Tuesday, December 7

12:00–1:30 PM
Beyond Diversity: How CSR Professionals Can Create a More Equitable Workplace and More Inclusive World 

Speaker: Rohit Bhargava (he/him) & Jennifer Brown (she/her)

What does it take to create (and drive!) change through your Corporate Citizenship efforts in your organization? It’s a question that you probably think about every day. In this unique conversation-driven keynote from bestselling authors Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown, we will tackle one of the hottest topics in the world of CSR: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Through a combination of storytelling, case studies and a candid look at what really works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to shifting perspectives, this keynote will offer an eye-opening take on an urgently important topic. Through their shared experiences working with some of the largest organizations in the world, Rohit and Jennifer will take you on a journey of what DEI done right really looks like, why it matters and what it really takes to build a more inclusive workplace and world.  

2:00–3:00 PM

Speakers: Katie Clark Sieben (she/her) Cargill; Mike Dominowski, Thrivent; Olivia Jefferson (she/her) United Healthcare; & Deb Morris (she/her) Best Buy

Companies across the US are working through the challenges and opportunities of addressing racial equity through CSR following the murder of George Floyd. This is especially true for the Minnesota-based speakers in this session, who will discuss the immediate and long-term response to tragedy in their community. Speakers will discuss operationalizing efforts beyond the announcement of support and the type of intentionality it takes to push a movement forward to lasting, sustainable social change.

Domain: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Career Level: Entry Level, Mid-Level, Senior Level

3:45–5:00pm

Wednesday, December 8

4:00–5:00 PM

Speakers: Fadi Al Qassar (he/him), Venture 2 Impact  & Brian Mattos (he/him) Salesforce

COVID-19 exposed vulnerabilities within the social sector, highlighting the pressure of increased demand for services with limited resources to deliver them safely. To meet nonprofit needs, the speakers utilized skills-based volunteers and human-centered design thinking to pivot programming and strengthen partnerships. Speakers will explore how skills-based volunteers and design thinking can help drive innovative solutions in nonprofit service and improve employees’ sense of purpose.

Domain: Employee Service and Volunteerism
Career Level: Entry Level, Mid-Level, Senior Level

4:00–5:00 PM

Speakers: Jennifer Enderlin (she/her) AT&T  & Elizabeth Eglé, SBP 

During a year where everyone was at home, AT&T and SBP broke down business unit silos and evolved their relationship beyond funding & home rebuilding to a virtual volunteer model to create a free mobile app to help communities prepare for disasters and quickly recover. Speakers will discuss lessons learned and share program details including the design think process and how engaging volunteers across various business units with first-hand experience with disasters created job enrichment.  

Domain: Employee Service and Volunteerism
Career Level: Mid-Level

4:00–5:00 PM

Speakers: Mark Feldman (he/him) & Nikki Korn (she/her) from Cause Consulting

Shaping and championing a company’s point of view (POV) on CSR and ESG issues is essential to a CSR professionals’ role. A strong, articulate, and consistent POV drives strategy, partner selection, and is core to storytelling, reporting, and thought leadership. Learn how to craft an informed and differentiated POV, align messaging with purpose and brand, capture progress, rally stakeholders, and explore the difference between ‘taking a stand’ on controversial issues and having a guiding POV.

Domain: Corporate Communications

Thursday, December 9

12:00–1:00 PM

Speaker: Stephanie Lomibao, Bank of America

Recent anti-Asian hate and racial discrimination has created a crisis that many companies cannot ignore. In the wake of this crisis, Bank of America’s ESG and D&I teams worked internally and externally to create opportunities for multifaceted action and restorative justice. This session will explore the importance of allyships, leveraging the voice of employees with proximate and lived experience, and acting in solidarity to address social change from the inside out. 

12:00–1:00 PM

Speakers: Sara Ansell (she/her), True Impact & Monica Zucker (she/her), PIMCO

We’ve all heard the phrase, “what gets measured, gets managed.” Measuring the “S” in “ESG” is the most elusive and challenging to manage. As CSR professionals we are tasked with proving the value of our company’s philanthropic and social investments. Learn how PIMCO has evolved their model to measure impact and align with SDGs and KPIs, improve the value of philanthropic and social investments, make stronger investment decisions, and demonstrate value to senior leaders.

Domain: Data Analysis, Reporting, and Insights
Career Level: Mid-Level, Senior Level

12:00–1:00 PM

Speakers: Jackie Berry, 3M & Beth Meyer, Discovery Education

Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, equitable education has become an even more urgent need in the creation of an inclusive talent pipeline. The next generation of the workforce needs to see employers who look like and relate to them, increasing employee diversity. In this session, speakers will discuss how they partnered across business units and engaged employees to give back and volunteer, while adjusting to the new norms of distance learning and community engagement to reach students. 

Domain: Employee Engagement
Career Level: Senior Level

1:30–2:30 PM

Speakers: Adrienne Bradley (she/her) ProMedica Health System; Becki Lynch, GSK, and Andrea Riehl (she/her) Best Buy

What do a hospital system, a consumer electronics company, and a pharmaceutical company have in common? From different industries, separate cities, and disparate focus areas they have each learned the impact that prioritizing community relationships can have in supporting the local neighborhoods where their businesses operate. Join us for this powerful session to learn about three effective collective impact programs integrated into and serving their local communities. In this session you will hear:

  1. How a hospital system is addressing social determinants of health through an integrated community approach and an inclusive RFP process; 
  2. How a consumer electronics company is addressing inequities in tech and internet access for students through a community-led partnership; and 
  3. How a pharmaceutical company is increasing racial and gender representation in STEM careers through a place-based approach by gaining buy-in and trust with other community leaders.