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Hillary’s last appearance at CGIU was in March 2015, a little more than a month before she declared her candidacy for the presidency. After she joined the race, she withdrew from Clinton Foundation affairs as was proper. Now she is free to return to the delight of the participants.

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Hillary began March on a date with Bill Clinton to see the musical Hamilton, then playing Off-Broadway.  It since has moved to The Great White Way and is a huge hit.

The Clintons lost another friend when Rev. Theodore Hesburgh passed away.

The media, and particularly the New York Times, launched what would become a season or more of attacks based on Hillary’s use of a private email server.  These were regularly deflected by the State Department, Media Matters, and members of Hillary’s own team who came to her defense. Hillary herself addressed the issue several times and insisted that she wanted the public to see her emails.   Since that time, many have been released by the State Department and news sources continue to pour over them.

Hillary continued her active public speaking career with participation in CGIU, a No Ceilings event with Chelsea and Melinda Gates, the annual U.N. Women’s Empowerment event (where the media paid far more attention to a brief presser she gave on the sidelines about – yep – her emails), a surprise visit to eBay execs in San Jose, California, and what was to become the final professional speaking engagement for the duration addressing camp professionals in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Near the end of March, she keynoted the Toner Award event in D.C.

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Hillary also continued being recognized with awards and honors.  Emily’s list bestowed their We Are Emily Award on her and  Irish America Magazine inducted her into their Hall of Fame.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is presented with a gift by Niall O'Dowd, publisher of the "Irish America" magazine for being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York
Over the course of the month,  Hillary became very active on Twitter speaking out on a variety of issues.  This attention to current events on social media added to the weaning off of scheduled paid speaking events signaled that change was in the air.  Meanwhile the House Select Committee on Benghazi continued beating their drums and ended the month insisting that she testify in private rather than publicly.  It was becoming clear that there was an impending campaign and the Republicans in Congress intended to head it off or inflict damage by using their sworn sacred duty for dirty political purposes.  That was lost on no one here or anywhere in the Hillary world.

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Hillary was at the University of Miami participating in CGIU today.

Closing Conversation – Part 1  click here for video >>>>

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 President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Conclude Eighth Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting with 700 New Student Commitments to Action

Commitments made by more than 1,000 Millennials from around the world include efforts to increase girls and women’s inclusion in STEM fields; improve access to clean water in developing nations; provide rural communities with affordable sources of renewable energy; and increase nutritional options in food deserts

Throughout the weekend, college students joined experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities such as Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”

MIAMI – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton this weekend hosted the eighth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). More than 1,000 students, representing more than 300 schools and over 75 countries, came together at the University of Miami to make 700 Commitments to Action: new, specific and measurable plans to address pressing challenges facing campuses and communities around the world.

Throughout the weekend, students joined a variety of innovators, thought-leaders, and civically engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. In total, since CGI U’s first meeting in 2008, students have made over 5,500 Commitments to Action.

“You must never doubt that you can make a difference,” said President Clinton. “If you add up the collective endeavors represented by the potential in this room, it would move the world.”

“I was already inspired before CGI U, but I leave even more inspired having met so many of you and learning about your 700 new Commitments to Action,” said Chelsea Clinton. “So often young people are viewed as future leaders instead of leaders today. You have demonstrated that’s not the case and I cannot wait to see where your commitments go.”

During the Closing Plenary, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton previewed Monday’s official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report by the Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation. “Full and equal participation is in everyone’s best interest. Men, women, boys, girls. Because when everyone has the opportunity to lift him or herself up, that benefits – not just the individual – but families, communities, countries and our world,” said Secretary Clinton.

Larry Wilmore, host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” moderated a conversation with President Clinton, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, and Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School.

Chelsea Clinton also revealed the winner of the CGI U 2015 Commitments Challenge, a national online competition of new commitment ideas from college and university students in the form of a “bracket.” The competition began on February 23, during which students received donations from supporters around the world through CrowdRise. In total, students raised more than $25,300 for their commitments. The winning commitment is Hope of Guinea Community Center by Oumou Diallo, Jacqueline Bell, and Luis Alejandro of Towson University which raised over $7,600. More than 1,000 people participated or donated throughout the Commitments Challenge.

In the lead up to the CGI U meeting, on March 5 and 6, students had the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, challenged developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in several of the CGI U focus areas. After the teams presented their prototypes to a panel of expert judges, Chelsea Clinton announced the winner during the Closing Plenary. The winning team, MathMagic, created an interactive network to connect students with tutors and fellow mentoring peers using a game-like interface to create a friendly experience conducive for math exploration outside of the classroom. The winning team members include Joshua Beauplan, Rachel Anderson, Clare Tsao, Juan Dominguez, as well as the featured commitment-makers, Drew Spooner and Alex Koppy.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities were made available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

Support for CGI U 2015 is generously provided by: Knight Foundation; Laureate International Universities; Andy Nahas and the Prospect Fund; Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.

Tomorrow, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host a Clinton Foundation “Day of Action,” a day of volunteering in partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City. CGI U students and members of the CGI community will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. The Day of Action will begin with remarks by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, and student volunteers will be joined by members of the Miami Dolphins and Shane Battier, NBA Champion with the Miami Heat & Founder of The Battier Take Charge Foundation.

The following new commitments and progress reports were announced in CGI U 2015 plenary sessions:

GRID – Gaming Revolution for International Development (CGI U 2014)
Commitment by: Mariam Adil; Caroline Bailey; Muhammad Abdul-Rahim
School: George Washington University, University of Washington

In 2014, Mariam Adil, Caroline Baily, and Muhammad Abdul-Rahim launched “GRID – Gaming Revolution for International Development,” a series of video games that encourage global citizenship and break social stereotypes, and other shooter games as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive people play online. Since launching, the game has been played by 300+ policy makers in World Bank workshops in Seoul and Dhaka. The game focuses on addressing political, ethical and resource constraints faced in design and impact evaluation (randomized control trials) for education projects.

The Lucky Iron Fish (CGI U 2014)
Commitment by: Gavin Armstrong
School: University of Guelph

In 2014, Gavin Armstrong created the Lucky Iron Fish, a simple health innovation tool to combat iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia. By cooking with this iron ingot for 10 minutes (in 1L of water), the iron fish can release up to 75% of an individual’s daily required iron intake. Having exceeded his original goal of 10,000 Cambodian families reached, Gavin aims to scale up the operations of the Lucky Iron Fish, providing a fish to 50,000 families in Cambodia while also increasing the organization’s employment to 150 disadvantaged individuals.

School Pantry Program Pilot in Phoenix (CGI U 2014)
Commitment by:  Kimberly Roland
SchoolArizona State University

In 2014, Kimberly Roland committed to pilot the School Pantry Program in Phoenix, AZ, which works to provide children and their families with a safe space where they can shop for free emergency food products that are nutritional, and where they can access resources such as SNAP assistance, nutrition education, health tips, and budgeting ideas. Since March 2014, Kimberly successfully piloted the program at two sites and was able to provide more than 50,000 pounds of food to the Phoenix community.

Haiti Forest Restoration Initiative: Promoting Economic and Ecological Sustainability in Paraison, Haiti (CGI U 2014)
Commitment by: David Carroll, Fritz Gerald Fevrier
School: LDS Business College

In 2014, David Carroll and Fritz Gerald Fevrier committed to promote ecological sustainability in Paraison, Haiti through the cultivation of seedlings, which will be transplanted onto community member lands. Moreover, by engaging the community on the problems of deforestation, David and Fritz hope this commitment will help to establish a culture of sustainability in the region.

Immunization Alerts for Palestinian and Syrian Refugees (CGI U 2014)
Commitment by: Jordan Schermerhorn, Cherie Fathy, Batoul Abuharb
School: Duke University

In 2014, Jordan Schermerhorn, Cherie Fathy, and Batoul Abuharb committed to implement SMS-based immunization appointment reminders in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories. These reminders prompt patients to return to care after up to six months without vaccinations. In cooperation with the UN, the team has issued more than 2,000 SMS immunization reminders, ensuring that communities in refugee camps in the region are heathier.

FreshSpire: A Mobile App Targeting Food Waste and Decreasing Food Insecurity (CGI U 2015)
Commitment by: Mona Amin, Gabrielle Beaudry, Jennifer Wu
Schools: East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania

In 2015, Mona Amin, Gabrielle Beaudry, and Jennifer Wu committed to discourage food waste and encourage healthier produce purchasing at a lower cost through a mobile app. The app, called FreshSpire, is a multi-faceted system designed to increase communication between grocery stores and consumers through a mobile text notification system and application that provides users with a newsfeed of grocery store discounts. The mobile application also offers customers a calendar that can be customized to include expiration dates on items within the user’s household.

Tailored Approaches to Sustainable Clean Water: Biosand Filters in El Cortez (CGI U 2015)
Commitment by: Kevin Inks, Aniket Patel, Annie Zhang
School: Ohio State University

In 2015, Kevin Inks, Aniket Patel, and Annie Zhang committed to quantify impact, identify socio-cultural barriers, and develop sustainable implementation strategies regarding clean water in San Salvador. Through The Pure Water Access Project (PWAP), a student run 501(c)3 nonprofit, they will provide strategic support to water-sector NGOs. PWAP will work with members of El Cortez, a gang-dominated community in San Salvador, to implement an individualized, data-driven solution to their local water/sanitation crisis. By partnering with a local NGO and other community members, they will use existing infrastructure to turn health into a community-wide point of pride.

Hope of Guinea Community Center (CGI U 2015)
Commitment by: Oumou Diallo, Jacqueline Bell, Luis Alejandro
School: Towson University

In 2015, Oumou Diallo, Jacqueline Bell, and Luis Alejandro committed to create a community center to address the lack of education, economic support, and health services for youth and adults in the impoverished town of Ratoma, Guinea. The team will provide residents with access to tutoring programs, resources for a community garden, physical education programs, and opportunities for community service. They will partner with Hope of Guinea to provide a safe environment and raise funds. They will also collect clothes and school supplies.

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President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton to Convene More Than 1,000 Student Leaders for 2015 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University, March 6-8 at the University of Miami

Featured participants include Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO, Andraka Technologies; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service

  • The 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting encourages students to take action on some of the Millennial generation’s biggest concerns such as the future of energy, the power of big data to address global challenges, and peace-building in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Daily schedules and a complete breakdown of activities can be found here: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the full agenda.
  • More information about CGI U is available here: www.cgiu.org/.

NEW YORK – President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced details for the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 college students from around the world on March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Students will join innovators, thought-leaders, and civically-engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic- and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.

Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:

  • Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
  • The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing  commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
  • The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.

On Sunday, March 8, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Foundation Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community in partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City. MCI is implementing a “cradle-to-college-to-career” strategy in Liberty City focused on intentionally investing in children and their families and has designated 29 blocks as their “Impact Zone.” These blocks are home to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center as well as early learning centers, public and low-income homes. CGI U students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. The Day of Action will begin with remarks by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI University meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment & Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.

Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga, Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Members, Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO, Andraka Technologies; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School; America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Arquitetos Associados, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; and more.

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Chelsea Clinton was first on the stage at the Saturday evening closing plenary of CGI U 2014 webcast from Arizona State University.  She encouraged participants to join the Day of Action she is leading on Sunday, announced winners of some competitions that had been run in the course of the conference, and encouraged participants to return with their acquired wisdom next time around.  More than 690 new commitments came of the weekend events.

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Soon she was surprised  by ASU graduate and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who took over the role of moderator.

Telling the audience that Chelsea’s parents could not get a sitter, Kimmel then welcomed the rest of the “Super Family” to the stage.

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Kimmel’s first question was how they became a Super Family.  Bill Clinton recounted noticing a girl in a class he attended infrequently at Yale who later introduced herself in the library.  Hillary embellished the story saying she heard him before she saw him in a student lounge with vending machines as he bragged about the size of Arkansas watermelons.  That was in 1971, and WJC said he instantaneously became a women’s rights activist upon meeting her.

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Chelsea added, with her thanks to vending machines and watermelons,  that her first “reader” was newspapers.  Kimmel quipped that in his family they read the comics and kept their opinions to themselves.  Hillary said that hadn’t worked very well, and Bill Clinton stepped in with some sage advice.

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He said he had learned that if you try to do something and fail, sometimes you wind up in a better place.  Hillary agreed saying that if you don’t get what you want right away that is the best time to learn about yourself and decide what you really care about. She said both she and her husband wanted to make a difference.

Turning to early political experience ,  Kimmel asked Hillary about the time at 13 when she called Mayor Daley’s office from the school phone to ask about voting irregularities in Chicago favoring Kennedy.  She explained that while she was the one speaking there were actually about 10 students who had been fired up over their social studies teacher’s experience at the polls and traced her activist spirit to her parents and her teachers.  She advised her audience to find something they care about and be active.

Bill Clinton’s experience came early.  At eight he helped his uncle campaign for a local post.

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When Kimmel asked what they would say if Chelsea told them she was a Republican, Hillary quipped, “It’s been nice knowing you.”  Bill Clinton became nostalgic recalling a primary when he had two opponents and the family played mock debates at mealtimes.  Of Chelsea, he said, “She was a better me than me!”  Hillary remembered a similar experience with a shout-out to teachers saying that a teacher who assigned her and her classmate to debate the opposite side of political questions from where they actually stood opened her eyes.  She debated LBJ’s side of questions and not long afterwards changed her political loyalty to the Democratic party.

Chelsea said her parents were always supportive of her stances as long as she could defend them with evidence, and her father chimed in with an example of how she had changed both of her parents’ minds on a healthcare issue once.  Chelsea sees a deficit in civics teaching today and said a big problem is that people do not understand what level of government is responsible for what.

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Her father, continuing in the vein of hearing from the “other side” said a big problem today is that we do not want to be around people who disagree with us both in real life and on social media. He told the audience that Hillary’s mom, Dorothy Howell Rodham, well into her 90s watched Fox News just to keep her debating skills sharp.

Kimmel then asked former President Clinton why he was not painting kittens.   Clinton said because he loves what he is doing.  He loves creating new opportunities.

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Chelsea said she tried to care about something different from her parents, did not succeed, and is happy to be working with both of them at the foundation.  All the Clintons agreed that they love being able to spend time together, and, contrary to what Kimmel thought, can spend some of that time frivolously – playing games and watching bad movies.

Turning to more serious issues, Chelsea countered a comment from Kimmel about the millennial generation engaging in frivolity saying they are the volunteer generation and that participation is now democratized.  Her dad backed her up saying that there are more than a million NGOs and more than half were organized in the last 18 years.  He pointed out that social media like Facebook and Twitter are being used to organize behind issues and that they encourage collective awareness.

Hillary did not say so at that moment, but given this tweet, clearly she agrees with her husband on this point.

The freedom to speak out & to connect is a fundamental right. The people of Turkey deserve that right restored.

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Kimmel asked what issues the current audience would be facing in 40 years.  Hillary said it is an issue we are facing right now, climate change, and that she hopes it becomes a powerful political issue sooner rather than later.   Chelsea agreed and hopes it becomes a global concern the way nuclear weaponry did.  She would like to see a mass campaign like the one against nuclear weapons.

Bill Clinton hopes that 40 years from now people are not still dealing with identity conflicts like the one we see in Syria today and that people will not feel they must dominate some other group of people in order to have a livelihood.  He,  too, said this is a problem to be addressed now.

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Kimmel asked Hillary what she says to people who ask why we help people in other countries and not those at home.  She responded that she does think we have to help our own at home but that people also have to realize that helping others also helps us. She quickly offered three examples:

1)  Health issues can no longer be contained within borders so conquering disease in other countries helps prevent disease here.

2)  Climate change has no borders.

3)  Economy now is world wide and helping other economies helps support our own.

Helping others in a globalized world also helps us.

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The last question from the moderator concerned unemployment and Chelsea answered saying that there are a lot of new skills programs but that these programs need to be linked to jobs at the end.  She also cited the decreasing numbers of women in STEM programs where, of course, the jobs are going to be.  More women, she said, need to be encouraged to enter the STEM disciplines.

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A Q&A  followed, and perhaps the most important answer from that session was Bill Clinton’s emphasis on the how question.  He said we often know what the problem is.   The big question is usually not what we are going to do but rather how are we going to accomplish it.

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A young woman in the audience asked Hillary “If you don’t represent women in America as future president, who will?”  Hillary said she appreciated the sentiment, is concerned about the direction of the country, liked the young woman’s confidence, and is thinking about all kinds of decisions.

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Chelsea then took the opportunity to throw the question back at the audience and asked them to consider running for office.  She said she hoped to be voting for some of them.

It was a fitting conclusion to a youth-dominated conference with young folks seeking contact and autographs.

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This, meanwhile, was a fitting conclusion to a panel of Clintons moderated by Jimmy Kimmel!

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Hillary took the podium at CGI U 2014 for the second time today to address the challenges of redefining education for the 21st century.  The panel session, titled The Future of Higher Education: Redefining Learning As We Know,  was the second webcast plenary session for this year’s CGI U.

Encouraging the students to think differently, she cited the problems to be addressed.

1. Increasing access to education which remains key to opportunity and the way out of poverty.  She stressed the importance of making education accessible to women and girls.

2. Barriers: Financial, political, traditional, and logistical barriers to access need to be addressed.

3.  Implying that education needs to prepare students for the jobs that are and will be there, she pointed out that six million in the 16-24 age group are unemployed accounting for 8% unemployment among those with a post-secondary degree and a startling 24% rate among those without a high school diploma.

4. Illustrating the importance of first jobs which, she told the audience, builds personal, professional, and logistical growth, she recounted her own first job as a park supervisor at 13.  Working three mornings a week, she resorted to transporting her equipment via a wagon because her bike could not carry it.

5.  She called youth unemployment in our country both corrosive and explosive as well as costly: $20 billion, and said the problem is even worse in other economies.

Setting these challenges before the audience,  she called for respect for the dignity of all work and renewed value on vocational training.   She told the audience that assuring that people can access the training for jobs is not the responsibility of a single sector but rather must be a cooperative effort among government, the private sector, academia, and NGOs.

In closing, she asked the audience to make good intentions good outcomes.

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