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You may remember that in June at CGI America, Hillary announced a partnership between her Too Small to Fail initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics that would put information and tools in the hands of healthcare professionals to encourage and assist parents in increasing vocabulary exposure for the 0 – 5 age group.  In making that announcement,  she cited an upcoming alliance with the Oakland, California community.

Today, in Oakland, she launched that campaign at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) surrounded by parents and little ones. We see her with Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan, Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman, and Jim Steyer encouraging parents to talk, read, sing, and color with their kids.

 

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On my way to Oakland and excited to announce a new campaign there.

A snapshot of the planned agenda for the 10th annual  Clinton Global Initiative  was released this afternoon.

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President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton to Convene World Leaders to ‘Reimagine Impact’ at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

President Barack ObamaHis Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives among featured participants

At 10th CGI Annual Meeting, Sept 21-24 in New York City, more than 1,000 global leaders from business, government, and civil society to reflect on progress of commitments made over the last decade and address urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges that lie ahead

NEW YORK – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton announced the program and participants for the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, to be held September 21-24 in New York City, where more than 1,000 of the most influential leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy will convene around the theme of “Reimagining Impact.”

President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, to bring leaders together from all sectors of society to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges by turning their ideas into action. Participants turn their ideas into action through the creation of “Commitments to Action” – new, specific, measurable plans to address these challenges. Since the first CGI Annual Meeting in September 2005, more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs and major philanthropists have participated in CGI’s Annual Meetings, and members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

For the first time, CGI has evaluated and will share comprehensive data collected from the commitments made over the past 10 years to highlight the most effective approaches and analyze trends in an effort to help CGI members maximize the impact of their work and identify critical gaps to be addressed.

Featured participants in the meeting include President Barack ObamaHis Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group; Mohammad Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet; Reem Al-Hashimy, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates;  Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company; Amy Bell, Head of Principle Investments, JP Morgan Social Finance; Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org; Adam Davidson, Co-founder, NPR’s Planet Money; Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel; Paul Farmer, Co-founder, Partners in Health, Chief Strategist, Harvard Medical School; Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex; Jay Gould, President and CEO, American Standard Brands; María José González, Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund; Alexander Grashow, Founder, The Adaptist; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Former Prime Minister of Portugal; David Hertz, Founder & CEO, Gastromotiva; Jane Karuku, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, the Coca-Cola Company; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative; Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; Christopher Mikkelsen, Founder and Co-CEO, Refugees United; Jay Naidoo, Chair of Board of Directors and Partnership Council, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Tammy Newmark, President and CEO, EcoEnterprises Fund; Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Big Society Capital; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute, Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Norma Powell, Director General, Haiti Center for Facilitation of Investments; Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC; Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, Former President of Ireland; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM; Charlie Rose, Host, “Charlie Rose Show”; Nilofar Sakhi, Executive Director, American University of Afghanistan; Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated, Senior Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi; Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Executive Director, 1,000 Days; Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark; Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Gary White, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Water.org; and Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives.

Key parts of the program at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting include sessions such as:

  • Reimagining Impact, which will highlight the ideas and actions of CGI members over the last decade, explore how members measure and assess the outcomes of their commitments, and bring forth new ideas for CGI members to achieve greater impact going forward;
  • Confronting Climate Change is Good Economics, will explore opportunities to assist in the financing of conservation efforts, help unlock the capital required to accelerate investments towards a low-carbon economy, and reinforce the critical role of women in adapting to climate change;
  • Valuing What Matters, in which leaders can identify social and environmental indicators and measurement systems that can be implemented in public, private, and non-profit sectors, simultaneously assessing how best to capture non-quantifiable outcomes and use big data for social good;
  • Putting Education to Work, in which participants can collaborate across sectors to create education to employment pathways for young people and adults;
  • Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 instead of 2134?, which will examine the progress made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and explore opportunities to accelerate the social and economic participation of women, who at current rates of progress won’t comprise half of the world’s leaders until 2134; and
  • The 8th annual Clinton Global Citizen AwardsTM, which will kick off the meeting with a ceremony to honor individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service and the private sector whose efforts to create positive social change transcend borders, change lives, and set an example for others.

CGI recently announced its first global challenge to engage individuals around the world in tackling the issue of youth unemployment. The challenge launched in partnership with and is hosted on OpenIDEO.com, an open innovation platform created by global design firm IDEO, which couples design thinking methodology with the scale of online social networks to solve the world’s most pressing social issues. One featured idea will be recognized at CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting in September. Individuals can participate in the challenge by contributing ideas, research and solutions at www.openideo.com/cgi.

Hillary’s social media visits in California yesterday included a chat with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Hillary is on Facebook and Twitter to answer your questions.

 

Hi everyone. I am here at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park and looking forward to answering some of your questions about my new book, Hard Choices. Let’s get started… ask away! -Hillary
Photo: Hi everyone. I am here at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park and looking forward to answering some of your questions about my new book, Hard Choices. Let's get started... ask away! -Hillary

 

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After a year of , I want to hear from you. At 5:20pm PT, I’ll be at doing a Q&A on .

 

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On my way to ! Tweet your questions to me with & watch my conversation with here:

Here are some twitpics from Twitter HQ.

 

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Hillary held a book signing in St. Paul Minnesota today at Common Good Books  which is owned by author/entertainer Garrison Keillor.  Keillor was not there, but she was greeted by Governor Mark Dayton, who proudly displayed his copy of Hard Choices,  and more than a thousand admirers and supporters.

With his kind permission, I am sharing my friend, Jim Livesey’s,  touching account of his experience at this event.  Jim made the 10-hour round trip from his home to St. Paul twice in the week: first to get his ticket, and again to attend the book signing.  Here is his story.

 

07-20-14 #HillaryClinton, at Common Good Books on the #HardChoices booktour in St.Paul, Minnesota…I arrived at the event at 10 AM. I was about the 35th person in line….after a wonderful morning of networking, socializing, and meeting many of the wonderful Hillary Clinton supporters that showed up…

…the day gets even better! The Ready for Hillary bus shows up and adds that extra special Hillary touch to an already outstanding event. Common Good Books on one block, next block the Hillary bus…in between, all the supporters.

Perfect. We just need Hillary!

…I went through Secret Service at 115 PM. We were allowed to stay in line (in the bookstore) as the staff prepared the final touches…

…many of the elected officials in Minnesota showed up, but I kept my eye on the door in back because the bookstore staff told me that is the arrival area …

…at about 215pm, the door opens and three staffers walk in…flashbulbs start popping…and of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived!

…she waves to the media and turns to the crowd. We all immediately give her a giant Midwest welcome with shouts of “HRC” and “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.”

The line moves rapidly. The Secret Service does not allow any photos as we go into the final check. They also tell us no photos at the signing table…

I make it to the front. A bookstore staff member is also up front and we are chatting. She asks me: “Are you excited?” I tell her: “I’m Ready for Hillary!!!!” And then she says to Secretary Clinton: “Jim has traveled from Milwaukee to meet you.” Surprised I say, “Thank you.”

I turn to Hillary Clinton and say: “Good afternoon Secretary Clinton. Welcome to the Midwest.”

Hillary: “I’m glad you made it here, that is quite a journey.”

Hillary looks right at me…

Me: “I just wanted to take a moment to speak with you. I came here this afternoon to tell you that your campaign in 2008 meant the world to me from a political, historical, and personal perspective. When you suspended that campaign, you told us in your speech that we could “always find you on the front lines of democracy, fighting for the future.”….well, the time is coming when you have to make another big decision about your future. I want you to know that I am committed to helping a Presidential run in 2016, and I will do everything I can to help get you elected. This is my promise to you.”

A single tear rolls down my cheek…

Hillary shakes my hand, and then puts her second hand over my hand…

…I smile and then tell her: “There is an entire team of over one thousand people that came here today to show their support. We are your team, your supporters, and you have brought us together. If you want to break the highest, hardest, glass ceiling…we will all help you.”

Hillary: “I want to thank you for your dedication, enthusiasm, and support. I appreciate everything you have done and I am glad I got a chance to hear from you.”

Me: “I have a deep affinity for the entire Clinton family. You have a special place in my heart and I will always cherish this moment for the rest of my life. This is my Hillary moment.”

Hillary: “God bless you and your entire family. I am so glad you came to meet me.”

She lets go of my hand…

I said: “It was my pleasure.”

Hillary smiles, I wipe away the tear…and she winks at me!<–Coolest moment of my life.

I give her the biggest smile of all time…

…and then a funny moment: I go to the second table to pick up my signed copy of “Hard Choices” and now, Hillary is a few books behind. I held up the signing line and Hillary allowed it!

I lean over the second table and say to Hillary: “I hope I did not get you in trouble!”

Hillary teases back: “I’ve got to get to work!” Everyone laughs.

I give her a “thumbs up.” Hillary smiles…

….and then I watch the next supporter in line have her “Hillary moment.”

After the signing, a female staffer walks up to me and says: “Hillary stopped the line to talk to you because the bookstore staff told us that you traveled a long way to get tickets and than made a second trip to meet her and get her book. She appreciates your support.”

I said: “Thank you. Tell Hillary we all love her.”

She says: “I will.” Smiles and a handshake…

I thanked the bookstore staff for their absolutely fantastic event. I could tell they were very appreciative. I then went outside via the required Secret Service exit and was approached by two media outlets…I answered their questions about the event, my support of Hillary, and our interaction at the book signing that I described above…

…and then I stayed for an extra hour socializing with some of the most dedicated, sensational, and fun people on this planet…these people are my fellow Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters in St. Paul, Minnesota…you rock!

Dreams do come true.

Thank you so much, Jim!

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Here is a lovely account of the event with additional photos.

 

Hillary Clinton greets big crowd in St. Paul

Politics Jon Collins · · Jul 20, 2014

This evening, wearing her navy blue, cap-sleeved, silk evening gown and stole that we love, she attended the Starkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala.  We see her on the red carpet with Bill and Tani Austin, the foundation’s founders.

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Here she is with Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was honored at the gala.

 

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Hillary was in Madison, Connecticut this afternoon for a book signing at R.J. Julia Booksellers.  She was cheery in cherry pink.  Sean Carlin was there to liveblog the event for the New Haven Register.

Here are some of the pictures he shared from the Post Road location.  Check back with Sean later for a recap and video.

Photo gallery here >>>>

 

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See more photos and read commentary here >>>>

In the Twin Cities for a book signing in St. Paul on Sunday, Hillary will attend a charity gala there on Sunday evening.

 

Hillary Clinton, Forest Whitaker among stars attending Starkey Gala

July 18, 2014
By Tim Lammers

The Twin Cities will roll out the red carpet again this weekend for the 14th Annual “So the World May Hear” celebrity gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre.Funds raised at the annual event help the Starkey Hearing Foundation provide hearing aids to thousands of people in need around the world.

The Star Tribune says among the confirmed guests for Sunday’s event are former First Lady/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Marlee Matlin, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Whitaker and Tutu will also be honored at the event for their humanitarian efforts.

Read more >>>>

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