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Supporting education: Meeting the needs of community and company

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  • Aug 7, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Education is a top priority to many key stakeholders, including employees and communities alike. So why is it so often difficult to balance the needs of the schools with the priorities of the business? A successful education portfolio must meet the needs of all stakeholders involved.

The featured companies have education initiatives that draw in communities, employees, and broader stakeholder groups to maximize impact. Learn how they implement and maintain such successful programs. 

Featured Speakers:

Hilary S. Ayala 
serves as the Director of Con Edison’s Grassroots Management and Strategic Partnerships Programs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Ms. Ayala leads the company’s strategic, cause-related contributions program and grassroots initiatives. Ms. Ayala’s portfolio includes the company’s strategic partnerships program, employee and retiree volunteer corps, board placement program, grassroots advocacy network and political action committee.  Her responsibilities include assisting senior executives in the development and implementation of the company’s political and community strategies to communicate Con Edison’s position as an industry leader, an environmentally responsible company, and an active community supporter.

Janet Nicholas
is currently Director of Strategic Initiatives for Dassault Systemes, a $2.6 billion French software company that sells a portfolio of 3D experience solutions and the leader in product lifecycle management (  In this role,

Janet’s responsibilities include strategic planning and corporate citizenship.  Prior to joining Dassault Systemes in April of 2010, she spent fifteen years with IBM in a number of roles including strategy, sales and marketing leadership positions focused on the Chemical and Petroleum industries and consulting service business management roles.

Dave Enzerra
is responsible for Lubrizol’s corporate responsibility strategies, including community engagement, sustainable development and government relations. He also directs the philanthropic initiatives for the corporation and its foundation. Dave has been employed at Lubrizol for 34 years in diverse leadership roles including general manager of the Painesville Township manufacturing plant, general manager of corporate human resources, director of ethics and inclusion, and global director of change management for information technology and SAP implementation. 

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