CSR Board

Founders Meeting

September 10-11, 2019 • New York

No Vendors. Confidential. Conversations.

Founders Meeting Agenda:

Tuesday, September 10

(Members and Invited Guests)

11:00 AMCoffee Conversations
Join us before the meeting officially begins for some coffee and the opportunity to meet and network with some new friends.
12:00 PMLunch Discussions
Get here on time and grab a seat at the table. This sit-down lunch is your first opportunity to meet all of the great leaders you’ll get to know at the Founders Meeting.
12:50 PMHead to the Show & Tell Talk
1:00 PMDesigning and rolling out a company-wide volunteer initiative
Matthew Turner, Hertz

Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility Matthew Turner will discuss how CR worked with Hertz's leadership to launch its first ever company-wide month of service tied to the environment this past April, responding to employees' strong feedback on wanting to do more to support local communities.
1:30 PMBreak
1:45 PMTaking the long road: Place-based and community-led
Ali Mathias, MassMututal

Director of Community Investments Ali Mathias will discuss how MassMutual developed their newest strategic initiative -- the Live Mutual Project -- which focuses on community voice and aligning fragmented resources over isolated grantmaking and financial literacy.
2:15 PMBreak
2:30 PMCorporate foundations: Purpose, focus, and measurement
Katharine Jensen, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Katharine Jensen will share lessons learned from launching and refreshing Vertex Pharmaceuticals' corporate foundation, how to identify focus areas, and how to determine measurement and communications. She'll discuss ongoing challenges and how to maintain momentum in your foundation.
3:00 PM Snack Break
3:30 PMGlobal CSR: Opportunities for multifunctional organizations
Erin Richards-Kunkel, Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition's Director of Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibility, Erin Richards-Kunkel, will examine how brands can share and broaden local and regional partnership opportunities, furthering the impact across all parts of the organization.
4:00 PMBreak
4:15 PMUnlocking brand purpose
John Tran, Pernod Ricard

Director of Sustainability & Responsibility at Pernod Ricard, John Tran, will walk us through a pragmatic and formulaic approach to defining purposeful brand communications and understanding the business impact behind it.
4:45 PMAdjourn
5:00 PMMembers Walk to Dinner
5:30 PMMember Dinner
Following our afternoon of conversations and Show & Tell talks, we’ll all go out for a fantastic dinner together at Pazza Notte down the street for some delicious Italo-American home cooking. It’s a perfect opportunity to connect with your fellow members before another big day of brainstorming, discussion, and collaboration.

Wednesday, September 11

(Members Only)

8:00 AMBreakfast Discussions
The conversations over coffee and eggs at this event are often more lively than any other conference’s happy hour. You’ll want to be here bright and early (and on time).
8:50 AMBreak
9:00 AMLarge Group Discussion
10:00 AMBreak
10:10 AMMember-Led Discussion: Woke washing
Led by Paul Pellizzari, Hard Rock International

Hard Rock International's VP of Global Social Responsibility, Paul Pellizzari, will address the priority of using CSR to create meaningful, measurable impact, while supporting your brand and customer's experience with social purpose.
10:40 AMBreak
10:50 AMMember-Led Discussion: Trending now: CSR and HR
Led by Melissa Hazelwood, Ferguson Enterprises

Seventy-six percent of millennials consider a company's social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work. Strategic companies use CSR programs to protect and grow their biggest asset – their employees. Let's share best practices on using CSR to influence recruiting and retention efforts, while promoting broader positive benefits to the business.
11:20 AMBreak
11:30 AMMember-Led Discussion: Bringing innovation and growth to a long-term CSR program
Led by Buffy Swinehart, Aflac

Buffy Swinehart, Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Aflac, will lead a conversation about bringing innovation and growth to a long-term CSR program, and how that can lead to better ROI results.
12:00 PM Lunch Discussions
12:50 PM Break
1:00 PMUnconference Introduction
Unconferences are fast-paced, peer-to-peer discussions where you suggest discussion topics, vote for your favorites, and join the conversations that interest you most. This is where you drive the agenda in real time and talk about the things you want to talk about.

Some early topics that have been suggested include:

  • Structuring your program
  • Leadership support and buy-in
  • Charitable giving
  • Communications strategies
  • Demonstrating ROI
  • Philanthropy
  • Volunteerism
  • Metrics, measurement, and reporting
  • CSR’s impact on brand and reputation
  • Partnering with NPOs, NGOs, and Companies
  • Green / Environmental
  • Education, STEM
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Health and Medicine
  • ... and more!
1:05 PMUnconference Round 1
1:35 PMBreak
1:45 PMUnconference Round 2
2:15 PMBreak
2:25 PMUnconference Round 3
2:55 PMAdjourn