Five Reasons to Attend the Shared Value Leadership Summit
Submitted by Shared Value Initiative
Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit? What’s different about this event? Here are the top five reasons to come to the Conrad New York this May 12-13, 2015—all ways in which you can jump-start a smarter strategy for your organization’s role in society:
A persistent focus on shared value: As worldwide problems like food security, global health, and youth unemployment become even more pressing, it’s now crucial for companies to help people and profits. Shared value is not the future—it’s now. To reflect that momentum, we’ve designed every aspect of this Summit to help you develop the skills and forge the partnerships you need to take action and answer those social issues—not as problems, but as opportunities for growth.
Face-time with leading professionals in the field: Shared value professionals from Nestlé, Chevron, Barclays, and more will be present—and you’ll want to pick their brains for best practices and partnership opportunities. We’ve baked even more networking time into the agenda and introduced a new online attendee directory to easily connect with the leaders in the crowd.
Cutting-edge thinking and experiences on shared value: You know that to implement any new strategy, you need concrete examples of not only what works but how. So this year we continue to crowdsource speakers from the front lines – practitioners who are successfully applying shared value projects in their organizations worldwide. You can apply to be one of those speakers and share your story on stage.
Interactive brainstorms that tackle big issues: Mingle face-to-face with the larger shared value community, as you co-create strategies in hands-on innovation labs based in the social issues and functional capabilities essential for shared value leaders. You’ll ideate on solving big problems in women’s empowerment, global health, and youth unemployment; as well as tackle social impact measurement, branding, and innovation.
Deal-making amongst the leading organizations: Shared value intrapreneurs know that leadership buy-in is critical to making the approach work. Throughout the Summit you’ll hear from the inspiring CEOs of Eli Lilly, Western Union, Nespresso, Arauco, Discovery Group, PSI, OPIC, Purpose, and more—business leaders who “get” the value of their companies’ roles in society and will inform conversations within your own organization.
Guided by FSG and a global network of funders, the Shared Value Initiative was created in 2012 to drive the adoption and implementation of shared value strategies by organizations around the world. FSG is a nonprofit strategy consulting firm co-founded in 1999 by Mark Kramer and Michael E. Porter, authors of â€œCreating Shared Valueâ€ (Harvard Business Review; 2011). Join our global community of practice at www.sharedvalue.org.