CSR Board

Kickoff Meeting

June 13, 2019

Welcome to an incredible series of conversations with heads of CSR at the world’s biggest companies.

Exclusively for corporate social responsibility leaders at major companies. No vendors, no selling. (Yes, really.)

This is the meeting for people leading the programs. Everyone in the room will be a senior decision maker. You’ll be talking with people who actually run their program, with experience and knowledge to share.

You’ll have leadership conversations you can’t experience anywhere else.

We talk about the things that keep you up at night: internal management issues, vendors, unprecedented topics, crisis response, and leadership strategies.

(We don’t cover the topics you get from other sources — the tactical or basic “how-to” concepts.)

Everything is facilitated and peer-to-peer.

That means better conversations and more meaningful connections. The people at this meeting have been there, done that, and are willing to share the real stories of what worked and what didn’t.

You won’t hear canned presentations, vendor pitches, or polished stuff for the stage. The conversations at this meeting are much more valuable.

Leave inspired, energized, and better prepared to lead your program.

Here’s what you need to know for the meeting.

Who Attended

Abbott, Ace Hardware, Aflac, Aon, Beam Suntory, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, C.H. Robinson, CNA Insurance, Coloplast, Hertz, MassMutual, Motorola Solutions, ON Semiconductor, Stryker, and Yum! Brands.

Important Notes

  1. Only RSVP if you can definitely attend. This is a structured conversation with facilitators and limited seats. (If you can’t make it, please give us enough warning to invite someone from the waitlist.)
  2. This meeting is confidential. You will be required to agree to our confidentiality rules when you register.


  • Thursday, June 13, 2019.
  • Convene — 16 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603.
  • 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Discussions start promptly at 8:00 AM, please be on time.

What Happened

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM — Breakfast Discussions
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM — Industry Benchmarking Session
  • 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM — Member-led Discussions on the Following Topics:
    • Working together for greater impact, led by Best Buy’s Andrea Wood
    • Advancing a global strategy for giving and volunteerism, led by Stryker’s Anita Mehta
    • Getting recognition for your CSR efforts, led by Motorola Solutions’ Matt Blakely
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Lunch Discussions
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Peer-to-Peer Unconferences


Who’s going to be there?

Everyone in the room will be leading a corporate social responsibility program at a big company. This is a meeting for people like you, with jobs like yours, at companies like yours — and problems like yours.

No vendors, sponsors, press, small businesses, or junior/front-line staff allowed.

Attendees will be from member companies and invited guests from similarly-sized companies.

What are we going to discuss?

You’ll get candid, honest insights from experienced peers. Bring a list of the things you’re working on right now. We’d love to help.

Some early topics that have been suggested include:

  • Earning buy-in and support for your initiatives
  • Charitable giving
  • Reporting and how you’re sharing it with key stakeholders or shareholders
  • CSR’s impact on brand and reputation
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery — including disaster relief efforts and supporting your people

What’s the format?

Here’s an explanation of the format from one of our other meetings. We’ve been running similar meetings for the past 12 years — it’s a very efficient format to get high value in limited time.

Why is there no fee and who is funding this?

The CSR Board is a community for people leading corporate social responsibility at the world’s biggest companies. We have members-only meetings about four times a year. Because our meetings are confidential, we host smaller meetings for guests to see what we do. In total transparency, we think you’re going to love it and will want to join the community.

Registration is Closed