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Colleen Olphert

Director, Membership and Member Services

Colleen leads the strategy and operations related to the recruitment and retention of member companies. Since joining the center in 2001 Colleen has had thousands of conversations with business professionals on the challenges and opportunities corporate citizenship presents to them. In her current role she uses her knowledge and experience to provide direction on content connected to member services. Prior to joining the Center, Colleen worked in the non-profit sector. She received her MBA and MSW from Boston College.

Recent Posts by Author


Disaster relief in the short and long term

Disaster preparedness is a long-term commitment that should be part of every company’s corporate citizenship strategy.

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How big companies can help diverse small businesses thrive

As diverse entrepreneurs were disproportionately affected by the recent economic downturn, Nielsen and Fiserv stepped in with critical resources.

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Starting a career in corporate social responsibility

Hoping to build a career in corporate social responsibility. Experts weigh in on the paths, skills, and networking that launched their CSR career success.

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Using the SDGs as a blueprint to build a better future

Learn about one company's robust social impact strategy rooted in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Commitment to inclusion across markets

How Nasdaq is using its influence as an exchange to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion among its own employees, communities, and the market at large.

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Virtual volunteering lessons learned

How one company successfully navigated its new virtual volunteering program and tracked results for employee engagement and loyalty.

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Workplace Giving Best Practices

Evidence shows offering workplace giving and matching gifts options can have a positive impact on employee attitudes toward their companies.

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Corporate Citizenship Responses to COVID-19

A regularly updated post on how Center members are stepping up to support responders, remove barriers to healthcare, and provide services and products to those who need them most.

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Women in STEM: empowering the next generation

On this International Women’s Day, we are spotlighting gender equality with the story of how one company is promoting women in STEM.

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Hometown heroes for food security

The Campbell Soup Foundation, the charitable arm of Campbell’s, has provided financial support to local champions that inspire positive change in communities throughout the U.S. where the company’s employees live and work

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Improving health and wellness in diverse communities

Committed to economic inclusion, Tufts Health Plan has spent $80-plus million with businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans, people with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Bold steps toward climate resiliency

TCFD-aligned reporting helped Verizon place its existing climate goals in a strategic context by connecting them to long-term business strategies.

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Feeding Families and Saving Lives

Dutch Bros Coffee has always maintained its promise to give back to its community, and one way it does that is through various fundraising drives held throughout the year.

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Improving emotional well-being for remote employees

“Adobe Cares” is the principle that Adobe uses when designing its well-being programs, and in a short period of time, the computer software company has turned to innovative solutions to tackle the challenges we are currently facing as a society.

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A corporate effort to ensure all citizens have a voice this election

How ViacomCBS launched a mass voter registration, early voting, and get-out-the-vote campaign crafted to respond to the specific challenges of the 2020 election season.

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How companies are getting out the vote

In this presidential election year, many companies with U.S. operations are encouraging civic engagement among employees and local communities in ways that are both thoughtful and non-partisan.

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Guiding students through life’s storms

Blue Shield of California launched the BlueSky program to offer support for student mental health challenges and boost youth resiliency

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How we expect leaders to communicate in crisis

Chief executives from our member companies have led on communicating genuine public statements through the pandemic.

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Confronting the homelessness crisis

Compounded by our new normal, the housing challenge has existed for many years—and corporate citizenship programs have rallied to confront it with resources and community partnerships.

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Wellness programs that support the whole employee

Research shows participation in such programs can improve employee productivity—here's how one company integrates both emotional well-being and physical activity into its initiatives.

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