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Engaging Employees Globally

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  • Dec 5, 2012 12:00 PM ET

Global companies, or companies planning to expand globally, face many challenges and questions. How can they expand or replicate programs? What methods of standardization can they employ? Is there a way to juggle everything?

Engaging employees globally involves balancing corporate interest, local culture, politics, satellite management, and a host of other factors. Join us as we hear from global companies who are effectively managing such global programs and who can offer advice on bringing your social programming to new lands!

We will discuss:

  • The top issues faced by global companies - and how to overcome them
  • Unexpected lessons learned
  • Best advice  received and can share with others
  • What they wished they'd known before they started!

Featured speakers:

Karen KawanamiDisney - a visible, and highly respected global icon, Disney has raised the bar with their worldwide VoluntEARS program, network of Green Teams, consumer engagement, and worldwide charitable giving programs. Disney is a master global engager, and we'll hear all about their work from Karen Kawanami.

Karen is the Director of Disney Corporate Citizenship/Worldwide Community Engagement, based in Burbank, California. Karen oversees community engagement, the Disney VoluntEARS program, disaster preparedness/relief, and military/veterans outreach efforts working with community engagement teams and Disney VoluntEARS teams around the world. Karen has a degree from California State University, Long Beach in Communications and Marketing and a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Jamie HorstAlcoa Foundation - Alcoa's many employee volunteer programs are making huge impacts, and even achieved record employee participation during their most recent Month of Service. With operations all over the globe, this B2B company is raising the visibility and viability of skills based volunteerism in a global manufacturing environment. Jamie Horst will speak with us on behalf of Alcoa.

Jamie is the Director of Community Engagement, and is responsible for Alcoa Foundation's signature volunteer efforts, including Make an Impact, Earthwatch, Green Works, Worldwide Month of Service, Alcoans In Motion, and ACTION and Bravo! employee volunteer programs.  Jamie is passionate about raising the visibility and viability of skills based volunteerism in a global manufacturing environment.

PierreSanofi - Based in France and operating internationally, this pharmaceutical company offers unique perspectives on interacting globally.  We will hear from Pierre Harscouet from the France headquarters and Pete Lalli, who is based in the US. 

Pierre currently works within the Global CSR Department. He is in charge of the coordination of the CSR Correspondents network within the Regions and the Countries. He is also leading CSR Communication projects jointly with the Corporate Communication Department. Pierre spent 8 months within the North America CSR Team where he worked on communication projects and on the North America CSR strategic plan. Pierre joined Sanofi in 2005 as an engineer in biotechnology at the R&D site of Vitry (France). 

Pete Lalli

Pete Lalli is currently Senior Director, North America Corporate Social Responsibility at sanofi U.S. Pete’s current responsibilities include strategic shaping of the overall North American CSR effort while also leading the effort to build and maintain an integrated Access to Healthcare platform across all sanofi businesses. Pete’s CSR responsibilities began in 2006 when he was the co-architect of the original U.S. Corporate Social Responsibility effort. He serves as the North American delegate to the Group and Regional Corporate Social Responsibility Network based in Paris.


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