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Office Depot Foundation's Weekend in Boca VII to Help Nonprofit Organizations Tell Compelling Stories

Free Symposium Focuses on Performance, Impact and Inspiration

Submitted by: Listen Learn Care Foundation

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Events

Posted: Mar 20, 2014 – 02:15 PM EST


BOCA RATON, Fla., Mar. 20 /CSRwire/ - The independent, nonprofit Office Depot Foundation – the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP) – invites nonprofit organizations and anyone with a strong interest in serving the community to its Seventh Annual Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium. The theme of this year’s conference – which is free to the participants – is “Innovation and Collaboration – Telling Your Story through Performance, Impact and Inspiration.”

Weekend in Boca will take place on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at Office Depot Corporate Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The highly regarded speakers scheduled to participate include:

  • Carol Cone, global chair for Business + Social Purpose, Edelman, New York, N.Y. (keynote speaker)
  • Melissa Bradley, founder and managing director, New Capitalist, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Crespin, CEO, Crespin Enterprises, and senior fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Lindsay J.K. Nichols, marketing and communications senior director, GuideStar USA Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Stacy Palmer, editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Washington, D.C.
  • Diane Remin, president and founder,, Boston, Mass.

“Nonprofit organizations must strive to be innovative and explore opportunities to collaborate if they want to be sustainable,” notes Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong. “Weekend in Boca plays a key role in our continuing efforts to help nonprofits harness the power of innovation and collaboration, leverage their strengths and make the greatest possible impact in their communities.”

The 2014 edition of Weekend in Boca is designed to help nonprofit organizations learn how to tell their stories concisely and effectively by focusing on:

  • Performance – communicating their success in accomplishing their goals.
  • Impact – communicating the difference that they are able to make over the long haul.
  • Inspiration – engaging the community in supporting their mission through donations, volunteerism, opportunities to collaborate and other ways both tangible and intangible.

Symposium sessions will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 3. It includes lunch on Friday and breakfast both days. Parking is free. To view the agenda, learn more about the speakers and register for Weekend in Boca, visit

Comcast is Weekend in Boca’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsorship support is being provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, SCORE, CSRwire, PricewaterhouseCoopers and JKG Group.

Weekend in Boca “was exhilarating, involving and eye opening,” said Juan Gordon Sr., president/CEO of One Source Management in Atlanta, who attended the symposium in 2013. “It was an overall highly valuable conference with excellent content that is timely and relevant, great speakers and panelists, and a format that provides a perfect mix of education and networking. If you can attend the next event you cannot afford to miss it.”

In conjunction with Weekend in Boca VII, the Office Depot Foundation will present its annual Listen Learn Care Awards Celebration on the evening of May 2 at Boca West Country Club. The keynote speaker will be Michael Chatman, the popular host of #WHYIGIVE on Twitter and chief generosity officer for Look to the Stars. For more information, visit

About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Leon Rubin Director of Communications
Phone: 561-251-8075
Phone 2: 866-656-4629

For more from this organization:

Listen Learn Care Foundation


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