2014 Agenda


* All times below are Mountain (MDT)

Breakout Sessions

8:30 AM -

 10:00 AM

Achieving Impact Through Behavioral Economics

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

Americans face countless choices every day, and it can be a struggle to pick the most healthy, economical, and responsible options. At the same time, the ability to choose freely is irreplaceable and people are hesitant to see their choices compromised. Behavioral psychology can mitigate this paradox, subtly promoting the most responsible choices while preserving all of the available options. “Nudge” strategies are being used in a wide range of settings, including to promote healthier eating choices in cafeterias by moving healthier foods to more prominent locations, to encourage home energy savings by supplying consumers with more intuitive information, and even to reduce procrastination on paying taxes by sharing information on community payment behavior.

This session will focus on creative ways that the public and private sectors can utilize behavioral psychology to create a healthier, greener, and more financially-secure America by:
• Improving the efficacy and efficiency of existing projects through subtle modifications
• Highlighting successful nudge strategies that can be applied widely throughout the United States
• Identifying opportunities where behavioral modifications can yield significant impact


Josh Wright, Executive Director, ideas42


Kim Polese, Chairman, ClearStreet
Matt Wallaert, Behavioral Scientist, Bing, Microsoft Corporation
Yifan Zhang, Co-founder and CEO, Pact, Inc.

America's Next-Generation Cities

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

Like many of their megacity counterparts, America’s small and mid-size cities are using technology to gather and synthesize data and are applying new analytical tools to improve social service delivery, community development, decision-making, and effective city planning and design. This session will explore how American cities—in partnership with individual citizens and a range of private sector firms—are deploying innovative technology strategies to impact social programs, transportation, and urban planning.

In this session, participants will learn about this expanding shift in city planning by:
• Discovering how citizens-led collaboratives are developing and deploying bottom-up technological interventions for the public benefit
• Assessing what specific opportunities exist for cities to leverage technology and data to improve public services and long-term urban planning
• Exploring how partnerships among cities, private companies, nonprofits, and individual citizens are already transforming local communities


Benjamin de la Peña, Director, Community and National Strategy, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Mrinalini Ingram, Director, Strategy and Planning, Cisco
Sly James, Mayor, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Alex Pandel, Founder and COO, Civic Insight
Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta

CGI Conversations hosted by Bloomberg TV

A New Competitive Era: America in the World

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

Taken together, rapid globalization, the international financial crisis, major shifts in the energy landscape, and growing pressures on the world’s workforce have had major implications for America’s competitiveness in the global economy. While these changing dynamics have resulted in new markets and opportunities for American products, entrepreneurs, and cities, they have also forced the U.S. to reexamine its fundamental economic strengths as a nation. Increasingly, U.S. competitiveness will be driven by the country’s strategic human advantage- its leadership in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

In this session, America’s leading thinkers will discuss the next generation of American growth and competitiveness by:
• Taking stock of America’s current and future position in the global economy
• Assessing how America’s leading businesses are evolving to remain competitive
• Exploring what it will take for the U.S. to retain a position of global economic leadership in an increasingly complex world

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.


Willow Bay, Special Correspondent, Bloomberg TV


Rich Barton, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Zillow Inc.
Jacqueline Hinman, President and CEO, CH2M HILL
Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations, Former Secretary of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Closing Conversation:


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

CGI Conversations hosted by msnbc and Powered by Microsoft

Managing Natural Resources in the U.S.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

The United States has long benefited from an abundance of natural resources, including fertile land, water, and the coal that fueled the industrial revolution. Today, the United States is experiencing a changing relationship to its natural resources – chiefly, the discovery of vast oil and gas deposits that will enable the U.S. to be near energy independence within the next two decades. Simultaneously, the U.S. is increasingly facing changing and more severe weather patterns, resulting in drought and forest fires in some areas and flooding in others.

In this session, participants will focus on this dynamic situation by:
• Exploring the changing state of American energy and water resources
• Discussing how the country can responsibly use and develop its resources
• Assessing the benefits these domestic resources present to the economy, the environment, and local communities

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.


Richard Wolffe, Executive Editor, msnbc.com


Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Charles D. Davidson, Chairman and CEO, Noble Energy, Inc.
Bill Ritter Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Former Governor, State of Colorado
Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Bruce Valdez, Executive Director, Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund

Men and Boys of Color: Investing in Pathways to Opportunity and Inclusion

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

America’s men and boys of color face significant challenges in accessing opportunities to succeed economically and socially. For decades, this opportunity gap has led to broad disparities in education, employment, and health outcomes between males of color and their peers, helping to sustain the greater incarceration and homicide rates that contribute to further exclusion of these males from American society. Realigning private, philanthropic, and government investment to promote equity is necessary not only to support favorable outcomes among these males as individuals, but for the economic and social success of their communities.

In this session, participants will work to develop new ideas and solutions by:
• Highlighting increased and/or innovative investments made to support men and boys of color
• Encouraging participants to make Commitments to Action to address specific challenges facing this population
• Providing a forum for participants to discuss how their work impacts men and boys of color


Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education


Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Vice President, National Workforce Development, National Urban League


Christopher Chatmon, Executive Director, Office of African American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District
Gail Christopher, Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
David Miller, President and CEO, The Denver Foundation
Jamie Sears, Director, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, UBS America

Reimagining Assessments

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM

Despite major advances in technology and seismic shifts in the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workforce, the U.S. continues to assess educational achievement in a 19th century fashion. In failing to widely utilize tools that measure and reflect the lifelong gaining of knowledge and skills, educational institutions and employers are missing an opportunity to better understand what students and workers are constantly learning. New strategies to capture and communicate this information allow students and workers to accurately articulate their knowledge and competencies, building a better and more permanent connection between learning and working.

This session will explore innovative, technology-based tools for assessing and reflecting competencies and learning by:
• Asking how higher education institutions can use portfolio assessments to review student preparedness
• Discussing the potential for disruptive technologies like digital badges to communicate worker skills and competencies
• Examining the case for using tailored prior learning assessments to reflect existing knowledge among potential students and workers


Stephanie Banchero, Senior Program Officer, Education, The Joyce Foundation


Carlos Contreras, U.S. Education Director, Intel Corporation
Denise M. Juneau, Montana Superintendent, Office of Public Instruction
Cynthia Board Schmeiser, Chief, Assessment, College Board
Connie Yowell, Director of Education, The MacArthur Foundation

Working Groups

10:30 AM -

 1:30 PM

Community Investing

The Community Investing Working Group will focus on strategies to broaden the U.S. social impact investing market and bring mainstream financing to low- and moderate-income communities in the areas of small business lending, affordable housing, health, and community development in both rural and urban geographies.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Working Group will strive to make high-quality early childhood education available to more families and communities, particularly in diverse, low-income settings. Participants will pursue promising approaches that support professional development for ECE educators, explore innovative financing solutions, and engage new private sector partners.


The Entrepreneurship Working Group will examine entrepreneurship as both a vital job creator and a tool to address pervasive social challenges. Discussions will focus on lowering barriers to business launch or growth, as well as advancing the potential for entrepreneurial endeavors to improve health outcomes, fight climate change, and broaden access to education.

Financial Opportunity

The Financial Opportunity Working Group will continue to foster cross-sector partnerships that support American households in increasing assets, managing debt, and building and repairing credit. Participants will convene around specific, scalable solutions including new consumer product development and deployment, enhancing financial education, and leveraging financial technology.

Infrastructure for Cities and States

The Infrastructure for Cities and States Working Group will build on CGI’s ongoing efforts with leading American cities to move the needle on infrastructure financing. The group will convene senior city and state officials and private sector leaders from finance, infrastructure development, and organized labor to advance cross-sector partnerships and solutions to a range of barriers impeding U.S. infrastructure modernization.

Reconnecting Youth

The Reconnecting Youth Working Group will aim to link “opportunity youth” disconnected from work or school—such as high school dropouts, teen parents, and youth aging out of the foster care system—to the resources, pathways, and support mechanisms needed to succeed in school and secure quality jobs.

STEM Education

The STEM Education Working Group will continue to focus on skilled mentoring, STEM teaching, and after-school STEM learning. This year’s Working Group will have a particular focus on computer science education, especially for traditionally underrepresented groups.

Sustainable Buildings

The Sustainable Buildings Working Group will address both residential and commercial building types and explore how partnerships can stimulate innovative projects with sustainable design, energy and resource efficiency, and new building materials. Participants from across sectors will examine critical issues such as financing, resiliency, and community wellness.

The Modern Grid

The Modern Grid Working Group will explore technologies, strategies, and practices that reimagine the traditional electricity system and aid in transitioning the U.S. to an intelligent, competitive, and clean power grid. Participants will identify partnership opportunities that integrate renewable energy into the grid, increase the adoption of microgrids, and deploy smart grid technologies, particularly in rural communities.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Working Group will promote competencies, credentials, and career ladders in key industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and the service sector. Participants will also discuss innovative tools and initiatives that target educationally underserved populations such as incumbent workers, veterans, and the rural community workforce.

Closing Plenary Session

2:00 PM -

 3:30 PM

Local Laboratories: Equitable Transformation in America’s Communities

From the dropout crisis to the nation’s decaying infrastructure, the housing market collapse to the swell in long-term unemployment, local communities feel America’s greatest challenges deeply. Yet the nation’s cities, towns, and rural areas are also laboratories for the best solutions, serving as testing grounds for innovative strategies that match a community’s unique assets against its worst challenges. Philanthropists, mayors and governors, and entrepreneurs are finding ways to spur growth while advancing economic mobility. This session will explore a range of place-based approaches piloted across urban, suburban, and rural America.

• How are private sector leaders revitalizing struggling urban communities into centers of economic activity?
• How are philanthropists creating market-based tools that enhance growth and opportunity in rural and urban low-income communities?
• How are government leaders using public-private partnerships to improve education, modernize infrastructure, and advance environmentally-conscious energy production?


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


Audrey Choi, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley
Tony Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer, Zappos.com, Inc.
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation