2017 Learning Labs

 Back by popular demand:
The Master's Series - Authentic conversations with senior leaders in the field. Check below for who will be joining Mark Shamley on the Master's Series stage!

Connexity...2.0​ - Connexity is a facilitated session that will help you connect with the resources, information and ideas you need to do your job faster, better and easier. Presented last year as a General Session, this year we break it down into three separate parts (Connecting to the Business, Connecting to the Community and Employee Engagement). This 2.0 version will allow a smaller group of attendees to really drill down to the heart of each issue.

Learning Labs by Day:  *Schedule is subject to change
Monday
Masters' Series featuring Rose Stuckey Kirk from Verizon
Connexity: Connecting to the Business
Communicating Strategic Direction
Evolving and Scaling Education Programs
Community Collaboration in Collective Impact Grantmaking
Sun Setting Signature Programs
Elevating Giving to C-Suite Functions

Tuesday AM
Masters' Series featuring Rachel Hutchisson from Blackbaud
Connexity: Connecting to the Community
Making Difficult People Disappear...Now What?
Tools for Building Employee Engagement
Practical Techniques for Social Impact Measurement
Real Cost. Real Outcomes. What Funders Need to Know
The Do's & Don'ts of Company Foundations

Tuesday PM
Masters' Series featuring Carrie Varoquiers from Workday
Connexity: Employee Engagement
Generational Diversity and its Intersection with Corporate Responsibility
Hard Outcomes or Hollow Promises: Realizing the True Impact of Corporate Responsibility
Social Business Models for the New Economy
Project ROI
NGO's In Trouble, Managing your Reputational Risk

Wednesday
Global Grantmaking: Why & How it's Important to Consider the SDG's
People, Profit & Passion: CSR’s Role in the Employee Engagement Equation
Creating a Mindset for Giving
Optimizing Corporate Volunteering Programs
Auditing Impact Reporting
What To Do with What You Learned

Full Session Descriptions

Monday
Masters' Series featuring Rose Stuckey Kirk
Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon
Authentic conversations are often hard to come by.  Any accomplished executive will tell you that the road to success is paved with pitfalls and lessons learned. The Masters’ Series, in its third year at the ACCP Conference, provides you with intimate access to accomplished senior leaders in this field. Now is your chance to ask them questions. All topics are up for discussion during this conversational session.


Connexity: Connecting to the Business
Facilitated by Kori Reed, Connexity is a session that will help you connect with the resources, information, and ideas you need to do your job faster, better, and easier. Presented last year as a General Session, this year we break it down into three separate parts. This 2.0 version will allow a smaller group of attendees to really drill down to the heart of the issue.  This session is focused on key questions around the topic, Connecting to the Business.  

Communicating Strategic Direction
Alan Nelson, Partner, CRA, Inc.
This session is presented by one of the faculty from our educational partner Notre Dame and a partner at the communication advisory firm CRA.  CRA research clearly demonstrates that the majority of engagement data suggesting employees understand their company’s strategic direction is wrong. This session covers how CR professionals can use narratives to create a strategic context for colleagues and employees, and how they can clarify and integrate messages of mission, values, vision, and strategy to drive strategic action and build credibility for the CR agenda overall.


Evolving and Scaling Education Programs
Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of US Community Partnerships, GSK
From a local pilot to a national award-winning program, learn how GSK scaled their signature “Science in the Summer” STEM program.  Over the last 30 years this program has sparked a lifelong love of science in more than 150,000 students – from 2 sites on the east coast to an additional 20 sites across the country.  GSK will share actionable tools on how they grew the program, received local and national media coverage, and how they approach evaluation and measurement of their national program.


Community Collaboration in Collective Impact Grantmaking
Michael Tipton, President of Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Louisiana Foundation, BCBS of Louisiana Foundation
After concluding a 3-year, $27 million collective impact grant program with more than 300 partners, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has a lot to share about their findings. Take an in-depth look at the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana grant making framework and find out what worked, what didn’t and the long-term impact.  Through Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana, the Foundation built non-profit and community capacity, distributed half a million pounds of produce, created miles of new walking paths, enabled thousands to eat in more healthy ways and achieved results that have laid new paths for community wellness in Louisiana.


Sun Setting Signature Programs
Sarah Middleton, SVP, Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO & Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation
Amber Skalsky, VP, Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO Foundation

How do you tell your Board you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, and countless volunteer hours building a signature program that failed to meet the mark? How do you thoughtfully let-down your employee volunteers, making sure you don’t disengage your CSR champions? And how do you not make the same mistake again on future programming? Come hear how PIMCO faced the good, the bad and the ugly of its Financial Literacy Program, Tools for Tomorrow, and ultimately pulled the plug after years of financial and volunteer support.  They’ll share recommendations and examples of how you can avoid pitfalls and/or approach your Board about similar CSR failures.

Elevating Giving to C-Suite Functions
Amanda Fowler, Executive Director, Global Corporate Giving, Edwards Lifesciences
Julie Gehrki, Vice President, Programs, Walmart Giving
How do you make CR an invaluable aspect of the company and leverage your position to drive strategy for the business? In this session, you will hear how Edwards Lifesciences and Walmart brings culture to life and helps C-suite and other stakeholders carry out their ultimate mission. You will learn how to use a giving platform in service of the business.


Tuesday AM
Masters' Series featuring Rachel Hutchisson
Rachel Hutchisson, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Blackbaud Inc.
Authentic conversations are often hard to come by.  Any accomplished executive will tell you that the road to success is paved with pitfalls and lessons learned. The Masters’ Series, in its third year at the ACCP Conference, provides you with intimate access to accomplished senior leaders in this field. Now is your chance to ask them questions. All topics are up for discussion during this conversational session.


Connexity: Connecting to the Community
Facilitated by Kori Reed, Connexity is a session that will help you connect with the resources, information, and ideas you need to do your job faster, better, and easier. Presented last year as a General Session, this year we break it down into three separate parts. This 2.0 version will allow a smaller group of attendees to really drill down to the heart of the issue.  This session is focused on key questions around the topic, Connecting to the Community.

Making Difficult People Disappear
Monica Wofford, CEO, Contagious Companies
Building on Monica’s General Session, this highly interactive learning lab will give a smaller group the ability to really dive deeper and ask the hard-hitting questions you couldn’t get answered in a big crowd. Making Difficult People Disappear clears out those barriers, reenergizes, eliminates conflict, reduces stress, and elevates the skills of persuasion and communication through emotional intelligence. This topic, and this speaker, provides ideas, as well as, personal and professional insights, while inspiring action with new, simple, and proven techniques for connecting and collaborating with anyone.


Tools for Building Employee Engagement
Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO, WeSpire
A recent Cone Communications study found that 74 percent of employees feel their job is more fulfilling when they are provided with opportunities to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues. Organizations need to have strong programming that encompasses a broader sense of purpose. In this session, Susan will walk participants through the 4C’s Framework (Commit, Communicate, Connect and Change) for building a culture of positive business. During this session, attendees will build a strategy for their own organization and hear about successful organizations around the world on how they’ve implemented each step.


Practical Techniques for Social Impact Measurement
Farron Levy, President, True Impact
Measurement can prove the value of your grants, volunteerism, and other community investments; guide investment decisions; and drive continuous improvement. But how to do it with limited resources? In this session, you will learn practical, sector-leading strategies for what, how, and when to measure your community programs – and how to claim results.

Real Cost. Real Outcomes. What Funders Need to Know
David Greco, President & CEO, Social Sector Partners
Across the nation, grantmakers are examining their grantmaking practices and looking to better support the real cost of outcomes.  Initiatives including “Moving Beyond the Overhead Myth”, “Investing in Infrastructure” and most recently the “Real Cost Project” have all engaged grantmakers around investing in nonprofit sustainability and impact. This highly interactive presentation will provide an overview of the Real Cost Framework and what corporate funders need to know to engage with their grantees in conversation about what it really takes to deliver great outcomes.


The Do's & Don'ts of Foundations
Bob Waldman, Chair, Business Division, Venable LLP
A corporate foundation can be a great vehicle to make an impact in your community and beyond.  Foundations also come with some specific requirements and regulations that you need to follow.  Learn from a legal expert how to navigate the do’s and don’ts when working with foundation dollars.


Tuesday PM
Masters' Series
Carrie Varoquiers, VP of Global Impact, Workday, Inc. & President, Workday Foundation
Authentic conversations are often hard to come by.  Any accomplished executive will tell you that the road to success is paved with pitfalls and lessons learned. The Masters’ Series, in its third year at the ACCP Conference, provides you with intimate access to accomplished senior leaders in this field. Now is your chance to ask them questions. All topics are up for discussion during this conversational session.


Connexity: Employee Engagement
Facilitated by Kori Reed, Connexity is a session that will help you connect with the resources, information, and ideas you need to do your job faster, better, and easier. Presented last year as a General Session, this year we break it down into three separate parts. This 2.0 version will allow a smaller group of attendees to really drill down to the heart of the issue.  This session is focused on key questions around the topic, Employee Engagement.

Generational Diversity and its Intersection with Corporate Responsibility
Charmaine Ward, Senior Director, Community Affairs, Georgia-Pacific
With four or even five generations in your workplace, it is important to understand the diversity in these groups.  While there are some differences, these differences can bring additional knowledge and skills to the table.  Learn about the challenges and strengths of generational diversity and what that means for your corporate responsibility initiatives.  And you might even find these groups have a few things in common you can leverage to make your programs even more successful!


Hard Outcomes or Hollow Promises: Realizing the True Impact of Corporate Responsibility
Linnea Texin, Senior Consultant, Corporate Citizenship
Impact isn’t just a buzz word.  Companies continue to make grandiose statements about changing the world. But without sharing the impacts of their efforts, it comes across as just hollow promises. In this interactive session, we will move the conversation from effective measurement theory to practical advice on delivering a meaningful community program.  As we walk through the I.M.P.A.C.T. approach, we will engage in a discussion about the barriers that practitioners face at each step and gather insights from other practitioners’ experiences on how they overcame them.


Social Business Models for the New Economy
David Greco, President & CEO, Social Sector Partners
Increasingly, companies are no longer simply donating to nonprofits but rather investing in social impact. But do you understand this new funding landscape and what it means for your company and your non-profit partners? Are the non-profits ready for this change? Learn how to help your non-profit partners think beyond grant funding to leverage private capital to scale impact.


Project ROI
Steve Rochlin, Co-CEO, IO Sustainability, LLC
Building on the sessions in our 2016 conference, this session will continue the discussion around the Project ROI report and the framework for programming that it uncovered.  Talk in more depth about the characteristics of programs that are more likely to realize the significant benefits shared in the Project ROI report.


NGO's In Trouble, Managing your Reputational Risk
Bob Waldman, Chair, Business Division, Venable LLP
Your nonprofit partners are integral to your ability to do great work in your communities.  You choose your partners carefully to ensure you are working with organizations that share your values and community focus.  Occasionally a nonprofit ends up in hot water and if you are a partner, you are expected to respond to the situation.  Engage in a dialogue about how to handle it when your nonprofit runs into trouble and you need to protect your brand.


Wednesday
Global Grantmaking: Why & How it's Important to Consider the SDG's
Tali Golan, Global Head, TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation, TripAdvisor
Donna Callejon, Chief Business Partnerships Officer, GlobalGiving
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are fundamentally reframing our pursuit of ending poverty, achieving food security, and other targets to improving human prosperity globally. Meeting the SDGs will require more productive participation from and collaboration between all sectors and at all levels. TripAdvisor and GlobalGiving are working together to reinforce corporate and employee focus on the SDGs. In this session we’ll discuss the value of linking the SDGs and your existing corporate contribution, foundation priorities, and ways to reinforce the SDGs through program delivery and communications.


People, Profit & Passion: CSR’s Role in the Employee Engagement Equation
Barry Altland, Thought Leader, Writer, Speaker & Organizational Partner/Consultant - Head, Heart and Hands Engagement Collective
There has been a lot of buzz about engagement these days.  Corporate chatter.  Nonprofit talk, too.  But yet the secret sauce that drives deeper engagement for the individual team member in any company remains largely elusive.  Or is it?  Maybe the formula for connecting people and their passion to their paid work is not as difficult as we make it out to be.  This session will explore the pivotal role Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives can play in supporting and deepening employee engagement the only way it can be accomplished—one person at a time. 


Creating a Mindset for Giving
Eileen Campbell, Program Officer, Community Relations, Aetna Inc.
Stephanie Giacco, Briefing Manager & Holistic Wellness Coach in Community Relations and Urban Marketing, Aetna Inc.
Mindfulness isn't just about meditation and yoga, it's so much more! Come hear about different ways Aetna practices mindfulness through programs and partnerships.


Optimizing Corporate Volunteering Programs
Mark Horoszowski, CEO & Co-Founder, MovingWorlds
Struggling to gain support and participation in your corporate volunteering program? This will be an interactive workshop to help each participant work through 4 steps on how to design, market, optimize, and measure your volunteering program so that it develops innovation and leadership skills of your employees and proves a benefit to employee, employer, and impact partner.  In this session, learn the evolution of volunteering – becoming a part of the development plans, how to work cross functionally & identify stakeholders, and creating the value proposition for all of them.


Auditing Impact Reporting
Christine Fontana, Senior Manager, Global Corporate Giving, Edwards Lifesciences
This interactive session will explore how to facilitate an audit on impact reporting and financial expenditure with grantee partners in a way that not only generates confidence in the impact philanthropic investments are making, but can strengthen relationships and improve outcomes. You will walk away with tangible ideas to for implementation. So be prepared with questions and ready to take these learnings, adapt them, and make them your own.


What To Do with What You Learned
Robin Kistler, Director of Non-Degree Programs - Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
An important part of any professional conference or learning experience is what you do when you get back to work and the demands of your busy life. It can be especially difficult to implement what you learned in the midst of catching up on your work. Take a proactive approach and engage in an action planning activity led by faculty of one of the premiere business schools in the country.  Maximize your investment in conference by plotting your course of action before you leave.