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New Speakers Announced for 18th Annual Employee Engagement Summit

BET/Viacom, ESPN, IBM, Target and Under Armour join Cleveland Cavaliers, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and more to increase social impact

Published 05-17-19

Submitted by Charities@Work

New speakers have just been added to the 18th Annual Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit  June 12-13, 2019 in New York City.

 Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Gina Rude, US Corporate Citizenship Manager at Accenture 
  • Gary Levante, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Culture at Berkshire Bank
  • Tiffany Calderon, Senior Manager at Best Buy
  • Nneka Norville, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications at BET Networks/Viacom
  • Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisor, Global Social Investment at Chevron
  • Kevin Clayton, Vice President Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement at Cleveland Cavaliers & Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
  • Lori George Billingsley, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Christine Jereb, Director of Employee Engagement & Volunteerism, Community Impact at Comcast
  • Jillian Mershon, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships , Community Impact at Comcast
  • Nita Kirby, Director, Strategy at Cybergrants
  • Kevin Martinez, VP of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
  • Kristi Thomas, Group Sales
  • Michael Carren, Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Guardian Life Insurance
  • Pamela Haas, CSR Manager, IBM
  • Michael Bzdak, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson
  • Yezenia Ramos, Senior Manager of Employee Engagement for North America, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson
  • Erin Gollhofer, Global CSR Consultant at Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Jerome Tennille, Manager, Volunteerism at Marriott International
  • Shilpa Nadhan, Manager, Social Impact at Marriott International
  • Matthew Nelson, Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance
  • Dezarie Mayers, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer 
  • Heather Lofkin Wright, Responsible Business Leadership Director at PwC US
  • Trina Scott, Vice President at Quicken Loans Family of Companies
  • Chris Jarvis, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Realized Worth
  • Angela Parker, Co-Founder and CEO at Realized Worth
  • Kerry Steib, Director of Social Impact at Spotify
  • Arlene De La Cruz, Assistant Managing Director, NYC Roastery at Starbucks
  • Tracey Burton, Senior Director of CSR at Target, and Head of Target Foundation
  • Peter Dudley, Author, CSR expert, and former SVP at Wells Fargo
  • Stacey Ullrich, Head of Global Social Responsibility at Under Armour


The Day 1 Preconference includes professional development for emerging leaders and a shark tank for senior leaders to tackle their toughest challenges, followed by a volunteer service activity packing meals with Rise Against Hunger. The Day 2 Summit includes sessions on social impact strategy, integrating CSR and employee engagement, what CSR leaders can learn about diversity and inclusion from professional sports, spotlights on successful programs, such as fighting human trafficking, and more.

Michael Carren of Guardian Life Insurance chairs the Summit’s corporate advisory council of social impact leaders. To learn more or register, visit

 This Summit is made possible thanks to generous sponsors:

  • The Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Best Buy, Comcast, New York Life Insurance, Realized Worth
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Cybergrants, 3BL Media, Group Sales, The Westin New York at Times Square, SafeGuard Global
  • Care First BCBS, Dippin’ Dots, KIND Snacks, Pfizer, Starbucks

About Charities@Work

Charities@Work (Charities at Work) bridges the corporate and nonprofit sectors to achieve greater social and environmental impact. Charities@Work is an alliance of three nonprofit organizations – Community Health Charities, EarthShare and Global Impact – that collectively represent more than 3,000 of the leading health, environmental, international development, and community nonprofits making a difference in the U.S. and around the world today. These nonprofits exist to facilitate interaction and partnership between charities, companies, and their employees for meaningful outcomes and impact for all.

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Charities@Work is an alliance of three nonprofit organizations—Community Heath Charities, EarthShare, Global Impact—that collectively represent more than 3,000 of the leading health, environmental, international development, and community nonprofits making a difference in the U.S. and around the world today. Their members include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UNICEF USA, the Nature Conservancy, and many other powerful, passionate and committed causes. The Charities@Work alliance bridges corporations and nonprofits for greater social impact.

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