is one of the most dynamic events I attend all year, and I am always inspired by the accomplishments that are showcased.
The purpose of CGI is to convene global leaders from across the political and economic spectrum to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, the initiative has spurred investments and donations for philanthropic causes valued at nearly $90 billion dollars.
The annual meeting is a time to identify priorities for the year ahead, encourage discussion between global leaders, and, to rally CGI members. Held in New York, the theme of the 2013 conference was “Mobilizing for Impact.” Lectures and meetings focused on empowering organizations to tap into their potential, as well as women as leaders, and youth through education.
This year I learned that CGI-facilitated projects will provide for two million girls around the world to enroll in school, nearly 12 million children to receive a better education, and more than $7 billion to be invested in or loaned to small- and medium-sized businesses. I’m honored to be a member of CGI and I look forward to continuing to support this organization’s remarkable accomplishments.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to attend the third meeting of CGI America last month. It’s an annual event that gathers thought leaders and various experts to work towards finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Host President Clinton brought together nearly a thousand leaders from varying businesses, foundations, NGOs, and government sectors with the intention of working together to find alternative solutions for the critical issues currently facing the United States. As a participant in the conference I was able to contribute my own perspective on various issues and topics within these discussions.
The impact of CGI America’s commitment is large and covers a range of issues. At the conference we learned that, when fully funded and implemented, CGI provides STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education opportunities for over 200,000 students, creates more than 10,000 jobs, and it reclaims 1.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases through energy efficiency efforts and projects.
The impact of CGI America is great and is bringing positive change to the business, energy, and educational sectors in the United States. I am honored to be a member of CGI in continuing to improve the lives of others, around the world. For more information about the CGI initiatives discussed at the third annual meeting, please visit CGI’s website: http://www.cgiamerica.org/
Having access to a quality education is a right that every child should have, no matter their circumstances. A solid education empowers a child to make informed decisions and it opens doors to opportunities that otherwise would have been inaccessible.
This is a core belief of mine, which is why I have joined with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to help support Building Tomorrow (BT). BT envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Working towards this goal, BT empowers young people to invest their resources, time and talents in providing underserved children in sub-Saharan Africa with access to a quality education.
It gives me a great sense of pride to be able to partner with CGI in continuing to help remove barriers and provide a quality educational structure for the students of East Africa.
For more information about Building Tomorrow and the Clinton Global Initiative, visit their websites:
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