The 2023 Summit in full
Watch the 2023 Global Inclusive Growth Summit, presented by Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute. Alongside the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, the Summit assembled a dynamic group of U.S. and global leaders for action-oriented discussions on national and international issues. In a turbulent economic, environmental, and human context, the Summit brought private sector, social impact, and government leaders together to partner in new ways on meaningful solutions and approaches. View the full program.
Hear from purpose-driven leaders on inclusive growth
Experience robust and thoughtful discussions on the most important inclusive growth topics from the experts themselves.
2023 Summit Highlights
Revisit highlights from the 2023 Global Inclusive Growth Summit – a live and virtual event co-hosted by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Aspen Institute. The 2023 Summit brought together purpose-driven leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on promising solutions to build inclusive economies that are people-centric, climate-informed, equity-intentional, and evidence-based.
The Summit's Most Memorable Moments
The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute present the 2023 Global Inclusive Growth Summit. Alongside the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, the Summit will assemble a dynamic group of U.S. and global leaders for action-oriented discussions on national and international issues. In a turbulent economic, environmental, and human context, the Summit will enable private sector, social impact, and government leaders to partner in new ways on meaningful solutions and approaches.
Celebrating champions of inclusive growth
Experience the summit through our official photographs of the most memorable and important moments, and celebrate the minds that champion inclusive growth all over the world.
Watch the opening remarks from the 2021 summit with former President Bill Clinton
Insights from inclusive growth leaders, in their own words
“We can’t change the issue of gender equality with just money … it’s culture. Culture determines how we treat women, how we view women. What is the patriarchy if not just a story that’s been told for a really long time? I believe if you change the stories, you can change the world. We can change culture.”
Founder, Unicorn Island Fund
“If it’s not inclusive, it doesn’t scale. If it doesn’t scale, it doesn’t matter,”
“Make sure they have a great education. Make sure they can plan and space the first of their children. Make sure they have networks to get into a great job and be part of the banking system to save money. You will absolutely accelerate their growth. And guess what? They’re going to accelerate your economy.”
Melinda French Gates
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“Yes, we want to grow our population. Yes, we want more businesses. Yes, we want more development. Well, we want the people who have lived here in good times and bad times to be able to afford to live. So what that has meant for us is: How do we grow wages? And how do we build more affordable housing?”
Mayor, Washington DC
“So, here is my on-going challenge to business leaders, foundation leaders, and non-profit leaders across our country: Think about what more you can do to remove barriers to opportunity within your own businesses and organizations. To make those businesses and organizations as inclusive as they are strong. And then, please do it.”
Vice President of the United States of America
“It’s not so much poverty or adversity that breaks people’s spirits. It’s the feeling of being frozen, getting up every day, looking in the mirror and believing that every tomorrow is going to be just like yesterday, no matter what you do.”
William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States, Founder and Board Chair, The Clinton Foundation
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The Center for Inclusive Growth & the Aspen Institute
Between 2019 and 2023, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute worked together to co-host three Global Inclusive Growth Summits (2019 in-person; 2021 all-virtual; and 2023 hybrid). The Summits successfully brought together leaders from around the world, engaged in dialogue about the challenges of creating a more globally inclusive system of growth. Beyond the Summits, the Global Inclusive Growth Partnership (GIGP) has sought to address systemic issues across a range of topics including financial security, the future of workers and portable benefits, growing micro and small businesses, and commercial-sustainable social impact. As of 2024, the Aspen Institute is no longer a co-host of the Global Inclusive Growth Summit although the Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute remain partners through other programmatic work.
The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth advances equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. The Center leverages the company’s core assets and competencies, including data insights, expertise and technology, while administering the philanthropic Mastercard Impact Fund, to produce independent research, scale global programs and empower a community of thinkers, leaders and doers on the front lines of inclusive growth.
The Aspen Institute is a community-serving organization with global reach whose vision is the creation of a free, just, and equitable society. For 70 years, the Institute has driven change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute has offices in Aspen, Colorado and New York City, as well as an international network of partners. Learn more at www.aspeninstitute.org.
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