Business Attendees' Conference Experience

Check out the schedule for our Business with Purpose workshops, which have been specifically curated for our business attendees!
Business Attendees' Conference Experience

Although this year’s Business with Purpose experience will be exclusively online, we’ll still be featuring top-notch keynote speakers and presentations, except this time, we’ll be bringing them directly to your home or office.

In addition, to curate the type of environment essential for a truly engaging and collaborative experience, we’ll also be hosting live Q&A sessions throughout, so you can directly interact with our speakers and each other in real-time. 

To provide additional tools and harness the strength of our collective network, we’d also love to introduce you to one of our most powerful new resources for company-led citizenship: Points of Light’s Community for Employee Civic Engagement. CECE is an online community where sector thought-leaders can share their insights and expertise, and members can collaborate with them, get up to date with the latest industry news, ask questions, and have direct access to exclusive content to inform, refine and elevate their citizenship efforts. 

June 10, 2020: Opening Sessions

You'll access these virtual main stage performances within the main Conference channel listed on the home page or by clicking this link.

The Points of Light Conference Online Experience will focus on “Disruption and Innovation in the Civic Century.” Welcomes from Neil Bush, chair, Points of Light, and Natalye Paquin, president & CEO, Points of Light will precede our exciting and insightful keynote speakers. See the full line up of our main stage speakers here. The first opening session will begin approximately at 2:00pm EDT.

June 11, 2020: Business with Purpose Workshop Schedule

You'll access all of these workshops within the main Conference channel listed on the home page or by clicking this link.

12-1 p.m. EDT // A Comparison of 50 Workplace Giving and Volunteering Platforms

  • Chris Jarvis, co-founder & chief strategy officer, Realized Worth
  • Angela Parker, co-founder, Realized Worth
  • Jessica Jenkins, project manager, Realized Worth

The RW Institute, sponsored by its core partner, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, presents the first-ever global Corporate Volunteering, Giving and Grants Technology Review. The report provides Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practitioners with a comprehensive overview of platforms around the world that support employee volunteering, giving and grant programs, as well as unique insights into technology procurement, implementation and adoption. This session will cover technology solutions headquartered in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and the US. The session will help CSR practitioners make decisions that reduce costs associated with procuring technology solutions that support corporate citizenship programs and to promote market innovation by creating greater transparency and awareness of existing technology solutions.

1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT // Eradicate the Sidelines – Building Bridges through Cross-sector Collaboration

  • Renay Loper, vice president of program innovation, PYXERA Global

For over 30 years and in more than 100 countries, PYXERA Global has partnered with companies, social mission-driven organizations, and governments, advising each and implementing programs toward solving complex social problems. We bring the three sectors together in collaboration with one another, leveraging the strengths and differences of each to build resiliency and capability in under-resourced communities. Today, with the challenges COVID-19 has brought to the world, cross-sector engagements are in even more urgent need and create even more significant value to corporates and their employees, communities and their residents, and governments and their purposes. We are thrilled to share some of the building blocks, principles, and lessons we have learned from our experiences in cross-sector engagement, as well as an illustration of these principles in action through our partnership with 3M.

3-4 p.m. EDT // Balancing Emergent Needs  

  • Jesenia Brown, specialist global corporate social responsibility, Shearman & Sterling
  • Cheryl Naja, director of pro bono and community service, Alston & Bird

The discussion is meant to provide attendees with practical tips and examples for serving the community during unexpected times of need. The session is appropriate for beginner or intermediate CSR professionals who are seeking to grow their programs through long-term partnerships or adding skills-based service.  Session deliverables include an overview of the challenges to meeting emergent needs, examples of successful volunteer efforts that have served emergent needs, and tips for planning to serve emergent needs.

3-4 p.m. EDT // Flipping the Script - Strategies for a Community-Focused Employee Volunteer Program

  • Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, senior director of community relations, Liberty Mutual
  • Trish Gillis, director of volunteering & special projects, Liberty Mutual

Purpose-driven work is important to today’s employees and employers seeking to fulfill this need by offering volunteer service programs. However, volunteer service needs to be more than enhancing employee engagement. What if corporate service days really responded to the needs of nonprofits? What if corporations organized employee service programs such that nonprofits are empowered to work in partnership to bring value for achieving their mission? What if employees came away with experiences that deepened their commitment to community service? Flipping the script can bring value to all parties.

At Liberty Mutual, our service and volunteer programs lead with the community. Our intention is to partner with the nonprofits in our communities across the globe by curating opportunities for vital work and ensuring that our employees learn about and engage deeply with nonprofit causes and the people they serve. For nearly a decade, we have offered a service program with a focus on simplicity and making it easy for nonprofits to partner with us. We will share how scalable structural design can assist a small team (five people) to reach beyond corporate headquarters’ geography and implement a program that meets need of hundreds of local communities where our 50,000 employees live and work.

June 12, 2020: Business with Purpose Workshop Schedule

You'll access all of these workshops within the main Conference channel listed on the home page or by clicking this link.

12-1 p.m. EDT // Maximize your Impact: A Blueprint for Strategic Corporate Community Engagement  

  • Alissa Ganser, chief service officer, Business Volunteers Maryland
  • Andrew Gallo, global communications program manager, Jabil
  • Dawn Shields, communications director, Jabil

Today nearly every company gives back to its community. What sets apart the photo ops from enormous benefits? Companies that prioritize intentionality and planning experience a greater return on employee engagement and retention, business performance and reputation, along with community partnership. With focus and effort, any business can develop a thoughtful strategy that creates a win-win for the business, employees and the communities where it operates.

In this session, you’ll hear directly from Jabil, a global manufacturing solutions provider with a proud history of giving back. Jabil recognized its good-hearted but scattershot approach to giving back did not engage employees; they were unaware of what was being done, not involved in the selection of organizations receiving support nor provided volunteer opportunities to give back. Jabil decided the best and most effective way to build its community outreach platform was to put employees in the center of the decision-making process. Find out how they made this shift, realigned their areas of support, the ongoing results and challenges they overcame to build a successful community engagement program.

You’ll also hear from Business Volunteers Maryland, an organization that has supported hundreds of companies, large and small, in their strategic community engagement journey. They will provide case studies, best practices, and lessons learned from companies that are giving back smarter and realizing tremendous benefits in return.

1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT // Employee Engagement in the Age of Corporate Activism

  • Danielle Holly, Chief Executive Officer, Common Impact

In today’s business and political environments, companies are becoming more and more inclined to take a stand on pressing social issues and natural and man-made disasters ranging from gun violence (TOMS) and immigration (Chobani) to the environment (Patagonia) and civil rights (Nike). These new stands may be voiced at the CEO level, but they are often in response to issues brought forward by employees.

Millennials, the majority of today’s workforce, believe that CEOs have a responsibility to speak up about issues important to society. Motivated by a desire to effect lasting change as well as shape company culture, younger professionals encourage - and sometimes even expect - senior leaders to address the causes they care about most.

1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT // Potential and Pitfalls: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships in Volunteering 

  • Lauren Moreno, associate, Catalysis LLC
  • Tanya Jeong, associate director of global philanthropy, AbbVie

Company volunteer engagement programs allow a company to create opportunities for employee volunteer engagement and enrich the community.  Companies often work with nonprofit partners in creating and delivering programs. How do we know that we are maximizing the expertise of both partners and creating the best possible experience for program participants? This session will explore the AbbVie SEEK (Science, Engineering, Exploration, Knowledge) program for students as a case study in exploring how to develop a rich, rewarding and sustainable program and how we might make the best decisions in program delivery. Now in its fifth year, the AbbVie SEEK program is designed to introduce students to the nature of science and engineering through fun, participatory activities. This session will use AbbVie SEEK as a case study to explore how to develop a rich, rewarding and sustainable program and how to we might make the best decisions in program delivery.

3-4 p.m. EDT // CSR for HR: What can we Learn from a 10,000 mile Happiness Walk?  

  • Susan Schuster, principal community relations consultant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Join a small panel of board members from Gross National Happiness USA as they share recent research findings and analysis from a 10,000 Happiness Walk across the USA. With growing interest from governmental agencies and businesses across the world, the use of subjective well-being is still in its infancy in the United States. The potential to leverage human happiness as a source for taking action and partnering on community needs is also a beneficial business strategy. Engaged purpose-driven employees are productive, happy employees, yielding the ultimate triple win - for individuals, the company and the community. Participants will map their own happiness science strategy to take back to their own organizations and communities to drive people-powered change.


After Conference concludes, we invite you to learn more about CECE! Soon, we'll transfer all of our Business with Purpose recorded sessions to CECE so you can come back and view sessions on demand at your convenience along with checking out the rest of the resources CECE provides!