A personal commitment: learning


The following is excerpted from Issue 29 of The Corporate Citizen.

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” –Abigail Adams

Continual learning is an essential part of corporate citizenship practice. Our work is varied, fast-paced, and constantly evolving, all of which require ongoing evaluation of the trends and skills that maximize perfor­mance. In fact, the Center’s Profile of the Professionals re­search tells us that the majority of people in corporate citizen­ship roles invest in professional development directly relating to the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business. 

However, as Abigail Adams identified, learning does not happen by accident. We know that your time is precious. Corporate citizenship professionals have increasing workloads as your good work gains more attention from executives and you respond to mounting engagement and reporting demands. 

Despite—and even because of—your shifting day-to-day responsibilities, part of your corporate citizenship role is to evolve with the field. The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship offers resources to help you develop professional skills that meet the growing needs and rigorous stan­dards by which your stakeholders judge your work. We offer a variety of programs in sev­eral convenient formats adapted to multiple learning preferences. We help you develop core competencies that not only advance cor­porate citizenship across your company, but advance your personal career goals as well. 

As we strive to meet those needs, we are delighted to offer the Accelerated Certificate of Practice Summit, which makes the most of your time by offering in-person course workshops and high-value networking experiences blended with self-paced online learning. This program dives deep into CSR best practices, and allows you to learn core subjects and elective topics most relevant to your work. Summits take place in the fall in San Diego and the spring in Boston. With this program, you can earn your Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice in half the time out of the office at a fraction of the cost. 

In the latest edition of the Corporate Citizen, our special career and learning issue, you will find leaders sharing stories of growth and continuous improvement; from the Mary Kay Founda­tion’s iterative journey from an informal donation program to a strategic corporate citizenship effort, to BBVA’s commitment to turning around its score on the Com­munity Reinvestment Act examination. 

Also in this issue, you will find an extensive catalog of our Executive Educa­tion offerings for the coming year. We invite you to browse the courses we offer—in-person, online, and in blended format—to explore how we can help you meet your professional goals in corporate citizenship. We are here to support your learning path every step of the way.

Read more in Issue 29 of The Corporate Citizen.