Highlights from Board Meeting 1 in Washington D.C.

Last week we wrapped up our first official CSR Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.


24 CSR leaders from 20 brands got together to talk about the things that are most important to their work right now.

We heard 5 Show & Tell presentations from CSR Board members, all senior CSR leaders at major companies.

They shared stories about projects they’ve led, challenges they’ve faced, what went well, what didn’t work, and what they hope to do next. We heard from:

  • Carol Urton from Experian on how they decided to start an employee hardship fund, how they rolled it out, and the results they’ve seen so far.
  • Griffin Gonzalez at American Airlines on their Stand Up to Cancer name on a plane 2019 cause marketing campaign.
  • Chris Doucet with Ace Hardware on their private foundation’s 28-year-old partnership with Children’s Miracle Network and their major learnings from that work.
  • Melissa Hazelwood from Ferguson Enterprises on how they worked with the William & Mary School of Business to determine their key business impact measurements and key performance indicators for their philanthropic investments.
  • Lynn Quayle at Constellation Brands on how they tied their brand initiatives to their CSR strategy across their brand portfolio.

We also held four Member-Led Discussions where CSR Board members explored tough questions, shared experiences, and got help with specific challenges they’re facing.

Discussions were with:

  • Sharon Vidal at Illumina on delivering a successful external CSR report.
  • Georgia-Pacific’s Karen Cole on addressing tough or challenging topics that matter to employees.
  • Jon Hixson from Yum! Brands on dealing with investor social and sustainability demands.
  • Verizon’s Steven Shaw on developing tomorrow’s workforce in every community.

Here are the brands who were there: Ace Hardware, American Airlines, Bombardier Recreation Products, Brown-Forman, CDK Global, Constellation Brands, Experian, Fannie Mae, Ferguson Enterprises, Georgia-Pacific, Hertz, Illumina, MassMutual, Philip Morris International, Spectrum, Subaru, UnitedHealth Group, Verizon, Western Union, and Yum! Brands.

You won’t want to miss the next opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with people like you at brands like yours. Stay tuned for information about our next meeting!