Annual Conference

Session Descriptions

general session speaker

General Session

Creating the Future, Together

Shawn Kanungo

Today, we are undergoing a paradigm shift as the world becomes more dynamic, intertwined, and unpredictable. Organizations must develop an ecosystem approach to innovation, leveraging talent inside and outside the company to navigate the future. 

Shawn Kanungo provides a bold, unique, contrarian view of the near-term future. He outlines disruptive forces impacting every industry (AI, Digital Business Models, etc.). He then explores how organizations can become more adaptable, experimental, and collaborative. 

Weaving together storytelling, humor, inspiration, and actionable takeaways, audiences will walk away with a roadmap on how to disrupt themselves before someone else does and how organizations can create a brighter future together.

Pre-conference sessions

Sunday, September 8 @ 1:00 - 2:00 PM

In an increasingly politicized society, conflict resolution tools are a must. This session applies a culturally responsive, inclusive framework to navigate challenging conversations, mediate tense scenarios, and reconcile opposing views.

Speaker: Nicole Cardoza, CEO, Reclamation Ventures

As a CSR practitioner looking to put your skills to use that resonates with purpose, Rob Acton shares learnings from his new book, “Becoming a Causie”, outlining a roadmap to identify, impact, and lead on your cause through nonprofit board service.

Speaker: Rob Acton, Founder & CEO, Cause Strategy Partners

Strong impact reports speak to their audience, create business value, and intentionally unite numbers and narrative. In this session, we will look at how we can craft strong reports through real-life examples.

Speakers: Morgan Buras-Finlay, Principal Consultant & Founder, Raya Cooper Impact Consulting, LLC

Through a dynamic blend of best practices, real-world client examples, and interactive exercises, this session will explore the role of stakeholder engagement in the design and execution of your corporate volunteer program.

Speakers: Leah Brody, Senior Managing Director, Changing Our World & Brady Press, Senior Director, Changing Our World


The social impact sector is full of contradictions and often does not operate with a standard set of definitions. With ESG taking center stage, both in criticism and impending regulations for corporations, what is the state of CSR? Do both exist at the corporate level? Is CSR being acquired by ESG, or are companies even shying away from using terms like ESG, given the recent news backlash? During this debate-style session, hear from voices in the field and gain insight into conversations at the corporate level regarding structure, emphasis, and the future of corporate social impact. 


  • Molly Porter, Chief Administrative Officer, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo (Moderator)
  • Olivia Khalili, VP, Global Impact, PagerDuty
  • Kimelyn Harris, Philanthropic Giving Strategy Executive, Bank of America

Participatory Practices…a buzzword that’s been thrown around in social impact for several years, but when placed into action what does this truly look like? How can organizations start incorporating this into their work more while being mindful of the pitfalls but open to the possibility. This panel discussion will highlight organizations that have opened lines of communication both internally through ERGs or Volunteer Council programs to externally by bringing diverse community voices to the table to assess and inform their processes and work.


  • Tori Farmer, Managing Director, KPMG
  • Stacey Smida, Senior Manager Global Employee and Community Engagement, Cargill
  • Anique Hameed, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Gilead Sciences

Whether they live separately or together at your organization, the work of social impact can and should support ESG efforts enterprise-wide. While this intersection is not always well defined, human rights due diligence and supplier diversity are two areas where overlap can exist, and both have been in the recent spotlight. Hear how these organizations collaborate across the company and use their social impact programs to advance their companies’ ESG goals. 


  • Erandhi Mendis, Social Impact Lead A/NZ, Kyndryl
  • Additional speakers to be announced soon

Learning Labs

Monday, September 9 @ 2:05 – 3:05 PM

If 2023 was the year of discussion and debate, 2024 is the year of AI action. This session features real-world examples, ideas, and strategies to incorporate AI in your daily work, enhance productivity, program participation, and impact.


  • Devi Thomas, Global Leader, Community Engagement, Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft
  • Sam Caplan, Vice President of Social Impact, Submittable

Watson Institute will facilitate a conversation between one of its corporate partners and a participating entrepreneur to explore how the Fellowship model uniquely positions corporations to:

1. Develop underserved entrepreneurial talent in their priority markets and

2. Create connectivity and engagement across the corporation.

Speaker: Ariana Agombar, Associate VP of Development, Watson Institute

A panel discussing the disaster philanthropy landscape on topics such as when/where to give, how to integrate equity in your disaster giving, managing up with the C-suite during disasters, trust-based philanthropy, & other audience-driven topics.


  • Sara Manning, SVP, Head of Operations, Truist Foundation
  • Christine Riley Miller, Executive Director, Responsible Business & Sustainability, BeiGene
  • Devin Mathias, Senior Director, Development, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
In today’s rapidly evolving social landscape, the challenge of effectively communicating the impact of ESG and social initiatives is more pronounced than ever. Stakeholders are increasingly focused on the “S” in ESG, seeking deeper insights into how organizations are driving social change, fostering equity, and delivering measurable social ROI.
This dynamic workshop will equip you with the skills to harness impact modeling for powerful, authentic storytelling. We’ll begin with a discussion about the role of “brand,” and then examine how impact models can bring to life human stories and KPIs. You’ll learn to weave these insights into narratives that are aligned with a theory of change, focus on program outcomes, and resonate deeply with your stakeholders. We’ll also explore strategic use of various communication platforms to share your message. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have the tools to sharpen and amplify your impact storytelling.


  • Mark Feldman, Principal + Managing Director, Cause Consulting
  • Nikki Korn, Principal and Chief Strategy Officer, Cause Consulting
Using New York Life Foundation’s signature initiative as a case study, this session will review the various aspects of building a marquis program that connects business objectives, Foundation strategy, and accessible resources to achieve mutual goals


  • Carolin Fermin, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, New York Life Insurance Company
  • Heather Nesle, SVP, Corporate Responsibility, New York Life Insurance Companyny
The session shares insights of the Resilience Fund and its innovative approach to corporate philanthropy: a first-of-its-kind pooled fund featuring flexible giving, shared governance, unique partnerships, real-time learning, and women-led solutions.

Speaker: David Wofford, Senior Director, Private Sector Engagement, United Nations Foundation

Interactive Workshops

Monday, September 9 @ 10:00 – 11:15 AM

In this interactive workshop, we will equip corporate citizenship professionals with the knowledge and tools to consider more equitable funding policies and procedures, with a specific focus on addressing the disparities faced by Black-led nonprofits. Participants will explore the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by Black-led organizations and engage in discussions on strategies to establish and nurture trust-based relationships between funders and Black-led organizational grantees.


  • Leslie Jefferson, Growth Advisor, The Black Mill
  • Chelsea Brown, Founder & Principal Strategist, The Black Mill

Champion programs are critical to increase awareness, engagement & impact of a company’s CSR & ESG efforts. Increasingly, these programs are more sophisticated in their design & efforts. We’ll share new data, trends and tactics to boost your program.

Speaker: Rich Maiore, CEO & Founder, Rocket Social Impact

This session will discuss the creation and adaptation of Curaleaf’s Feed the Block program and the process of stakeholder inclusion in planning and program development.

Speaker: Raheem Uqdah, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Curaleaf

Think tanks have often been at the frontier of innovation on specialized issues. Join us to learn from leading corporate foundations who are pushing the boundaries of impact by adopting similar practices.


  • Lakshmi Iyer, Managing Director, FSG
  • Nikhil Bumb, Managing Director, FSG

Different approaches to employee volunteering in each of six regions of the world will be presented, with explanations on the role of culture, religion, and national development goals. Volunteering in war and other crises will also be covered.

Speaker: Lorrie Foster, Director, Corporate Strategy, International Association for Volunteer Effort

This session will leverage data and case studies to drive corporate community engagement beyond traditional grant applications to establish or deepened meaningful partnerships. We’ll discuss how corporate foundation leadership will engage next gen in their decision making – due diligence methods – including board membership, volunteerism, and employee network input – to identify and evaluate new and current community partnerships. Building a foundation of trust in the communities which we live and serve and amongst our employees is key to making long-term impact.
Key takeaways from this session include:
  • How to attract and retain top new talent by understanding their values and priorities
  • How to structure a corporate community program
  • How to communicate corporate community partnerships internally and externally
Speaker: Misti Sangani, Managing Director, Senior Philanthropic Strategist, Bank of America

Tuesday, September 10 @ 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM​​

Effectively marketing an organization’s charitable giving efforts requires not only the application of creative advertising principles, but an underlying familiarity with applicable responsibilities under federal, state, and local laws.

Speaker: Cristina Vessels, Counsel, Venable LLP

How do you align a strong appetite by employees for community involvement and a company’s bold vision for social impact? Taproot Foundation will share trends and case studies from companies that highlight unique pro bono experiences that align to business priorities. For example, Capital One is a leader in the pro bono field and built a strong foundation of support and engagement. In 2022, Capital One, leveraged more than 900 associates supporting 135 unique community partners. Come learn about pro bono best practices as well as trends and how that translates to programming.


  • Stephanie Fleming, Director of Skills Based Social Volunteering, Capital One
  • Ashley Trick, Pro Bono Program Senior Manager, Capital One
  • Season Eckardt, Director, Taproot Foundation

Join eBay to explore trust-based practices that empower community partners. You’ll learn how to implement the co-creation mindset into volunteering opportunities that deeply impact employees and their communities.

Speakers: Tiana Austel, Sr Manager, Employee Engagement, eBay

Learn the practical tips and tricks a Fortune 75 international healthcare company uses to run a CSR program that regularly defies industry benchmarks and makes a life-changing impact on their community, colleagues, and company.

Speaker: Dana Patel, Director, HCA Healthcare Foundation, HCA Healthcare

Are you familiar with impact investing? It is still uncommon for corporate foundations to be impact investors, yet impact investments are an emerging tool for companies to use to lift economic and equitable opportunities.


  • Susanne Salerno, Founder, Social Impact Consultant, Salerno Consulting
  • Christen Graham, President, Giving Strong

Leave this discussion with an example framework to help you strategically evaluate internal collaboration efforts that reinforce your corporate sustainability work, instead of diluting your mission and resources.

Speaker: Emily Wheeler, Senior Manager, Sustainability + ESG, GoDaddy

More session descriptions will be added as confirmed. Session dates and times subject to change.

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