Movers, Shakers & Impact Makers: Inclusion and equity for working parents

inclusion and equity for working parents

Featured this week: Kaitlyn WonJung Chang, Accenture; Andy Smith, Texas Instruments; Kate Burke, AllianceBernstein; Duncan Rotherham, ICF; Allstate; Analog Devices; CBRE; Charles River Labs; Blue Shield of California; Fannie Mae; Pitney Bowes; Southwest Airlines; Suffolk Construction; Takeda; Travelers; ViacomCBS; Western Digital; WE Communications; Nimmi Kanji, TELUS; Ian Bailey, Qurate Retail Group; Greg Cunningham, U.S. Bank; Groupon; Yum! Brands

The member community convened by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is one of a kind. The 500+ companies we serve each year around the globe are leaders in environmental, social, and governance action, and the thousands of individuals who make up this network are some of the best in the field!

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Here is how our members have been working to build better business and a better world:

Spotlight on You

Kaitlyn WonJung Chang, brand innovation lead at Accenture, shared a piece on LinkedIn about her recent talk at Forward Festival 2021, which she gave with her baby on stage. As a new mom navigating maternity leave, WonJung Chang talked about the experience of self-censoring her motherhood for fear of being viewed as unprofessional. She called on employers and coworkers to support more fluid, flexible boundaries between office and home, career and family—allowing people to be “human,” even at work.

Andy Smith, director, giving and volunteering at Texas Instruments, was honored at the 33rd annual Obelisk Awards, hosted by Business Council for the Arts (BCA), as 2021’s Business Champion for the Arts.  “[Smith’s work] aims to build strong communities within TI’s major site communities, primarily Dallas their headquarters, by investing in education, human services, racial equity, and arts,” said event hosts. “Mr. Smith’s impact is greatly furthered by dedicating his own time and talent to local arts and culture organizations, which are a key component to thriving communities.”

AllianceBernstein COO, Kate Burke, was recently named among the Most Powerful Women in Finance by America Banker. After taking on the role of chief operating officer at AllianceBernstein last year, Burke focused on ensuring transparency and accountability among senior leadership at the firm. Her efforts led to the development of “scorecards” for firm leaders, which evaluated not only investment and business performance but also employee engagement, corporate culture, and diversity and inclusion. The program has fostered a more unified environment as well as increased engagement and professional development within leadership ranks.

Energy expert Duncan Rotherham, vice president with ICF was named to Canada’s Clean50 list for 2021 in the Consultants & Enablers category. Clean 50 recognizes the top 50 leaders who have done the most to advance sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the previous two years.

Member Job Postings

Altria (Just Added!)
Richmond, VA
Senior Environmental Specialist

Altria (Just Added!)
Richmond, VA
Manager, Underage Prevention and Cessation Support 

Analog Devices 
Wilmington, MA
CSR Specialist

Multiple Locations
Corporate Communications Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

Blue Shield of California
Oakland, CA
Senior Corporate Citizenship Specialist

Booz Allen Hamilton
Washington, DC
Employee Community Engagement Manager

Charles River Labs
Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fannie Mae
Washington, DC
Community Investment - Consulting - Director

JPMorgan Chase 
Multiple Locations
Corporate Responsibility, Grants Management VP

JPMorgan Chase 
Multiple Locations
Corporate Responsibility Grants Associate

Multiple Locations in Canada or Virtual
Senior Corporate Citizenship Specialist

Qurate Retail Group 
West Chester, PA
Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility

Qurate Retail Group 
West Chester, PA
Senior Community Affairs Partner

SMBC (Just Added!)
New York, NY
ESG Reporting & Disclosure Manager, Vice President

Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX
Corporate Citizenship Advisor

Suffolk Construction (Just Added!)
Boston, MA
Program Coordinator, Giving Circle

Cambridge, MA
Associate Director, Executive Communications and Science Philanthropy

Take-Two Interactive 
New York, NY
Global Director, ESG

Travelers (Just Added!)
Hartford, CT
Operations Manager, Community Relations 

Western Digital
San Jose, CA
Corporate Sustainability Analyst

WE Communications
Multiple Locations
Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Member Companies in the News

TELUS Mobility recently launched a new program to help Indigenous women across Canada who are at risk or are surviving violence. While Indigenous women and girls comprise only 4% of Canada’s total female population, they represent 24% of female homicide victims and are 12 times more likely to go missing. In response, the “Mobility for Good for Indigenous Women at Risk” program provides free smartphones and data plans—a critical lifeline to timely emergency services, reliable access to virtual healthcare and wellness resources, and the ability to stay connected to support networks. Nimmi Kanji, director, TELUS social purpose programs, heads up the initiative, together with partners at ANFCA - Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association .

Qurate Retail Group just expanded its Small Business Spotlight program, which supports entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups by providing opportunities for national exposure on QVCHSN, and Zulily. “We have unmatched opportunities to support the small business community – the engine of the economy – and help these entrepreneurs grow their companies,” said Ian Bailey, senior vice president, communications and community. “By 2025, we intend to have featured at least 500 diverse small businesses through this program as part of our commitment to elevate underrepresented businesses and products across our brands, invite a broader consumer base, and support equity in all its forms.” Since its inception in 2020, many Small Business Spotlight entrepreneurs have reported double-digit or even higher increases in sales, new customers, and/or customer contacts as a result of their participation in the program.

U.S. Bank is deploying $25 million in funding to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) as part of its previously announced U.S. Bank Access Fund - a fund for women of color microbusiness owners. The U.S. Bank Access Fund will support more than 30,000 women of color-owned microbusiness owners over three years, prioritizing Black women business owners. “The U.S. Bank Access Fund recognizes the economic power women business owners represent to their communities and to the economy,” said Greg Cunningham, chief diversity officer for U.S. Bank. “This fund is different because it works to break down structural barriers for women of color business owners and focuses on the smallest, but most common type of businesses – microbusinesses. Investing in these women and their businesses will not only help build wealth but will have a multiplier effect on the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.”

Members on the Move

Members from Groupon, Yum! Brands, and more have registered for Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting—a course now available online or as part of the Accelerated Certificate Summit program, happening this February in San Diego. Learn more about this course, other CSR course topics, and more professional development options now available.