Michael Carren is Vice
President and Head of Strategic Philanthropy for The Guardian Life
Insurance Company. In this role Mike serves as the thought and execution
leader for Guardian’s corporate social responsibility and philanthropic
initiatives and programs. He is responsible for the integration of
Guardian’s CSR activities with employee engagement, branding,
communication and all external affairs.
Previously Mike served as
Chief Strategy and Operating Officer for The United Way of New York City
where he was the lead strategy adviser to the President and CEO and led
the formation and implementation of organizational design, operations,
administration, information technology, legal counsel, and human capital
functions as well as playing a leadership role in managing Board
relations, government interfaces, and public relations.
Mike was Global Director of
Employee Engagement, Financial Education, Disaster Response and Military
and Veterans Affairs Giving for JPMorgan Chase and the JPMorgan Chase
Foundation. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase Mike was the Manager of
Community Relations for Chrysler Financial, managing the company’s
portfolio of philanthropic giving, employee volunteer and community
outreach programs and cause marketing and branding events and campaigns.
Mike led Carren Consulting which specialized in the strategic
development and implementation of corporate philanthropy and capacity
development programs for nonprofit organizations. Mike spent nine years
as a senior leader of Capital One’s Corporate Philanthropy Program where
he was responsible for the development of signature giving programs,
national programs and corporate volunteerism. Prior to joining Capital
One, Mike served as Assistant Executive Director and Educational Program
Director with the Garfield F. Childs Memorial Fund in Richmond,
Throughout his career, Mike
has led programs with numerous leading charitable and corporate entities
including: Feeding America, The Better Business Bureau, The Council for
Economic Education, Operation Hope, Accion, Consumer Action, LISC, The
National Urban League, ASPIRA, Points of Light Institute, The United Way
of America, The United States Chamber of Commerce and EarthShare.
Mike holds a Masters of
Education Degree from The University of Illinois and has served as a
Lead Judge and Judge for the Points of Light Foundation Annual National
Award for Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Programs and Chair of the
Charities at Work Conference, presented at numerous professional
conferences and contributed to leading CSR publications and websites.