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Tuesday Breakout Sessions | Corporate Citizenship Conference

We organize our breakout sessions into tracks to help you choose the ones most relevant to your work. All of the breakouts are outstanding opportunities for learning. No need to stick to just one track, we encourage you to mix and match to maximize your experience. Check out the list of tracks and breakout session descriptions for TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017 below. You can find Monday’s sessions here

Breakout Session Tracks:

Corporate Citizenship Management

To create a truly integrated corporate citizenship ecosystem, leaders must think and act strategically. Who are your partners? How do you integrate internally, or use resources efficiently? Learn how to align corporate citizenship with your business ecosystem.

Community Involvement and Social Impact

Corporations are being asked to be partners in solving social challenges. What impact is your company having on the communities in which you operate? How do you affect the customers you serve or the employees you hire? Learn how leading companies are working to maximize social impact across their communities.

Measurement and ROI

Research and time have shown corporate citizenship done well can offer business advantages. Learn where companies are making the most strategic investments to benefit society and the business.

Sustainable Business and Reporting

From COP21 to the Sustainable Development Goals to GRI standards, companies are being asked to think about and report on their environmental ecosystem. Learn how to engage employees in social and environmental impact and think about how you communicate progress on goals.


Engage in a highly interactive, facilitated learning experience to improve your corporate citizenship ecosystem.


Case Studies

Get an inside look at innovative corporate citizenship programs from your peers. These in-depth case studies will highlight the lessons learned as well as program successes.


Tuesday, March 28 

9:15-10:30 a.m.

General Motors CASE STUDY: Transformative Corporate Giving: How to Develop a Business Case for Social Change

A new kind of philanthropy is moving front and center in the corporate world. Companies agree that philanthropy is the right thing to do, but many don’t understand the amplification opportunity that exists when you align philanthropy to business objectives. General Motors (GM) recently completed a strategic realignment of their philanthropic giving practices, winding down its historic foundation model and migrating to a corporate giving structure. This change has reset a 100-year-old automaker to now utilize charitable giving as a business driver and tool for social change.

In this session, you will walk away with the know-how and toolkit to:

  • reset, realign and re-engage your stakeholders;
  • align your corporate giving strategy to business priorities; 
  • develop an implementation model to identify root causes and key components needed to address your social focus areas; and
  • shift from check-cutting to strategic grantmaking.


  • Moderator: Jackie Parker, Director, Global Corporate Giving, General Motors

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Harness the Power of Collective Impact

Collective impact partnerships gather the complementary skills and inputs of the public sector, the private sector, and civil society in order to tackle complex social and environmental problems. In this session, hear how your peers draw diverse resources together and, therefore, are a means to get things done that individual organizations cannot achieve alone.


  • Moderator: Bridget Burke, Director, Public Affairs, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Johnston Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services
  • Sandra Huculak, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment, ATB Financial
  • Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer, Campbell Soup Company 

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Manage Corporate Citizenship Programs Through Organizational Change

Learn how to manage corporate citizenship programs through organizational change—such as a strategy overhaul, leadership changes, merger, or acquisition—from practitioners who've been through significant organization change and came out stronger.


  • Moderator: Holly Fowler, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
  • Lana Bertsch, Director, Corporate Resources, Stantec
  • Jeremy Ford, Director, Corporate Giving, Dell Inc.
  • Nicole Stein, Vice President, Community Responsibility, Umpqua Bank

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Sustainability Trends— How Will They Impact Your Organization?

Workshop Series Hosted by Insperity, Inc.

Climate change, access to education, income inequality, socially responsible investing, resource scarcity, diversity & inclusion, sustainable development goals, reporting standards. These are just a few of the critical challenges society and business will face in the next decade. These challenges are creating trends that are changing the context where organizations operate.  Are you ready? In this workshop participants will:

  • be invited to reflect about how these trends will impact their organizations;
  • identify and prioritize trends for a given sector; and
  • develop recommendations for organizations in specific sectors.


  • Moderator: Nelmara Arbex, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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The Evolving Reporting Landscape: Using the Data You Disclose

The number of companies engaging in sustainability reporting is at an all-time high—and growing. Now, the conversation no longer centers on whether companies should report, but rather how. In this session, learn more about the trends and topics that are shaping the future of reporting, and what you can do now to make sure that you are leveraging the process in such a way that creates a better business—and a better world.


  • Dana Beckman, Director, Corporate Affairs, Alliance Data
  • Cynthia Figge, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, CSRHub and EKOS International     
  • Evan Harvey, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq
  • Julia Wilson, Director, Global Responsibility & Sustainability, Nielsen

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Workforce Development Programs—Supporting the Community and Your Talent Pipeline

Successful workforce development programs are more than work-readiness training efforts, they are an investment in a more engaged and productive workforce and—ultimately—more sustainable and prosperous communities. In this session, learn how your peers create social and business value by developing a robust talent pipeline through increased opportunity for current and prospective employees.


  • Moderator: Regina McNally, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, State Street Corporation
  • Potoula Gjidija, Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Rebecca Leonard, Associate Vice President, Director, Community Impact Strategy, The TJX Companies
  • Jeanne Simon, Global Corporate Citizenship Program Manager, Accenture

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11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Corporate Citizenship Programs Through a B2B Lens

Corporate citizenship adds value differently in B2B companies than it does in B2C. Hear from corporate citizenship practitioners about how to champion corporate citizenship in the B2B space by fostering trust, transparency, and strong relationships with customers and suppliers. Research shows that the value corporate citizenship offers to B2B companies is substantial—from the reputational and financial benefits reached through stakeholder engagement, to the efficiency, human rights, and sustainability opportunities found in value chain management, to the retention and engagement possibilities of employee efforts.


  • Moderator: Kathleen Ryan Mufson, Director, Global Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, Pitney Bowes; President, Pitney Bowes Foundation
  • Cynthia Curtis, Vice President, Sustainability, JLL
  • Dawn Fenton, Director, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America
  • Doug Marshall, Managing Director, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte LLP

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Disaster Relief: Supporting Community Preparedness and Response

According to the United Nations, there were more than 400 natural disasters in 2014, which led to the loss of more than 17,000 lives and which cost more than $82 billion in damages. In 2015, the number of people displaced by conflict exceeded 51 million—the highest number since World War II. In this session, learn how your peers leverage their expertise and resources to invest in preparedness efforts and disaster relief that supports their employees and broader communities.


  • Moderator: Cindy Conner, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
  • Cameron Birge, Humanitarian Response Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Tami Bui, Principal Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Southern California Edison
  • Corinn Price, Director, Community Involvement, Insperity, Inc.

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From Passion to Performance: The Power of Employee-Led Sustainability Efforts

From conservation efforts to operational improvements, employees have a major part to play in companies’ environmental sustainability efforts. In this session, leading corporate citizenship practitioners will share how they gained buy-in and incorporated their employees' grass-roots sustainability efforts—and elevated their programs to the next level.


  • Moderator: Mark Feldman, Principal and Managing Director, Cause Consulting
  • Jami Buck-Vance, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Community Partnerships, Cox Enterprises
  • Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Stewardship, Kohler Co.
  • Andrew Watterson, Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability, KeyBank

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How to Develop and Execute a Sustainable Corporate Citizenship Strategy Across Business Units

Have you inherited a program that evolved over time? Is your company new to planning a company-wide corporate citizenship program? Come to this session to learn how to develop and direct your company's varied collection of corporate citizenship activities into a comprehensive strategic program and hear from peers who have gone through the process of developing comprehensive corporate citizenship strategies and programs.


  • Moderator: Nikki Korn, Principal and Chief Strategy Officer, Cause Consulting
  • Catherine McGlown, Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Humana
  • Caroline Moore, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, HARMAN International
  • Linn Parrish, Head of Responsibility, Shire Pharmaceuticals

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Make an Impact with a Small Program or Team

Corporate citizenship professionals are often part of very small teams—or in many cases—are teams of one. By making use of networks, focusing, and taking advantage of their businesses’ core competencies, small teams can accomplish a great deal. In this session, you’ll hear from experts who have led small teams to deliver business and social value far in excess of the resources devoted to them.


  • Moderator: Kate Rubin, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
  • Ashley Rossman, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, BECU
  • Stacey Mann, Enterprise Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Tufts Health Plan
  • Karina Tenbruggencate, Pandora Gives Program Manager, Pandora

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Meeting Business & Community Goals Through Youth Mentoring

Workshop Series Hosted by Insperity, Inc.

One in three—16 million—American young people will reach the age of 19 without having had a mentor. This session prepares corporate citizenship professionals to make the business case for corporate youth mentoring programs in alignment with business and community needs and goals. Participants will explore youth mentoring program design and planning, leveraging tools and resources from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, along with examples from diverse corporate youth mentoring programs. Further, we will examine effective employee engagement strategies focused on recruitment and retention, and we will develop sample evaluation plans for corporate youth mentoring programs. Join us and learn to:

  • make the business case for a corporate youth mentoring program;
  • design and operationalize a corporate youth mentoring program;
  • effectively advance employee recruitment and retention; and
  • measure and evaluate a corporate youth mentoring program.


  • Daniel Horgan, Corporate Partnerships Consultant, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Kristin Howard, Senior Director, Development, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
  • Elizabeth Santiago, Senior Director, Programs, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

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