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Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit Focuses on What Works and What’s Next.

Leaders from NFL, Target, ESPN, Comcast, BET/Viacom, Cleveland Cavaliers, Spotify, Chevron, BSE Global/Brooklyn Nets, Coca-Cola and many more share promising practices and tackle tough social challenges together.

Published 06-26-19

Submitted by Charities@Work

More than 160 leading corporate social impact professionals gathered for the 18th Annual Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit on June 12-13, 2019 in New York City. The unique event is created by and for CSR practitioners, built by a distinguished corporate advisory council.

Summit highlights included a new senior leader shark tank tackling tough challenges like demonstrating return on investment, the second year of professional development for emerging leaders, a volunteer experience packing 10,152 meals in an hour to help end hunger, two energizing networking receptions, plus robust sessions on human trafficking, gender inequity, diversity and inclusion as a business strategy, employee resource groups, social impact strategy, integrating CSR as a revenue center, and more. Check out the Summit photos, program and full speaker line-up.

“How do you create a winning culture? Culture starts at the top. Leadership sets the tone by communicating the desired behavior and then, ‘walking the talk’. Leveraging diversity and inclusion can be an effective asset to support a winning culture. D&I can be a huge competitive advantage and profit center, not just the right thing to do.”Kevin Clayton, Vice President of Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

“Use board service as a way to develop employees’ empathy and the next level of leadership skills.” – Tracey Burton, Senior Director of CR at Target; Target Foundation and Corporate Giving 

“Start with strategy. NFL’s goal is to inspire and unify fans, with our 32 teams as arms and legs across the country.” – Melissa Schiller, Director of Community Relations, National Football League. 

“Participation is not engagement. We talk about participation when we talk about employee engagement, but participation is only one indicator leading to engagement.”Gary Levante, SVP of Corporate Responsibility and Culture at Berkshire Bank

“If you work with competitors, you can move mountains. I call it ‘cooper-tition.’”Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN 

“Employee resource groups help you bring your whole self to work. Without the people, there is no business. How do you measure the value of happy, healthy, whole employees?” -- Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisory, Global Social Investment at Chevron

“We start with logic models and the theory of change first. We work to design volunteerism initiatives with the outcomes that we’re seeking to achieve.” -- Yezenia Ramos, Senior Manager of Employee Engagement, Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson 

“It may be about community impact but it’s about being a responsible business leader.” --Heather Lofkin Wright, Responsible Business Leadership Director at PwC US

This Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit is made possible thanks to generous sponsors:

  • Summit lunch sponsor: The Guardian Life Insurance Company

  • Gold sponsors: Best Buy, Comcast, New York Life Insurance

  • Silver sponsors: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Cybergrants, Group Sales, Safeguard Global

  • In-kind sponsors: 3BL Media, Care First BCBS, Jersey Mike’s Subs, KIND Snacks, Pfizer, Realized Worth, RK Black, Starbucks, The Westin New York at Times Square

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 three 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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