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Sunday, March 26 | 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. | America Ballroom 

Behind the Scenes: Lessons in Storytelling

Storytelling that is emotive, demonstrates impact, and helps us understand the world better is part of what it takes to create sustainable progress. Learn behind-the-scenes practices from FedEx on how it uses tools like filmmaking, social media, and internal communications to tell its stories to inspire change. We will look at how to identify stories, tell stories, coordinate stories, and spread stories.

        Neil Gibson


 Neil J. Gibson
Vice President
Corporate Communications
FedEx Services

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Monday, March 27 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. | America Ballroom

The Boston WINs Ecosystem—Deepening Impact through Coordinated Action

Boston Workforce Investment Network, or Boston WINs, founded and led by the State Street Foundation, is a $20 million, multi-year strategy with the goal of accelerating the impact on education and workforce development across the city of Boston. Focusing on the continuum from high school to career, Boston WINs brings together five collaborating nonprofits—The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), Bottom Line, College Advising Corps, uAspire and Year Up—each of whom have the ultimate goal of advancing job readiness. In this session, learn how Boston WINs is improving the scale and reach of its partner organizations, allowing them to do more together than they could alone-creating an ecosystem of support for Boston youth that will impact the talent pipeline in Boston.

Kathryn Horgan
State Street



Michael Scannell
SVP & Head of Corporate Citizenship, State Street Foundation, and Talent Acquisition


Nicole Hurd
Founder & CEO
College Advising Corps
Bob Giannino


J. Keith Motley
University of Massachusetts Boston



Tommy Chang
Boston Public Schools


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Monday, March 27 | 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. | America Ballroom

Building a Sustainable and Thriving Ecosystem With Your Local Community

Through careful planning and development, a company can use its presence in a community to make meaningful change. In 2015, New Balance worked to create a healthier, more connected, and more sustainable future for the Brighton/Allston area with its new global headquarters building, a facility that caps off more than 100 years of investment in the Boston area. Together with local organizations, New Balance is transforming the area through greater transportation/mobility offerings, communal green space, and increased support to local nonprofits. In this session, you'll hear how New Balance is revolutionizing the role of business in the community, illustrating that thoughtful community investment has the power to drive sustainable change while unlocking new business opportunities.

Robert DeMartini        
 Robert T. DeMartini
Chief Executive Officer and President
New Balance Athletics, Inc.



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Monday, March 27 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | America Ballroom

Philanthropy: Transforming Ourselves and Others

By accessing the management system within Liberty Mutual Insurance, the philanthropy team created greater impact in its philanthropic work. Hear how Liberty Mutual Foundation’s exercise in listening to the Voice of the Customer altered its framework and programming. A case study in discovering and addressing youth homelessness provides a powerful example of a program that is beginning to yield important dividends to the community. Special guests from Chapin Hall, Voices of Youth Count at University of Chicago, Bridge over Troubled Waters, Y2Y, and young people who have themselves been homeless will all play a role in this discussion.

Melissa M. MacDonnell
President, Liberty Mutual Foundation
Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance



Klare Shaw
National Director, Programs for Corporate Philanthropy
Liberty Mutual Foundation


Matthew Morton
Principal Investigator, Voices of Youth Count
Chapin Hall, University of Chicago
Elisabeth Jackson
Executive Director
Bridge Over Troubled Waters


Sam Greenberg
Co-Founder and Co-Director
Y2Y Youth Shelter



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Monday, March 27 | 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. | America Ballroom

Logistics of Caring: Innovation, Impact and Capacity Building

As a leader in global logistics, UPS is uniquely equipped to support communities worldwide in disaster preparedness and capacity building. UPS has provided everything from warehouse set-up and redesign, preparedness training, and in-country, pre-disaster assessments, to implementation of technology for supply chain management optimization during a crisis. In 2016, The UPS Foundation launched the first medical drone program in the world with Gavi and Zipline. In this session, UPS corporate responsibility leaders will highlight the company’s use of core business competencies to detail how they support communities through private-public partnerships.

Joe Ruiz
Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program
The UPS Foundation


Moz Siddiqui
Manager, Private Sector Partnerships, Gavi


Karen Smith
Private Sector Section, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch | UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


Scarlet Cronin
Senior Director, Partnerships & Philanthropy, Tent Foundation 

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Tuesday, March 28 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | America Ballroom

Driving Transparency and Sustainability: Big Challenges in Big Manufacturing

In 2014, ArcelorMittal—the world's largest steel and mining company—began a process to develop and implement what World Steel Association has called the most ambitious sustainability narrative in the steel industry. In this session, ArcelorMittal corporate responsibility leaders will detail their process of internal socialization, external stakeholder engagement and implementation of a new and innovative sustainability strategy. They asked stakeholders, "What would it mean if ArcelorMittal were the most sustainable steel company in the world?" You will learn from their lessons, triumphs and mistakes. This session will provide a framework for developing a sustainability narrative, navigating landmines in implementation, and creating an iterative process that will engage every level of your organization and your stakeholders to drive sustainability in your work.

Bill Steers       >Marcy Twete
  William C. Steers
President, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation;
GM, Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Americas


  Marcy Twete
Executive Director, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation;
Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Americas

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Tuesday, March 28 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm | America Ballroom


In an insightful and compelling session based on his revolutionary book, Connectography, Parag Khanna will explore the technological and geopolitical ecosystems that are shaping your corporate citizenship work and our world. Khanna offers a tour through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea—all to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.

Yet Connectography is a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars, global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality, and frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.

Erin L. Haberman       >Parag Khanna
  Erin L. Haberman
Director of Community Relations, Travelers


  Parag Khanna
Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore
Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality
Co-Founder & CEO, Factotum

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