My impetus for restarting this blog today is that I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Minneapolis, where I am attending the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship conference. I just got back from the opening reception and dinner, where I very much enjoyed talking about CSR theory and practice with people who really get it! Tomorrow, I am excited to attend a range of great sessions - you can see the agenda here (breakout sessions in detail here). At the moment, I'm leaning toward attending the following panels:
- Make the Connection: Play the Role of Corporate Citizenship Change Agent (with panelists from ARAMARK, Himle Horner Inc., Wells Fargo, and Net Impact) - My colleagues and I are really interested in the role our team can play in helping the company through the major changes happening in our industry, so I hope this session will help me think through that opportunity.
- From Volunteering to Involve-a-teering (with panelists from the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Morgan Stanley, General Mills, and PwC) - I am leading the build-out of our volunteerism program, which will focus on skills-based volunteerism. I am very interested in how we can think not just about employees volunteering their time, but also about the company volunteering its employees' expertise. I am also interested in how we can use volunteerism to foster employee learning and professional development. I hope this session will help me explore these issues.
Throughout the conference, I plan to tweet (@JessSF) and blog. I want this communication to be as helpful as possible to those of you who aren't able to be here in person. I'd therefore love to hear your thoughts on the sessions above. What questions do you have on those topics? What issues within them do you want to explore?
Thank you so much for joining me as I jump back into blogging and for working through these critical issues in our field together. I am thrilled to be re-starting our conversation!