AAUW, Clinton Global Initiative Form Strategic Partnership

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Working Together to Engage the Next Generation of Leaders


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a Strategic Partner of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a move that brings together two leading organizations dedicated to making a tangible impact on the world.

“We are thrilled about this new partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and CGI U, which expands AAUW’s campus leadership and provides opportunities for global outreach and collaboration,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “We have been helping women blaze new trails for more than a century. Through this partnership we will continue that wonderful tradition in a fresh and exciting way.”

“We are excited to welcome AAUW as a sponsor of CGI University this year as we mobilize more than 1,000 young leaders from around the world to create positive change,” said Robert S. Harrison, chief executive officer of CGI. “AAUW’s experience, knowledge, and leadership in the Women’s space will serve to enhance CGI U’s ongoing focus on empowering the next generation of girls and women, which we believe is critical to future prosperity for everyone. We look forward to their participation and insight as we help students turn their ideas into action at Washington University in St. Louis in April.”

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Hallman, representing AAUW, attended the recent CGI winter meeting in New York. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize winners, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

From April 5 to 7, 2013, President Clinton will host the sixth annual meeting of CGI U at Washington University in St. Louis where student leaders, including those from the AAUW community, as well as NGO representatives, topic experts, and celebrities will gather to address global challenges with practical solutions. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or in a different part of the world. More than $400,000 in funding will be provided to CGI U 2013 student attendees to turn their ideas into action to help confront some of the world’s most urgent challenges. To date, CGI U meetings have convened more than 4,500 students from nearly 750 schools, more than 130 countries, and all 50 states.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. AAUW annually provides more than $4 million in fellowships and grants to support women’s education in the United States and around the world. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at http://www.aauw.org.

About CGI U
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, and the George Washington University, and have convened more than 4,500 students from nearly 750 schools, more than 130 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.

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