Masters’ Series Speakers
Rose Stuckey Kirk
Rose Stuckey Kirk is currently the Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon, a provider of wireless and global wireline communications. As Chief CSR Officer, Rose also serves as President of the Verizon Foundation and leads a team focused on the programmatic delivery of mobile and cloud technology to underserved populations around the globe.
Rose’s background as a senior leader in various profit-and-loss roles within the telecommunications industry has primed her to advance the social innovation work of Verizon. She has led Verizon Wireless’ enterprise sales operations function targeting tier one customers. In this capacity, she directed the work of three global vice presidents and drove account level penetration strategies, retail sales channel models, vendor strategies, business pricing, and segmentation. As a senior executive of sales and customer care for medium business customers, Rose was accountable for delivering revenue from Verizon’s alternate channel sales team and managing customer care centers in 50 states. In addition to sales and operational functions, Rose has held senior level positions at Verizon in marketing, product line management, and employee communications.
Rose is vice-chair and a member of the governance committee of the board of directors of Dress for Success Worldwide, serves on the media council of The Paley Center, is a trustee and member of the Finance Committee for Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey, a member of the Communications Department Advisory Board of Arkansas State University, and a member of the national service organization Jack and Jill of America.
Recognized as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews, Rose also has been acknowledged as one of the most influential women in Corporate America by both Savoy Magazine and The Network Journal, a Woman of Power by the National Urban League and one of the Top Working Women in America by Working Mothers Magazine. A former news reporter, she is the recipient of writing awards from the Associated Press and The New York Times.
Rose holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is completing a Master’s Program in International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She and her husband, Robert, are the parents of two sons, Robert Jr. and Connor.
Rachel Hutchisson is a respected executive experienced in building and leading CSR initiatives, forging strategic relationships and sharing expertise to further the field of social good. Her work puts her at the center of critical conversations driving social innovation.
Rachel is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy of Blackbaud, Inc., BLKB, a leading technology company that equips and connects the worldwide philanthropic community, providing cloud-based and on premise financial, fundraising, grant-making and administrative software for individuals, nonprofits, foundations and corporations. Rachel is responsible for global corporate social responsibility (CSR), leading the company’s 3,000 associates in efforts to serve and give both through professional and personal avenues. A servant leader, Rachel is committed to the core philosophy that “good is for everyone,” working both to champion driving positive change, as well as inspiring individuals to integrate service into their professional and personal development. In her work, her service, and her many mentoring relationships, she seeks to make a positive impact on her community with and through others.
Rachel brings a strong understanding of corporate marketing and experience in internal communications, corporate culture, and employee relations to her role, having grown professionally within Blackbaud as it matured from start up to an established public company. She built the company’s CSR program from the ground up, leveraging her deep experience working at the intersection of the business world and the nonprofit sector.
Rachel’s interest in service was born at a young age, watching her parents engage in community initiatives. She couples her deep interest in good with strong communication skills developed through collegiate and postgraduate study. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of the Giving Institute, providers of the annual Giving USA study, the Giving Back Fund, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Coastal Community Foundation.
Carrie Varoquiers is vice president, global impact at Workday and president, Workday Foundation. She is responsible for philanthropic grantmaking, employee community involvement programs, environmental sustainability efforts, diversity & inclusion, employee wellbeing, and corporate citizenship reporting.
Prior to joining Workday, Carrie was president of the McKesson Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at McKesson Corp. Carrie developed the McKesson Foundation’s “Mobilizing for Health” grant initiative, which encourages the use of mobile technologies in chronic care, and founded Giving Comfort, a not-for-profit program supporting low-income chemotherapy patients. Prior to joining McKesson, Carrie was founder and president of Cause Partners, a cause marketing consulting firm based in San Francisco. Carrie has also held various positions at Levi Strauss & Co., including program director responsible for cause marketing programs for all of Levi’s brands.
Carrie received her bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley, her MBA from Golden Gate University, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the board of Family House, is an Advisory Board member of Charlie Cart, and is an avid volunteer.
Learning Lab Speakers
Kori Reed is a visionary leader who leverages her curiosity and desire to learn to think outside the box and drive catalytic change.
For a decade she directed the ConAgra Foods Foundation and created the then national, integrated, child hunger cause platform for the company. As Vice President of Cause Integration & ConAgra Foods Foundation, Kori’s accomplishments included developing and executing a signature cause branding strategy that emerged as the company’s top driver of employee engagement, doubled sales volume on a marketing-related cause promotion and created unique, multi-partner community projects that drove a 90-percent increase in meals served to children and families in need.
ConAgra Foods asked Kori to lead the Cause & Corporate Philanthropy space following 15 years of progressive growth in Corporate Communication at three Fortune 500 companies — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Quaker Oats/PepsiCo and ConAgra Foods. Mark Dollins, Kori’s boss at Quaker Oats, called her “highly strategic and results-driven corporate affairs leader.”
Kori earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A lifelong learner, she completed leadership seminars at Harvard University and ACCP’s program in partnership with the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She also was the former Chairperson for board of ACCP.
Married with four children, Kori’s favorite thing to do while not in the office is to enjoy the pleasant chaos of the household she and her husband created.
Michael Tipton began as President of the Blue Cross Foundation in June, 2015 after having served as Executive Director of Teach For America – South Louisiana from 2007 until early 2015 and after having founded Tipton Consultants which worked with non-profit organizations on talent recruitment, strategic representation and expansion across Louisiana.
Michael is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of LSU with degrees in political science and history. He earned a master’s degree in teaching from Pace University in New York while teaching high school English and History in the South Bronx through Teach For America. Michael is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Leadership Baton Rouge and the Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana programs, was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 under 40 list in 2007 was LSU’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2013 and received the John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in 2012.
Marti Skold-Jordan is Manager, US Community Partnerships, at GSK, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. GSK is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
Ms. Skold-Jordan is responsible for the Community Partnerships programs at GSK’s headquarters sites in the U.S : Research Triangle Park, NC, and in Philadelphia, PA with a focus on STEM and Science Education. She was previously Manager of External Communications for GSK. Before joining GSK, Ms. Skold-Jordan spent 30 years covering news and weather as a journalist in television markets around the country.
Ms. Skold-Jordan received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and is a two time Emmy Award winner with an Emmy for Best Newscast in Los Angeles and an Emmy for Science and Environmental Reporting.
Ms. Skold-Jordan is an active member of the community and is serving on the Board or Directors and Executive Committee for North Carolina Business Committee for Education, Governor’s Office, as well as the Board of Directors for North Carolina Public School Forum. She is also an active member of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.
Ms. Middleton is a senior vice president responsible for global corporate citizenship and is the executive director of the PIMCO Foundation. She developed the firm's employee volunteer program and related corporate responsibility initiatives. On behalf of the PIMCO Foundation, she is part of the Points of Light Corporate Institute Leadership Faculty, serves as a Regional Voice Lead for IMPACT 2030, and sits on the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2007, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and worked in the nonprofit sector for six years. She has spoken at national and regional conferences and was named by the Orange County Register as one of Orange County’s “100 Most Influential” people of 2015. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and an undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Skalsky is a vice president in the Newport Beach office, responsible for management of the PIMCO Foundation’s international giving programs, annual philanthropic investments and overall grant-making strategies. She is responsible for building corporate citizenship programs and working to build relationships with strategic partners in support of the firm's community involvement initiatives. Ms. Skalsky also oversees the firm's board placement program and its international volunteer pro bono initiatives. On behalf of the PIMCO Foundation, she is a member of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, ACCP, Philanthropy New York, BITC, and serves as vice president of the Orange County Community Relations Council. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2012, she was grants manager at the Steele Foundation, where she managed the annual grant program and overall giving strategies. She holds a master's degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University.
Amanda C. Fowler is executive director, global corporate giving of Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. She is also executive director and an officer of Edwards Lifesciences Foundation.
Fowler was appointed to the newly created role of executive director in 2011 and is responsible for the company’s global philanthropic efforts including oversight of more than $60 million in charitable assets, activation of more than 10,000 employees in community volunteerism, and donation of thousands of medical devices to support indigent care around the world.
Prior to this role, Fowler served the company in global communications focusing on external corporate and executive communications, the critical care business unit and corporate philanthropy. She joined Edwards in 2000 to help build the investor relations department when the company spun-off from Baxter International. Fowler has also previously been assistant vice president, investor relations for New Century Financial Corporation, and investor relations analyst for PacifiCare Health Systems.
Fowler currently serves on the board of directors of the ACCP. She has also served on multiple fundraising boards and held several roles leading up to president for the Orange County chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in social science with an emphasis in economics from the University of California, Irvine, where she recently received the university’s Lauds and Laurels award as a distinguished alumna.
Julie serves as Vice President of Programs for the Walmart Foundation. This team leads philanthropic investments for Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on Sustainability for people and planet throughout the supply chain, including work on agriculture, hunger and nutrition; Opportunity, including work on women’s economic opportunity, career opportunity, veteran’s support, small business support and domestic manufacturing; and Community, which engages our associates and facilities to make positive change in communities where they live and work.
Julie joined the Walmart Foundation in 2008.
Prior to Walmart, Julie worked in the nonprofit community on issues of anti-racism, homelessness and community revitalization. Internationally, she has done program evaluation in Kenya and Tanzania and taught English in Eastern Europe.
Julie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Rhodes College and a Master of Arts in Public Service from The Clinton School of Public Service. She was a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow at Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy. She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and Saving Grace, a transitional living program that helps young women aging out of foster care or facing homelessness.
Christine Peeler Fontana
Christine Peeler Fontana is the Senior Manager of Global Giving at Edwards Lifesciences. In this role, Christine manages the operations of approximately $50M in assets and $7M in annual global giving, including the annual grant cycle, grantee reviews and due diligence, impact reporting and general operational systems. Christine provides strategic counsel to the Executive Director and Board of Directors on opportunities to maximize impact on the Foundation’s signature, global philanthropic initiative, Every Heartbeat Matters, which seeks to impact the global burden of heart valve disease, as well as community and employee engagement programs across the globe.
Christine has a deep expertise in corporate philanthropy and employee engagement, where she has focused her career. Prior to joining Edwards Lifesciences, she was the Manager of National Partnerships at Capital One, where she developed and managed corporate citizenship and philanthropic efforts with a focus on community impact, employee volunteerism and brand reputation. Her portfolio included national partnerships and initiatives on financial capability and financial well-being, workforce development and skill credentialing, college access and success, and K-12 education. Prior to joining Capital One, Christine was a corporate social responsibility and philanthropy communications consultant for corporate and nonprofit clients at RF|Binder Partners.
Christine has managed initiatives and partnerships recognized as national models by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Awards and the Holmes Report Sabre Awards.
Christine received a B.A. in Social Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs. She lives in Newport Beach, with her husband, Michael, and their son, Miles.
Susan Hunt Stevens
Susan Hunt Stevens is the founder and CEO of WeSpire, the positive business platform that helps companies design, run and measure employee engagement programs for their entire workforce. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. In 2015, she was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for New England.
Previously, Stevens spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president/GM of Boston.com, one of the largest news and information sites on the Web. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Tuck School of Business. She serves on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council, the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board and is on the Board of Overseers for the New England Aquarium. She is one part of a two-CEO household raising a son, a daughter, a guinea pig and geriatric rescue dog.
Bob Waldman, Chair of the firm's Business Division, leads the firm's national representation of tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Waldman's practice includes general representation of numerous foundations, hospitals, educational institutions, trade associations and other charitable entities. Mr. Waldman also practices extensively in the areas of philanthropic and estate planning, employee benefits and taxation. Mr. Waldman is the Vice President of the Venable Foundation. Mr. Waldman is included in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employee Benefits Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Tax Law.
The Daily Record, the newspaper serving Baltimore's business and legal communities, honored Mr. Waldman with its "Leadership in Law" award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has made a positive impact on Maryland, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the practice of law; involvement in the profession, and support of the community. Mr. Waldman was also recognized in the 2012 edition of Legal 500 and was selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2013 editions. Mr. Waldman is an Elected Fellow of the Baltimore City Bar Foundation.
Mr. Waldman is a member of the Board of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (past Chairman) and serves on the Boards of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. He has also served on the Board of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and is a member of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board.
Mr. Waldman is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Tax-Exempt Organizations and former chair of the Employee Benefits Subcommittee of the Maryland State Bar Association.
David Greco is a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant on creating a more sustainable and effective social sector. David is currently leading the Real Cost Project a statewide initiative in California that aims to increase the number of funders providing real cost funding.
He brings more than 25 years of experience in in driving the growth and impact of social sector organizations. In 2013, David founded Social Sector Partners to provide training and development to funders and nonprofit organizations to develop a culture of sustainability that incorporates real cost, sustainable business and revenue models, and a focus on impact.
David has spoken at national conferences such as BoardSource, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Independent Sector, Social Enterprise Alliance, Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals, and Exponent Philanthropy as well as numerous local and regional conferences.
He has trained more than 1,000 social sector leaders on financial sustainability through the Annenberg Alchemy program, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit capacity building programs. He led the development and delivery of the Scaling What Work workshops with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations that reached hundreds of funders around the country. And delivered workshops for thousands of nonprofit leaders through his work with the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
He has provided training for staff, trustees and grantees for dozens of foundations including the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Flora & William Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
Most recently, he served as Interim President and CEO for Northern California Grantmakers and led their efforts to launch a new strategic direction and business model. Previously, he was the Vice President of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) for more than 5 years and Vice President of the Youth Leadership Institute. David also worked as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, and Director of Programs for the Horatio Alger Association.
He serves on the board of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles and on the Southern California Advisory Board for Opportunity Fund. He is a professor with Pepperdine University in the Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and Change program and the author of "Nonprofit Financial Management" featured in "Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals" edited by Darian Heyman. David served for ten years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves and earned his M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and B.S. in History & Politics from Drexel University.
As Senior Director of Community Affairs for Georgia-Pacific, she is responsible for corporate philanthropy and community affairs. She manages charitable giving, strategic community partnerships, and volunteerism across the country. In her role, Charmaine works closely with internal executives, as well as community, civic, and government leaders to develop sustainable initiatives that create value in Georgia-Pacific communities.
Charmaine has held senior-level positions with IBM, Showtime Networks, Bank of America and John H. Harland. She has created tremendous value as a corporate leader in the areas of corporate philanthropy, community affairs, diversity, marketing, and sales.
She is a noted speaker on topics including philanthropy, professional development, women’s empowerment, leadership development, personal branding, and entrepreneurship. She is also a serial entrepreneur, a John Maxwell Leadership Coach, and an Associate Certified Coach with ICF (International Coaching Federation).
Her service to the community is widespread. She serves on the National Black MBA national board and is Vice Chair of the National Black Arts Festival Board. She is immediate past president of the National Black MBA Association, Atlanta Chapter and serves on the boards of the Atlanta Business League, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, On Board, Kenny Leon True Colors Theatre, Alliance Theatre Advisory Council and National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metro Atlanta Chapter Advisory Board. She has formerly served on the City of Atlanta Ethics Board and PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators). She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Inc. She is also an alumna of United Way VIP, Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), Leadership Georgia, and Leadership Atlanta.
Charmaine is humbled by the numerous awards recognizing her civic contributions including but not limited to:
- Atlanta Tribune Magazine “Women to Watch”
- YWCA Greater Atlanta “Women of Achievement”
- Atlanta Daily World “Women of Excellence”
- Who’s Who In Black Atlanta “30 Powerhouse Women”
- Rolling Out Magazine “25 Women of Achievement”
- Atlanta Business League “100 Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta”
- Frank Ski Kids Foundation “Local Legend”
Charmaine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from Kennesaw State University. A native of Chicago, she is an avid reader, loves the theatre, and enjoys international travel. She is very proud of her role in Kenny Leon’s “Steel Magnolias” film. Charmaine’s personal mission is to be a CATALYST, creating positive change in individuals and organizations through servant leadership.
Linnea Texin is a Senior Consultant at Corporate Citizenship, a global corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm. Linnea has experience across the full spectrum of corporate responsibility, including strategy development, community investment, and assurance. In her role, Linnea helps clients to identify emerging issues, develop strategies, and set KPIs, goals, and targets to advance their corporate responsibility and corporate philanthropy objectives. She also serves as an LBG account manager, advising businesses on how to measure their community investment. Her recent clients include companies, such as AbbVie, S&P Global, and the Molson Coors Brewing Company. She holds a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, with an emphasis in strategy.
Barry Altland is a writer, speaker, thought leader and published author of the book, “Engaging the Head, Heart and Hands of a Volunteer,” a simple guide for feeding the passion of those who serve.
Barry blends world-class leadership principles from the for-profit world with his own numerous experiences as a volunteer and leader of volunteers to offer a fresh perspective on volunteer engagement. Mr. Altland has worn the hat of nearly every role in the CSR equation: CSR internal coordinator, volunteer, non-profit/CSR liaison and expert of volunteer engagement.
The result of these experiences is content-rich guidance for leaders of volunteers to help them lead with Otherliness. As leaders embrace Barry’s unique perspective, they develop into leaders better prepared to touch the hearts of volunteers by engaging them . . . one person at a time.
More insights and Mr. Altland’s contact information are available on the HHHE website via http://HHHEngagement.com.
Mark is co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform that helps people volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the world, on their own or through corporate-sponsored programs. Since its launch in 2011, MovingWorlds.org has unleashed over 7 million dollars worth of professional skills across 60 countries. Mark has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Reviews and many more as the founder of the "Experteering" movement. Mark also serves as Adjunct Faculty at University of Washington Tacoma's Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility and is a contributor at Huffington Post Impact. In his free time, Mark can be found spending time with his wife, skiing, and volunteering with the American Cancer Society co-chairing its nationwide volunteer leadership team.
Farron Levy is president of True Impact, a web-based measurement tool and benchmarking network for the charitable sector. Donors and nonprofits use True Impact to measure the social impact of their grants, volunteerism, and other philanthropic investments, to demonstrate success and identify opportunities for improvement.
Farron has helped hundreds of corporations, foundations, and nonprofits – including Allstate, Deloitte, FedEx, GE, Harvard University, Home Depot, Junior Achievement, Newman’s Own Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Verizon, and Wells Fargo, among others – use practical performance metrics to prove and improve the value of their community investments.
Prior to founding True Impact, Farron was a partner and director of cost-benefit-analysis services at SmithOBrien, a social auditing firm; an analyst with Industrial Economics, Inc., an environmental and economic consulting firm; and executive director of a CitySkills, a nonprofit dedicated to inner-city workforce development. Farron earned an MPP from Harvard University, and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tali Golan is head of the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation. From her first international flight at the age of one, Golan’s fate was to become a world traveler, connecting people and communities. Since then, she has worked her way around the globe from Laos, to Germany, to Peru, to Spain, and has lived and worked in Atlanta, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Israel, North Carolina, Bangkok and Boston, immersing herself in local and international cultures. Given her wanderlust, Golan considers it fate to be leading the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation, the corporate philanthropic arm of the world’s largest travel site. She oversees TripAdvisor’s global philanthropic strategies and programs as well as employee volunteer initiatives throughout the company’s offices. Prior to landing in the professional travel world, she spent a number of years at Boston’s Cause Consulting, where she helped corporate clients craft social responsibility strategies, forge public and private partnerships, and develop employee volunteer and engagement programs. Golan began her career in the nonprofit and private foundation worlds, developing and promoting meaningful and empowering programs for young adults around community building, volunteerism, social activism, cross-cultural awareness and leadership development. Golan earned an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.
Donna is responsible for development of corporate and other strategic partnerships for GlobalGiving. She has worn several hats since joining GlobalGiving in 2003, and currently loves working with companies to help them and their stakeholders contribute positively to communities around the world. Donna also serves on the Boards of GlobalGiving UK, Washington Area Women's Foundation, and Water for People. She previously was on the Boards of Business for Social Responsibility and Women's Funding Network. During her first chapter, Donna was a senior executive of Fannie Mae, having led business units as varied as strategic planning, negotiated transactions, international consulting, marketing, product development, and customer technology. She has a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis, but is most proud of her high school basketball team's CCS championship in 1980.
Eileen has worked for Aetna Inc. for more than twenty years. She is currently working on the Community Relations and Urban Marketing team as a Program Officer. Since 2012 she has managed the Aetna Volunteer Councils, the matching gifts programs and supports regional strategic grants. From 2005-2011 she managed the Aetna Foundation regional grants program. In 1994 Eileen joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (more commonly known as the Jaycees). Her love of volunteer work brought her to this organization. During her years as a Jaycee, she held several leadership roles and received numerous awards. Eileen currently sits on the Board of Directors for Dress For Success Hartford, Chrysalis Center’s events committee, and is a member of the Eversource Hartford Marathon Collar Crew.
Stephanie Giacco is a briefing manager and holistic wellness coach on Aetna’s Community Relations and Urban Marketing team. A dedicated wife, mom and natural optimist, she teaches yoga and mindfulness as tools that individuals can access whenever and wherever they are in a wellness journey. In early adulthood, trauma brought Stephanie to the mat, where she first learned how healing and transformative a yoga practice could be. Building on this knowledge, she trained as a yoga and mindfulness instructor. Stephanie has developed her own unique classes that combine asana (movement), prana (breath) and life lessons. This blend of practice has helped her students bring awareness to their healthiest self, on and off the mat.
Robin Kistler is the Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education within the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Kistler and her team work in partnership with organizations to find solutions to their most pressing talent development needs by providing leaders in the executive and management levels with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. Through non-degree open enrollment courses and custom programming, Kistler has helped companies and individuals from around the world grow and develop into high performing organizations, teams, and leaders.In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the Stayer Center emphasizes values-centered leadership in addition to academic rigor. More than 2,000 company presidents, executives and directors, as well as every Executive MBA student, have participated in the Stayer Center’s signature Executive Integral Leadership program, which incorporates spiritual and ethical strengths into leadership development.
Kistler previously served as director of executive education at Louisiana State University from 2008 to 2016. She simultaneously served as the interim director of LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute from 2014-2016.A native of the bayou state, Kistler earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and advertising, and a master’s degree in communications management and organizational development from LSU.
Kristen Carlson is the marketing manager at WeSpire, the positive business company that helps companies design, run and measure employee engagement programs for their entire workforces. She started her career in public relations, working with clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, technology, power engineering, procurement and more. This experience taught Kristen that every company has a story, and when paired with data, its story can have a measurable impact on a business’ bottom line.
Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from The College of The Holy Cross and currently resides just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.