Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, participated on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago on June 29. The meeting brought together more than 700 business, government, and civic leaders to focus on economic recovery and job growth. In a plenary session introduced by former President Bill Clinton on “Education in America: Regaining our Edge,” Mr. Ferguson discussed the importance of education in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). Liberal arts learning is essential to developing the ability to succeed in our global world, he said. He also highlighted the disparities in educational outcomes for different minority and ethnic groups as being an issue that is critical to address in our increasingly diverse society.
The other panelists included Stephanie Burns, chairman of Dow Corning Corp.; James Heckman, the Nobel prize-winning University of Chicago economics professor; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system; and Amy Rosen, president and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.