CGI in Photos (and a Few Words)

It’s Day 2 of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, and I’m sitting next to Jos in the press room trying to organize my thoughts on everything that’s been going on. I mean, wow. I’m surrounded by conference participants, which range from diplomats to heads of state to movie stars to business executives to NGO presidents and CEOs to prestigious journalists and high-powered bloggers. I’ve got to be honest- I don’t think I’ve never been in the same building as so many smart, powerful, and- let’s face it- rich people before in my life.

But as star-struck as I am (yep, that was Matt Damon that just gave a speech a few feet away from me) I’m also here to find out the answers to the tough questions. What kind of focus will conference participants have on the issues that really matter to women, girls, and marginalized people? Will the participants break any new ground this year? (Random fact of the day: Cash for Clunkers program was first announced at the CGI Meeting last year) And perhaps most importantly, will true social change on any issue come more quickly or more widely as a result of this Meeting?
The jury is still out, and I’m still working on compiling my analysis of this whirlwind of a meeting. In the meantime, while I sort out my thoughts, check out a few photos of me and Jos doing the CGI thing. I’ll continue to update the slideshow with new pics as we take ‘em.

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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