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Clinton Global Initiative Goes to Work

CGI U attendees came together to "paint" a bright future for students at Gateway STEM High School as a finishing touch to the event.

More than 1,000 students recently descended upon Washington University in St. Louis, transforming the campus into an ideas exchange forum on topics of global interest. They were there to take part in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), founded by former President Bill Clinton and supported by Chelsea Clinton, and to hear from innovators, company leaders and civic minded celebrities interested in bringing about global changes in areas such as education, environment and public health.

As a primary sponsor of the event, Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) goals align closely with those of CGI U, Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Defense, Space & Security president & chief executive officer, told students at a networking reception.

“Last year Boeing and our employees invested $179 million in community projects around the world,” he said. “Our employees volunteer their time in their communities to try and make a difference where they can. So it is inspiring to them as it is to most people to see students who are so passionate about so many selfless causes.”

Entrepreneurs and industry professionals teamed up in skill sessions and workshops to give participants a variety of tips and fresh ideas on everything from implementing and carrying out projects to measuring the outcomes of their success.

“There are a lot of people who actually believe in our power to affect change in the world, and that is encouraging to say the least,” said Deborah Ohiani-Jegede, a Washington University student.

Boeing executives also participated in the event to share advice with students like Deborah first hand, on how to reach for their dreams and make them a reality.

On Sunday morning, CGI U wrapped up the event with a morning of community service  at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis. Boeing volunteers worked side by side with college and high school students to help perform a variety of restorative and facility updates to the school. Even President Clinton and daughter Chelsea took part.

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