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General Sessions at the Conference

Get a sneak peek of the cornerstone sessions happening at the 2022 International Corporate Citizenship Conference.

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Three Days in Boston



General Session One: SUNDAY | APRIL 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Lessons from a social impact program that pulls double duty: Developing talent and community relationships

Do your programs create social impact AND stronger relationships with partners? Hear from BCCCC member company and law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, about its industry-leading social impact initiative, the Weil Legal Innovators Program. Learn how Weil centered the program on cross-sector collaboration to prepare future legal leaders for careers rooted in a deep commitment to public service, while at the same time amplifying the impact of nonprofits and their important missions.

This candid dialogue will explore the genesis and implementation of the program from the perspectives of the CSR experts leading the initiative AND their partners. Attendees will gain a 360 view of what worked and what needed to be augmented to achieve a paradigm shift—one that benefits its participants, its partners, and society as a whole.


Hedieh Fakhriyazdi, Director, Social Responsibility and Weil Foundation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Kristi Jobson, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Harvard Law School

Dr. Adriana Alejandro Osorio, Managing Director, Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship

Barb Short, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sanofi

Jonathan Chan, Impact Manager, Earthwatch, and Weil Legal Innovator



General Session Two: MONDAY | APRIL 25 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Liberty Torchbearers: Creating a bolder community of caring

Over the past five years, Liberty Mutual expanded its community engagement from two episodic campaigns for employee giving (Give with Liberty) and corporate service days (Serve with Liberty) to a year-round comprehensive giving, service, and volunteer program with global impact called Liberty Torchbearers. Built on the foundation of these two programs, the journey to develop Torchbearers’ “community of caring” added new and expanded dimensions of flexibility offering year-round participation options. Additionally, the program Volunteer with Liberty supports employee volunteer choice by tracking and rewarding employees’ vital work of giving back to the community.

Attendees who join this session will learn how Liberty Torchbearers evolved to become a model for comprehensive employee engagement programs.


Melissa MacDonnell, President, Liberty Mutual Foundation; Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, Senior Director of Community Relations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Trish Gillis, Senior Program Manager, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jazmine Ramirez, Senior Program Manager, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Patricia Mayers, Assistant Director of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy, Entities, and Partnerships, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Courtney Quinn, Vice President of Brand Strategy, Liberty Mutual Insurance



General Session Three: MONDAY | APRIL 25 | 12:45 - 1:45 PM

Catalyzing racial equality: The role of the private sector

Bank of America, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, drives responsible growth to deliver success for clients and address pressing societal issues. One example of this work is the bank’s longstanding commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, including a $1.25 billion five-year commitment. This session will break open an honest dialogue about how companies are examining the many ways they can be part of the solution through real, actionable change that permeates across the entire organization.

From silo-busting to accountability, to employee-first approaches, to courageous conversations and impact measurement, attendees will learn about how one company—BofA—is focused on advancing opportunities for diverse teammates, clients, and communities. The panelists will talk about where the company is in its racial equality and economic opportunity work, learnings along the way, where it is headed, and how all people can all contribute to economic and social progress that addresses the systemic change needed for people and communities of color to succeed.


Moderator: Ebony Thomas, Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Initiative Program Executive, Bank of America

Yasmin Cruz Ferrine, General Partner and Co-Founder, Visible Hands VC

Daniel Acheampong, General Partner and Co-Founder, Visible Hands VC



General Session Four: MONDAY | APRIL 25 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The power of strategic partnerships

For nearly 25 years, Altria’s tobacco companies have actively addressed one of the most critical issues facing its industry—underage use of tobacco products. Today, underage smoking rates are at generational lows. However, following a rapid rise in youth e-vapor rates in 2018 and 2019, there are early signs that this trend may be reversing. These trends are encouraging, and Altria is working actively with a coalition of partners to address these and other youth issues through strong stakeholder relationships.

The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, has brought to the forefront unprecedented new challenges facing both youth and youth-serving organizations—challenges they will continue to navigate and experience for years to come. Join Jennifer Hunter, Altria’s senior vice president of corporate citizenship, and Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council. The National 4-H Council is the first national youth-serving organization to partner with Altria—beginning the relationship in 1998. Together they will discuss how the power of this strategic partnership, rooted in purpose and bold action, delivers on their shared goals of reduced underage tobacco use, positive outcomes for youth, and supports the ever-changing needs of youth and families.


Jennifer Hunter, Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Altria Client Services LLC

Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4-H Council

Immanuel Sutherland, Senior Manager, Community Impact, Altria



General Session Five: MONDAY | APRIL 25 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Fulfilling society’s promise: How corporate America can support families in powering children’s potential

PNC Bank completed the integration of BBVA USA into its operations in 2021, making it the fifth largest bank in the country. With its $88 billion community benefits plan, PNC aims to move the communities it serves forward financially with significant investments in affordable housing, entrepreneurship, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). PNC is also increasing and expanding its philanthropy, including the PNC Grow Up Great® program—a $500 million, multi-year, bilingual school readiness initiative reaching low- and moderate-income children from birth to age five. Attendees will learn more about this initiative and hear from one of the program’s long-term grant partners, Dr. Dana Suskind. In this presentation, Dr. Suskind will discuss the importance of building a “parent nation”—that is, a society that shares the responsibility of raising children. Dr. Suskind will make the case that society has abdicated its responsibility to families, adopting policies and norms that directly conflict with the science of early childhood development. By identifying how our current economic and social structures make it difficult for parents to fulfill their role as their child's first and most important teacher, Dr. Suskind outlines the private sector's critical role in mitigating this injustice and building a society that enables parents and caregivers to meet the needs of young children.


J. Reymundo Ocañas, Executive Vice President, Director of Community Development Banking, PNC Bank

Sally McCrady, Executive Vice President and Director of Community Affairs, PNC Bank; Chair and President, PNC Foundation

Dana Suskind, MD, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Policy (affiliated), University of Chicago; Co-Director, TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health



General Session Six: TUESDAY | APRIL 26 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Advancing DEI: Wells Fargo's investment in next-generation nonprofit leadership

Wells Fargo is partnering with national advocacy organizations to develop the next generation of leaders. In this conversation, attendees will hear from Wells Fargo leaders about why and how they initiated this program, as well as perspectives from colleagues at the national advocacy organizations they support. Join this session to learn how Wells Fargo and its partners see the future, what they are doing to create a more just and inclusive world, and how your company can help.


Georgette “Gigi” Dixon, Executive Vice President and Head of External Engagement Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion, Wells Fargo & Company

Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director, Latino Memphis

Njemile Davis Michael, Digital Program Analyst, Technology Division, USAID

Shyam R. Gadwal, Vice President of Scholarships and Programs, Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars



General Session Seven: TUESDAY | APRIL 26 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Closing Keynote: Ron Garan, Astronaut, Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, Humanitarian

In this closing session, sponsored by Target, hear from keynote speaker Ron Garan, a highly decorated NASA astronaut, fighter pilot, and active social entrepreneur who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.

Ron is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective and is currently launching two new books: Railroad to the Moon and Floating in Darkness. Ronald Brown, Vice President for Community Impact at Target, will introduce the keynote.


Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut, Combat Fighter Pilot, and Active Social Entrepreneur

Ronald Brown, Vice President for Community Impact, Target