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Teaching Fellows and Executive Advisors at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Our programs for corporate citizenship practitioners, managers, and leaders are designed and taught by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship teaching fellows, business leaders, corporate citizenship peers, and top faculty from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

 

Katherine V. Smith

Katherine is executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Carroll School of Management, and serves as part-time faculty at the Carroll School of Management where she teaches "Business in Society." As executive director, she leads the team, oversees content, events, and strategic partnerships that contribute to the organization's success. Katherine has worked with public private partnerships for more than 20 years through her career in nonprofit and higher education. She has worked at Brown University where she served last as AVP for Research, and the University of Massachusetts where she served as COO of the Foundation with more than $700 million under management. She has unique experience working on facilitating large scale public-private partnerships and joint research projects over the course of her career. Katherine is the co-author with Dave Stangis of '21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and to Your Business.'

 

Nelmara Arbex

Nelmara Arbex is globally known because of her forward-looking work on how the power of transparency—enabled by technology—will change the way organizations operate, build trust, and make their resources available to be used to tackle society’s real challenges. She presented an overview on this topic in the work “Sustainability and Reporting in 2025”, which she led as Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She is the founder and CEO of Arbex & Company, an international network of experts in various fields aiming to use their imagination and expertise to support leaders and their teams to become architects of a sustainable and creative future. Her current clients are large multinationals and other organizations in a variety of fields. Nelmara is a theoretical physicist. She left her academic carrier to use her problem solving skills to tackle concrete problems. She started in business as a consultant on strategy and innovation at McKinsey & Co in 1999. She has then worked in the sustainability and business field for companies and not-for-profit organizations such as Instituto Ethos and Natura Cosmeticos, in Brazil, and the Global Reporting Initiative, in The Netherlands.  As GRI Deputy Chief Executive, among other projects, she led the global multi-stakeholder consultation process involving thousands of people to create GRI G4. She was also part of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group, which developed the IIRC Framework. Later, as GRI Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting, she led the Sustainability and Reporting 2025 project, focusing on the future of sustainability and corporate reporting in the next decade. Nelmara is a frequent speaker at events around the world. She has produced and co-authored several publications and articles. Nelmara is also a member of various organizations’ councils. Her PhD degree in theoretical high energy physics is from the University of Marburg, Germany and her postgraduate degree in Sustainability and Business is from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has been nominated for the Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize 2016. Nelmara is Brazilian and lives in Amsterdam.

 

Cindy Conner

Cindy Dixon Conner is a communications consultant. As the former Director of Citizenship and Reputation at FedEx, Conner has worked in every area of Workplace and Marketplace communications for the Fortune 100 company, which has $39 billion in annual revenues. She was responsible for building the reputation platform for one of the world’s most admired companies, and lent her skills to the Interactive Editorial Board to determine external and internal use of new media. Cindy led a communications team responsible for positioning FedEx as a global thought leader. She also managed a multi-disciplinary team for corporate-wide communications and developed internal brand standards. Most recently, Cindy was a member of the Corporate Communications leadership team, developing and implementing communications strategies that maintain, strengthen and protect the FedEx brand. 

 

Stephen Donofrio 

Stephen Donofrio is Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations, and offers more than 10 years of experience working with companies, communities, governments, and not-for-profit organizations on ESG assessment, strategy, reporting, and communications; responsible investing; environmental markets; carbon finance; and sustainable development. In addition, he is Senior Advisor to Forest Trends’ recently launched project Supply-Change.org. Formerly Vice President of CDP North America, Stephen directed the organization’s work in Canada and managed North America’s partnerships and investor disclosure programs for climate, energy, water, forest risk commodities. He joined CDP from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), where he administered the Carbon Offsets Program, recruited new corporations to the legally-binding cap-and-trade program, managed member and partner accounts, and provided research and analysis of environmental markets, regulations/policies, and programs.

 

Rebecca Leonard

Rebecca Leonard has a love of building meaningful brands that has driven her 25 year career in communications and corporate responsibility. As Managing Principal of Purposeful Projects, she develops strategies, campaigns and activations for brands on their citizenship journey.  Prior to launching her company, she held numerous roles at The TJX Companies, including head of public relations, community relations and the TJX Foundation.  She also led development, activation and measurement of social responsibility strategies as well as several multi-brand integrated marketing campaigns to support the enterprise.

Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked in brand development at The Boston Beer Company, driving brand-building and sales initiatives for Samuel Adams and Twisted Tea.  She also held progressive roles in marketing agencies, from Field Manager to Managing Director, and worked on brands such as Snapple, Universal and AT&T.  She studied economics at Loyola University of Chicago and attended the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Leadership Academy.

 

Christopher Lloyd

Chris is the former executive director of corporate responsibility for Verizon Communications. For more than 25 years, he steered the development of Verizon’s corporate responsibility strategy. During that time, he helped the business identify ways to apply its communication technology solutions to create strategic opportunities that addressed community challenges. In this role, he assisted business units in implementing responsible business practices that focused on Verizon’s most material environmental and social impacts, and served as executive editor of the company’s first fifteen corporate responsibility reports, integrating financial and corporate responsibility performance reporting. He also oversaw the development of metrics and measurement systems to quantify the environmental and social impact of Verizon products and programs.

Chris also served as the Vice-Chair of the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) as a thought-leader on the role of information and communications technology, in order to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support human rights. He also served on the member’s group of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization that provides resources to make the online world safer for children and their families.

Chris earned a B.A. in European History/German from Middlebury College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

 

Lynnette McIntire

For 17 years at UPS, Lynnette McIntire managed global reputation management, sustainability communications, executive communications, and public relations programs. Her projects included leading the company's first corporate responsibility materiality assessment, stakeholder engagement, five sustainability reports, and sustainability program development. Before joining UPS, Lynnette managed marketing communications and employee communications for FedEx in the Asia Pacific Region. Lynnette is currently the CEO of Silver Birch Communications, which specializes in sustainability communications and strategy, executive thought leadership, issues management, and stakeholder engagement. 

 

Bo Miller

Bo Miller is a Teaching Fellow with the Center. Previously, he was the Global Director for Corporate Citizenship for The Dow Chemical Company.  He was responsible for identifying corporate citizenship issues and trends important to the company, and in turn, developing and implementing the company’s global corporate citizenship strategy. Bo also served as the President and Executive Director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and Director of Corporate/Community Affairs for Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR), Michigan. He joined Dow in 1978 and held a variety of sales, marketing, and business management roles before assuming his role as Global Director in July of 2004.
 

Lance Pierce

Lance Pierce is a leader, strategic advisor and executive with companies, foundations and non-profits; building new ventures and partnerships for sustainable investing, climate, corporate responsibility, international development and policy. Prior roles include President, Global Development for ADEC Innovations, an IT and professional services firm serving clients around the world in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, and serving as Head of Partnerships and Sustainable Finance for the ADEC Foundation. Lance's NGO executive roles include President of CDP North America, the world's largest platform for investors, corporations and cities to share data, manage performance and build action programs on climate, energy, water, forests and supply chains, and Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of leading sustainability organization, Ceres, where he oversaw policy and strategic planning, launched signature program initiatives and co-founded the $22 trillion Global Investor Coalition. In CSR and public affairs he served Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 11 food and consumer goods company, Altria Group, focused on human rights, marketplace issues and economic impact in supply chains.

Lance has been a consultant to global consumer brands, leading NGOs and UN agencies on South-South cooperation. He is a Senior Program Fellow at the Harvard Corporate Responsibility Initiative, and Executive Advisor at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, US board member of Swiss international development organization, Helvetas, and former Track Adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative. Lance has been a speaker at The White House, high level industry and investor conferences, the UN climate negotiations and appeared in global media including CNN, Fox, Wall St Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes and others. Twitter @piercelance 

 

Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin is a seasoned business executive with experience in general management, corporate citizenship, nonprofit management, HR management, and leadership development. Most recently Kate served as Head of Social Responsibility at UnitedHealth Group and President of the United Health Foundation, where the company achieved national recognition including being named to the Civic 50, #1 in health care; Best Corporate Steward and Best US Business Neighbor by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Dow Jones Sustainability Index since inception; and also received the Corporate Engagement Award from Points of Light. Kate’s previous experience includes 19 years with IBM in various positions including general management, marketing, consulting, and leadership development.  She also led a technology trade association and foundation, and founded Leadership Foundations, a consulting practice focused on leadership development and corporate citizenship. Kate holds a BBA from the University of Iowa and an MA in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.   


Susan L. Santos, PhD

Susan Santos is an expert in risk communication and risk assessment. She brings extensive hands-on technical experience with years of research and implementation aiding clients with strategic design, comprehensive implementation, and expert evaluation of health, safety, and environmental issue-oriented risk communication programs. Currently, she is executing intervention strategies for communicating hazardous waste cleanup programs, food product safety issues, military deployment related risks, and decommissioning a nuclear reactor facility, and is engaged in developing crisis communication and evaluation programs.

 

Dave Stangis

Dave Stangis is a growth-oriented C-suite executive with broad experience in multiple sectors. As Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer for Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), he reported to Campbell’s President and CEO. He has designed and implemented world-class reputation & stakeholder management functions in high-tech and food systems, for two very different Fortune 500 corporations with board and executive team partnership. He led both Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Campbell through strategic evolutions to global benchmarks in purpose, corporate citizenship, communications, sustainability and transparency.

Dave helped create and serves on the boards of two Public Benefit Corporations (PBCs) – Plum Organics and The Soulfull Project – within Campbell. Dave is a Board Director and Chair of Net Impact, a global community of 100,000 young innovative professionals. He has served on many non-profit boards over 10+ years.

At Intel, he worked directly with the Board of Directors to establish governance processes and visibility to citizenship and sustainability. He served as counselor to the board on topics ranging from toxics and community impacts to business operations in China and Israel resulting in more predictable planning and growth. He managed major activist campaigns against Intel and directly managed negotiations with proxy resolution filers to resolution or withdrawal.

Dave advises leading companies on ESG, technology, reputation and resiliency strategies. He has experience in all media situations and is a subject matter expert in Risk and Reputation Management, Communications, Strategy, Public Affairs, Crisis Management, Operations, Biotechnology, InfoTech and Philanthropy.

He has been named to the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics - Ethisphere Magazine, 2008 & 2013 and a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, 2011, ‘12, ‘13 & ’14.  He has led two iconic companies in different sectors into the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, 100 Most Reputable Cos, the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations and to the top of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. He is a member of Fast Company’s Impact Council.

 

Rob Vallentine

Rob worked at The Dow Chemical Company for more than 30 years, beginning his career in sales and then moving to marketing and public affairs.  As president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Rob provided strategic direction for Dow's philanthropic priorities around the world. He managed implementation of the Foundation’s $40 million annual charitable contributions, with a keen commitment to education, sustainability and community development. Rob has spent the last decade with the company focusing on building resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities around the world.

With a Bachelor of Science in Business from Southeast Missouri State University and an MBA from Drake University, Rob has served on the boards of the United Way of Midland County, the Delta College Foundation and Hidden Harvest. Rob currently serves on the boards of directors for the Council of Michigan Foundations, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Detroit Economic Club and the Chemical Educational Foundation. He also serves as a community director at Chemical Bank. 

In addition, Rob serves as an executive coach for Creating Our Best, a company focused on maximizing organization strength through personal development, and he is serving as a teaching fellow for Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Rob is a certified LivingWorks trainer for SafeTALK suicide prevention and serves on the Steering Team for the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership.

Rob is on a mission to ignite personal passion to find purpose, and in turn make a positive impact on the world.  While his work and community service have enabled progress and lasting improvement, he is most proud of his roles as father to his four children and partner to his wife. Each member of his family has, in their own way, created positive social change at home and at work, advancing LGBTQ, mental health, autism and youth empowerment.

Boston College Faculty

Andy Boynton, PhD  

Andy Boynton is Dean of the Boston College Carroll School of Management, the author of several books and co-creator of DeepDive™, the world’s leading methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation, and results. Prior to joining Boston College, Andy was a professor of strategy at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland for 10 years. At the IMD he led a faculty team and was program director of one of the world’s top ten Executive MBA programs, as recognized by BusinessWeek. He has recently launched new research projects to explore how distinguished experts from a variety of knowledge-domains work with ideas to achieve professional success and improve their effectiveness in social networks. His latest book, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen (Jossey-Bass), is based on this research and is co-authored with Bill Fischer and William Bole. He has published extensively on factors underlying high-performing teams across a variety of disciplines, including art, science, exploration, and design. His previous books include Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams That Changed Their Worlds (Financial Times-Prentice Hall) and Invented Here: Maximizing Your Organization’s Internal Growth and Profitability (Harvard Business School Press). He is a 1978 graduate of Boston College. Andy earned his MBA and PhD at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has served on the MBA faculty at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business and at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. In addition to his publishing career and role as Dean of the Carroll School of Management, Andy has more than 20 years of experience speaking and designing powerful executive education sessions and seminars for firms around the world. He is often utilized by organizations looking to build more innovative and effective teams and his articles in this area have appeared in elite management journals such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The California Management Review.

 

Nancy R. Dunbar, PhD

Nancy Dunbar, Emerita, Brown University, studies and teaches persuasion, public speaking, and rhetorical theory and analysis. A Brown University faculty member since 1982, she chaired the department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance for five years before moving to University administration, first as Dean of the College and, for 12 years, as Associate Provost. She has led implementations of enterprise management systems, overseen planning for academic space, and developed programs of academic department review and institutional assessment. As a member of the consulting team at Dynamic Communication, Nancy provides communication training programs to academic, nonprofit, and business organizations.

 

Mary Ann Glynn, PhD 

Mary Ann Glynn is Research Director and Inaugural Fellow of the Boston College Carroll School of Management Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, and the Joseph F. Cotter Professor of Organization Studies. She has taught PhD students at Yale University, Emory University, and the University of Michigan. By courtesy, she also serves as a professor of sociology. Her research interests are at the intersection of micro-level cognitive processes (such as learning, creativity and intelligence) and cultural influences (social norms, institutional arrangements, and status affiliations) on identity, symbolism, and organizational leadership. Her research has been published in many leading journals. She is the nationally elected Program Officer for the Academy of Management, Managerial, and Organizational Cognition Division and serves on the editorial board of Organization Science.

 

Michael Pratt, PhD 

Mike Pratt is the Boston College Carroll School of Management O’Connor Family Professor and PhD Director, Management and Organization Department, as well as a fellow for the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics. Prior to joining Boston College, he was a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Illinois. His research interests include how individuals connect with the work that they do, as well as to the organizations, professions, occupations, and other collectives in which they find themselves. Theoretically, his research draws heavily from theories of identity and identification, meaning, emotion, intuition, and culture (e.g., artifacts). Methodologically, while he has published work that utilizes lab research and surveys, much of his work is ethnographic or otherwise qualitative in nature. Questions posed by his current research include the following: “When group conflicts about interests (what groups want) change to conflicts about identity (who we are), how are such seemingly intractable conflicts resolved?” “How do organizations, that are beholden multiple stakeholders, not only create multiple identities in service of these stakeholders, but also integrate these identities into a dynamic whole?” “How can individuals and groups who experience ambivalence, transform that ambivalence into commitment, trust, creativity and wisdom?” And “how do individuals approach their work (e.g., as a vehicle for attaining money, gaining achievement, creating community, serving others, and/or honing a craft), and what difference does this make in terms of how they perform their jobs?” His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines and books. He also has co-edited a book Artifacts and Organizations: Beyond Mere Symbolism (with A. Rafaeli, 2006, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). Dr. Pratt was a recipient of the 2007 Best Paper Award for the Academy of Management Review (with Erik Dane). He has served as qualitative associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal and Division Chair for the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management.

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