Sessions Overview

Official agenda to be announced

Early bird registration ends May 31, 2023

Admas Kanyagia

Scaling Impact During Times of Contraction

Admas Kanyagia, Head of Social Impact, DigitalOcean

For many, 2022 and the start of 2023 have been fraught with uncertainty. From war to natural disasters to inflation, business leaders have faced an onslaught of external pressures that forced many organizations to cut expenses, increase their attention on programs’ ROI, and generally refocus their priorities. Most social impact leaders recognize that these types of external forces often worsen the outcomes for the communities they serve and the inequalities already present in the world. They can also give rise to budget cuts and a reduction in corporate focus on non-revenue-generating programs, including philanthropy.

However, social impact work becomes even more critical during periods of economic uncertainty. In this session, Admas will detail how social impact and business leaders can continue to support impacted communities — from customers and employees halfway around the world to folks in their own backyards — and build and grow engagement with their employees through a few proactive steps. Attendees will take home actionable strategies to build, drive, and prove business value; engage employees and stakeholders; and stay motivated – especially in uncertain times.

Brittney Oberfeld
Christine Riddell

The Magic Behind the Co-Creation Partnership Model

Brittney Oberfeld, Head of Social Impact, Shopify
Christine Riddell, Manager, Outreach and Engagement, Carleton University; Executive Director, Virtual Ventures

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Amanda Lenaghan

Leveraging Emerging Tech in Service of Public Good – How to Build a Social Impact Program in Partnership With Community Leaders

Amanda Lenaghan, Director of Social Impact, Cruise

Emerging technology has a responsibility to serve the greater social good. That’s why all-electric autonomous vehicle leader Cruise, with the help from leading San Francisco nonprofits, made building a social impact program a top priority from the start. In this session, Cruise Director of Social Impact Amanda Lenaghan will be joined by community partners to share how they rapidly built a social impact and meal delivery program from scratch to respond to community needs and where they are headed from here. More details to follow!

Nisha Kadaba

Powering Purpose: Activate Your Employees to Scale Your Impact

Nisha Kadaba, Sr. Manager, Global Social Impact, PagerDuty

In 2019 I joined a newly minted as the 2nd employee. In the space of 3 years I’ve developed a best-in-class employee impact program from the ground up that activates our company values and engages Dutonians in service of PagerDuty’s vision of a more equitable world, and established:

  • Top engagement rates: 95% of Dutonians either donated or volunteered in the past year (3% YoY growth)
  • Top sentiment scores: 90% of Dutonians say that PagerDuty’s social impact work makes them proud to work at PagerDuty.
  • A valuable Best Practice of integrating social impact across the entire Employee Lifecycle, from recruitment through to exit.
  • A dynamic technical pro bono program that combines PagerDuty’s platform and employee expertise to advance our nonprofit customers operational efficiency, and ultimately scale their impact.

Continuous learning and agility have been central to my journey, and session attendees will take away clear examples and insights into how to:

  • Adapt programs in the face of a global pandemic, social unrest, and environmental degradation to meet employees and communities where they are.
  • Integrate Social Impact with Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity programs and operate with an Equity lens across all your work with employees and the communities you serve.
  • Align to your business goals and build programs that increase retention, develop employees, and connect them to PagerDuty’s purpose, measuring and communicating success along the way.
  • Embed your product and customers into our volunteer program, enabling employees to leverage their unique skillsets to serve nonprofits and drive change.
Lisa Boyd

Building Product Donation Programs That Are Good For Communities AND Business

Lisa Boyd, Head of Social Impact, Lyft

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Sueli Shaw

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Sueli Shaw, Director of Social Impact, DoorDash

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Rebecca Lehman
Molly Trerotola


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Rachel Klausner, Founder and CEO, Millie
Rebecca Lehman, Sr. ESG and Social Impact Manager, DroneDeploy
Molly Trerotola , VP of Social Impact, ShoppingGives

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Christina Louie Dyer

Building Impact from Scratch

Christina Louie Dyer, Sr. Manager, Fair Chance Development, Checkr

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Madeline Hutchinson

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Madeline Hutchinson, Global Head of Tech Philanthropy, Morgan Stanley

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Christine Tringale
Mollie Ferro-Hart

2023 Challenges and Opportunities for Nonprofit and Company Partnerships

Christine Tringale, Head of Data Strategy, Deed
Mollie Ferro-Hart, Head of Nonprofit Success, Deed

Nonprofits and companies found innovative ways to work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. But nonprofits working in underserved communities will tell you that’s nothing new. This discussion reflects on some of the unique ways nonprofits and companies have worked together and aligned their missions, and explores new areas for collaboration and collective impact in 2023 and beyond.

Jake Wood

Purpose-Driven Community: How to Build and Scale Organizations with Impact

Jake Wood, Founder & CEO, Groundswell; Founder & Chairman, Team Rubicon

The past three years of turmoil, shifting societal values, and now impending economic uncertainty have changed the social impact landscape as we know it. It’s more important than ever to scale your organization’s role in positively impacting your external and internal community, but at the same time, looming financial instability has tightened budgets and eliminated manpower. Drawing from his experience as a leader on both the giving and receiving end of CSR, Jake will share his proven methods for building a purpose-driven community to continue unlocking social impact opportunities, even amidst chaotic times. Attendees will learn:  

  • How to scale your social impact by demonstrating its role in future-proofing your organization
  • How leaders can get social impact buy-in from their internal and external communities 
  • How to actually help nonprofit organizations in 2023 
Peter Wheeler

Sustainable CSI Teams are Startups

Peter Wheeler, Sr. Marketing Manager, Social Impact, Okta

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Melanie Newell
Sondra Harding

Building Impact from the Inside Out: How to Secure Internal Buy-In

Melanie Newell, President, Rocket Social Impact
Sondra Harding, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, Shutterfly

Internal buy-in for social impact must always be the first step in building strategy. Heightened attention around social issues and concerns around an economic downturn, make that strong internal buy-in more important than ever. This session will outline key tactics for securing internal buy-in through engaging three key stakeholder groups: Executive leadership, employees, and communications teams.

Join Rocket Social Impact’s President, Melanie Newell, who has over 15+ years of experience in developing CSR strategies, social impact partnerships and employee activation initiatives and Sondra Harding, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Shutterfly where they recently created strong internal buy-in to launch their signature social impact program, Open Door Project. The two will explore how to align and engage leadership, employees, and communications stakeholders to build a strong case for impact that can withstand uncertain times. Attendees will leave with actionable steps for making the case for social impact as a priority at every level of their organization, including recommendations on how to navigate internal barriers and industry examples.

Joel Pollick

Why Most CSR Programs Fail

Joel Pollick, Founder & CEO, Percent Pledge

Despite the fact that businesses of all sizes now rely on CSR programs to attract & retain talent, enhance employer brands, and impact local communities, there is no definition of what a successful CSR program looks like in today’s world. During this conversation, Joel Pollick will help attendees define a successful CSR program for their people, their company, and their communities. 

In this conversation, Joel will guide attendees through what a successful CSR program looks like while defining common mistakes, such as the following, and proposing solutions:

  • Most CSR programs that fail are not action-oriented.
    • When disasters and crises strike, employees, leadership, customers, and communities not only want companies to rapidly respond, but they also want to be involved as well. Most CSR programs aren’t equipped with steps in place to respond or have guidelines on when to respond. 
    • Solution: Joel Pollick will guide attendees through when and how to respond, aligning with today’s common phrase, “Words are small. Deeds are big.”
  • Most CSR programs that fail are not ongoing and sustained.
    • Whether CSR is under an HR or Marketing department or it is standalone, CSR programs usually don’t have organization-wide buy-in. The goal of a CSR program is to be within the culture and fabric of a company, but without Executive, HR, Marketing, Operations, etc. support, the program will underperform or fail.
    • Solution: Joel Pollick will guide attendees on how to create champions throughout companies to create a culture of giving for the whole company and its community.
  • Most CSR programs that fail are not measured and marketing proactively or at all.
    • Within the current economic downturn, we are seeing firsthand that company programs need to prove a success, which requires data. Unfortunately, most CSR programs fail to track basic data (i.e. dollars donated, charities impacted). Without this information, marketing (one of the most essential parts of CSR) is very difficult.
    • Solution: Joel Pollick will guide attendees through what data to collect, how to prove success, and how to market CSR programs.
Ben Sampson

Building and Refining a Corporate Volunteer and Employee Engagement Program for Maximum Impact

Ben Sampson, Co-founder & CEO, WeHero

We all know that employee volunteerism and engagement have grown substantially in importance over the last 10 years. So often, as social impact leaders, we’re asking ourselves “how do we engage more team members in our volunteerism and giving efforts?”. Over the last 4 years, I have helped hundreds of companies (including 50+ Fortune 1000 companies) refine and/or start employee volunteer and engagement programs. The result is numerous case studies, lessons learned, and pro tips on how to successfully build a program from the ground up.

In this workshop or single speaker format, audience members will walk away with:

  • A roadmap on how to build and launch volunteer and engagement programs
  • What are indicators for success and failure
  • Lessons learned from some of the world’s best social impact companies
  • Case studies to inspire you and your company to be great
Jess Riegel
Sarah Bonk

Strengthening Your Corporate Civic Impact: Strategies That Make a Difference for Democracy

Jess Riegel, Co-founder and CEO, Motivote
Sarah Bonk, Founder and CEO, Business for America

More than ever, corporate leaders are aligned on the importance of investing in democracy. As just one example, from 2018 to 2022, the number of companies offering PTO to vote and other resources grew by 400%.

But with many organizations launching strategies here for the first time, there are big questions around the WHAT and HOW. They include:

  • Creating communications flows for nationally distributed workforces with varied laws & timelines
  • Developing messaging that is neutral, nonpartisan, not alienating to any stakeholders & brand-aligned
  • Connecting efforts to bottom-line metrics, like brand affinity and employee satisfaction
  • Measuring engagement and impact beyond email click-thru rates or URL tracking
  • Finding time and bandwidth to do all the above, on top of dozens of other to-do’s

Our session will provide operators who are building civic strategies ‘from scratch’ with guidance on how to get started as well as take existing initiatives to the next level.

We will cover topics including:

  • What is Corporate Civic Responsibility? How does it connect to your broader CSR strategy?
  • How does investing in Democracy benefit your bottom line? What are the benefits for employees, customers, communities, etc.
  • Landscape overview & case studies: How are leaders in the corporate civic space currently approaching this work?
  • Practical tips for structuring, messaging, and evaluating your strategy, including timelines.

Attendees will walk away with a clear sense of how to think about corporate civic responsibility, how to make the case for it (if not already incorporated into their CSR strategy), and how to start planning a 2024 strategy.

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