Published On: July 15, 2021Categories: Employee Engagement

Author: Carmen Adamson

We are partnering with the Association of Corporate Citizen Professionals (ACCP) to host an upcoming webinar around how the pandemic required a shift in CSR program strategies. We asked three CSR thought leaders to join in a conversation to discuss the changes they made to connect with employees and continue giving back to their communities around the world. We will be speaking with Melissa Britton, Manager, Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, Amber Skalsky, VP, Community Engagement at PIMCO and Jamila Cowan-Wideman, Director of Global Team Member Giving and Volunteering at Dell Technologies to present an educational webcast.

Each of these companies have a global workforce and CSR program that had to pivot during 2020 to continue to allow employees to give, serve and become advocates for social change. As we prepared for this webinar, the panel dove into the demands that came from their employee base and executive teams to adapt their programs to respond to the world’s crisis. These adaptations included changing requirements to corporate grant programs, quickly shifting to virtual volunteering and providing employees with opportunities to learn about what is happening in the world around them, so that they can start to become advocates for change. To learn the details behind these changes join us on July 28 at 2 pm EST as the panel discusses how each of these CSR leaders curated virtual volunteering opportunities, what they found to be successful, as well as the creative ways they leverage skills-based volunteering to help their nonprofit partners.

This free webcast will be moderated by Carmen Adamson, Content Marketing Manager for YourCause + Blackbaud and is open to both members and nonmembers of ACCP.

Webcast Description:

Companies operating globally need to support their employees and communities around the world as they face the hardships from the impacts of COVID-19. The support required may look different as each country faces different issues. The world health organization estimates that 3.3 billion people in the global workforce are at risk of losing their livelihoods and that poses an existential threat to millions of enterprises. In the COVID-19 crisis food security, public health and employment and labour issues, in particular workers’ health and safety converge. Different forms of support are key.

Many companies recognize the opportunity to build programs to support crisis response efforts and develop long-term sustainable goals to address the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

About the Speakers:

Amber Skalsky, VP, Community Engagement at PIMCO 

Ms. Skalsky is a vice president in PIMCO’s Newport Beach office, supporting the firm’s global corporate responsibility initiatives, including its international giving programs and volunteering efforts. She is responsible for creating and overseeing programs and building relationships with strategic, cross-sector partners in support of the firm’s community engagement initiatives. Ms. Skalsky oversees the firm’s PIMCO Acts volunteer strategy including hands-on, skills-based, board placement and its domestic/international pro bono initiatives. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2012, she was grants manager at the Steele Foundation, where she managed the annual grant program and overall giving strategies. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University. 

Jamila Cowan-Wideman, Director of Global Team Member Giving and Volunteering at Dell Technologies

Jamila Cowan-Wideman is a CSR leader working at the intersection of technology, social impact, diversity, equity and inclusion. For the past 14 years she has held various roles within Dell Technologies. Jamila is currently the Director of Global Team Member Giving & Volunteering for 150,000+ Dell Technologies team members and is committed to helping youth gain access to technology and exposure to STEM careers.  She is equally passionate about innovation and mentoring the next generation of CSR leaders. She has served on the POSSE Atlanta Leadership Council, the YWCA TGI Tech Advisory Committee, and the Board of the Atlanta Business League. Jamila has been recognized as a global Corporate Social Responsibility thought leader and given the opportunity to speak globally about corporate volunteer engagement. She represented Dell Technologies at the United Nations headquarters sharing, with global leaders, the importance of private sector partnerships with public entities and highlighting Dell Techs pro bono collaboration with the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. Most recently she shared insights with the White House Leadership Development Program. 

Melissa Britton, Manager, Social Responsibility at Blackbaud 

Melissa Britton is the Manager of Social Responsibility at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), empowering employees as agents of good. Melissa believes that volunteerism and philanthropic giving are essential to the wellbeing of any community and that everyone can play a part. In her role, Melissa engages employees in giving, grant-making, and volunteering programs. She spent six years in municipal government serving the Latinx community and has dedicated seven years in the nonprofit sector engaging board members, donors, and volunteers through skilled-based service opportunities and grant-making.  She brings a diversity of experience in the nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors to her current role at Blackbaud.   

Webcast Details:

When: July 28 from 2 – 3 pm EST

Where: Virtual. Zoom invite with link will be emailed.

Register now to attend!

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