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Media Advisory: President Clinton to Open CGI America Meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, June 29

June 28, 2011

CHICAGO — President Bill Clinton will open CGI America on Wednesday, June 29. More than 700 leaders from businesses, nonprofits, and all levels of government will participate in the two-day meeting, which is the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event to focus exclusively on driving job creation and economic growth in the United States.


Featured participants include: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, Stephanie Burns, chairman of Dow Corning, Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, Bob McCann, CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas, Pete Peterson, founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Michael Porter, professor at Harvard Business School, J.B. Pritzker, managing partner, the Pritzker Group, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, James E. Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


All plenary sessions are open press.


What: CGI America (

Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street Chicago, IL 60611

When: June 29-30, 2011


Opening Plenary Session: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Sheraton Ballroom

Press set time: 11:30 a.m.


President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative

Haley Barbour, Governor, State of Mississippi
Simonida Cvejic, Founder and CEO, Bay Area Medical Academy
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Michael L. Thurmond, Former Georgia Labor Commissioner, Georgia Department of Labor
Laura Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


Press Conferences To Discuss New Commitments

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO):

Investment and Training for American Infrastructure

1:45 p.m.- 2:15 p.m., Press Room, Exhibit Hall B, First Floor


Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

Mark H. Ayers, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO


Toyota Motor North America

Toyota Helps Nonprofits Maximize Their Impact

3:15 p.m. – 3: 45 p.m., Press Exhibit Hall B, First Floor


Pat Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and The Toyota USA Foundation Toyota Motor North America

Brian Bichey, Manager, Toyota Production System Support Center

Zack Rosenburg, Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project


Plenary Session: Education in America: Regaining Our Edge

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sheraton Ballroom.

Press set-time: 3:30 p.m.


Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, Dow Corning Corporation
Adam Davidson, Co-founder and Co-host, Planet Money, National Public Radio
James Heckman, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF
Amy Rosen, President and CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship


ALL PRESS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE. Reporters who have not pre-registered may apply for credentials on site at CGI’s press registration desk on the first floor of the Sheraton on Wednesday, June 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, June 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valid government-issued ID is required. If applying on site, please bring press ID as well. For additional information contact Meb Byrne at [email protected].


Access: All plenary sessions are open press. Working group sessions are closed press.


CGI Media Center and Workspace: The media center is located on the first floor of the Sheraton. Wired and wireless Internet access will be provided. Phones will not be provided.


Wireless Microphones:  Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on site, as they will interfere with the wireless PA systems.


Mult Box: Output specifics are: XLR for audio and BNC connection for video.


Sat Truck Parking: There are a limited amount of Satellite and microwave truck parking spaces available. Please contact Seth Bellaff at [email protected]


Twitter: Follow @ClintonGlobal ( for meeting news and highlights. The event hash-tag is #CGIAmerica.


Live Webcast: All CGI America plenary sessions will be webcast at


Photos: Photos from the meeting will be available on CGI’s Flickr account at


Facebook: Highlights, news, and photos from CGI America will be shared on the CGI Facebook page:


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