Socialize With Us

Advancing Strategy: How to Lead Change in Corporate Societal Engagement (South Bay)

Monday, August 28, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT
Microsoft Campus|Mercury Room
1065 La Avenida Street | Mountain View, CA
Add to Calendar

In corporate societal engagement, strategic clarity and focused results are not accidental – they are achieved through inquiry, intentionality, and investment. We often find executives aspiring for change but lacking the necessary tools and approaches to spearhead that shift. The destination is clear – transforming their portfolio from oftentimes disparate legacy giving to a results-focused, business-aligned societal engagement – but there are also challenges to implementing the strategy. Legacy mindsets, capabilities, and processes can undermine the most clearly articulated strategy.

Join FSG staff- Managing Director Philippe Sion and Senior Consultant Elizabeth Hawkins- in an interactive learning lab designed to help corporate foundation and CSR leaders develop and implement effective corporate societal engagement strategies. During the session, the FSG team will facilitate a series of activities that enable you to practice using a set of real-world strategy planning tools that you can use to refine the strategic intent of your CSR portfolio, articulate specific societal impact goals aligned with your business priorities, and strengthen your approach to local giving.

In addition, this session will provide time to connect with other local corporate leaders and learn from their experiences. Check out Advancing Strategy for a sneak peek of the tools and resources FSG will share.

Join Us To:

  • Explore the strategic intent of your company’s philanthropic and CSR portfolio and changes you might consider increasing strategic clarity.
  • Discover how you can help to increase internal alignment and buy-in for the strategy.
  • Determine what opportunities exist to strengthen your approach to developing initiatives that meet societal and business goals.
  • Learn how you can maximize resources to achieve measureable societal impact

Target Audience

  • Corporate grantmakers, CSR professionals and foundations serving the corporate sector
  • This program is open to all NCG members and other non-member funders.


  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am: Breakfast & Networking
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Presentation & Discussion


If you're a member of NCG, please log in and click the "Register Now" link to register. First time to the website, set your password.  If you are non-member funder, please email NCG Registrar to register for the event.


Philippe is a Managing Director and office leader of FSG’s San Francisco office and has nearly two decades of experience advising social change leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, foundation, and government sectors. He leads FSG’s relationship with several very large Fortune 500 corporations, including Facebook, Toyota, PG&E, Google, and other corporations and their philanthropic arms across multiple sectors and geographies. Philippe focuses particularly on helping his clients achieve strategic clarity and scaling successful programs across geographies.

Prior to FSG, Philippe worked for the Bridgespan Group and McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the global economic development group and the public / social sector practice. Prior to consulting, Philippe was an Associate Director at the World Economic Forum (WEF), responsible for directing the economics and finance sessions held at the Davos Annual Meeting and regional WEF meetings. He was part of the team authoring WEF's Global Competitiveness Reports, and managed initiatives on corporate governance and global governance. Philippe holds a M.Sc. in Financial Economics from the University of London and a B.A. equivalent from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, his hometown.

Elizabeth has supported and led strategy and evaluation engagements with leading companies and funders across five continents. She has advised Fortune 500 companies including Abbott, AbbVie, Becton Dickinson, Coca-Cola Brasil, General Mills, Intel, and SAP on global CSR and shared value strategies, signature initiative development, business case analyses, and shared value measurement. Elizabeth’s thought leadership includes co-authoring FSG’s white paper on Measuring Shared Value with professor Michael E. Porter. Elizabeth has also advised leading funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Elizabeth’s work has helped to catalyze significant philanthropic resources, business assets, and C-suite leadership to influence measureable impact on public health, farmer livelihood and agricultural supply chains, educational outcomes, and economic development. Prior to joining FSG, Elizabeth worked with the GBCHealth (formerly the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria) to support leading multinational companies to address the rising rates of HIV in key U.S. cities.

About FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at