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Urban Zen at the Clinton Global Initiative

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 05:38 Written by Urban Zen Friday, 8 July 2011 12:15

cgi1 Urban Zen at the Clinton Global InitiativeJenna Bond-Louden, Director of Development, shares reflections from this year’s Clinton Global Initiative American meeting.

ENGAGING BETTER TRAINING FOR WELLNESS AND PREVENTION WORKFORCE AT CGI AMERICA

By Jenna Bond-Louden

Last week, former president Bill Clinton convened the inaugural CGI America meeting in Chicago where the message was clear: we each have the power to respond to and overturn the challenges of the economy.

The theme of the summit was creating domestic jobs, attracting over 600 individuals from the private and public sectors committed to making it easier for more Americans to find work.  From engaging returning veterans in the workforce to attracting more candidates to teaching careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, the event was a productive two days leading to commitments designed to bring more Americans to employment.  Women were leading the charge, including our friend Tina Brown of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company and Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan, who led a conversation on American success stories.

For Urban Zen, this event was a special opportunity to connect our work to train nurses in integrative therapies to the larger community focused on supporting the healthcare workforce.  Our Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program has reached from our longtime collaboration with Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC to our most recent partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

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