Chris Jarvis is a co-founder and partner of Realized Worth, a leading consulting firm specializing in employee volunteering and workplace giving programs. Chris believes volunteering is transformative and works with companies to design and implement programs that meet employees where they’re at – producing better companies, better communities, and a better world.
Chris regularly presents on the topic of employee engagement in CSR and Sustainability to audiences across North and South America as well as Europe. He also blogs on topics relating to workplace giving and corporate volunteering for Realized Worth, Fast Company, Business Fights Poverty and 3BL Media. Read More About Chris
Dyanne manages Apple’s employee giving programs, including matching gifts and volunteer engagement.
Prior to joining Apple, Dyanne was an independent CSR consultant and helped companies create, enhance, and manage their philanthropy, employee engagement, and related community involvement programs.
Before her time as a consultant, Dyanne spent five years with EF, a US based, non-profit on a mission to encourage, empower and enhance corporate philanthropy, corporate community involvement and corporate social responsibility. As EF’s Director of Community Programs Dyanne worked with dozens of companies to develop, implement, manage and grow comprehensive, strategic corporate programs.
Dyanne’s longest stint was at Adobe Systems, where she spent over 16 years in several management positions including Senior Manager of Worldwide Community Relations. In this role Dyanne was responsible for Adobe’s corporate community relations strategy and created award winning philanthropy programs. She developed and managed regional, national, and multi-national corporate grant and scholarship programs, volunteer initiatives, in-kind giving, and key relationships with corporate, NGO, and community partners.
Dyanne was honored by Mayor Susan Hammer with the City of San Jose’s “Outstanding Women of Silicon Valley” award, has been a guest presenter at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and is a San Jose Leadership Council graduate. She chaired the Corporate Community Relations Consortium and earned the Boston College Center of Corporate Citizenship Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement. Dyanne has served as an advisor/board member to several nonprofit organizations including City Year and the Digital Clubhouse Network, and several board positions including President of the Hammer Montessori and Galarza Elementary School PTA.
Carol leads Edelman’s CSR, sustainability and citizenship offering, a team of more than 100 worldwide. When she is not giving speeches to business groups, MBA’s and NGO’s, she rolls up her sleeves to work with clients on purpose initiatives which have included the American Lung Association, Bezos Family Foundation Dove, HP, Microsoft, PNC, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, and Unilever. Before joining Edelman, she was the founder and CEO of Cone, Inc., where she pioneered the practice of companies and brands linking to social issues for commercial success and societal impact. At Cone she led the creation of long standing social initiatives including: Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, Reebok Human Rights programs, Heinz Family Works, PNC Grow Up Great, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and P&G’s Live, Learn and Thrive. These programs have raised more than $1.5 billion for social causes. Carol also created the world’s first cause related research, and over the years has executed dozens of studies with citizens, employees and executives. Through this work she is a requested expert around the globe, and has been called “arguably the most powerful and visible figure in the world of cause branding” by PRWeek. She is the author of Breakthrough Nonprofit Brands, was the first US Judge of the Cannes PR Lions, was named to PRWeek’s first list of the Most Powerful PR Professionals, most recently was named to the Purpose 100. Her most memorable moment: meeting the Dalai Lama at a conference in Calgary, where she spoke following him giving a speech about the power of business to change the world.
Lalita oversees Credit Suisse’s Community Engagement programs in the Americas region. In her role she liaises with departments and cities across the Americas to drive volunteering in the community and manages grant making of a portfolio of nonprofit partners. During her tenure she has led the design of their Nonprofit Profit Board Training Program, which has trained over 800 employees over the last five years engaging mid and senior client facing professionals to utilize their holistic skill set to make an impact in the community. Over 75% of Credit Suisse employees in the region are engaged in the firm’s Corporate Citizenship activities either as volunteers or donors.
During her career she has also served as Acumen Fund’s institutional relations manager responsible for corporate and foundation relationships, and consulted for several nonprofit organizations and foundations in New York and Mumbai. Earlier in her career, Lalita worked in the Corporate Banking groups of Commerzbank and Credit Suisse First Boston, and in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.
Dave Armon is CMO of 3BL Media. Prior to joining in an executive capacity, Dave served on the 3BL Board of Directors. A former journalist and PR practitioner, Dave spent 20 years in management at PR Newswire, where he was president and COO. His experience in marketing and PR SaaS includes the social media monitoring platform Techrigy (sold to Alterian), PR workflow platform dna13 (sold to CNW Group) and the broadcast intelligence platform Critical Mention. A New Yorker, Dave enjoys mentoring young professionals, volunteering for the Center for Communication, playing Scrabble and swimming.
Paul has led international branding programs that span virtually every business sector.
His work in the United States includes programs for Maxell, GM, Continental Tire, NASCAR, Bloomberg, Ingersoll-Rand and Sony. Prior to his arrival in America he co-founded and directed a leading design consultancy in Ireland. There he served as the agency’s Executive Creative Director working with a diverse range of clients including British Telecom, Coca-Cola, Guinness and Bacardi-Martini.
After moving to the United States in the early 2000’s he joined SGW | Integrated Marketing Communications in New Jersey, where he served as the company’s Creative Director and Director of Branding Communications. While at SGW, he pioneered the development of a strategic design division that went on to become the core creative focus of the operation.
Two years after joining SGW he was recruited by Manhattan based brand strategy firm, The James Group, where he took the position of Executive Creative Director. Having transformed the culture and focus of that organization he went on to buy the company from its founder in 2009, and rebrand it as Velocity Worldwide.
Paul will tell you that his singular focus today is measurement. Particularly gathering ‘connected data’ from campaign work that provides a granular level understanding of the motivations of individuals within large groups.
Bea Boccalandro is founder and president of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm that helps companies offer employees the opportunity to do societal good through their everyday jobs and, thus, deepen their work experience and heighten their performance. She also teaches this purpose-driven corporate community involvement for Georgetown University and is a frequent keynote speaker on the role of community involvement in everyday corporate jobs.
Boccalandro has helped Aetna, Allstate, Bank of America, Caesars Entertainment, FedEx, HP, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co., PwC, Toyota, The Walt Disney Company and many other companies develop ways to incorporate societal good into the day-to-day business and measure its societal and business impact.
Boccalandro also conducts research and thought leadership on corporate community involvement. She is author “Stop the Charity and Start the Impact,” “A Helping Hand or a Hijacking? How Nonprofits Can Respond to Ever-Increasing Corporate Involvement in the Community,” “Maximizing Impact: Three Signs of Underperforming Employee Community Engagement” and other publications. She also led the project that developed the “Drivers of Effectiveness for Employee Volunteering and Giving Programs” and conducted the related Fortune 500 research, both published by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
Cheron Carlson, Senior Vice President of National Campaign Services, has worked with EarthShare for more than eleven years, managing workplace giving campaigns across the country in public and private sector. Cheron works with corporations and agencies to connect their employees with environmental charities and causes they care about, enhancing employee engagement, environmental education, sustainability, volunteerism and other CSR initiatives by leveraging the resources of EarthShare’s member charities in the environmental and conservation arena. Cheron also works extensively with workplace giving vendors, representing the charity stakeholders and finding mutually beneficial functionalities to streamline administrative aspects and enhance the user experience for the corporate and non-profit clients, and ultimately, the donors.
Cheron has worked in nonprofit management for more than 18 years. She holds an MBA from Indiana University, and a BA from The Ohio State University in Japanese and International Studies.
Kevin Espirito is the Senior Manager of employee engagement for Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs, based in Redmond, Wash., where he manages the company’s volunteer, giving, and employee community engagement programs. He is responsible for developing strategy and implementation, ensuring Microsoft employees are supported in their personal passions related to community efforts. Kevin works closely with Senior Leadership internal to Microsoft as well as nonprofit organizations and businesses external to Microsoft to scale giving through the use of technology. Kevin has been with Microsoft for the past 15 years and included work within OEM, Operations, Partner strategy and MS IT. He is a member of the Board for Roots and Wings International, Leadership Eastside, and Peacetrees Vietnam and former board member of Ashoka Seattle. He also serves on the corporate advisory councils for both United Way Worldwide and Points of Light.
Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher and advisor for cause and corporate social responsibility engagement. He has worked with organizations such as PBS, United Way Toronto, Action for Healthy Kids, Forbes Fund, Case Foundation and The Chronicle of Philanthropy to understand the next generation donors, activists and employees who are redefining causes.
Derrick is the lead researcher and creator of the Millennial Impact Project, a multi-year study of how the next generation supports causes. The annual Millennial Impact Report is cited regularly by such outlets as Forbes, TIME, Wall Street Journal and Fast Company.
The report launches each year at MCON, a national conference Derrick created and produces that draws more than 15,000 attendees online from for- and non-profit organizations across the world. MCON explores the question of whether and how organizations are taking advantage of today’s heightened interest in causes to build movements.
Derrick also is president of Achieve, a creative research and campaigns agency based in Indianapolis and West Palm Beach. Derrick founded Achieve to help causes and companies address their most pressing issues as an advisory, through audience research (internal and external), and with data-driven awareness/fundraising campaigns.
Derrick is a co-author of the book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and the upcoming title, CAUSE & Effect: How Social Movements Amassed Viral Participation From a Generation of ‘Do-Gooders.’
Derrick is a regular contributor to Philanthropy News Digest and the Huffington Post IMPACT channel. He is on the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Derrick received an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He went on to lead national fundraising efforts for The LEAGUE and Learning to Give before founding Achieve in 2008.
As Chief Operating Officer, Aria Finger oversees the business development, finance and campaigns departments at DoSomething.org, the national not-for-profit that empowers 3.5million+ young people to take action around causes they are passionate about. With her cause-related marketing experience, Finger has managed initiatives with Johnson & Johnson, Aéropostale, Sprint, American Express and other top brands. During her tenure at DoSomething.org, Aria launched their Teens for Jeans campaign which now clothes half of all homeless children in America each year.
Finger is the Founder and President of TMI, a strategy agency that advises Fortune 500 brands and top NGOs on how to reach young people.
Aria earned a BA in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She reads economic theory for fun, loves chocolate chip cookies, and thinks that The New Jim Crow should be required reading for anyone interested in social justice.
Aria currently serves on the board of Care for the Homeless, was one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers and is an adjunct professor at New York University. She has been highlighted in the New York Times, Fast Company, AdAge and was the youngest person named to the 2012 Crain’s New York Business list of “40 Under Forty” and featured on the cover.
As part of the Community Investment team at Time Warner Cable, Holick is responsible for creating and executing company-wide employee volunteer and public speaking initiatives, working closely with leadership to meet measurable business objectives in the areas of engagement and retention. A seasoned leader, Jen has more than twenty years of human resources, marketing, public relations and communications experience. Her professional history also includes several years as a non-profit executive where she managed operations for a teen shelter and provided individual and family therapy
She is on the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region and in support of TWC’s Connect a Million Minds initiative, has pledged her 12 hours of company supported volunteer time to help develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for girls in her community.
Holick earned an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. from Smith College and is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute though the Center of Creative Leadership
Aki Kaltenbach leads HootGiving, Hootsuite’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, leveraging Hootsuite’s software, expertise and influence to make a positive impact. She joined the company in 2012 when they were less than 100 people and has a hyper passion for growth, product and empowering people to be a force for good.
Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform helping people and businesses transform messages into meaningful relationships. More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, trust Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks from one integrated dashboard.
Spring Lacy joined Prudential in June 2013 as Vice President of Corporate & Community Engagement. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership and oversight in the execution of domestic and global employee and corporate engagement activities. In this role, she is responsible for all employee volunteer and recognition programs, including Dollars for Doers, Prudential’s national board placement program and other projects that help build the capacity of the nonprofit sector. Lacy also provides leadership for a team of relationship managers who work with the businesses to identify opportunities to address social needs while meeting business objectives.
Prior to her arrival at Prudential, Lacy served as the Vice President of Employee Engagement & Volunteerism for JPMorgan Chase. In that role, she developed employee engagement opportunities in local markets around the world, providing consultancy to over 70 volunteer leadership groups and training over 1,000 global coordinators. Her accomplishments include designing and implementing a technology infrastructure responsible for the disbursement of over 5,000 grants totaling over $3.5 million dollars annually, and developing and launching a successful coaching and mentoring program for volunteer leaders to help them develop leadership and professional skills. Lacy also managed the firm’s volunteer grant and matching gift programs, and the employee giving campaign.
Lacy also brings experience in the nonprofit sector having served as the Director of Strategic Community Initiatives for Central Jersey Community Development Corporation. She also has a wealth of experience in human resources having served as a Human Resource Manager for NBC, and Campus Recruiter for Anderson Consulting.
Lacy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration. She continues to serve the community as a board member for Dress for Success of Morris County and a member of Corporate Volunteers of New York.
Samantha Lasky is the Director of Communications, Citizenship & Sustainability for AT&T. She manages the external outreach for the company’s foundation, environmental, and community engagement efforts.
Previously, Samantha was a Communications Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She supported the strategic communications efforts of projects ranging from economic mobility and consumer finance issues to federal subsidies and tax expenditures, to the federal deficit and debt. Before Pew, Samantha founded The SJL Group, Inc. and was an independent consultant for over six years. Her consulting practice included work with both established foundations and start-up nonprofits in the areas of communications, strategic and organizational development, strategic planning initiatives, coalition building, and organizational/program branding and marketing. Among her clients were College Summit, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, FamiliesUSA, Rosalyn Carter Institute, and the World Resources Institute.
Prior to earning her MBA from the University of Michigan, Samantha worked on both a congressional and presidential campaign; was the Political Action Committee and Grassroots Manager for Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Project Coordinator for the Health Industry Manufacturers Association (formerly HIMA, now AdvaMed), and Associate Manager for Medtronic, Inc. Additionally, she was a Senior Account Executive with Ketchum Public Relations.
Samantha has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she is the past-chair of the Board of Directors for DC SAFE, Inc., an organization that serves over 5,000 victims of domestic violence annually in the Washington, DC.
Jason is currently Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement. In this role, he is responsible for leading AT&T employee activation strategy and initiatives related to volunteerism, sustainability, It Can Wait, disaster relief and employee giving. Prior to his leadership of AT&T’s community programs, Jason served as Director Sales and Service in the Home Solutions organization where he led consumer wireline call centers focused on customer retention, sales and service.
Jason began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1996 as a member of the Network organization responsible for Installation and Repair across the state of Kansas. From there, he progressed through the Network, Wholesale and Home Solutions business units where he held various positions of increasing responsibility from account management, service assurance, sales growth, and call center management.
A native of Kansas, Jason is a third generation AT&T employee. He earned a Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics from Wichita State University. His personal interests include cooking, scuba diving, boats and just about any other lake or ocean activity. He and his wife Molly have three boys and currently reside in Colleyville, TX.
Matthew Nelson is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life and oversees all of their employee engagement programs including the giving campaign, matching gifts, volunteer grants and programs. He also provides strategy support for communications from the New York Life Foundation and Corporate Responsibility Department.
Matthew has a long history with workplace giving programs. He has worked for United Way, an alternative fund to United Way, started a network of alternative funds/federations, and worked for three different companies managing their workplace giving and employee engagement programs. Most recently he was Vice President of Member Services and Membership at the Council on Foundations, the trade association for foundations in the United States.
Mike O’Mahoney is the VP, Campaign & Corporate Development for Benevity. He has a strong background in philanthropy and fundraising and is well versed in the ins and outs of business operation at a hands-on level. Over the past decade, Mike has helped numerous non-profits increase revenue dramatically and grow their impact.
Angela Parker is the co-founder and a senior partner at Realized Worth. Realized Worth is a global consultancy and program management firm that designs and implements employee volunteer programs. Established in 2008, Realized Worth’s team has expertise in workplace giving software, CSR strategy and measurement, event-panning, workshops and training, and non-profit partnerships. With a wide range of clients including Microsoft, Abbott Labs, At&t, McDonald’s, AstraZenenca, and others Realized Worth’s specialized expertise is uniquely suited for the corporation seeking meaningful impact in its community engagement programs.
Prior to launching Realized Worth, Angela managed long-term volunteers at non-profit organizations, worked with at-risk youth and children, led groups in disaster relief efforts, and worked alongside CSR practitioners. With an additional background in the communications field, Angela writes for various publications on the topics of engaging employees in volunteering, workplace giving, and other CSR programs. Her article, “A Call for Volunteers” can be found in the September 2011 issue of Communications World, the International Association of Business Communicators magazine. Angela and her co-founder, Chris Jarvis, were also privileged to write a chapter for the book “CSR for HR” authored by Elaine Cohen. In May 2015, another chapter co-written by Angela and Chris entitled “Partnering with Workplace Volunteer Programs” will be published in Robert Rosenthal’s book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0.
Angela is currently an MBA candidate at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Cindy is the vice president of the Abbott Fund, the foundation of the global healthcare company Abbott. In addition to her Abbott Fund role, Cindy serves as a director of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott. Under her direction, philanthropic contributions have exceeded $800 million in grants, educational scholarships and in-kind donations.
Currently, she is working to build healthy communities worldwide through strategic philanthropy, including employee engagement and partnerships with non-profit organizations. This work focuses on addressing societal needs aligned with the company’s business strengths, including improving access to healthcare and promoting science education.
Ryan Scott is an entrepreneur, technologist and philanthropist with a passion for leveraging capitalism to create positive social change. After he took his first company public and sold it in 2001, Ryan founded Causecast. Bringing sophisticated technology to volunteer and giving programs, Causecast offers a one-stop platform for companies and organizations of all sizes to give back while actively engaging employees and customers in the support of the causes they care about.
Through a leadership approach that’s inclusive, collaborative and mission driven, Jeff Senne leverages more than 20 years of Corporate Responsibility and management experience to guide the strategic operation of PwC’s Corporate Responsibility team and program initiatives.
Jeff believes Corporate Responsibility is about holistic value creation. In his cross-functional role, he collaborates with all areas of the firm to understand CR’s different drivers and ensure the firm’s numerous CR initiatives deliver financial, social, and environmental value to stakeholders.
Beyond operations management, Jeff has played a key role in the successful launch of several individual PwC CR programs. He’s part of the leadership team behind Earn Your Future, PwC’s signature youth education commitment, through which the firm will invest $60 million in cash and 1 million PwC volunteer hours in financial literacy for young people and financial training for educators. He created and launched a series of dashboards that helps PwC assess employee engagement in CR initiatives and is driving the vision behind PwC new Corporate Responsibility employee engagement platform – CR Space. As one of the firm’s “resident environmentalists,” Jeff also leads PwC’s environmental conservation efforts.
Jeff credits a graduate thesis on Corporate Responsibility at the United Nations University for Peace for his interest in win-win solutions that leverage private sector assets for the public good and business sustainability. After obtaining his Masters, Jeff worked in several roles at the United Nations Global Compact, Director of Sustainability Performance for Sodexo Inc. and as Senior Advisor for the African Development Bank. He also spent nearly 10 years as in the hospitality business where he was responsible for turning around underperforming business operations and redefining their business models to create sustainable and competitive company cultures.
Jeff frequently speaks at conferences about key issues in Corporate Responsibility, including employee engagement, driving organizational change and the means and importance of measurement.
Aman Singh is one of the first journalists to focus on CSR and sustainability issues in the mainstream media, including leading coverage for Forbes CSR blog. She is a seasoned communicator, an enthusiastic social media strategist and an avid facilitator for stakeholder engagement, working through her firm — Singh Solutions -on authentic and contextual CSR/sustainability reporting and communication strategies.
Before joining Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose team in New York as a Vice President, she served as CSRwire’s Editorial Director, leading the media company’s news distribution services, creating and growing its stakeholder engagement campaigns and CSR/sustainability reporting services with private and public sector organizations like JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup, Nestle Waters North America, Best Buy, PwC, SAP, Verizon, Sodexo, General Mills, Aramark, and others and collaborating with its 8,000+ members on content and conversations that matter. She also led CSRwire’s team of reporters with 250+ contributors while authoring numerous articles and live reports across the platform’s 25+ issue areas.
Aman has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s largest nonprofits on communication strategies that push the needle, compel conversation and activate change makers internally and externally. A firm believer in the power of informed professionals, she is a frequent speaker and prolific facilitator and has also been noted by Trust Across America, HR Examiner, TriplePundit and Guardian Sustainable Business for her work and leadership in the CSR sector.
Aman’s work has been published in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, GreenBiz, TriplePundit, the American Bar Association’s CSR Journal and others. She is an IEMA-certified CSR Practitioner, a member of the Charities at Work’s advisory board, a loyal judge for Points of Light’s annual awards and when not on assignment or on Twitter, can be found teaching her son the ABCs of sustainability.
Sue Stephenson leads The Ritz-Carlton social responsibility program, Community Footprints®. Reporting to the President & Chief Operations Officer, Hervé Humler, Sue is charged with expanding the company’s global corporate citizenship efforts through a series of multi-faceted initiatives focused on child well-being, hunger and poverty relief, and environmental responsibility. In 2013, The Ritz-Carlton received the prestigious Points of Light Institute’s Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for the Community Footprints program’s “Unique Design and Exceptional Results.”
Sue spearheaded the development and launch of Succeed Through Service®, a skills-based volunteer program designed to engage and inspire at-risk students in underserved communities. To date, Succeed Through Service has impacted the lives of over 18,000 children around the world. In 2014, the Succeed Through Service program was recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service and MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership as the “Most Robust and Comprehensive National Youth Mentoring Program.”
Currently, Sue is serving as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030, a private sector led global collaboration with the United Nations and other stakeholders. The Initiative is designed to marshal the power of corporate employee volunteering to accelerate the achievement of the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Bridget Sweeney is director of Business Operations for Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC). She oversees the strategic alignment, technology systems and execution of all financial components of Boeing’s citizenship programs, which includes fiduciary responsibility for all corporate and employee contributions. Additionally, Sweeney leads various employee giving programs, including individual giving, gift match, executive non-profit board service and coordination with the Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company.
Prior to this role, she served as a global liaison and analyst within the GCC organization managing all aspects of Boeing’s online grants management technology. While in this position, Sweeney worked with Boeing International country and regional executives as well as international GCC representatives in Japan, India, China, Russia, Israel, France and Germany to develop citizenship strategies and ensure due diligence of community investments.
Prior to joining Boeing in 2004, she was the director of Operations and Logistics at the technology company Inkindex, which provided non-profit organizations with access to corporate excess product and in-kind donations. While at Inkindex, she developed and created systems and processes to drive business growth.
Sweeney began her career at the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Virtual Trade Mission (VTM), which educated the public about global trade. She served as a U.S. delegate and young entrepreneur at several Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits throughout the Pacific Rim including New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, and China.
Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received a Karyn Kupcinet International Science Student research fellowship from The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She currently serves on the board of the Japan America Society of Chicago.
Lisa Tomasi is the President and founder of YouGiveGoods, LLC, an innovative e-commerce company that connects tangible giving to community needs through the YouGiveGoods free, easy-to-use online service. Lisa has been involved with charitable causes throughout her adult life. She first came to understand their important role in society while living in San Francisco during the 1989 devastating earthquake. Aided by the Red Cross, she spent three days living in a park. That ordeal motivated Lisa into dedicating her life to service – from volunteering at battered women shelters, to helping villages in Indonesia after the Tsunami, to building houses in Haiti, to establishing several educational funds for children, to ultimately founding YouGiveGoods.
Andrew J. Troup, is a Senior Product Manager at MicroEdge focused on the Corporate Philanthropic and CSR market. As part of the Product Management team, he works closely with clients to understand their organization’s mission and programmatic goals and in turn works with the Product Development team at MicroEdge to develop solutions that empower organizations to better manage and track all of their giving efforts including both grantmaking and employee engagement initiatives. Andrew joined MicroEdge eight years ago as a Senior Product Specialist on the Professional Services team, working directly with clients on implementing and optimizing their systems to successfully manage all of their philanthropic efforts and transitioned to the Product Management role in 2011.
Ty Walrod is the CEO and co-founder of Bright Funds, an enterprise platform for workplace giving and volunteerism focused on bringing maximum value to people and organizations working together to build a better world. Ty thinks giving should be easy, effective and engaging – criteria that help make Bright Funds the best possible experience for employees.
He serves on the boards of directors of Sustainable Silicon Valley and Startup & Tech Mixer and is an active member of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Founders Network.
Walrod previously co-founded OutServe, a global nonprofit organization that united thousands and played a pivotal role in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He started his career in venture capital, private equity and technology-related financial services at Deloitte and is a summa cum laude graduate of Washburn University.
Sheila Warren is Vice President of Alliances and General Counsel of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) social enterprise that has facilitated USD ~$5B in technology donations and grants for over 100 donor partners and has created community-based technology platforms supporting ~600,000 registered NGOs in over 100 countries. In addition to sourcing and structuring strategic partnerships with leading nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations, Ms. Warren oversees the legal and compliance teams at TechSoup. She also leads the vetting and eligibility teams, which work to define and illuminate civil society organizations around the world. Ms. Warren has counseled hundreds of charitable organizations in the areas of tax and corporate law with Adler & Colvin and in private practice, and she has authored several publications on tax-exempt organizations. She regularly speaks on the topics of international philanthropy and grantmaking and is an active volunteer. Ms. Warren holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
“Billy doesn’t go with the flow, Billy starts the flow.” As the visionary values based leader of Weisman Enterprises Inc., he successfully founded many businesses that provided outsourced, non-core, small transaction management services to Fortune 500 Companies. At the same time he has served as a founding member of numerous local, national and global not-for-profit social endeavors. DoTopia is the result of his “second half life challenge” to integrate his passion, resources and talents for creating the ways and means to make the world a better place by supporting the good work of others.