A group of 9 Laureate International Universities students from Latin America and Europe served as volunteers at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that took place in New York September 20 - 22. Participation in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting is by invitation only. It is limited to a select and diverse group of heads of state, CEOs, media voices, philanthropists, foundation heads, religious leaders, academics, original thinkers, and those who run highly effective non-profit organizations.
Laureate students worked in the areas of press, program logistics, and materials and contributed to the successful implementation of the event. Featured speakers at the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting included President Barack Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet.
The 2011 Laureate volunteer team was comprised of:
- Renan Gianotto de Oliveira - Universidade Anhembi Morumbi
- Leandro Pinheiro di Martins - Universidade Potiguar
- Leonardo Cupertino de Lima - Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis
- Anna María Izurieta - Universidad de las Américas Chile
- Jonathan Hartman - Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
- Andrea María Flores Turcios - UNITEC Honduras
- Elisa Padilla - Universidad del Valle de México
- Carlos Ruiz - Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
- Ana Filipa Tomás Labrusco - Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração
According to Leandro Pinheiro di Martins, a management student and an owner of a business that installs video and electronic equipment for events in Natal, Brazil, "This was a life-changing experience. It gave me a new perspective on how to improve the operations of my business."
Laureate has been a sponsor of the past three CGI Annual Meetings in New York, the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego in 2011, and the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in Hong Kong in 2008. The company has made two Commitments to Action through CGI: a $10 million pledge for Laureate institutions in twelve countries to provide 1,000 scholarships to teachers worldwide; and a further $10 million to recognize 500 social entrepreneurs by operating the International Youth Foundation's YouthActionNet® awards program in 13 countries by 2014.