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Corporate Philanthropy Conferences: Book Your Tickets Now

By Tom Watson on February 1, 2007No Comment


Corporate Philanthropy Conferences: Book Your Tickets Now
By Jessica Stannard-Friel, 2/1/2007


For professionals in the world of corporate community involvement, 2007 promises to be a busy year, as a new season of conferences kicks off.  onPhilanthropy has done your research for you, so you can decide where to go (London, anyone?) and whom to see. 

Have we left off your favorite conference?  Please share it with us and your fellow readers in the comments section!

Conference Board Leadership Conference on Global Corporate Citizenship
This conference will address topics including bottom of the pyramid protocol, corporate citizenship and shareholder value, growing responsibly and profitability, and emerging business models. 

Scheduled speakers include Scott Johnson, Vice President, Global Environmental & Safety Actions, S. C. Johnson & Son; Hannah Jones, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Nike, Inc.; Andrea Taylor, Director, US Community Affairs, Microsoft Corporation; Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, The Boeing Company; Bob Corcoran, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, General Electric Company; Karen Flanders, Director, Corporate Responsibility, The Coca-Cola Company; and Sandra E. Taylor, Senior Vice President, Starbucks Coffee Company.

Date: February 27 - February 28, 2007
Location: New York, NY

Association of Corporate Contributions Professoinals 2007 Annual Conference on Corporate Contributions
In its sixth year, this conference will address a range of issues, including math, science, and engineering initiatives, best of lists, disaster response, international donations, and employee/retiree volunteerism.  It will also offer participants the opportunity to participate in industry-specific breakout group discussions.

Speakers include Jean Lim, President of the Amgen Foundation and Director of Corporate Contributions at Amgen; Patrick Dexter, Headquarters Community Relations Advisor at ExxonMobil Public Affairs; Gayle Nesselhuf, Global Sustainability/Philanthropy Manager & Vice President at the Procter & Gamble Fund; Angela Woods, Director of Philanthropic Programs at AMEX; Bob Mandala, Senior VP & Manager at Bank of America; Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Community Affairs at The Home Depot; Ed Wallace, Director of Corporate Community Affairs and VP of the Sony USA Foundation; Rob Smith, Director of Corporate Reputation & Social Responsibility at Eli Lilly & Company; and Karen Davis, Vice President of Community Relations at Hasbro.

Date:  March 4 7, 2007
Location:  Scottsdale, AZ

IEG Global Sponsorship Conference:  The Next Big Thing Will Be A Million Little Things
IEG’s 24th annual conference is designed for marketers engaged in a wide range of fields, including the nonprofit sector and cause marketing.  The conference will explore issues including trends and opportunities in the new world of media, aligning sponsorships with business goals, linking corporate philanthropy and sponsorship, measuring return on investment, and determining the fair market value of a sponsorship.

Speakers include Jane Goodall, Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute; Eric Snow of the Indianapolis Zoo; Kathy Rogers of the American Heart Association; and Nicole Newman of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Date:  March 11-14, 2007
Location: Chicago, IL

Ethical Corporation Business-NGO Partnerships Conference
This conference examines partnerships in a broad context, including partnership management, overcoming cultural barriers, and tracking partnership progress.  It will consider issues such as managing international partnerships, measuring partnership success, accountability, bottom-of-the-pyramid initiatives, the role of government, and communications.  The event will also include a showcase of industry initiatives, such as the International Council of Toy Industries CARE Process, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices. 

Speakers include Tamsin Smith, President of (RED); Kurt Hoffman, Director of the Shell Foundation; Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman of Hasbro; Hillary Parsons, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Nestle; Nathalie Ritchie, Ethical Sourcing Manager at Cadbury-Schweppes; Rikke Netterstrom, Head of Ethical Policy at The Body Shop; Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe; and Anne-Marie Agnelli, Vice President Community and Public Affairs at CA.

Date: March 21 – 22, 2007
Location: London

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Annual Conference
At this conference, breakout sessions are organized into three categories:  “Community Engagement Addressing Community and Social Challenges,” “Operational Alignment/Integration Managing Internal Operations,” and “Societal Needs Corporate Citizenship as a Strategic Framework for Business Development.”  Sessions, to date, will address topic including the role of philanthropy in the 21st Century, global corporate citizenship, signature programs, measurement, employee engagement, sustainability, reporting, and the business case for corporate philanthropy.  

Date:  March 25 - 27, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA

Council on Foundations Annual Conference:  Philanthropy and the Challenges of Our Time: Making a Difference at Home and Around the Globe
Throughout this conference, the Council on Foundations and conference participants will explore four issues: poverty, public health, the environment, and disasters.  Through the event and the conversations it provokes, the Council hopes to “set priorities,” “locate the philanthropic opportunity,” “harness the internal and external resources,” and “build on success and progress.”

Council on Foundation reports the following confirmed speakers:  Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States; and Brian Gallagher, President of United Way of America.

Date:  April 29 – May 1, 2007
Location: Seattle, WA

Cause Marketing Forum Annual Conference
The Cause Marketing Forum features tracks for businesses and nonprofits.  Topics include communicating a company’s community involvement, celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit brand development, measuring return on investment, working with nonprofits, and insights into corporations.  It also features the organization’s Halo Awards winners.

Speakers include Tamsin Smith, President of (RED); Holley Darden, Director of Marketing Programs at The Nature Conservancy; Susan Arnot Heaney, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Avon; Juliet Gilliam, Sr. Director of Corporate Outreach at ESPN; Jeff Terry, Director of Corporate Commitments at Whirlpool; Jennifer Maher, VP of Marketing and Development at Make-A-Wish Foundation of America; Katya Andresen, VP of Marketing at Network for Good; and Kyle Zimmer, President of First Book.

Date:  May 16 – 18, 2007
Location: New York, NY

National Conference on Volunteering and Service
This conference is hosted by the Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National & Community Service.  While this year’s agenda is not yet posted, you can read onPhilanthropy’s report from last year’s conference

Date:  July 16 – 18, 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Conference Board & Public Affairs Council Corporate Community Involvement Conference:  Future Trends and Current Practice
In its sixteenth year, this conference will have panels on topics like employee volunteerism, measurement, communications, technology, legal issues, and nonprofit capacity building, all as they relate to the corporate community involvement function.

Date:  July 26 – July 27, 2007
Location: Chicago, IL

BSR Annual Conference
The agenda for Business for Social Responsibility’s 2007 conference is not yet posted.  Last year’s event featured topics such as collaboration, exploring voluntary and regulatory approaches to climate change, the future of water, aligning CSR standards, ethical sourcing, responsible market entry, successful environmental strategies, and communicating corporate social responsibility.  

Date:  October 23-26, 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA

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