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
In Dan Heath’s upcoming book, Decisive, he and his brother Chip tackle the thorny problem of how to overcome our natural biases and irrational thinking to make better decisions, about our work, lives, companies and careers.
When it comes to decision making, our brains are flawed instruments. But given that we are biologically hard-wired to act foolishly and behave irrationally at times, how can we do better? This is especially important given the context of Corporate Citizenship and the implications our decisions have on a global scale.
Join Dan as he draws on extensive studies, stories and research, offer specific, practical tools that can help us to think more clearly about our options, and get out of our heads, to improve our decision making as we build a better tomorrow.
How do companies create ‘best in class’ strategies for corporate citizenship – and still fail? Why do these programs fail to capture the imagination of our customers and the participation of employees?
The sad truth is many CSR managers focus on their own innovations and agendas and neglect the internal corporate ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. It means ensuring that a host of partners -some visible, some hidden- deliver on their promises, too.
Ron Adner, the author of the Wide Lens, will share his insights on how to develop working partnerships that enable CSR managers to realize the impact of effective workplace giving and volunteer programs. Ron’s work is based on over a decade of research and field testing. This presentation will reveal the hidden structure of success in a world of interdependence. You will leave this session with a powerful new set of frameworks and tools that will multiply your odds of success.
Dr. Grant is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and tenured management professor at Wharton. He is the author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, forthcoming from Viking Press in April 2013.
Teaching and Consulting
Dr. Grant has been recognized as the single highest-rated professor in the Wharton MBA program and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. He has taught executive education, consulted, and presented for clients such as Google, Merck, the NFL, Citigroup, IBM & Yahoo.
Dr. Grant’s research focuses on work motivation, prosocial giving and helping behaviors, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactivity, leadership, and burnout. He has published more than 50 articles in a wide range of leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering research has introduced evidence-based techniques that increase performance and reduce burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhance call center productivity, and motivate helping and safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards.
Bill Novelli is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He teaches in the MBA program and has created and leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the School. He also is Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national organization dedicated to reforming advanced illness care by empowering consumers, changing the health care delivery system, improving public policies and enhancing provider capacity. From 2001 to 2009, he was CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people 50 and older. During his tenure, AARP achieved important policy successes at national and state levels in health, financial security, good government and other areas. It also doubled its budget, added five million new members and expanded internationally.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CARE, the world’s largest private relief and development organization. Earlier, Mr. Novelli co-founded and was President of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations agencies and part of the Omnicom Group, an international marketing communications corporation. He was named one of the 100 most influential public relations professionals of the 20th century by the industry’s leading publication.
Mr. Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change, and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving and other programs in the U.S. and the developing world.
Sharon Jackson holds Associate Faculty roles at Cranfield School of Management, is a Visiting Lecturer at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University and a Visiting Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics and Business. She is also a responsible business practitioner in her roles as founder and Managing Director of CSR consultancy Carlton CSR (UK) and of the sustainable business teaching and research centre ‘European Sustainability Academy’ (Crete).
During her career, Sharon has held several board and chair appointments in both businesses and NGOs. Before embarking on a career in executive education and organization research she worked for 15 years in global commerce, in senior roles in the electronic component sector developing international business through global distribution and supply chains.
Gretchen is a director of Finance and Social Responsibility at UnitedHealth Group. Her finance responsibilities include tracking, managing and reporting community giving for UnitedHealth Group. She is also responsible for developing, updating, and enforcing the community giving process.
She is also responsible for providing direct oversight to a number of programs in the Office of Social Responsibility, including; the annual employee Giving Campaign, the Dollars for Doers program, the Executive Board Match program and the Disaster Response program.
Gretchen’s role at UnitedHealth Group has provided her the opportunity to utilize her financial and accounting background, as well as, her project management skills to connect with her passion for helping others and supporting community needs.
Kevin Espirito is the Senior Manager of Employee Engagement for Microsoft Community Affairs, based in Redmond, Wash., where he manages the company’s volunteer strategy, giving campaign, Puget Sound employee engagement, and the year-round matching gift programs. He is responsible for developing the strategy and implementation for all employee engagement programs, ensuring Microsoft employees are supported in their personal passions related to community efforts. Kevin works closely with nonprofit organizations as well as businesses to scale giving through the use of technology. Kevin has been with Microsoft for the past 10 years and included work within OEM, Sales and Marketing, Partner strategy and Microsoft IT. He is a member of the Board for Ashoka’s Youth Venture Seattle and Roots and Wings International.
Having previously worked in the international development assistance field for 10 years, Mr. Kennedy joined UNFIP in May 1998 where he is primarily responsible for management of the environment programme and associated portfolio of project investments supported by the UN Foundation. He brings considerable experience in project development and management having worked with several NGOs and UN agencies, including CARE, the Industry Council for Development, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, the UN Office for Emergency Operations in Africa, and the UN Electoral Assistance Division.
Mr. Kennedy has managed a range of development projects in a variety of fields, including private sector development, natural resource management, electoral assistance to post-conflict societies, and emergency preparedness planning, and has worked in several African countries, including Kenya, Sudan, Zambia and Namibia. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and has completed all coursework for the Master’s degree in International Affairs.
// Speaker: Maryna Saprykina
Head of Board for non-governmental organization CSR Centre (Ukraine), a Board member of the Global Compact Network in Ukraine (2010-2013), lecturer in Vienna and Istanbul Universities, UNIDO-certified REAP consultant and trainer. ISO 26000 expert, MBA candidate (The University of Sheffield, UK’s leading business school). In 2010 graduated from the LEAD International Program “Leadership in Sustainable Development” (London, Brussels, PE in South Africa).
An author of National CSR strategy draft (Ukraine), text-book “CSR: models and management practices” and publication – “Corporate Volunteering: how to start”, “HR for CSR”. CSR trainer with the specialization on CSR strategy, community development programs evaluation and corporate volunteering.
// Speaker: Luc Lapointe
Over the past 25 years, Luc Lapointe has been working closely with and for the not-for-profit sector in sectors such as banking reform, vaccine preventable diseases, immigration, international development, financial literacy, health, agriculture, and innovative financing. He has managed to influence public policies at the international, national, and local level.
During that period of time, he had the opportunity to meet with several international public figures to discuss funding of development needs. He was also published in Policy Options on the topic of Immigration and Development and most recently by the University of Lisbon as part of an international publication for the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. His research proposal on innovative financing for development was nominated for a Global Development Award in 2011 by the Global Development Network (GDNET). Most recently his initiative as won a major money prize as part of a
National Geographic, Ashoka Changemakers, and IADB contest.
He has chaired several national consultations on integration of foreign trained workers in the workplace as well as literacy in the workplace. Luc currently provides expertise to voluntourism.org and el Grupo Nacional de Trabajo para la Participacion (GNTP) in Bolivia. He chairs the process between academia, the private sector, funding partners and international volunteering groups/coalitions.
Nicholas Luff is an accomplished sustainable development and performance strategist with over 20 years experience in business, government and civil society. He supports organizations through strategic planning, change management, stakeholder engagement and partnership brokering. His experience spans the extractives, healthcare, education and ICT sectors in North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa. Nicholas is also an accredited multi-sector partnership broker and trainer (Partnership Brokers Association in the UK), with post-graduate studies in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge, UK and under-graduate studies in Economics from McMaster University, Canada. He has served on a variety of boards and advisory groups and is a founding member of the Partnership Brokers Network in North America.
Nicholas has experience acting in an ‘on-the-ground’ advisory capacity to a variety of in-country stakeholders, INGOs, multi-lateral agencies, participating governments and business on key issues related to partnership development, inclusive business, corporate citizenship and community development. He has worked with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Governments of Luxembourg, and Switzerland (Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Care International, Chamber of Commerce, Cognos IBM and Lockheed Martin.
Though a very frequent traveller, Nicholas currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Stephanie Garrett is a sustainable development and corporate responsibility consultant who works with business, civil society and the public sector. A specialist in corporate-community involvement, stakeholder engagement, gender & diversity, and business & human rights, Stephanie supports clients in advancing their social performance through innovative strategy, research, facilitation and training, and program design and evaluation. Her broad professional experience spans North, Central, and South America, India, and Kenya, facilitated by fluency in French and Spanish, and a working knowledge of Portuguese. Clients include leading businesses and industry associations in the extractives, tourism & hospitality, retail & consumer packaged goods, and financial industries; international NGOs such as CARE; multilaterals including the Organization of American States; academic institutions; and government agencies including Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
Previously, Stephanie held leadership positions with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the University of Calgary. She holds a Post-graduate Certificate in Cross-sector Partnership (University of Cambridge, Programme for Sustainability Leadership) and a Master of Science in Gender and International Development (London School of Economics). She is also trained in collaborative conflict resolution and mediation (Justice Institute of British Columbia), cross-sector partnership brokering (International Business Leaders Forum) and non-profit management (Mount Royal University).
Bryan is the founder and CEO of Benevity, an innovative social enterprise whose software platform and services help companies increase employee and customer engagement around social responsibility and community investment.
Bryan is a frequent speaker and active blogger on topics relating to social good programs, including best practices for employee giving and volunteering. He believes that most corporate giving programs are focused on “handing out fish” when the real opportunity – both for their business and social impact goals – is in creating branded armies of passionate fishermen (er, fisherpersons?). Bryan has an indelible passion for grassroots philanthropy, changing the landscape and is a recognized thought leader in the space.
// Speaker: Gina Liv Tesla
Gina is a part of the IBM Corporate Citizenship leadership team for all of IBM’s community development initiatives, whose portfolio spans education, volunteerism, scientific research, entrepreneurship and economic development and local government. These disciplines are manifested in IBM programs such as including the Corporate and Executive Service Corps, Smarter Cities Challenge, P-Tech school, Service Grants, On Demand Community of volunteers, World Community Grid, SME Toolkit, Reading Companion and more.
In her current position, she supports IBM leadership as an expert specialist on the policies, trends and status of corporate citizenship worldwide for IBM and also among other corporations, non-governmental organizations, and governments and multinational organizations. In addition, Gina works to apply IBM’s technological expertise and global reach to the challenges and opportunities created by globalization and emerging markets, a role that includes leading the Corporate and Executive Service Corps.
Now in its fifth year, The Corporate and Executive Service Corps pro bono consulting programs were established to provide a triple benefit for IBM – leadership development for IBM employees, high quality problem solving for communities, and greater understanding of the growth markets for IBM. More than 2,000 IBMers from over 50 countries have served in 30 countries as part of the program. Gina led the expansion of the Executive Service Corps program, which provides executive level problem solving for cities around the world including Johannesburg, Accra, Rio, Antofagasta, Nanjing, Chiang Mai, Delhi and over a dozen others.
Gina has held roles at IBM in strategy and change consulting, and marketing and business development. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA from Pace University. Prior to joining IBM, she provided consultative support to Panamanians in community economic development as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She also had a career in advertising that included a role as an associate media director at McCann Erickson in San Francisco, California, and a role as a senior media planner at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City.
Gina is also the proud mother of 3 year old twins.
// Speaker: Jeff Eichenlaub
Jeff Eichenlaub serves as a Senior Director of Global Corporate Partnerships for World Vision. (World Vision is an international relief and development NGO, serving 100 million people in almost 100 countries including the U.S. The work is comprised of long- term community development projects, emergency relief operations, and advocacy programs.)
In his role, Jeff cultivates and develops innovative partnerships with corporations based on shared value initiatives, employee volunteering/teambuilding programs, employee driven giving/projects, causal marketing, media opportunities, and special events.
Prior to coming to World Vision, Jeff spent the first half of his career working in the private sector, managing operations and as Purchasing Director for Ideal Management, Inc., and Fine Host Corporation in the contract food management business. His consulting company specialized in negotiating commodity processing contracts and large scale purchasing agreements. Jeff holds a BA in Education from the University of Stony Brook. He is also on the board of Jabez, a small non profit serving orphans and children at risk in El Salvador.