The sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America (June 13-14, 2016; Atlanta, Georgia) brings together leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and nonprofits to develop real, measurable solutions to promote social and economic development. This year, the main themes included continued economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States.

The mission of CGI is to turn ideas into action, so each CGI America participant makes a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that supports increased economic growth and opportunity. Since the first meeting in 2011, CGI America participants have made more than 500 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 2.4 million people.

This year, our very own CEO, Jean Horstman, represents Interise at CGI America. She has shared our organization’s Commitment to Action, collaborating with other field leaders to bring about a more inclusive economy.

Interise Commitment to Action:

“To expand the number of partners/licensees who administer the StreetWise ‘MBA’TM curriculum to 80 cities and to increase by 30 percent the number of small business owners who participate in the program per year. That will mean close to a thousand new businesses will be added over the three-year period. In addition, the nature of how Interise works – relational network model – means that we are expanding not only the number of businesses we serve but also creating a far more resilient community.”

We are excited to keep on working towards bringing this commitment into action, and together keep building small business capacity to impact local communities.