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Sustaining Momentum: A Discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility

Monday, March 2, 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Corporate philanthropy and social responsibility are more visible than they’ve ever been. Blackrock invokes us toward social impact, every year a new CEO steps into contested social issues, and the Business Roundtable calls upon business to promote an inclusive economy. Our purpose is incredibly present.

We could be forgiven for anticipating a greater uptake and devotion to the long-term success of our efforts. Nonetheless, we still encounter “shifts” in interest and attention for a host of reasons. Those shifts are never more acute and present than when there are changes in leadership, reporting relationships, business structure, or strategic approaches.
As leaders in this space, how best do we navigate the winds of change and demonstrate the importance and value of our strategies, programs, and contributions?
That’s the crux of our conversation!
How can we navigate change with aplomb? How do we engage and create partnerships with senior leaders, boards, employees, and external stakeholders? How do we connect with and build relationships with the C-suite and other senior leaders. What strategic and relational approaches can we employ? 
Our stellar panel of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility leaders will share their experiences, strategies, stories, and insights. You’ll have an opportunity to learn what’s worked for them and what’s been less successful and how you can demonstrate the value to the company of addressing community and global needs!

Join us to:

  • Learn from corporate social responsibility leaders from various industries
  • Hear their experiences of navigating organizational change, controversial issues, and building successful efforts


Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers (moderator)
Steve has a long history with NCG including stints on various committees as well as the NCG and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers boards. Over the last several years he’s been a consultant on special projects, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility and briefings. As the Director for Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability he’s focused on programs, initiatives and projects that address the issues affecting our region from displacement and gentrification to income inequality to the arts, climate change and disaster resiliency. In addition to his consulting practice, Steve has been the Director for Foundation and Corporate Giving at Gap Inc., a program officer at the Marin Community Foundation, and served in Mayoral administrations in both San Francisco and Oakland.

Caroline Barlerin, former head of Global Social Innovation, Eventbrite

Passionate about what can be created at the intersection of social good and technology, Caroline Barlerin has lead community outreach and philanthropic efforts at Eventbrite, Twitter, and HP. She brings a unique perspective to her role, having led partnerships for a software startup, designed a bicycle powered rice thresher for small-acre farmers in Burma, led Level Playing Field Institute, and created the blueprint for Taproot Foundation. Caroline has also built game-changing programs such as HP’s “Matter to a Million” partnership with Kiva, which has made over $12M of loans to over 350,000 people globally. She also launched the Twitter NeighborNest, a neighborhood learning center supporting low-income families by providing access to technology, classes, and resources to learn, connect, and grow and most recently led Global Social Innovation efforts at Eventbrite.

Silicon Valley Business Journal has recognized Caroline as one of their “40 Under 40” and the State of California awarded her the Hoffman Prize for her dedication to high-impact service locally and around the world. She was an Aspen Institute First Mover and currently sits on the boards of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF NW Chapter, World Affairs Council, and Pacific Primary. Caroline received her BA from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Business School.

Admas Kanyagia, Director of Social Impact, GitHub

Admas Kanyagia is the Director of Social Impact at GitHub, where she leads the philanthropic and CSR efforts on behalf of the company. She has over fifteen years of working across the social sector—with foundations, corporations, nonprofits and government. Prior to GitHub, Admas was a Director at FSG, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm, where she gained deep expertise in corporate social responsibility, shared value, equity, community engagement and mobilization, systems change, human-centered design and systems thinking. Prior to FSG, Admas worked for Accenture’s Public Sector practice and guided federal agencies and non-profit organizations in strategy development, organizational design and business process improvement. She started her career with Skid Row Housing Trust, an award-winning non-profit affordable housing developer in Skid Row, Los Angeles—the country’s “homeless capital.” She has degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Stanford University. 

Olivia Khalili, Vice President of Global Social Impact, PagerDuty

Committed to proving the business case for social impact, Olivia Khalili brings 15 years of experience as a practitioner and thought leader in global social impact. She joined PagerDuty to define and launch the company’s social impact strategy and Pledge 1% commitment.

Before joining PagerDuty, Olivia built Yahoo’s global corporate responsibility program, Yahoo for Good, to mobilize the company's technology and employee talent to positively benefit society. Prior to Yahoo, she worked with Ashoka, creating innovative social impact programs that supported social entrepreneurs and enhanced brand equity for a portfolio of companies that included American Express and Ben & Jerry’s. In 2008, Olivia launched, an online resource to help businesses grow by embedding social purpose.

Olivia has a B.A. Cum Laude degree in International Relations and Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for GreatNonprofits and CommunityConnect Labs.

Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Director, FSG

Lakshmi Iyer is an Associate Director at FSG (a mission-driven strategy consulting firm), and brings ten years of experience working with companies to develop strategies that create social impact and address business priorities. She is a core member of FSG’s Corporate Practice, and a leader of FSG’s thinking on corporations and advancing equitable outcomes. At FSG, Lakshmi has worked with and led projects with a variety of corporations including Intuit, Toyota, Cisco, BHP, and Genentech to help them design and implement strategies for creating shared value, enhancing their corporate philanthropy, CSR and community development strategies. She brings expertise in many issues including community development, financial inclusion, racial and gender equity and has worked in diverse contexts including the U.S., India, Brazil, Japan, and Australia.Lakshmi is a co-author of a series of FSG-PolicyLink reports that explore how companies can innovate business products, and reach new markets by focusing on communities of color andaddressing economic and racial inequity. The original report and subsequent series can be found under the title: The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity. She is also a speaker on the topic of corporate social impact strategies and measurement. Prior to FSG, Lakshmi worked as a Manager for the Corporate Social Responsibility team at a multinational conglomerate in India, the Mahindra Group. She has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Alicia Procello, President, Avery Dennison Foundation & Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Avery Dennison Corporation

Alicia Procello is president of the Avery Dennison Foundation and vice president of corporate social responsibility for Avery Dennison Corporation. In these two roles, she develops and leads Foundation programs and initiatives related to international grantmaking, employee engagement, cause marketing and disaster response.  She also leads the global corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform for the Foundation and the Corporation that supports education and sustainability in communities where Avery Dennison employees live and work. In her role she has also created a global employee engagement model to enhance the Company’s reputation through employee morale, recruitment, local government relations, and ultimately, growth. 

Ms. Procello has over 20 years in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.  She joined Avery Dennison in 2009 from Nike, Inc., where she managed corporate responsibility.  Prior to Nike, she was a program director at The California Wellness Foundation, focusing on grant-making to improve population health outcomes, address women’s health, and to increase diversity in the health professions.  
Alicia received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.   

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This event is open to NCG members and non-member funders only. 
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