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This was an exclusive gathering of senior business people and public officials to expand the business voice for early childhood in order to build the workforce and customer base our nation needs. Members of the early childhood community attended to support follow-up action, if they bring a team of at least four business people. This event was hosted by ReadyNation and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students.


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Plenary Speakers

  • The Honorable Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Paul S. Amos II, President, Aflac
  • Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute
  • James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor, University of Chicago
  • Pete Selleck, Chairman and President, Michelin North America
  • Carol B. Tome, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services, The Home Depot
  • Alan Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company magazine.
  • Moderator: Betsy McKay, Atlanta Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
  • Moderator: Christine Romans, CNN Host


Plenary Sessions

"The Economic Case for Investing in Young Children." Dr. James J. Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Workzone Sessions

Workzone 1 - Early Childhood Around the Globe
Workzone 2 - Communicating the Early Childhood Message to Business Leaders, Policy Makers, the Media, and the Public
Workzone 3 - The New Business Case - Early Childhood Development as a Driver of Grade Level Reading, Health, and STEM Success
Workzone 5 - Creative and Market-Based Strategies to Fund Investments in Early Childhood

 Summit Partners

  • ReadyNation - America's Promise Alliance
  • Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
  • Business Forward
  • Committee for Economic Development
  • The Conference Board
  • Georgia Chamber
  • Manufacturing Institute (National Association of Manufacturers)
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way Worldwide
  • Aflac
  • Alliance for Early Success
  • Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • Community Playthings
  • Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
  • Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Knowledge Universe
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • Primrose Schools
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Jim Zimmerman (Macy's Inc., ret.)
  • Al Zollar (IBM, ret.)

Interested in becoming a funding sponsor? E-mail us to find out how!

Clinton Global Initiative 2012 Commitment to Action

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