Each September, I look forward to the week when the annual meeting of former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative and the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly turn New York's already crowded streets into a snarled mess of town cars and diverted traffic.
It can be a nightmare if you're trying to get anywhere quickly, but the opportunity to have so many globally minded individuals from diverse nations in a single place is a critical one for advancing the conversation. Even in our quickly moving, socially connected world, there's great value in being in the same room together. So, I welcome heads of state, global leaders, investors and innovators to New York City. They will offer us access and insight as they tackle the world's biggest economic and social challenges.
I've covered the CGI Annual Meeting and participated in panels and sessions for several years and am struck by the depth of experience and commitment from the attendees and speakers. Over several days of high-level sessions, the hallways at the Sheraton in Times Square will be filled with leaders across sectors: from Silicon Valley stars like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to actual rock stars like Bono, to the world's richest man, Bill Gates and the founders of innovative start-up companies, CGI aims to turn ideas into action.
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