Friday, June 28, 2013

Hillary Clinton to Receive Highest Award from the American Bar Association

Yet another award for Hillary.
Posted Jun 28, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

American Bar Association

Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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The American Bar Association has announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive its highest award—the ABA Medal.

The former U.S. secretary of state and Yale Law School graduate will be presented with the award on Aug. 12 at the ABA's annual meeting in San Francisco.

“For Hillary Clinton’s immense accomplishments as a lawyer, the strides she made for women both professionally and civically, and for promoting the interests of the U.S. and human rights abroad, she not only deserves this honor, but also the gratitude of the legal profession and the nation,” said ABA President Laurel G. Bellows in a press release.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hillary Clinton to Receive 2013 Liberty Medal

Another award for Hillary!   She really does need that library/museum in Seneca Falls!


Hillary Clinton named 2013 Liberty Medal recipient

Published: Today

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose lifelong public service career includes turns as secretary of state, presidential candidate, senator and first lady, is the recipient of the 2013 Liberty Medal.

Clinton will receive the medal in a Sept. 10 ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She was not in attendance for Thursday's announcement.

Liberty Medal sponsors and partners said Clinton's nearly four decades of public service exemplify the qualities that the award was established to honor, from her groundbreaking outreach to global leaders to her continuing work to advance opportunities for the world's girls and women.

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Children's Defense Fund to Honor Hillary Clinton


WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, September 30, 2013, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will host its 40th Anniversary Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. At the event, CDF will honor former Secretary of State and Children’s Defense Fund Alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication and contributions to child advocacy.


WHAT:    Children’s Defense Fund 40th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN:    Monday, September 30, 2013
               VIP Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
               Program:       8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE:   The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

E-Mail from Hillary Clinton

It has been a long time since the last e-mail from Hillary.  This just came in.  it does my heart good to see her working on something so dear to her heart..
Too Small to Fail: A Joint Initiative of Clinton Foundation and Next Generation

A Message From Hillary Clinton and Too Small to Fail

Dear Still4Hill,
Since launching Too Small to Fail last week, we’ve heard from thousands of parents, business and community leaders, teachers, and doctors across the country who want to be a part of this national effort. This initiative is exciting to so many because it promises easy to understand, evidence-based guidance to help us all contribute to the success of young children in America, regardless of which neighborhoods they live in or what languages they speak at home.
Here’s what some of you said on our Facebook page:

“I am glad your focus is on children and families in America. To fight poverty, crime, and unemployment, we need awareness of the impact of family stress and better care at the very beginning of life for children. Thank you!” — Donna J.
“As an early childhood education professional, I am very excited to see this initiative. Putting all our research into real action is so important, and it has been a ‘missing link’ for many of us who do this work. Wonderful!” — Mary M.
This summer, we will start sending out a weekly newsletter with updates and information on the latest research, as well as tips for parents, communities and businesses to get engaged. Look for new research about the first years of children’s lives, including on such topics as the impact of hardship and instability on children’s brain development and health, as well as recent early scientific studies suggesting that taking the right amount of folic acid during pregnancy may help to prevent autism. We will also share specific resources that can help you take small but important steps to ensure that your own children, or those in your communities, begin life with the building blocks for success in school and beyond.
We need your help in order for Too Small to Fail to be successful. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, encourage everyone you know to sign up at, and then put what you learn to use in your family and community. Together, we can make a better life for America’s children.
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton's Statement on SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decisions


Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on Today's Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality

Jun 26, 2013 | President Clinton and Secretary Clinton | New York, NY  | Statement
By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union. We are also encouraged that marriage equality may soon return to California. We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day, and congratulate Edie Windsor on her historic victory.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bill and Hillary Clinton's Statement on SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision


Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on today's Voting Rights Act decision

Jun 25, 2013 | President Clinton | New York, NY  | Statement
We are disappointed in today's decision striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act.  For over four decades the Act has succeeded in overcoming unconstitutional barriers to voting, and has demonstrated its central role in protecting this essential freedom.  We strongly urge Congress to put aside partisanship and politics, as it did in 2006, and promptly pass legislation to replace those portions of the Act struck down today.

Hillary Clinton to Speak at the University of Buffalo in October

Clockwise from top left: Kaku Michio, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, David Blaine, Sanjay Gupta, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Mary Frances Barry.
Clockwise from top left: Kaku Michio, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, David Blaine, Sanjay Gupta, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Mary Frances Barry.
Release Date: June 25, 2013

“From exploring the physics of our universe to learning through first-hand accounts of the struggle for civil rights and challenges of public service in our nation, this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series offers a broad spectrum of topics that will inspire new ideas and spark meaningful conversations across the UB campus and our community.”
UB President Satish K. Tripathi

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will head a lineup of luminaries taking the stage at the University at Buffalo for its 2013-14 Distinguished Speakers Series.
The series, which will begin its 27th season this fall, also will feature popular author and physicist Michio Kaku, physician and television journalist Sanjay Gupta, civil rights leaders Myrlie Evers-Williams and Mary Frances Berry, “eclectic detective” Malcolm Gladwell and magician and endurance performer David Blaine.

All programs will begin at 8 p.m. in Alumni Arena or the Center for the Arts on the North Campus.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: Oct. 23, Alumni Arena.
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century.  Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East.  Earlier, as First Lady and senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.  In her historic campaign for president, Clinton won 18 million votes.

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Hillary Clinton on Edward Snowden and the Challenges of Diplomacy

Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 last night at Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA, Hillary Clinton called Edward Snowden's absconding with four laptops containing sensitive information outrageous and China's decision to allow him to flee detrimental to our complex relationship with that government.


Delivering a lecture sponsored by the Whizin Center for Continuing Education,  American Jewish University, she noted that diplomacy would be easy if the only parties we spoke to were our friends.  She cited the challenges of building relationships with rivals as an area where women leaders can make a special contribution and that the key is in recognizing and celebrating our common humanity.

Asked about her decision to run for president, she responded that she is happy to have made that contribution.  As secretary of state she was estranged from domestic issues  for four years  but often used her experience in politics to prod foreign leaders to trust increased democracy.   She  noted that the U.S. needs to exemplify how problems can be solved  in bipartisan ways.

The audience waited more than 45 minutes beyond the scheduled starting time, but according to the tweets that emanated from the auditorium patience prevailed.   Hillary Clinton is always worth the wait.  Here are a few twitpics. 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton to Speak at Bryn Mawr July 9

Many will remember Hillary inaugurating this initiative in conjunction with the Seven Sisters at the State Department last June (not in 2011 as the article states).  This event will be livestreamed.  See below for details.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries as part of the two-week Women in Public Service Project Institute being held at and organized by Bryn Mawr College from July 7-19.

Clinton, who launched the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) as Secretary of State in 2011, is scheduled to give her remarks on Tuesday, July 9, at Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall. Her remarks are planned to take place at approximately 4 p.m. and will be streamed live via a link on the Bryn Mawr website.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bill and Hillary Clinton Expedite the Return of James Gandolfini's Remains to the U.S.

This is not the first case I know of in which they have intervened quietly in this manner.

Former President, Secretary of State help James Gandolfini's family

By April Neale Jun 23, 2013
James Gandolfini died too young, RIP. Picture copyright by Emiley Schweich / PR Photos.James Gandolfini died too young, RIP. Picture copyright by Emiley Schweich / PR Photos.

Actor James Gandolfini�s body will return to the USA from Italy on Monday after his family receive help from Bill and Hillary Clinton. The former US President and former Secretary of State have expedited the body transfer between the two countries.

Gandolfini family spokesman Michael Kobold gave a press statement thanking the Clintons for their assistance in speeding up the process that otherwise could have taken seven to 10 days.

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Tomorrow: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

Tomorrow evening Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear at the  American Jewish University’s (AJU) Public Lecture Series organized by the Whizin Center for Continuing Education in Los Angeles. 


Friday, June 21, 2013

Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Participants Announced

This came in from CGI today.  There will be occasional updates over the next several months, but it is a blockbuster of a beginning!


President Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Sheryl Sandberg, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Among More than 1,000 Global Leaders to Join President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton for Ninth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative

Top business, government, and NGO leaders and philanthropists, including Bono, lead singer, U2, and co-founder, ONE and (RED); Winnie Byanyima, executive director, Oxfam International; Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Antony Jenkins, group chief executive, Barclays PLC; Tawakkol Karman, 2011 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder, Women Journalists Without Chains; Bill McDermott, co-chief executive officer, SAP AG; Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc., and others to explore ‘Mobilizing for Impact’ at 2013 CGI Annual Meeting, September 23-26 in New York City

NEW YORK – Today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced the program and participants for the ninth Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), to be held September 23-26 in New York City.

President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States; Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook; and Desmond M. Tutu, archbishop emeritus and chairman of the Elders, will join more than 1,000 CGI members and leaders from business, government, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Featured participants at the 2013 CGI Annual Meeting will also include His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, chairman, Ooredoo Group; Feng An, president, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation; Matt Bannick, managing partner, Omidyar Network; Cherie Blair, founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Bono, lead singer, U2, co-founder, ONE and (RED); Winnie Byanyima, executive director, Oxfam International; Gary M. Cohen, executive vice president, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD); Robert Collymore, chief executive officer, Safaricom Limited; Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development, MIT, director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Regina E. Dugan, senior vice president, advanced technology and projects, Motorola Mobility; Tony Elumelu, chairman, Heirs Holdings Limited; Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO, the Western Union Company; Linda J. Fisher, vice president, safety, health & environment, and chief sustainability officer, DuPont; Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE; Adrian Gore, chief executive officer, Discovery Holdings Limited; Aldi Haryopratomo, co-founder and CEO, Rekan Usaha Mikro Anda (Ruma); Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Antony Jenkins, group chief executive, Barclays PLC; Tawakkol Karman, founder, Women Journalists Without Chains; Kay Krill, president and CEO, ANN INC.; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Rose Marcario, chief executive officer, Patagonia Works; Eduardo Martinez, president, the UPS Foundation; Bill McDermott, co-chief executive officer, SAP AG; Satyan Mishra, co-founder, Drishtee; Radha Muthiah, executive director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; Mark Newton, vice president, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, the Timberland Company; Tracy Palandjian, co-founder and CEO, Social Finance, Inc.; Bre Pettis, chief executive officer, Makerbot Industries; Bunker Roy, founder, the Barefoot College; Soraya Salti, president and CEO of Middle East and North Africa, Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab; S.D. Shibulal, managing director and CEO, Infosys Limited; Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide; Halla Tomasdottir, founder and chair, Sisters Capital; Zhang Xinsheng, president, International Union for Conservation of Nature; and Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president, sustainability and social innovation, Hewlett-Packard, among others.

Members at the Annual Meeting develop commitments: new, specific, and measurable plans to address one of the world’s most pressing challenges, in areas ranging from Environmental Stewardship to Education & Workforce Development to Global Health. Convening under the 2013 theme Mobilizing for Impact, participants will explore how to create lasting and scalable success in their commitment efforts by effectively leveraging people, partner organizations, and key resources.

Plenary session topics at the 2013 Annual Meeting include:
  • Impact Giving and Investing, which will explore how members can engage philanthropists, investors, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs to comprehensively and most effectively take on global issues;
  • Healthier Futures: Prioritizing Prevention, which will highlight ways to put prevention at the center of the health debate, invest in more economical measures to address non-communicable diseases, and use behavioral economics to encourage change at home and on the job;
  • Women Decision-Makers in The Global Economy, which will provide strategies to boost women’s access to decision-making positions in environments ranging from small businesses to the boardroom;
  • Vital Resources: Doing More with Less, which will address how individuals, communities, and businesses around the world can work together to bridge the gap in the supply and the demand for natural resources;
  • Creating Business at the Base of the Pyramid, which will highlight successful business models that have led to both profitable markets and considerable social benefits, and how to accelerate the creation of these business opportunities by harnessing mobile technology; and
  • Game-Changers in Technology, which will address how to successfully apply the next generation of innovation technology – such as 3D printing, crowdsourcing, and gamefication – in developing solutions to current global challenges.
In addition to the Annual Meeting’s plenary sessions, CGI members will also engage in networking, partnering, and learning opportunities through a variety of engaging formats, including highly interactive design workshops, commitment-based community dialogues, pitch sessions, and conversations with global leaders, which will be moderated by Fareed Zakaria, host of “CNN-GPS”; Charlie Rose, host of “Charlie Rose”; Piers Morgan, host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”; and Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and “On the Money with Maria Bartiromo,” and taped for broadcast.

Please visit regularly for the latest program details and list of participants. Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGI2013.

Hillary Clinton in Toronto Last Night Via Twitter

Dr. Samantha Nutt, Executive Director of War Child Canada, a physician with more than sixteen years of experience working in war zones, was the emcee at the Unique Lives event with Hillary Clinton in Toronto. Since, unlike in her days at the State Department, it is impossible to get transcripts of most of her more recent speeches, using the tools at hand,  I snatched these quotes from Twitter.  Hillary, upon introduction, addressed the crowd of 5000 with these remarks.
"Hello Canada - just a few hours away from Summer."
"I happen to think everyone has a unique life. We have to do a better job of honoring and lifting up that uniqueness"
She gave advice as well as stating maxims, some of which we have heard often. Here are some quotes that were tweeted by several in the audience.
"Work hard. Take responsibility. Care about others."
"Women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights."
“Dare to compete!”
When she spoke about 9/11, several tweeted that in a room of 5000 you could hear a pin drop. 

Speaking about taking on the role of Secretary of State, she said.
"We talked about it and he wore me down."
She advised the audience to put a sense of a common good ahead of competition or personal interest, and also mentioned her plans for initiatives with the Clinton Foundation.

This speech, unlike some others we have heard and read, apparently had a refrain.  It made an impression,  and the tweeters picked it up. She told them:
"It is important in today's world that we all find a way to serve. Get caught trying."
"Seek honorable compromise wherever possible.Get Caught Trying"
"Get caught trying to shatter the inequalities that make-up our social fabric.”
“Game changers are those who have dared to compete, and win for all.We should all aspire to get caught trying"

On the subject of women: "If the structural barriers limiting women in the U,S. were removed, our GDP would increase 9%"

She ended with this.
“Get caught make a build those less fortunate. Get caught trying!!!”
A Q&A followed. Asked, apparently,  to elaborate on the subject of women, politics, and sexism – particularly the sexism that has been directed at her, she offered the following.
“Live life with purpose and principle!”
"Real empowerment of women is unfinished business in the 21st century."
Responding to sexism in politics:
"Take criticism seriously, but not personally."
"I have a different reaction now...I don't care anymore"
"If you take everything people say about you personally, it can be paralyzing...but take note, you might learn something.”
"I think it's important that in today's complex world all of us should look for ways to serve."
On diplomacy:
"We don't have to like everyone, we don't have to agree with everyone, but we should never de-humanize anyone"
"Don't talk past each other. Engage. Look for common ground."
"Much of what you do in diplomacy is continuing to push that rock up a hill."
Saying she wasn't prepared for the technological  election in 2008. One of the lessons she learned was that it is no longer enough to just present your case.
"I was not prepared for a modern election.. It's no longer enough to just present your case" -
"I did join Twitter. Come follow me!"
Asked what she would do if she could do it all over again, she responded that she would spend more time outdoors in nature and that she feels increasing responsibility to preserve what resources we have.
On women in the corporate world:
More women on boards make a difference.”
“A woman will say an idea in a meeting and its passed over, and an hour later a man says the same idea and everyone agrees.”
“There is a correlation between women on corporate boards and the success of that corporation "
When Nutt tried to nudge a 2016 hint out of her she  said, "Hypothetically speaking, I hope there is a female president in my lifetime"

She closed out with a question about her legacy at the State Department saying her greatest accomplishment as SOS was restoring America's reputation.  Unique Lives tweeted that she received a standing ovation.  Was there ever any question?


Here are some twitpics I gathered.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bill Clinton Announces New Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation Facebook Page

As you probably know, the William J. Clinton Foundation was recently renamed the Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation which Hillary hashtagged #BHCCF on Twitter.  A little while ago, Bill Clinton announced a new Facebook page for the foundation.  *Like* it on Facebook to keep up with their work!  (Of course I will continue reporting Hillary's work here as well.  There's nothing wrong with a little redundancy!)
I'm excited to announce that our Foundation has a new home on Facebook. Join us at the Clinton Foundation page to be part of the work that Hillary, Chelsea and I are doing around the world, and help us share stories of the lives that have been changed. –BC

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Upcoming: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

Thanks to Mom4Hill who found these little gems.  Two of Hillary Clinton's former home towns have plans to honor her.

In Park Ridge IL where she grew up, her high school is instituting a wall of honor inscribed with names of distinguished alumni.  Hillary and two others will be the inaugural honorees.

Hillary Clinton Leads First Wall Of Honor Class At Maine South

A former U.S. Secretary of State, presidential hopeful and First Lady will be among the first names on Maine South’s Wall of Honor.
Maine South and the Maine Township Dist. 207 Educational Foundation recently announced the Inaugural Induction Class to the Maine South Wall of Honor.

The Distinguished Alumni of this induction class are:
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton (Class of 1965) - Government
Ms. Patricia Callahan (Class of 1989) - Arts and Letters
Dr. Nathan Hultman (Class of 1992) - Science

The formal induction will occur Thursday, Sept. 26, at a dinner held on behalf of the distinguished alumni. As part of Maine South’s homecoming festivities, the inductees will spend the day at Maine South on Friday, Sept. 27, and speak with students at its Homecoming Assembly.

Meanwhile, there is a movement afoot in Little Rock AR to name a children's library for her.  The Board is asking for the public to comment (click on the link for details).  It is not clear whether they want comments only from locals.

Children's Library may be named for Hillary Clinton

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Central Arkansas Library System) - The Central Arkansas Library System's Board of Trustees is considering recognizing Hillary Rodham Clinton by naming the new children's Library in her honor.

The Board said it wants to acknowledge the work she did as a citizen of Arkansas, including service for the Children's Defense Fund, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Arkansas Educational System Task Force, Rural Healthy Advisory Committee, and many others, including her ground-breaking work as co-chair of Arkansas's Educational Standards Committee. We also wish to recognize her continued work at the national and international levels to improve the lives of all the world's children.
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Finally, as our friends in Ontario are well aware,  tomorrow evening she will be speaking in Toronto at the Metro Centre as part of the Unique Lives series.   I know our Canadian friends are very excited about this public event and hope they enjoy iy thoroughly!

Edited to add:  The results of the latest Quinnipiac poll in Florida are here.  Hillary tops Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.  Just so you know.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Margaret Carlson, Don't Mess With Bill & Hill

Margaret Carlson has chosen to go where no one should.  It is risky at best to interfere in the relationship of any married couple, but to insinuate yourself between the Clintons and tell them what to do takes a special mix of moxie and silliness.  In her latest post on Bloomberg, Carlson offers America's power couple unsolicited advice based on faulty "facts,"  supposition, and speculation.  It was not exactly a slow Hillary-news day given Claire McCaskill's premature endorsement, so one wonders exactly what spurred Carlson to enter this particular arena uninvited.

 Now, she’s just one more regular person getting up every morning doing her job (as a partner in the Clinton Global Initiative) along with good works. Gone is the Clinton juggernaut, that unbeatable machine powered by her diesel-fueled husband that was defeated in 2008 by a fresh-faced junior senator from Illinois with an inferior organization but much more in the way of hope, change and a smile.
Let's stop here for a moment.  Everyone knows that this is not Hillary 2.0.  It is Hillary 3.0.  She had a website as New York Senator, and during her primary campaign, she had a blog, a Facebook account, a Twitter account, and a MySpace account.  As Secretary of State she had almost all of those (no MySpace- and everyone knows why).  So this is the new unofficial Hillary on the social nets.  That is a minor point, however, compared to the statement that her campaign was defeated.  In fact, she won the popular vote.  She was not defeated at all.  Her own party took delegates away and gave them to Obama, effectively handing him the nomination.
Her re-emergence had just one flaw. She didn’t keep her dog on the porch, a mistake so serious it could be disqualifying. She, of all people, knows how good Bill Clinton can be, and how bad. So why did she choose to revive her brand during the weeklong annual celebration of his Global Initiative, surrounded by his cast and on his turf? Why not wait until her husband was off in Malawi or somewhere to announce that his sustainable agriculture initiative had brought about a 30 percent increase in soybean yields?
Is is possible Carlson is the only one who did not get the memo that Hillary has made it clear that she will be working at the foundation that has been renamed for all three Clintons? Did she miss the announcement of Hillary's early childhood initiative?  When that Twitter account went live, was it not clear that she did it in advance of the CGI America 2013 convening so that she could promote her foundation work?
Then there is this.
The Senate was the intermediate step she needed to make the unprecedented journey from FLOTUS to POTUS. Otherwise, she would look like a widow (Muriel Humphrey) or worse, Eva Peron, filling the shoes of a missing husband by default.


Bill Clinton didn’t help her become president in 2008, and he won’t be much help in 2016, except as a warm, supportive presence who, in our imagination, will inhabit the East Wing as a benign elder statesman, giving gentle advice only when prodded.
Ummmm... she has not said she is running. She has said that she is working at the foundation.  The Peron reference makes no sense at all since Evita predeceased her husband who remained in office for two years after her death.
And finally this.
If he meddles in his wife’s 2016 campaign the way he did in 2008, he could lose his hard-won halo. If she lets him meddle, she will go down with him.

He will always loom. What didn’t drive them apart made their marriage stronger. But one thing he hasn’t learned is how to stand by his woman without standing in her way, blocking our view.
So thank you, Bill, for all you’ve done. Now for all womankind, and for the sake of the TBD at the end of Hillary’s Twitter profile, could you go where no man has gone before, except perhaps Denis Thatcher, and take one step back and to the side?

She can’t do this with you.

(Margaret Carlson is a Bloomberg View columnist.)

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Right now there is no 2016 campaign.  There is a couple, finally together again, working in tandem at their foundation.  Where else would she have announced her plans?  "She can't do this with you?"  "For all womankind?"  It appears Margaret has joined the giddy ranks of those who insist that every word from Hillary's lips, every character in her tweets, and how she parts her hair are loaded with code.  Really, Margaret.  Sometimes you just have to take the Clintons at their word and not insinuate yourself between them.


Hillary Clinton's Visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Prior to her speech last night at the exclusive Grand Rapids Economic Club,  Hillary visited the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum.   She arrived in the city early in order to take the tour,  according to Zane McMillin of Michigan News. 

Hillary Clinton pays 1st ever visit to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

By Zane McMillin
hillary clinton grand rapids.jpgBy Zane McMillin Hillary Clinton addresses a crowd of 2,200 at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids' 26th Annual Dinner on Monday, June 18.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Hillary Clinton remembers meeting then-U.S. Rep. Gerald R. Ford and his wife, Betty, during her 1968 summer internship with the House Republican conference.

Now, some 45 years later, Clinton said she now sees the root of Ford's diligence and humility after visiting his presidential museum for the first time Monday.

Seeing "where it all started, the values that he learned, the lessons that were imparted in his family and his church, his work experience, was very touching to me," Clinton said Monday night to a crowd of 2,200 at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids' annual dinner.

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Hillary Clinton's Grand Rapids Speech Via Twitter

In order to have attended the annual dinner last night at the Grand Rapids Economic Club, you had to be a member. It was an exclusive crowd, and given the organization, a smart one. Hillary Clinton was being honored, and electricity was in the air. While these private speeches will never be available via transcript, as we learned during Chuck Hagel's conformation hearing, a few attendees kept the twitterfeed @HillaryClinton updated throughout her address. 

Hillary Clinton addresses a crowd of 2,200 at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids’ 26th Annual Dinner on Monday, June 18. (Zane McMillin |
My new Twitter friend, T.J. Bucholz was the most assiduous among them. Here is the progress of the speech as he tweeted it with a few elaborations contributed by anonymous tweeters who did not acknowledge my request to quote them (so, except for direct quotes from Hillary, I shall paraphrase). For certain, though, it was T.J. Who totally rocked the tweets tonight! Thank you, T.J.!
T.J. Bucholz Sellout crowd of 2,200 greets in #grandrapids with cheers, whistles, and a standing ovation! Gives tribute to former US President and Grand Rapidian Gerald Ford in #grandrapids.
T.J. Bucholz "Success is not our birthright. It has to be earned by every generation." #grandrapids
T.J. Bucholz sharing five lessons on how to solve problems and inspire leaders. 1) Leadership is a team sport.
T.J. Bucholz demonstrating staggering intellect and enormous grasp of issues impacting America today. #grandrapids
T.J. Bucholzadvocates for completion of buildtheNITC in #Detroit, says data and facts point to its importance to Michigan, region.
Anonymous tweeter: “If barriers for women in the workplace are brought down, GDP will go up."  #Japan an example.
Anonymous tweeter: "We should never be so big to fail to remember the small countries that have been working with us for years"
T.J. Bucholz"You" can't win if you don't show up."
T.J. Bucholz World is competing in Africa, wants 2 see American businesses competing for level playing field there. #grandrapids
Anonymous tweeter: "If boosting exports is one of our economic goals, we should be out there making the case."
T.J. Bucholz "A whisper can be more powerful than a shout." #grandrapids
T.J. Bucholz Time to get on a soapbox, but important for America to build continued relationships with other countries.
T.J. Bucholz "Follow the trendlines, not the headlines."
T.J. Bucholz "What makes America America is our values."
T.J. Bucholz ClintonFdn focus now on early childhood development, opportunities 4 women & girls, and econdevelopment.
T.J. Bucholz wants to learn more about GR-based #firststeps early childhood program for best practices nationally.
When Hillary, at this point, identified Sam Walton as one of her heroes, there were a number of disgruntled tweets from several quarters. Uh-oh! But then she explained her reason for that statement citing her partnership with Walton on an education project when she was FLOAR.

My old pal from 2008 who went by the screen name “Alice Paul” was a teenager then. Her step-mom was a teacher in Little Rock. Alice was at the school one day early in WJC's tenure as governor, and Hillary drove up (yes, drove up – everybody watch out!), parked in front of the school, and began carrying boxes from the trunk of the car and depositing them in the hallway of the school. The boxes were filled with coats. Hillary had collected unused children's coats from friends. She had heard that the children did not have coats. She asked to speak with the principal and told her that she would be back with more. After she emptied the trunk, she did return. Alice was stunned. Who is that woman?

From her first days as FLOAR she was deeply involved in improving education and conditions for kids in Arkansas.
T.J. Bucholz cites Marshall Plan, saying America rebuilding Germany, Japan helped shape world positively.
We all know by now the impact of the Marshall Plan on her thinking.  Her dad was just back from the war.  It was also my first public speaking topic when I was in eighth grade, so I studied it pretty thoroughly.  I also feel drawn to George Marshall and his very successful plan.  It is something Hillary and I have in common.

At this point, nearing the end of the speech, several women tweeters noted that she was getting choked up and was near tears as she entertained her first question.  (Time for some (((Hillary-hugs)))!  We're here, Hill!  We've got your back.)

A few random remarks:
At the beginning: “Most of our policy debates seem to take place in an evidence-free zone.”
During the Q & A: “ We must decide what our national priorities are before we redesign tax code.”
And from T.J.
T.J. Bucholz on tax code: "it's not about being smaller or bigger. It's about being smarter." America could save $ by simplifying
It all goes to show you, no matter how you get your messages from Hillary, they are always pithy.  We never hear her speak without learning something new or finding excellent advice - usually both.  That was the case last night.  We are all so happy that she has (re-)joined Twitter, and we have a central clearing house.  Rock on, Hillary!  We are always at your side no matter how hard we have to try to find your words.  

I am a bit disappointed that the ladies who tweeted at this event did not answer my requests for permissions.  T.J. did immediately.  There is strength in sisterhood and power in connections.  While he cannot be my sister,  of all the tweeters I approached, T.J. was the only response - immediate, and very enthusiastic.  I am thinking a lot about that.  Thanks a million, T.J.!


Monday, June 17, 2013

This Evening: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

On the heels of her very well-received speech at the Society for Human Resource Management  in Chicago yesterday, Hillary Clinton will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan this evening as guest of honor of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.


Our girl has been on the road for five days now.  The travel is beginning to have the familiar feel of her State Department tours. Later this week she will be speaking in Toronto.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Today: On Hillary Clinton's Agenda

It has been quite a week for our Hillary beginning with her launching her new Twitter account.  She has collected more than 500K followers with only four tweets,  one of which is a selfie with Chelsea.


In Chicago since Wednesday for CGI America, she was able to participate fully as a private citizen for the first time.  Dedicated,  as we know she is to the social nets,  she announced her early childhood initiative,  Too Small To Fail,  via an adorable video

At the moment people are tweeting @HillaryClinton as they line up for this event, her final scheduled in Chicago, ending a very busy and productive week.

Friday, June 14, 2013

President Clinton Announces Record Results for CGI America 2013


June 14, 2013

President Clinton Announces Record Results at 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting

President Bill Clinton and NJ Governor Chris Christie Conclude the Meeting with a One-on-One Conversation

2014 CGI America meeting to convene in Denver, Colorado

CHICAGO – This year, CGI America attendees developed 74 new commitments valued at more than $1.6 billion, which aim to positively impact the lives of more than 2 million people in the United States. The two-day gathering attracted nearly 1,000 leaders of government, business, philanthropy, and NGOs dedicated to improving the nation’s long-term competitiveness. President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton announced that, after three years in Chicago, the next CGI America meeting will convene in Denver in 2014. President Clinton and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie closed the meeting with a conversation on leadership, cooperation, and collaboration.

“Over the past few days, I’ve seen new partnerships formed and meaningful commitments made that will make a difference in the lives of more than 2 million people,” said President Clinton. “Thanks to these commitments, more than $1.4 billion of new capital will be invested in or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises, more than a quarter million people will have improved access to STEM education, and more than 1.2 million tons of greenhouse gasses will be avoided. The work of these dedicated leaders is a great example of what’s working and why collaboration is crucial for lasting success.”

“Over the years, there have been 2,600 concrete Commitments to Action at CGI,” said Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I traveled the world quite extensively, the last four years. One of the lessons I took away is that this model of partnerships and commitments is at the heart of what we need to do to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.”

“CGI America participants have raised the bar by developing a record number of commitments before the meeting began, in addition to creating 50 other commitments and tangible action plans here on-site," said Chelsea Clinton. "Over the past two days, the collective dedication to creating the sorts of opportunities everyone in America deserves and our future needs is truly inspiring.”

Throughout the meeting, attendees generated Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address an economic challenge facing the United States. Some of the commitments announced today will help expand America’s advanced manufacturing sector, make Tennessee the first state to provide comprehensive transition services for all youth who “age out” of foster care, and launch an $11 million fund for healthy food enterprises in rural and urban communities.

When fully funded and implemented, these new CGI America commitments will ensure that:
  • More than 10,000 jobs will be created or filled. Among these, nearly 1,500 are specifically indicated as clean/green jobs.
  • More than $1.4 billion of new capital will be invested in or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  • More than 4,500 small- or medium-sized enterprises will receive non-monetary support, such as assistance developing business plans and pro bono consulting, technical training, and access to new markets.
  • More than 250,000 people will have improved access to capital and financial services.
  • More than 212,000 students will gain access to STEM education opportunities.
  • More than 10,000 youth will gain access to mentoring.
  • More than 10,000 teachers will be trained or gain new skills.
  • More than $190 million of new capital will be invested in green initiatives.
  • More than 1.2 million tons of greenhouse gasses will be avoided, mostly through building retrofits and energy efficiency efforts.
Bloomberg anchor Trish Regan hosted discussions for broadcast on Bloomberg TV on America’s energy security and getting capital off the sidelines, featuring Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and CEO of Dupont; Jim Rogers, chairman, president, and CEO of Duke Energy Corporation; Wesley Clark, chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates; Gary D. Cohn, president and COO of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Mark Cuban, entrepreneur; and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, the White House.

In a session moderated by Ali Velshi, business anchor of Al Jazeera America, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Jessica Jackley, venture partner at the Collaborative Fund, and Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., discussed what collaborations are required to ensure the country’s global competitiveness in the twentieth century.

For more information, including the full program, visit Follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIAmerica.

The following new commitments and progress reports were announced today:
Aligning Educational Pathways to Jobs & Careers
Commitment By: Business Roundtable
Partners: The Joyce Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc.; Siemens AG; ACT Foundation
In 2013, the Business Roundtable committed to develop a summary of the U.S. job market to get a clearer picture of the current and potential role of industry-recognized certifications in order to address the skills gap. This summary will identify common elements among identified credentials, occupations and skills that are in-demand. The findings of the project will be utilized to inform the Business Roundtable’s action and advocacy efforts. A final report will be produced to advise the Business Roundtable’s future work on the creation of industry standards, in sectors where they do not exist, in order to address the skills mismatch. This work hopes to encourage industry leaders to take a leadership role in setting competency standards.

American DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator
Commitment By: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
Partners: Thunderbird School of Global Management; Bluedrop Performance Learning; Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
In 2013, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and BlueDrop Performance Learning committed to build off the success of their 2011 Commitment to Action that launched the DreamBuilder program in Latin America by bringing the program to the United States. The DreamBuilder program consists of 12 online business courses and a virtual support network that will be provided at no cost to at least 4,500 women in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, giving these women the training and support they need to launch their own businesses.

Serving Our Female Vets/Military Families
Commitment By: Grace Institute
Partners: Rick Miners; Jeri Sedlar; Sheila Casey; Ariela Keysar; Eileen Lynch; Saundra Thomas; Eviction Intervention Services; Continuum Health Partners; OC61 Salon and Spa; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Blue Star Families; General Belinda Pinckney; Women Veteran’s Interactive; Linear Media
In 2012, Grace Institute committed to tackling the issues of increasing homelessness and unemployment among female veterans. The Grace Institute aimed to enroll, train, and place in jobs 15 female veterans/female family members of veterans, who will be educated through the Grace Institute’s six-month, tuition-free job training program, offered support from Social Work staff, and provided access to numerous programs to aid in the transition to civilian life. The Grace Institute’s commitment to target specifically female veterans and military spouses and families has led to a significant increase in their representation within the program. The class that began in August 2012 admitted four female veterans and 16 military family members while the class that began in April 2013 includes four female veterans and 11 military family members. In total, 36 women have been admitted to the program to-date and five have been placed into employment.

Expanding Jobs to Build On
Commitment By: Consortium for Worker Education
Partners: The New York City Council; Kingsborough Community College Association, Inc.; City University of New York (CUNY); Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW); South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO); East River Development Alliance; Henry Street Settlement; Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI)
In 2011, The Consortium for Worker Education committed to scaling its Jobs to Build On (JtBO) program, which will place 1,250 New York City residents in full-time, living wage occupations – jobs paying $10.50 per hour with employee health benefits and $11.50 per hour without – and provide them with follow-up tracking and retention services for one year. CWE’s CGI Commitment to Action ran from July 1st, 2011 to June 20, 2012, during which a total of 3,076 individuals received workforce preparation, 1,482 individuals were placed in employment opportunities, and 922 entered training programs. Participants gained employment in nearly every industrial sector, including transportation, healthcare, travel and tourism, construction and building maintenance, administration, civil service, and the emerging green industries.

Engaging and Mentoring Youth Thru Culinary Arts
Commitment By: Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Partners: Liberty’s Kitchen, Inc.
In 2013, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation committed to investing in the expansion and scaling of Liberty’s Kitchen. Liberty’s Kitchen will relocate to a much larger space as part of the ReFresh Project in New Orleans, and as a result of increased operational space they will serve an additional 200 under resourced youth over two years in foodservice training and employment connections. As part of Liberty’s Kitchen social enterprise model, food prepared by trainees will provide an additional 4,000 healthy meals for school children in New Orleans.

National Database of Black Businesses
Commitment By: U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Partners: Dell Inc.; ESRI
In 2013, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) committed to creating an online database of African-American businesses in the United States. The USBC seeks to include 10,000 businesses in the database within the next 12 months. With this commitment, USBC will leverage its membership of over 240,000 businesses and its strategic partnership with national organizations to become the repository for Black business statistics. This database will serve as a resource for corporations, business owners, consumers, and other stakeholders to make more informed business decisions.

EMPOWERHER: Reinventing and Restoring communities
Commitment By: Dress for Success
Partners: The Fortune Society; Grace Institute; Foodbank for New York; Sanctuary for Families; Phoenix House
In 2013, Dress for Success Worldwide committed to address the reintegration and reemployment needs of formerly incarcerated women by creating and implementing the EmPowerHER pilot program to provide a framework for the reentry and restoration of these women into their communities. By collaborating with reentry programs to broaden and deepen support networks and implementing the Going Places Network by Walmart and the Professional Women’s Group, EmPowerHER will provide a continuum of services to women at all phases of the journey and address the unique circumstances facing this population while they transition effectively into the workforce.

Creating Veteran-Owned Coops for Deep Energy Retrofits
Commitment By: Building Performance Contractors Association of NY State
Partners: Cooperative Development Institute; State of New York; Green Workers Cooperative Academy
In 2013, as a dual effort to provide sustainable career pathways for veterans and reduce energy waste in American homes, the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State (BPCA) committed to developing a veteran-owned cooperative business to perform deep energy retrofits in New York. This pilot start-up will create 15 new jobs and complete 24 home retrofits in one year. Through the launch of this initial coop, BPCA will create the infrastructure, which will include operational resources for business development as well as training and mentor support, for a scalable and replicable model that can be used across other communities in the U.S.

Empowering Workers to Save and Invest in their Futures
Commitment By: EARN
Partners: SaveUp; Citigroup Inc.
In 2013, EARN committed to improving savings and wealth creation for low-income communities with incentive-based savings tools that will foster lifelong savings habits, skill building, and secure financial assets among low-wage workers. Through a new mobile-enabled online platform, EARN will open 10,000 new rewards savings accounts over the next three years for targeted individuals who have no previous history of savings but aspire to reach short- and long-term financial goals. This commitment is a part of a larger scaled expansion for EARN to help 1 million low-wage workers save $1 billion by the year 2022.

Preventing Summer Reading Loss with Mobile Technology
Commitment By: Kids Read Now
Partners: One Call Now; Leib and Barbara Lurie Foundation; City of Piqua; City of Vandalia; United Way of Troy, Ohio
In 2013, Kids Read Now committed to expanding a research-driven program to address summer reading loss for first- through third-graders in Southwest Ohio. Every Sunday night, the family will receive a phone call or text message via One Call Now communications technology, which the student responds to with the title of the book he or she read and how much he or she enjoyed the book of their choosing. When the data is received by Kids Read Now, the next book will be mailed. If the student continues to read every week, he or she can earn all nine books on their list. Students will be tested as they exit school in the spring and again as they enter school in the fall to measure summer learning loss. The short-term goal is for all children participating in the Kids Read Now program to enter the school year reading at grade level. The long-term outcome will be all participating children reading at grade level by the time they enter fourth grade. When brought to scale, this commitment will reach over 18,000 children in first through third grades by 2015.

Inspiring a New Generation of Entrepreneurs and Innovators 
Commitment By: The National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Partners: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation; Make Media; New York Hall of Science; Maker Education Initiative
In 2013, the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NCEI) committed to create an exhibition space near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in America. The NCEI envisions this space opening by 2024 and reaching a significant share of the 30 million visitors who come to the Mall each year. Over the next three years, the NCEI will also conduct programs to reach 50,000 youth with in-person experiences that foster interest in entrepreneurship. Specifically, the NCEI will engage class trips to Washington, D.C., in a unique curriculum featuring design and 3D printing workshops as well as meetings with entrepreneurs. It will also begin convening a Young Makers on the Mall celebration every summer.

Appalachian Community Capital
Commitment By: Appalachian Regional Commission; Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation; Deutsche Bank AG; Pathway Lending; Virginia Community Capital
Partners: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Inc.; Bank of America Corporation; Blue Moon Fund; State of Virginia; Mountain Association for Community Economic Development; Alternatives Federal Credit Union; Mountain BizWorks; The Progress Fund; Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs; Appalachian Development Corp; Appalachian Development Corp; Natural Capital Investment Fund
In 2013, the Appalachian Regional Commission, along with local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and philanthropic and bank investors, committed to establish a new financial intermediary, Appalachia Community Capital, and help capitalize it with $42 million. Over the next 24 months, this new financial intermediary will leverage $233 million of private bank capital and help create 2,200 jobs throughout the Appalachian region. Appalachian Community Capital will significantly increase business lending in Appalachia by pooling the capital needs of its members, attracting investors at a larger scale, and providing a simplified vehicle for impact investors; dramatically reducing underwriting and servicing costs associated with investing in individual CDFIs. Additionally, the new institution will facilitate sharing of best practices between new and emerging Appalachian loan funds and bring new and needed financial products to the region. Ultimately, this capital will support growing loan demand in a variety of sectors including agriculture, energy, health care, and manufacturing.

Mobilizing STEM Professionals to Mentor Students
Commitment By: US2020
Partners: Hewlett-Packard Company; Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.; Cisco; Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation; NCTAF
In 2013, US2020 and a wide range of partners committed to the launch of the US2020 City Competition, a contest through which cities and counties will develop and submit plans to significantly increase the number of local STEM professionals who mentor students. After selecting up to five winning cities, US2020 will give those cities additional resources to operationalize their plans as US2020 pilot cities and will publically recognize their efforts so as to encourage others to follow their lead. Additionally, US2020 and its partners will work nationally to match STEM professionals with mentoring opportunities via an online matching platform as part of a larger movement to greatly increase STEM mentorship across the country. These efforts will enable at least 5,000 STEM field professionals to mentor a minimum of 10,000 students and provide them with increased opportunities to develop the skills they will need to be the inventors and technologists of the future.

Mobilizing for 20,000 Excellent New STEM Teachers  
Commitment By: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Partners: American Museum of Natural History; Ashoka Changemakers; Citizen Schools; Baltimore City Public Schools; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Creative Commons; Google Inc.; The National Science Foundation; KIPP Houston; EnCorps; Good Corps; DSST Public Schools; DSST Public Schools; IDEA Public Schools, and many others.
In 2011, the Carnegie Corporation, along with a wide range of partners, committed to identifying and funding programs that focus on recruiting and training 20,000 new STEM teachers within three years, while supporting existing STEM educators. To do this, Carnegie and its partners planned to create a funding pool valued at a minimum of $20 million and invite relevant programs to apply. The commitment, now known as 100Kin10, has progressed significantly since its launch in 2011. After having exceeded the initial goal of $20 million by $4 million, the campaign launched a second fund that has raised $7.5 million to date, with a target goal of $20 million by June of 2013. In addition, the network has surpassed 130 partner organizations. As a result of the growing movement, over 7,000 STEM teachers have been recruited and trained, with thousands more supported and retained to date. Partners have committed to training more than 35,000 new teachers on the way to their goal of training 100,000 by 2021.

Joint Wind Power Development Project on Tribal Lands
Commitment By: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe; Yankton Sioux Tribe; Rosebud Sioux Tribe; Oglala Sioux Tribe
Partners: Arent Fox LLP; Herron Consulting LLC; Intertribal Council on Utility Policy; Rally; Liati Group LLC; Bush Foundation; Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
In 2013, five Sioux Tribes in South Dakota committed to the formation of the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, a multi-tribal Power Authority, with the purpose of designating Tribally-owned land for a wind farm and transmission facilities. The Sioux Tribes committed to the creation of the Power Authority and the pre-development phase of a longer-term project to finance, develop, and operate a 1,000 megawatt utility-scale wind power and transmission system across the South Dakota Sioux Reservations. The creation of the Power Authority will uniquely allow the Sioux Tribes to own the wind and transmission assets and distribute the surplus revenue to its member Tribes.