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General Sessions & Speakers | Corporate Citizenship Conference

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

Who cares? Why you need more than passion to compel an organization and create action

While both the public and private sector recognize that corporate citizenship is the right thing to do, CSR practitioners know that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities deliver business AND social value, and are cognizant of their role to not only raise awareness for and address causes, but to set a new standard by changing how companies create the world in which we want to do business and the world in which we want to live.

Yet, for the even the most dedicated corporate citizenship professional, this can at times feel like pushing water uphill. It can be frustrating and downright wearying when the rest of the organization is slow to get behind worthy ESG efforts such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring a sustainable supply chain, supporting important community causes, or investing in employee volunteering.

As all CSR professionals know, achieving sustainable progress requires the involvement of the entire company—and can’t be achieved by the corporate citizenship department alone. However, a company’s internal and external stakeholders often harbor conflicting ideas about how CSR efforts should be focused, organized, and measured. So what is the solution? More passion? More purpose? Not quite.

In this entertaining and insightful keynote, award-winning writer and speaker Terri Trespicio will take a closer look at how we can dismantle the cultural myths about passion and purpose and help us reframe what we do and why—offering a fresh approach to how we can engage our companies more fully, lift our communities, and create lasting change.

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TERRI TRESPICIO

Award-winning writer and speaker

GENERAL SESSIONS:

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 8:30am
Taking the long view to advance corporate citizenship

Successful corporate citizenship is a long-term game, but sometimes it can be a challenge to maintain your focus and purpose in a dynamic climate. In this session, learn how you can deliver a long-term approach to community and company sustainability by defining risk in both conventional and unconventional ways. Whether advancing best practices for disaster preparedness and response or promoting multicultural understanding, learn how Travelers has made the necessary connections to achieve resilience and results for all stakeholders. Join Travelers Vice President of Community Relations Marlene Ibsen as she shares a few key initiatives and strategic partnerships that partnerships present both strategic opportunities and challenges for advancing corporate citizenship—and how you can navigate these factors to deliver long term results.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY TRAVELERS

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MARLENE IBSEN

Vice President of Community Relations, Travelers

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 12:45pm
Making decisions that make a difference: How to create programs that strengthen communities and your workforce

As a corporate citizenship professional, you’re expected to deliver value to the communities you serve AND to your business. Building on the importance of corporate citizenship strategy and brand alignment, this session will deep dive into ways you can develop powerful community engagement programs that create social impact, develop innovative business skills, and engage your people.

Join Deborah K. Holmes, EY Americas Corporate Responsibility Leader, as she leads a panel discussion on how to create greater corporate citizenship impact inside and outside your organization. We’ll structure our discussion in three tiers: broad impact initiatives that you can easily implement now, mid-level, and mature. Illustrated with real-world examples from EY’s own proven CR programs, the panelists will provide insights and stats that you can use to gain leadership support, strengthen existing initiatives, and push to develop new, even more ambitious programs.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY EY

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DEBORAH K. HOLMES

Americas Director of Corporate Responsibility, EY

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MAYRA TOLOSA

Advisory Senior Manager, EY

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JESSE KUPER

Advisory Manager, EY

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EDWIN AGUILAR

Assurance Senior, EY

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GREG GLATER

Assurance Senior Manager, EY

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PAMELA K. MIZUNO

Legal Operations Manager, EY

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SHELBY ANGULO

Associate General Counsel, EY

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 8:00am
Set the bar high: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

To address global challenges such as climate change, poverty, and access to education, companies are being called upon to work with public and private partners to drive meaningful change. UPS, like many other companies, is meeting this call by pledging to support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 ambitious goals with the vision to create the world in which we want to do business, and the world in which we want to live.

Companies that commit to initiatives like the SDGs not only have the opportunity to do good in the world, they are also meeting stakeholder expectations AND working on the frontlines to set the agenda for environmental, social, and governance issues going forward. In this fast-moving flash-talk session about why the SDGs matter to all of us and how companies have a unique role to play in achieving them.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY UPS

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JERALD BARNES

Director, Global Community Relations and Corporate Relations, The UPS Foundation

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TIM MOHIN

Chief Executive, GRI

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Sue Stephenson

Interim CEO, IMPACT2030

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