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The 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in NY

The 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting convened with more than 1,000 global leaders in business, government, and civil society September 23-26 in New York City to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
The 2013 Annual Meeting was structured around a single theme: Mobilizing for Impact.

This theme explores ways CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts. Mobilizing the right entities – and allowing them to reach their full potential – creates lasting and scalable success. This builds on CGI’s 2012 theme, Designing for Impact, which encouraged the design of purposeful commitments from the outset.

Clinton Global Citizen Awards Honorees and Entertainers included:

• Malala Yousafzai, Campaigner for Girls’ Rights, The Malala Fund
• Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
• Elias Taban, National Bishop of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda
• Bunker Roy, Founder and Director, The Barefoot College
• Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen
• Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products PBC
• Eric Ryan, Co-Founder, Method Products PBC

Appearances by: Vice President Joe Biden, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and president, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice; M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy; and Diana Taylor, managing director, Wolfensohn Fund Management
Performances by: The Roots, Elvis Costello, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara. The Musical Producer was Randy Jackson.

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, 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 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $76.7 billion. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world.

The World Liberty TV team was on hand to cover the event to its entirety for the three days, meeting and interacting with some of the world’s best minds who come together to help humanity with their skills, knowledge, and of course money. All of this is under the leadership of President William Jefferson Clinton, former two-time President of the USA.

President Barack Obama, 44th President of the USA Speaking about Health Care at The CGI Meeting 2013

President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton engaged in a conversation about the benefits and future of health care reform in America and access to quality health care around the globe.

The new law, Mr. Clinton added, has “actually led to the establishment of more companies doing more bidding.”

Mr. Obama spent much of his time responding to critics by methodically laying out the benefits that people will receive once the health law is in place. And he urged young and uninsured Americans to sign up for coverage, saying it would not cost them much to do so.

“Just go to the website yourself, go to, you know,, take a look at whether this is a good deal or not,” he said. “When people look and see that they can get high-quality, affordable health care for less than their cellphone bill, they’re going to sign up. They are going to sign up.”

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Bill Gates (World’s Richest Man) Speech at The CGI 2103: “Big Bets” Philanthropy: Partnership, Risk Taking, and Innovation

Bill Gates came from a family of entrepreneurship and high-spirited liveliness. William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. His father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.

In 1975, before graduation Gates left Harvard to form Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. The pair planned to develop software for the newly emerging personal computer market.

Bill Gate’s company, Microsoft, became famous for their computer operating systems and killer business deals. For example, Bill Gates talked IBM into letting Microsoft retain the licensing rights to MS-DOS an operating system that IBM needed for their new personal computer. Gates proceeded to make a fortune from the licensing of MS-DOS.

On November 10, 1983, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows, a next-generation operating system.

On January 1, 1994, Bill Gates married Melinda French Gates. They have three children.

Bill Gates Philanthropist

Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have endowed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with more than $28.8 billion (as of January 2005) to support philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning.

World Liberty TV was on hand to listen to world’s richest man Bill Gates (estimated at 72 Billion dollars according to Forbes Magazine) talk about Philanthropy and his commitment through The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bono Lead Singer of U2, Co-Founder, ONE and (RED) – 2013

Bono is the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 and a well-known activist in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. He co-founded ONE, an advocacy organization with more than 3 million members that campaigns for policymakers to support effective programs that are saving lives and improving futures in the poorest parts of the world.

He also cofounded (RED), a private-sector initiative involving some of the world’s most iconic brands, which through the sale of (RED) products has channeled over $207 million to Global Fund programs fighting AIDS in Africa.

Bono has received numerous awards for his music and activism, including 22 Grammys, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (with Bill and Melinda Gates), an honorary British knighthood, and the Legion D’Honneur and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.

Live performance by Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra at CGI 2013

Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies deeply committed to the modernization of the countries in which they operate —founded by Ricardo Salinas (— is proud to announce the successful third gala concert of the national Esperanza Azteca youth orchestra.

The orchestra selects top students of a system of 54 orchestras in 29 states, where a total of 12,000 children participate in an intensive musical learning environment designed to promote universal values of teamwork, dedication, self-esteem and passion.

Ricardo Salinas inaugurated the concert of young musicians with a special dedication to Mexico’s Paralympic Team in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Mexican squad won 21 medals in the Paralympic Games of London 2012.

The concert included a double orchestra and choir, totaling 245 members, who delighted audiences with a program that included pieces by Dvorak, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi.

“All of you represent the best of Mexico,” said Mr. Salinas to the Esperanza Azteca youth. “You have demonstrated the best in teamwork, performance, effort, values and friendship.”

The Esperanza Azteca musical education project is a joint endeavor of Grupo Salinas’ Fundación Azteca in collaboration with the Mexican Congress, the Education Ministry, the National Council of Culture and the Arts, 29 state governments and local communities.

World Liberty TV was on hand at the CGI 2013 Plenary Closing Session to hear these youngsters perform and have over 1200 people standing and clapping non-stop. See the video and decide for yourself how good these youngsters are!

Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Meeting Press Conferences and Panels

The World Liberty TV team was on hand at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 meeting in New York and covered many press conferences, panels, and meetings.

The following were covered:

Plenary Session: Creating Business at the Base of the Pyramid
Moderator: Betty Liu, Anchor and Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg TV
Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development, MIT; Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Hikmet Ersek, President and CEO, The Western Union Company
Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC
Bunker Roy, Founder and Director, The Barefoot College
H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman, Ooredoo Group

Mobilizing for Impact:
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Bono, Lead Singer, U2; Co-founder, ONE and (RED)
Khalida Brohi, Founder and Executive Director, Sughar Empowerment Society; Giving Women Wings in Pakistan
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

While the news is often focused on crises and disasters, and while half the world continues to live on less than $2 a day, it becomes too easy to overlook the progress made over the last 50 years. Investing in the present through continued and renewed optimism and action around proven solutions to global challenges—while being forward-thinking and envisioning how to best mobilize the right entities for the future—will greatly accelerate the advancements made in the recent past.

Hosted by President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, this session will feature cross-sector leaders and CGI commitment-makers who will share the progress of their efforts and their view of a more equitable, stable, and sustainable future.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State of the United States
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States

Kelvin Doe, Student and Innovator, Prince of Wales School
Elias Taban, National Bishop, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda

Musical Entertainer:
Esperanza Azteca National Youth Orchestra.

Gloria Steinem: Feminist, Journalist and Social and Political Activist – 2013

Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine. In 1969, she published an article, “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation”, which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader.

In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-find the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Steinem currently serves on the board of the organization. She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer, and organizer, campaigning for candidates and reforms and publishing books and articles.

Steinem actively campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, in addition to other laws and social reforms that promoted equality between women and men, helping to strike down many long-standing sex discriminatory laws, such as those that gave men superior rights in marriage and denied women equal economic opportunities. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970. She also founded and co-founded many groups, including the Women’s Action Alliance, on which she served as chair of the board throughout the 1970s; the NWPC, the Coalition of Labor Union Women; the Ms. Foundation for Women; Choice USA; and Women’s Media Center. From 1971 to 1975, she served on the Advisory Board of the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective—one of the first NYC public based feminist theater groups.

In 1968, she signed the “War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center – 2013

Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center, is a longtime feminist leader and activist. She leads The Women’s Media Center in its efforts to create a level playing field for women and girls through media monitoring, research, training, advocacy, original content, and the promotion of women and girls as media experts. She is the Executive Producer of Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan a weekly radio show on CBS and and she serves on the Advisory Board of Women@Paley at the Paley Center for Media.

Prior to joining The Women’s Media Center, Julie was on the frontlines of the women’s movement. For over a decade, she served as the youngest CEO of a national pro-choice political action committee, Voters For Choice. She co-founded and was the founding executive director of Choice USA, created the Women’s Council of People For the American Way and developed and ran Project Kid Smart to promote policies and political efforts for voluntary preschool education for all American children (and produced a CD with Sony Music – Mary Had A Little Amp — to benefit and raise visibility for preschool education advocacy). Early in her career, she worked with pioneering legal activists at the National Women’s Law Center.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she has lived in San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and she currently resides in Washington, DC.

World Liberty TV was on hand and had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, at their annual gala.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine Commit Forum 2013

We are excited to once again “host the conversation” about the role and opportunity for corporations to have a positive impact on the most pressing social issues of our time. Public-private partnerships have gone well past the days of pure philanthropy to a more strategic dialogue on how to collaborate to address poverty, illiteracy, equality, and human suffering.

Companies are also becoming more active in their support for environmental causes than some of the government functionalities of the world’s top countries.

We have partnered with top nonprofit and NGO groups for this event, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Future 500 and the Council for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. We thank them for their ongoing support and involvement. We celebrate innovation with our Big Idea Lightning Round formats. We recognize the importance of leadership and vision once again honoring top CEOs in our Corporate Responsibility Magazine Responsible CEO of the Year reception and awards dinner.

And we celebrate the power of coming together as a community to have dialogue, debate, and camaraderie. COMMIT! Forum continues to be one of the top global conferences on corporate responsibility and, as such, is an excellent place for CR professionals, media, foundations, and NGOs to network and prioritize their agenda and have fun while learning from the top thought leaders today.

“We hope you enjoy the event as much as we enjoy hosting you and have a positive impact on the world we all share,” said Elliot H. Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise, and publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

The World Liberty TV Team was on hand to cover this two day conference, listening to and interviewing some of the best companies who engage in Corporate Responsibility.

Exclusive Interview with James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International – 2013

James J. Murren (Jim) is Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, headquartered in Paradise, Nevada.

Jim Murren attended Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT, where he was a member of the Flying Tigers cross country team coached by J. Carter O’Dwyer. Murren received his undergraduate degree at Trinity College where he studied art history and urban planning and continued studies in Rome, Italy. He joined the Wall Street firm of Cyrus J. Lawrence as a securities analyst, and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst certification in 1991.

He was elected a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, becoming the youngest member ever of the company’s board. During his career on Wall Street he brought about a pivotal recapitalization of MGM Grand, Inc. in 1996, and served as a Managing Director and the Director of U.S. equity research for Deutsche Bank.

In 1998, he moved to the corporate sector, joining MGM as CFO and member of its Board of Directors. In 1999, he became President, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007; he became Chairman and CEO in December 2008, his 10th year at the company. Under his tenure, the company embarked upon an extremely successful decade of growth. Murren was the architect of $15 billion of acquisitions including Primadonna Resort & Casino in 1998, Mirage Resorts in 2000, and Mandalay Resort Group in 2005 acquisitions that helped transform MGM into the world’s largest gaming company. He was repeatedly honored as the gaming and lodging industry’s top CFO by Institutional Investor magazine.

World Liberty TV’s Executive Producer went one on one with this Legendary Chairman, CEO James J. Murren. See this great interview on why MGM is a leader in the Hospitality Business.

See What James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International Has To Say About Boxing Great Floyd “Money” Mayweather – 2013

James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, was asked about Floyd “Money” Mayweather fighting at the MGM most of his career. According to Mr. Murren, Floyd will end up retiring undefeated and will be the greatest boxer of all time, finishing his career fighting at the MGM, the Mecca and the Boxing Capital of The World. See what other things Murren had to say about Floyd “Money” Mayweather, only on our World Liberty TV Boxing Channel.

The Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR) Awards Dinner 2013

Each year, CR Magazine awards the prestigious Responsible CEO of the Year Award to the CEOs who, during the previous year, put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on corporate responsibility promises.

The dinner will also recognize the winner of the Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award that honors individuals whose risk-taking, vision, and pioneering spirit have led to significant achievement in the field over the course of their career.

Come honor the award recipients and recognize the Top 10 Best Corporate Citizens by
Industry as CR Magazine announces the 2013 rankings!

The following were honored:

The Winners of the 2013 Responsible CEO of the year awards were:

James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International
Marillyn A. Hewson, CEO and President, Lockheed Martin.
Denise Morrison, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
Patrick Prevost, President and CEO, Cabot Corporation
The 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award winner:
Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint
The 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy winner:
Charles Moore, Former Executive Director, CECP

The host was Natlie Allen, Anchor for CNN, CNNI, and NBC.