Webinar • June 27, 2024 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT

Decisive Disaster Response

Presented by:
Jessica Schultz
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hyatt
Sarah Groninger
Director of Partnership Development, GlobalGiving

Companies are increasingly challenged to weigh in on current events and support their communities in times of crisis, most often at the request of employees. Disaster response has become an important component of building a workplace culture of care. But each moment is nuanced—from a hurricane to an earthquake, severity and human impacts differ every time. War in Ukraine and Israel-Palestine and the pandemic highlight the need for local and global scale readiness and resiliency. Yet pressure from key decision-makers and competing business needs makes it difficult to consistently and equitably decide when, where, and how to react. Experience has taught the team at Hyatt and their disaster response partner, GlobalGiving, that it’s possible to plan for the unpredictable with clear priorities and decision frameworks.

Key takeaways: 

  • The world is experiencing more disasters, but it’s possible to plan for these unpredictable but inevitable events.
  • As demonstrated by Hyatt’s case study, companies can align their response plan with strategic priorities, meeting the needs of local communities and following best practice.
  • Your CSR team can enable a faster, more equitable response by crystallizing priorities and adopting clear decision-making processes.

Jessica Schultz

Jessica Schultz is Hyatt Hotels’ Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. She leads Hyatt’s corporate responsibility efforts by managing Hyatt’s global community engagement programs including global employee volunteer initiatives, disaster relief efforts, human trafficking, and international community grantmaking programs, including grantmaking through the Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Jessica also supports the development of strategic partnerships, manages Hyatt’s Care Fund which grants to colleagues impacted by a disaster and hardship, and oversees Hyatt’s global RiseHY program, which upskills Opportunity Youth for the hospitality industry.

Sarah Groninger

Sarah Groninger has 15+ years of experience in the social impact sector and is responsible for deepening corporate partnerships at GlobalGiving. In her role, Sarah helps companies establish philanthropic programs and engage their employees and customers in charitable giving. Sarah holds a Global MBA from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science, French, and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

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