Breakout Sessions | Corporate Citizenship Conference
NEW for the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Conference: Breakout Session Tracks
We are organizing 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 below. REGISTER today to lock in the best rate.
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.
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.
Breakout Session Listing:
Additional speakers to be announced.
Corporate Citizenship to Help Achieve Diversity and Inclusion Goals
When integrated with overall business strategy, corporate citizenship helps companies successfully achieve business goals. In this session, hear from companies that are effectively aligning diversity and inclusion and business goals and creating value for business and society.
- Moderator: Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer, MGM Resorts International
- Caroline Chambers, Vice President, Diversity Programs Manager, Comerica Bank
- Deborah K. Holmes, Americas Director, Corporate Responsibility, EY
- Michael Lopez, Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity, ARCONIC
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, Corporate Citizenship, Pitney Bowes; President, Pitney Bowes Foundation
- Cynthia Curtis, Vice President, Sustainability Consulting, JLL
- Pam Erickson, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Raytheon Company
- Doug Marshall, Managing Director, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte LLP
Corporate Citizenship Ecosystems
In the last three decades, the role of a corporate citizenship professional has evolved. While many still operate in small teams, citizenship professionals have become experts at drawing on the ideas, expertise, effort, and financial support of internal and external partners to advance businesses, communities, and world. In this session, hear from your peers about how they navigate their corporate citizenship ecosystems to make the best possible use of the constraints and opportunities they offer.
- Moderator: Rick Pearl, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility Officer, State Street Corporation
- Alejandro Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Wells Fargo
- Marlene Ibsen, Vice President, Community Relations, Travelers; CEO, Travelers Foundation
- Jenny Robertson, Director, Citizenship and Reputation Management, FedEx
- Crayton Webb, Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR, Mary Kay Inc.
Inspired Service: Supporting Veterans and their Families
The roughly 200,000 men and women who take the U.S. military oath each year do so with pride, but service to country can come at considerable personal expense. In recent years approximately half of all post-9/11 service members transitioning into civilian life have faced unemployment within 15 months of separation, and the unemployment rate among veterans is higher than that of non-veterans in most demographic groups.
The gravity of these statistics is compounded by the forecast that one million veterans are expected to transition to civilian careers over the next five years, and 75 percent of spouses married to an active-duty service member said being a military spouse had negatively impacted their ability to pursue a career. Opportunities to help the military community also extend to the family members who support injured, ill, or wounded service members. Caregivers play an essential role in supporting wounded service members and veterans, which can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on families—and especially on the caregivers within them. Come to this session to learn about how companies are working to support veteran reintegration—and the benefits they are achieving for the community and the company.
- Moderator: Justin Schmitt, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, USAA
- Immanuel Sutherland, Senior Specialist, Community Relations, Altria Client Services Inc.
Intersection of Business and Social Movements
For years, U.S. businesses have been reticent to show support for social justice issues both in the U.S. and abroad, but in the recent past we have seen many major corporations and CEOs stepping forward. Why now? And which issues have bubbled to the top? Several at the top of the public discourse have been: the legalizing of gay marriage, fighting the “bathroom bills” attempted to be enacted by various state governments, the refugee crisis and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Will we see more of these in the future? What are the benefits? What are the costs at stake?
- Moderator: Susan McPherson, Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies
- Helen Seibel, Associate Director, Global Community Investment, AstraZeneca
- Rob Vallentine, Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company; President, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Going Global? Adapt Your Corporate Citizenship Programs for Global Markets
The global economy requires us to think about multiple societal expectations, cultural references, and business practices. In this session, hear from peers who manage the unique challenges of global programs, including working with local NGOs, navigating laws and regulations, and engaging with employees on the ground.
- Moderator: Lynette McIntire, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
- Kevin Callahan, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, The Walt Disney Company
- Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northern Trust
- Reymundo Ocañas, Executive Vice President, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Reputation, BBVA Compass
- Christine Salerno, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marsh & McLennan Companies
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
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, Head of Sustainability, KeyBank
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
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.
- Moderator: Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainable Business Programs, Bloomberg
- Dana Beckman, Director, Corporate Affairs, Alliance Data
- Evan Harvey, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq
- Julia Wilson, Director, Global Responsibility & Sustainability, Nielsen
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 & Mediation Services
- Sandra Huculak, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment, ATB Financial
Create Value with a Strong Brand and Reputation
Positive brands and reputations have the ability to increase firm market value, attract and retain new employees, increase consumer loyalty, and mitigate risk. While each department has a part to play in building a positive brand and reputation, the contributions of thoughtful environmental, social, and governance investments cannot be overstated. When connected to your brand and reputation strategy, corporate citizenship can increase goodwill, and protect your company’s reputation. Join us to learn how your corporate citizenship program can increase the positive perceptions of your company and maximize value for your company and your cause partners.
- Moderator: Jorge Casimiro, Vice President, Global Community Impact, NIKE, Inc; President, NIKE Foundation
- Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters
- Laura Freveletti, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, Allstate Insurance Company
- Deb O’Connor, Director, Global Corporate Reputation and Community Relations, Whirlpool Corporation
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
- Doris Dunn, Director, Community Relations, Farmers Insurance Group
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
- Nora Moreno Cargie, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Tufts Health Plan; President, Tufts Health Plan Foundation
- George Patsouris, Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development, Natixis Global Asset Management
- Karina TenBruggencate, Giving Back Program Manager, Pandora
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, Global Volunteerism & Event Sponsorships, 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
What We Say WITHOUT Words: A Workshop on Nonverbal Communication
Corporate citizenship often requires you to influence colleagues and community partners. You have honed your program messages, but have you thought about the other messages you may be conveying?
Audiences extract meaning from both non-verbal and verbal symbols: Stance, eye contact, gestures, vocal quality and inflection, pitch, pace, use of pauses, linguistic choices, and so forth. Presenters typically give less thought to non-verbal communication than to message content, even though non-verbal symbols often carry as much—or more—meaning.
This interactive workshop focuses on how we express our ideas, with particular attention to non-verbal messaging. Through exercises and discussion, participants will:
- be able to identify visual and vocal symbols that communicate confidence and authority;
- understand the capacity of non-verbal messages to enhance and strengthen the verbal message or, alternatively, to contradict and obscure the message; and
- identify linguistic strategies that advance the speaker's goals.
- Moderator: Nancy Dunbar, Teaching Fellow, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Sustainability Trends— How Will They Impact Your Organization?
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
Meeting Business & Community Goals Through Youth Mentoring
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.
- Moderator: Daniel Horgan, Corporate Partnerships Consultant, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
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
Robots for the Win! Building a Successful STEM Partnership with FIRST® Robotics
The social, environmental, and economic impacts of educating and advancing skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are a strategic priority for many companies, governments, and NGOs. As you begin to build your STEM programs, how do you choose from so many excellent nonprofit partners? An effective partnership will provide a mutually beneficial partnership that enables both the business and the nonprofit to achieve their goals together.
In this interactive case study, Analog Devices will discuss the key points for choosing and engaging with nonprofit STEM partners as it shares its journey from a grass roots to regional sponsorship working with FIRST robotics. Please join us to learn more about how the company built a multi-platform approach to provide a successful partnership with FIRST robotics and created a robust program that benefited students, employees, and the community.
- Maria Tagliaferro, Director, Technology Advocacy, Analog Devices, Inc.
- Colleen Donham, CSR Consultant and Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy Alumni
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