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School of Business Senior Among Panelists at 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

September 22, 2013
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A senior finance major from the School of Business was among more than 1,000 global leaders, including 60 current and former heads of state, as well as top business, NGO, and philanthropy leaders who spoke at the ninth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting Sept. 23-26 in New York City. Travis Montaque, who is also the founder and CEO of Splyst, LLC, participated in a discussion entitled “How can we support youth entrepreneurship across the world?” The session, which was webcast live, focused on:

  • Improving youth access to mentorship, technology, and business education
  • Guiding youth in unlocking financing and overcoming risk aversion
  • Connecting young entrepreneurs with global networks and markets

Montaque founded the technology company Splyst as a sophomore at the UM School of Business. He is the founding president of the UM Economics Club, vice chairman of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and a Titan on the School of Business’ prestigious Hyperion Council. He was also a Bermont/Carlin Scholar and an investment banking analyst intern at Barclays Capital.

Montaque was joined on the CGI panel by Barbara Pierce Bush, co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps; Soraya Salti, president and CEO of Middle East and North Africa at Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab; and Amy J. Stursberg, executive director at the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Other participants who joined President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton for the Annual Meeting of the CGI included President Barack Obama; Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund; Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook; and Desmond M. Tutu, archbishop emeritus and chairman of the Elders.

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