Agenda

You’ve got it all – inspiring keynotes, curated peer-led sessions, dedicated networking opportunities, the Goodie Awards, and so much more. 

The in-person agenda will be updated weekly and is subject to change. Sessions marked with a pink dot are available to online attendees.

 

Session times are PDT.

  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Wednesday, April 24
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Friday, April 26
  • 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration open
    2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Workshops DETAILS

    Dive right into the good stuff with a workshop! In a single afternoon, you’ll absorb best practices, craft strategies and create action plans you can put to work as soon as you leave the conference. Workshops are available exclusively with the All Access Pass.

    Contact us benevitylive@benevity.com to upgrade! Registration to select your workshop will open in mid-April.

    Building a Best-in-Class Volunteering Program

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement

    Discover approaches to unleash the power of volunteering for your people and the communities they serve.

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Leverage an intuitive framework to build and optimize your volunteering program.
    • Create a 12-month plan to activate your people and inspire more volunteering at your company.
    • Leverage Benevity’s off-the-shelf tools and resources to execute your plan effectively.

    Takeaways: A workbook with strategies, best practices and you’ll start a 12-month plan to build an effective volunteering program. 

    Taking Your Program Participation to the Next Level

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement (Spark)

    Participation is a key indicator of program success.  Inspire more people to take more action to create even more impact for the causes they care about.

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Use your program data to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
    • Leverage the top drivers of program participation in your program.
    • Get best practices and brainstorm strategies to increase participation across your company.

    Takeaways: A workbook with strategies, best practices, and ideas to drive more program participation. 

    Aligning Your ERG and CSR Programs

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement

    Leverage your greatest resource — your passionate employees — to influence employee engagement and DEI. 

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Set goals and objectives that align your ERG and CSR programs.
    • Identify the best opportunities to collaborate with ERGs
    • Build successful ERG partnerships that are mutually beneficial for your people, your communities and your company.

    Takeaways: A workbook that helps you connect your ERG and CSR programs.

    Leveling Up Your Program Communications

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Employee Engagement

    Get the skills to communicate like a pro to drive more awareness of your initiatives, encourage participation and achieve your program goals. 

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Leverage an intuitive communications framework.
    • Build an effective communications plan that drives more program awareness.
    • Integrate useful marketing tools, resources, tips and templates in your program.

    Takeaways: A workbook with a 12-month communication plan for your own program that focuses on reach and frequency. 

    Designing and Optimizing Your Granting Program

    Level: Beginner, Intermediate
    Focus Area: Community Investment

    Create an effective granting program that’s inclusive and impactful by using the right strategy, establishing partnerships and showing value.  

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Develop a grants strategy that’s built on best practices.
    • Support internal and external relationships.
    • Better align your impact and reporting.

    Takeaways: A workbook with strategies and best practices you can apply to your program.

    NEW! Spark Program Manager 101

    Level: Beginner
    Focus Area: Spark - Employee Engagement

    If you’re just getting started in your role as a Spark program manager, this comprehensive workshop is for you. You’ll  get hands-on with Spark, and discover valuable tips and tricks you can use right away.  

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

    • Be an effective program manager.
    • Use the Spark product to perform common tasks in your role.
    • Make the most of Benevity’s resources to support you.

    Takeaways: A workbook with best practices and recommendations to be effective in your role.

    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Benevity Live! for first-timers DETAILS

    Is this your first time at Benevity Live!? Join us for the scoop on how to get the most out of your experience. Then, head over to the opening reception with a few new friends. 

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome reception infused with Goodness DETAILS

    Enjoy some drinks and locally inspired food in the warm desert air under the palm trees. You’ll make connections and have the chance to support a great local nonprofit.

    7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Rise and flow yoga DETAILS

    Awaken your body, focus your mind and start your day with intention. Suitable for all levels, this yoga practice will relieve muscle tension and allow energy to flow through your entire being. Modifications will be provided throughout so you can tailor the practice to your needs.

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome to Benevity Live! opening session
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Live recording: Speaking of Purpose podcast DETAILS

    Benevity's Chief Impact Officer and host Sona Khosla will welcome Brian Tippens, SVP and Chief Social Impact Officer from Cisco for a conversation about Cisco's social impact across communities around the world, creating tangible business value, and their goal to power an inclusive future for all.

    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Corporate Impact, powered by Benevity DETAILS
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    Join Michael Swan, Director of Product at Benevity and our  product team to learn about the future of Benevity’s corporate impact platform and how we’re making it even easier to do good across our platform — challenges, giving, grants, affinity groups, reporting, cause experience and more. Expect to hear about upcoming enhancements, new products and the future of volunteering in this roadmap session.

    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Networking break
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Feeding the World with José Andrés DETAILS
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    With a mission to change the world through the power of food, José Andrés has dedicated himself to not just feeding the few at his award-winning restaurants, but to feeding the many as well. Alongside his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen, Andrés works to find smart solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, focusing on health, education, and jobs. Beginning with his experience volunteering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Andrés realized that food can be used to empower communities and strengthen economies. Andrés will share uplifting and inspirational stories from his travels, including the work he has done in promoting clean cookstove technology, improving kitchens in urban and rural schools, and launching culinary projects to create jobs and increase opportunities for families in Haiti and around the world.

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Community Huddles & product sessions DETAILS

    Inspired by the Benevity Community, these Huddles are a chance to connect in smaller groups on topics that matter most to you, like growing a global program, impact reporting, ambassador programs and more! Each block will also feature a product session led by Benevity’s experts, sharing the latest and greatest platform developments.

    *Product sessions will be available to our online audience. 

    2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Networking break
    2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Community Huddles & product sessions DETAILS

    Inspired by the Benevity Community, these Huddles are a chance to connect in smaller groups on topics that matter most to you, like growing a global program, impact reporting, ambassador programs and more! Each block will also feature a product session led by Benevity’s experts, sharing the latest and greatest platform developments.

    *Product sessions will be available to our online audience. 

    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Networking break
    4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Community Huddles & product sessions DETAILS

    Inspired by the Benevity Community, these Huddles are a chance to connect in smaller groups on topics that matter most to you, like growing a global program, impact reporting, ambassador programs and more! Each block will also feature a product session led by Benevity’s experts, sharing the latest and greatest platform developments.

    *Product sessions will be available to our online audience.

    6:00 PM Open evening DETAILS

    Feel like going downtown to Palm Springs or to El Paseo for dinner with your fellow attendees? We’ll have shuttles (and a list of recommended restaurants)!

    7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Morning sound bath DETAILS

    Start your day off with a meditative sound bath experience under the palm trees. The sound bath is a combination of crystal healing bowls and a gong played to lull your body and mind into a space of relaxation. The vibrations from the bowls and gong help to calm the central nervous system, allowing the body to release stuck energies, resulting in a deeply relaxing experience.

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Inspiring brands DETAILS
    A Goodie-award winning approach to granting
    Noah-Salata

    As one of the first companies to fully embrace trust-based granting, American Family Insurance makes unrestricted, multi-year grant commitments that focus on relationship building and joint accountability. Winner of the 2023 “Bestie” Goodie Award, learn how their innovative  approach to granting is changing the landscape of philanthropy to create huge community impact. 

    Noah Salata
    Community and Social Impact Advisor
    American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation

    Driving impact: The heart of HPE’s global volunteering program
    Fred-Tan

    Discover how Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) engages their global workforce using four key tactics: setting the right stage, aligning their community impact strategy to corporate strategy, empowering local teams around the world with tangible tools and resources, and working with leadership on highly visible annual campaigns.

    Fred Tan
    Head of Social Impact, HPE,  
    Deputy Director, HPE Foundation

    From local to global: Z Zurich Foundation’s journey to unprecedented growth
    Dirk-Gawronska

    Gaining global program success is a mighty challenge. Z Zurich Foundation tackled it by turning a local goodness program into a highly recognized global one in less than three years, reaching record highs in donations and volunteering.  

    Dirk Gawronska
    Digital Transformation Lead
    Z Zurich Foundation

    10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Nonprofit stories DETAILS
    Sandra-Clark Hervil-Cherubin Africa-Stewart

    We’ll hear from these nonprofits about how they’re navigating the most pressing global challenges to continue to make an impact.

    Sandra M. Clark, CEO, StoryCorps
    Hervil Cherubin, Senior Country Director, Heifer International
    Africa Stewart, President, US Board of Directors, Doctors without Borders

    10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Networking break
    11:15 AM – 11:45 AM State of Corporate Purpose 2024 DETAILS
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    Join Benevity’s Chief Impact Officer, Sona Khosla, for a look at the trends and insights from the 2024 State of Corporate Purpose report.

    11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Doing good across generations DETAILS
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    In a historic first, there are now up to five generations in the workforce. Generational differences in giving and volunteering have added complexity to how we engage our employees, from Boomers to Gen Z. Join Benevity’s Founder & Executive Chairperson Bryan de Lottinville as he leads panelists in a conversation on how to create a shared experience across generations — one that maximizes  impact in our communities. 

    Panel guests:
    Maceo Owens, CEO & Founder, The ERG Movement 
    Cathy Scott, Vice President, Social Impact & The UPS Foundation at UPS 

    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Breakout sessions DETAILS

    Hear from courageous brands from a mix of industries and company size on how they’re powering purpose, growing stakeholder engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout available to our online audience.

    Infusing trust-based philanthropy into volunteering
    Tiana-Austel

    Join eBay to explore trust-based practices that empower community partners. You’ll learn how to implement the co-creation mindset into volunteering opportunities that deeply impact employees and their communities. Walk away with a best practices tip sheet for employee giving and volunteering.

    Tiana Austel
    Sr Manager, Employee Engagement
    eBay

    Building creative strategic partnerships for impact
    Jody-Armstrong

    Vancouver Airport Authority has become an expert in building strategic partnerships. Learn from their 2023 Goodie Award winning strategy in this session that will outline how they developed their most strategic partnerships with purpose, tangible examples of the initiatives they undertook and the outcomes and impact they had.

    Jody Armstrong
    Senior Social Impact Strategist
    Vancouver Airport Authority

    Driving employee engagement through virtual volunteering
    Alyse-Perkowitz

    Join Discover in this session on virtual volunteering for strategies to keep remote and on-site employees engaged and excited about virtual volunteering. You’ll learn how to align virtual volunteering programs with key business objectives, and how to expand the definition of virtual volunteering from “only online” to meaningful actions.

    Alyse Perkowitz
    Senior Manager of Community Affairs
    Discover

    Driscoll’s approach to growing its impact by empowering local teams

    Learn  how Driscoll’s combined its corporate giving and grantmaking with its employee giving program to maximize the company’s positive impact in its berry-growing communities on four continents. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how flexibility and decentralized decision-making can enhance community relations and drive employee engagement. 

    Matthew Quinlan 
    Director of Community and Social Impact
    Driscoll's

    2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Networking break
    2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Breakout sessions DETAILS

    Hear from courageous brands from a mix of industries and company size on how they're powering purpose, growing stakeholder engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout available to our online audience.

    Embracing Affinity Groups for impactful change
    Victor-Villegas

    Through Benevity reporting and dashboards, DPR Construction has been able to tell its formation story for employee resource groups (ERGs) and showcase the growth they’ve experienced month-to-month. Join this session to learn more about how DPR celebrates its ERG members and makes the case for Affinity Groups. 

    Victor Villegas  
    Regional DEI Manager 
    DPR Construction

    Attracting top talent and boosting your brand with purpose
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    Learn how RBC pivoted their HR employer brand and employee community engagement strategy to focus on “Purpose, Impact, and Belonging” through a multi-channel marketing campaign to engage existing employees and prospective talent and boost the RBC employer brand. Join in to get  the specifics on how they pivoted their strategy, view the content created for internal and external audiences and discover the impact on RBC’s brand as a top employer.

    Nicole Garrison,
    Senior Director of Global Employer Brand & Workplace Marketing, RBC 

    Tanya Bell  
    Director Citizenship Engagement, RBC 

    Challenges and learnings on cross-border giving
    Lindsey-Buss Kelly-Sullivan

    World Bank will share their approach for sustainably scaling up their program to include campaigns supporting local NGOs in 60+ countries. Learn more about the decentralized structure they created to maximize their reach, communication and data best practices, and lessons learned about the challenges in collecting and disbursing donations across borders in the constantly changing landscape of international giving.

    Lindsey Buss
    Senior External Affairs Officer,
    World Bank Group

    Kelly Sullivan
    External Affairs Officer, Community Outreach,
    World Bank Group 

    Unlocking global impact through data and inspired service
    Lacey-Lanker

    Discover how The UPS Foundation is making data-driven decisions by leveraging Benevity reporting to inform volunteering, giving, and grantmaking strategies! They’ll share their Measurement, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) framework alongside the powerful tactics they’re implementing to foster global engagement across 65 countries.

    Lacey Lanker  
    Operations Manager
    The UPS Foundation

    3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Networking break
    4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Breakout sessions DETAILS

    Hear from courageous brands from a mix of industries and company size on how they're powering purpose, growing stakeholder engagement and finding new ways to grow their impact.

    One breakout available to our online audience.

    Building a strategic disaster response strategy
    Trevence-Mitchell

    Walk through TC Energy's journey to create a measured disaster assessment matrix that enables timely and strategic response within their communities. Participants will leave with an understanding of where to start building their disaster response strategy, major considerations and key internal partners they can consult.

    Trevence Mitchell
    Manager, Social Impact 
    TC Energy

    The Deal Team model: Engaging employees to lead grant partnerships
    Marshall-Moore

    The Apollo Opportunity Foundation currently partners with 22 nonprofit organizations across the globe providing yearly grants and assigning each an employee-led Deal Team. Deal Teams are curated groups of 5-10 Apollo employees who volunteer as relationship managers, engagement leaders and thought partners. Learn about the Deal Team model and how the Apollo Opportunity Foundation has inspired over 100 colleagues to show up for this work, outside of their primary roles at the firm.

    Marshall Moore
    Associate Director
    Apollo Opportunity Foundation

    Prioritizing employee choice alongside your signature cause
    Shayenne-Selleck

    As AIMCo’s company expanded globally, so did their employees’ desire for locally relevant giving opportunities. Join this session to learn how to find strategic alignment and integrate an open program with a corporate foundation. AIMCo will share how internal communication, continual engagement and intentional campaign planning led to a seamless balance between the recently launched grassroots AIMCo Invested social impact program and the narrow Alberta-based mandate of the AIMCo Foundation for Financial Education.

    Shayenne Selleck
    Manager, Employee Giving & Executive Director, AIMCo Foundation
    Alberta Investment Management Corporation

    6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Goodies Awards + afterparty DETAILS

    A Benevity client once called the Goodies “The Academy Awards of Goodness” and we couldn’t agree more! Let’s celebrate the outstanding companies and people who are changing the way we do good in the world and driving awe-inspiring impact. 

    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM An Oscar® for Data: In Conversation with Geena Davis DETAILS

    Join two-time Academy Award winner and author Geena Davis over brunch for a conversation about data-driven advocacy. When Geena  became a mother, she found the lack of female representation in media for children impossible to ignore, and so the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media was founded. With a mission to increase representation of marginalized groups, the Institute's data-led research drives their advocacy and empowers content creators to systemically reimagine and measure their content in order to create inclusive representation for our diverse society. 

    This is the full, in-person agenda. Sessions marked with a pink dot are also available to online attendees. All session times are PDT.
     

    • Wednesday, June 1
    • Thursday, June 2
    • Friday, June 3
    Program Maturity
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Content Focus
    Community Investment
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    ESG
    Measurement
    ERG
    Reporting
    Global Programs
    Giving
    Missions
    Program Launch
    Grants
    Culture
    Causes
    Program Ideas
    Available Online
    11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    All Access Pass Workshops

    Join us for a half day of hands-on workshops to start the conference off right! Choose one workshop, and in a single afternoon, you’ll glean valuable best practices, build tangible strategies and create action plans you can put to work when you’re back at your desk. (These are available exclusively with the All Access Pass. If you’re interested in upgrading your pass to attend one of these workshops, contact goodnessmatters@benevity.com.)

     

    Registration to select your workshop will begin in May.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Community Investment
    Program Launch

    Pitch 101: Accelerate Your Idea Into Action!

    Even the most mature programs have opportunities for change. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned pro, this workshop covers it all! Together we’ll look at proven ways to create a successful business case, pitch your program and manage all the change that comes with launching a new idea. By the end of our time together, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to create program goals that align with company goals and how to align your stakeholders so you can get to the good part — putting your plan into action!

    Bonus: You’ll walk away with resources and confidence to help accelerate your goals.

    Takeaways: You’ll understand how to get stakeholders aligned with your impact initiatives and why it needs to be a priority for your company.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Giving
    Volunteering
    Missions
    From Recruitment to Retirement, How to Infuse Goodness into the Employee Journey

    Creating a purpose-driven culture is a journey that takes thoughtfulness, creativity and cross-company collaboration. In this workshop, you’ll work with other leaders in the Benevity client community to brainstorm ideas for making meaningful connections with your people along their employee journey — from recruitment all the way to retirement. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with a solid action plan and a deep understanding of the existing Goodness levers you have at your fingertips, going beyond the usual approaches to giving, volunteering, matching, incentives, Missions and grants.

    Takeaways: You’ll walk away with a plan to engage employees across your company in every stage of their career.

     
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Master Class: Building an Impactful and Engaging Internal Community Strategy

    Want the blueprint to creating a comprehensive internal community strategy that supports broader business goals, while bolstering your employee engagement, ESG and DEI efforts? In this hands-on workshop, Benevity’s community and ERG experts will share their insights and lead you through goal setting, stakeholder identification, measurement planning, communications tactics and more. You’ll walk out of the workshop with the framework and building blocks necessary to launch an amazing internal community. You’ll also be some of the first to see Benevity’s new ERG product and how it integrates with Spark!

    Takeaways: You’ll receive hand-outs to help you shape your ERG program.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Reporting
    Employee Engagement
    Measurement
    Take the Complexity out of CSR Analysis and Planning

    Forget analyzing data and sifting through piles of spreadsheets on your own — we’ll take you through Benevity’s data analytics and reporting software to help you transform complex data into trends and insights that deliver impact to your program and your company. We’ll also explore opportunities for improvements across a variety of data points, so you can optimize your program even further and tell a compelling story!

    Takeaways: A workbook and set of techniques to get insights from Spark data using Benevity Reporting.

    Be sure to bring: A laptop to follow along using your own environment in Benevity Reporting.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Launch
    Employee Engagement
    Communication Best Practices for Optimal Program & Campaign Success

    You’ve worked hard to set up a best-in-class employee engagement program to engage your people throughout the year. Don’t let a lack of program and campaign awareness hold you back from achieving your program’s true participation potential! This hands-on workshop will guide you through the basics of how to build an effective communications plan using an intuitive communications framework designed to drive awareness and participation success for your program. Learn the components of what makes up a great communications plan and why taking a 12-month calendar approach that focuses on communication reach and frequency can help you deliver better awareness outcomes for your program.

    Takeaways: You'll walk away with useful marketing tools, resources, tips, and templates you can use for your own program and have the opportunity to connect with your peers to share ideas.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    Volunteering
    Developing a Best-in-Class Volunteering Program

    If your goal is to build a best-in-class volunteering program, this hands-on workshop is for you. We’ll guide you through the tactics of producing impactful campaigns at the global level. And, through action-oriented exercises, you’ll learn practical approaches to sourcing relevant opportunities within local communities of dispersed teams. You’ll leave the session with insights from leading companies on how you can build a network of ambassadors who can champion your program in their respective locations. You’ll also get an opportunity to learn from CSR pros who have implemented global programs, and get creative ideas to increase engagement.

    Takeaways: You’ll receive tips on adapting your program to a diverse, global audience.

    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    Goodness Matters for First-Timers: Meet Your GM Buddy

    Is this your first time at Goodness Matters? Join us for this session to get the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your GM experience, and meet your Goodness buddy, who’ll show you the ropes!

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception Infused With Goodness

    Let’s come together under the palm trees to enjoy some cocktails and locally inspired food, make connections and support a local nonprofit.

    7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    Yoga in the Park
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    A Big Benevity Welcome

    Welcome to Goodness Matters 2022! Join Benevity's CEO Kelly Schmitt for an update on our community's incredible impact, and be some of the first to take a look at our vision for what's next in corporate purpose. Our Chief Impact Officer Sona Khosla will take you through the highlights from our State of Corporate Purpose Report, hot off the press for Goodness Matters! 

    10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Doing Well by Doing Good: How the “S” is Shaping Business Strategy in the Boardroom

    Have you ever experienced a moment that ended up shaping the course of your life or career? For Maya Chorengel, co-managing partner of TPG’s The Rise Fund and Benevity board member, it was trips to the Philippines to visit family that led her on the path to becoming an impact investing powerhouse. Seeing inequity firsthand stirred a passion, but how exactly did that fashion a career as a pioneer and leader in impact investing? Join Maya to hear her story, followed by a fireside chat about how “impact” is measured, and how we can truly deliver on the S in ESG. 

    11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness

    We’re kicking off Goodness Matters 2022 with curiosity, self-love and a healthy dose of optimism with Jonathan Van Ness – activist, co-star of Queer Eye, NYT best-selling author, and host of the Getting Curious podcast and Netflix series.

    Who better to share what true belonging feels like, living your truth and finding inspiration to make the world a better, more equitable place?

    We’ll chat about all of that, plus some gems of wisdom from their new book, Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life. And hopefully we’ll all learn a little about how to practice self-care so we have more to give – both in life and throughout our corporate purpose journeys.

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch
    1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Measurement
    Community Investment
    Reporting

    Advancing Equity in Corporate Societal Engagement

    CSR professionals are at the center of corporate responses to the growing community needs and calls for racial justice that have arisen over the past two years.  As social impact leaders, their expertise and innovation has been critical in driving impact both within and outside their organizations during these extraordinary times. This session will draw from lessons learned through CECP's daily interactions with its 220+ companies and data from CECP's Giving in Numbers report to illuminate how commitments made in 2020 translated to action in 2021. We’ll revisit the compelling peer learnings from a partner-led Racial Equity Summit in 2020 that informed 10 concrete actions for companies to move promise to action and highlight examples of companies that have enacted high impact programs and initiatives. The session will close with insights on where corporations can continue to focus resources and intention to further advance this timely and important work.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Ideas
    Employee Engagement
    Admin Hacker: Self-Serve Tools for Greater Efficiency and Impact

    Want to learn how to use Spark to streamline your program management and onboard new employees faster? In this session, you’ll get proven strategies to help you bring more scale, automation and efficiency to your day-to-day program management. We’ll delve into the world of Spark and showcase all its innovative features available at your fingertips. Plus, we’ll walk through specific recommendations for streamlining and automating your existing CSR program so you get the most out of the platform.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Program Ideas
    Automate, Automate, Automate: Let Workflows Reduce Your Granting Workload

    Whether you’re granting locally, nationally or all over the world one challenge persists: managing your granting lifecycle! We’ll show you how the right tools and processes can boost your efficiency, so you can achieve all your goals and have peace of mind understanding the magic behind the scenes of automation. Together, we’ll determine if automation is right for your program, how to create an automation and how to leverage automation based on your existing application forms.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    You Belong at UPS: Increasing Inclusion and Engagement With Business Resource Groups (BRGs)

    Despite a global pandemic, organization-wide transformation and a shift in the way we all show up at work, UPS’s BRG program has continued to thrive and provide a space for global inclusion and engagement. In this session, you’ll learn how the UPS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team helps BRGs drive growth, innovation and community impact.

    Beginners
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Program Launch
    Program Ideas

    Build a Culture of Goodness through your CSR Program

    New to CSR or looking to deepen your understanding of how to run an industry-leading program? In this session, you’ll learn how to use your purpose program as a key business differentiator to attract, retain, and develop top talent. Join Benevity’s Aneil Rajaram and Isha Varma as they walk through the key principles of program design and ideas on how to infuse Goodness into each step of the employee journey, from onboarding new hires to creating regular engagement. Along the way, they'll share inspiring examples and tips from Benevity clients.

    2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

    Open Space, Peer-led Sessions

    Open Space is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your goals or challenges. Jump into a conversation about a topic that resonates most with you — and then move on to the next topic whenever you’re ready.

    3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    3:30 p.m – 4:15 p.m.

    Open Space, Peer-led Sessions

    Open Space is your opportunity to make meaningful connections with kindred spirits who share your goals or challenges. Jump into a conversation about a topic that resonates most with you — and then move on to the next topic whenever you’re ready.

    ESG
    Measurement
    Reporting

    Show Me The Money – Growing Your CSR Budget

    The pandemic accelerated business trends in tech, work, entertainment, health, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Social pressures pushed companies to figure out how to respond to a new landscape in ways that empathized, propelled the brand forward, and had real impact. Everyone knows they must take their brands in a purposeful direction, but not that many know the pitfalls or dynamics of such a thing in their own companies.

    During this session, you will:

    • Learn how to work with colleagues from marketing, human resources, and operational departments to grow your social impact budget
    • Understand the needs of colleagues in these roles to set — and reach — everyone’s goals
    • See case studies of these topics in action
    4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m
    Open Space Reflections

    Did one (or all!) of your conversations during Open Space reframe the way you’ll approach one of your challenges? Do you want to hear great learnings from the other conversations you weren’t able to attend? Let’s get together and share our “aha” moments and insights.

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    The Corporate Goodness Awards (aka the Goodies) Gala

    Get ready for one big night of inspiration and celebration as we recognize gamechangers in the Benevity client community who are boldly leading a new era of purpose.

    7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Goodies Celebration Dinner and After Party

    7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
    Morning Wellness Walk
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    The Rise of the Stakeholder

    If there’s one big headline we can all agree upon from the last couple of years, it’s the indisputable rise of the stakeholder. Businesses are shifting from focusing on shareholders to a much broader set of stakeholders, including employees and customers. Hearing from all stakeholders has many benefits, including culture co-creation, and inclusive organizational strategy and employee programs. This discussion will tackle the what and how of making the shift, bringing in the voice of employees and customers, and community boards or beneficiaries for grants. Panelists:
    Patrice Thramer, Nike
    Shannon Sinunu, Apple
    Aisha Thomas-Petit, AMC Networks 

    10:00 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
    Inspired-10s — Clients

    Get a firsthand look at the specific (and unexpected!) things companies are doing to create more impact and bring their purpose to life. Hear from changemakers who have worked through executive alignment, helped their people find a sense of personal purpose and even engaged their consumers in creating more social impact. Sharing their story:

    • Atlassian
    • Pfizer
    • CSAA
    10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    11:05 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
    Inspired-10s — Causes

    We’ll hear from nonprofits about how they are navigating the most pressing global challenges to continue to make an impact. Sharing their story:

    • The Trevor Project
    • Count Us In
    11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Networking Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Measurement
    Community Investment
    ESG
    Reporting
    Grants
    Measuring the S in ESG

    With rising interest in ESG, more leaders are bringing enhanced focus, alignment and action to business aspects that used to be considered the realm of corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability — but are now core to every company’s strategy. In this session, Jason will share with us the opportunity and importance of raising the bar on social impact measurement, creating better S data and addressing market demand.  He’ll be joined by Jane Moran, Benevity’s Chief Technology Officer, for a discussion on data, analytics and measuring your impact. 

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Volunteering
    Employee Engagement
    Rebuilding Community and Attracting New Volunteers

    When the pandemic launched us into a virtual world, LinkedIn’s Social Impact team found themselves struggling to engage new employees in their signature volunteer mentorship program: LinkedIn Coaches. Learn how they ignited internal community (and a sense of camaraderie!) while providing employee volunteers with the training needed to become valuable mentors to professionals facing barriers. Like a book club for creating impact, the refreshed community (called Coaches Crews) groups 5 to 10 employees under a Crew Leader to prepare for and take part in impactful volunteer events with colleagues from across the company.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Missions
    The Hybrid Future of Volunteering

    If you have a newly hybrid workforce, Discover has all the tips and ideas to help you revamp your volunteering program and engage everyone. They were quick to redefine volunteerism at the start of the pandemic, expanding their program to reward small Acts of Goodness and offering virtual, drive-through and socially distanced events. They also used Missions to promote social causes and matched participation points with volunteer rewards. The results? Overall participation grew 12% year over year, with 86% more people participating and 115% more volunteer hours tracked.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Giving
    Program Ideas
    Employee Engagement
    The Power of Letting Your Employees Lead

    How does one small shift in mindset lead to a 550% increase in employee donations? Just ask Twitter! For its first two years, the company’s employee giving program was seen as an extension of their corporate giving program a way for employees to support causes that mattered to Twitter. In 2020, they flipped that approach, so what mattered to Twitter’s people was what mattered to Twitter. Employees could now donate to causes they personally cared about and, as you can see, the results were pretty incredible.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    ERG
    Volunteering
    Reporting

    Activate Your Employees to Scale Your Impact

    PagerDuty wasted no time launching a 100% virtual volunteer program in May 2020, kicking off with a full week of 20 activities over five days and engaging 17 partners focused on advancing equity in our communities — all via Zoom. And it’s still going strong. They wrapped 2021 with 87% volunteer engagement, 5,200+ volunteer hours (nearly double from 2020) and partner-centric programs that leverage technical pro bono and skills-based volunteering. Learn how they did it through a combination of engaging ERGs and social impact champions, doubling down on reporting and reducing program friction.

    1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Grants
    Volunteering
    Boldly Committing to Everyone You Serve

    The John Deere Foundation launched its Bold Commitments in March 2021, with plans to invest $200 million over the next 10 years to ensure all their stakeholders prosper. The funds will support their home communities, farmers and their greatest asset — their employees — through equitable access to resources and education, improved sustainability and employee volunteerism. Their vision for these integrated programs is to unlock economic, social and environmental value for everyone John Deere serves.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    Giving
    Demystifying Global Program Expansion

    Prior to 2021, only U.S. employees had access to the Intel Foundation donation matching program, creating a sense of inequity among employees. Using inclusion as their North Star, Intel’s small team embarked on a journey to model a global program that delivered maximum impact with minimal administrative burden — and they did it! Within a year, they launched donation matching in every country where they have employees. Hear all about their wins, challenges and lessons learned along the road to success.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Missions
    ERG
    The ERG Booster AAA Needed

    With service as a core value, AAA was proud to have benchmark-surpassing volunteer rates, but even they weren’t spared by the pandemic-induced engagement drop. Like all of us, they had to rethink everything. Enter ERGs + Missions. AAA leveraged ERG communities to share their passions with their coworkers and get them involved in easy, integrated ways — from Missions challenges to virtual volunteering events to customized giving opportunities. Learn how it led to increased participation across the board, with Missions participation up 116% and volunteering up 42% year over year.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Employee Engagement
    Program Launch
    Giving
    Volunteering
    Hootsuite for Good: Beating the Benchmarks 

    Within four months of launching their program in September 2021, Hootsuite was blowing Benevity benchmarks out of the water! Learn the tactics they used to accelerate their success — including increasing their matching limit by 10x during their first-ever HootMatch event. Plus, they’ll share tips on how they launched the program to their people in a way that got them excited and ready to participate.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Community Investment
    Grants
    Culture
    Sharing Power to Advance Impact: The Promise of Trust-Based Philanthropy

    While advancing opportunity and building thriving communities are values that drive many CSR programs, corporate philanthropy can sometimes work counter to these values by imposing restrictive, compliance-oriented practices on nonprofits. Trust-based philanthropy flips the script so that nonprofits have the agency and support they need to innovate, grow, and achieve impact. In this session we’ll explore what it looks like to embody trust-based philanthropy, and the benefits when grantmaking practitioners invest the time and energy to fully embrace this approach.  

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    Culture

    The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization 

    How do you feel about those who vote differently than you do? Surveys show that Americans have become more fearful and hateful of supporters of the opposing political party, and imagine that they hold much more extreme views than they actually do. In this session, Dr. Coleman explores the partisan divide in the U.S. and how conflict resolution and complexity science can provide guidance for dealing with seemingly intractable political differences.

    2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    ERG
    Employee Engagement
    Program Ideas
    Reinventing Employee Engagement With Benevity’s New ERG Product

    Employee resource groups (ERGs) are employee-led groups driving positive action and some of the world’s most successful companies rely on them to create a community of culture and belonging. Vital to DEI initiatives, ERGs often work hand in hand with CSR teams. In this session, we will introduce Benevity’s new ERG product and explain how it will empower your teams to come together in support of the issues that matter most to them. You’ll leave the session understanding the power of ERGs and how expanding your ERG program can boost your overall impact.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Grants
    ERG
    Volunteering
    Community Investment
    Engage, Educate and Empower for Equity

    In 2021, Excellus launched their Health Equity Awards to use their privilege and resources to create change. More than 150 nonprofits applied through Benevity for awards up to $30,000 each. And, since inclusivity was the goal, they shifted their application review to bring in their ERGs and clinical team. They gathered more inclusive feedback and selected 18 recipients, investing more than $388,000 in total. Excellus is now partnering with award recipients to engage employees in aligned volunteer opportunities and using PR to educate their communities on health disparities, the investment and its impact so far.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Skills-Based Is the New Volunteering

    With two years of crises still negatively affecting nonprofits globally, RBC stepped up their skills-based volunteering program to help employees and communities work together to find actionable solutions for long-term change. Partnering with their Leadership Development team and Taproot Foundation, they created a 12-week virtual program and four-day hackathon focused on BIPOC communities leveraging Benevity as their home base. The initiative brought together 275 global employee volunteers to provide $3.9 million in services to their charitable partners. Learn why and how they’re now exploring expanding the program even more.

    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Program Launch
    Volunteering
    Employee Engagement
    Global Programs
    All In, All Over the World

    How did Jacobs go from sporadic pockets of employee giving to major global activism? By upping their global game in a big way, expanding their program to include 55,000 employees in 39 countries and coming out of the gates with special matching, payroll giving, Missions, user-created content, exec support and the secret sauce — their worldwide Ambassador Network. Now, 18 months in, they have three grants workstreams, paid time off to volunteer, open matching and volunteer rewards, too. And it’s paying off. Learn how all of this led to three periods of participation growth and a best-in-class ambassador program.

    Beginner
    Employee Engagement
    Volunteering
    Giving
    Program Ideas

    Liberty Torchbearers:  Moving from Programs to a Culture

    Five years ago, Liberty Mutual Insurance ran two highly successful episodic employee engagement programs— Give with Liberty, an employee giving match program— and Serve with Liberty, corporate service days with curated projects around the globe. These programs were executed as separate efforts on two different platforms.  However, they did not reflect the broader cultural statement that Liberty was looking to make about its support of employees giving back to the communities they called home. With a commitment to building a best-in-class employee volunteering and giving program, Liberty Torchbearers was launched adding another program Volunteer with Liberty and three years ago moved the programs to a single platform. The Torchbearers’ identity offered a broader meaning linking the company’s values with a synergistic integrated employee engagement program that embodies Liberty Mutual values. Sylvia Stevens-Edouard will share this story and how Liberty Mutual continues to drive connection and inclusion as integral to culture and brand.

    Intermediate
    Advanced
    Culture
    Program Ideas

    Web3 101 and the Future of Good: The Blockchain’s Effect on Social Impact

    Wondering what is web3? What’s the deal with NFTs? What do tokens and blockchain actually do? This session provides an overview of web3's various elements including tokens, NFTs, decentralized finance, DAOs, blockchain and more. Then we dig into how these new technologies and digital assets can influence social impact now and into the future. Whether you already have a wallet with crypto, or you’re new to the space and ready to learn, you’ll walk away with some new nuggets of information!

    3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Networking Break + Tech Stations

    Take a break and connect (or reconnect!) with your fellow attendees, visit the Speakers’ Corner or check out one of our demo stations to explore Benevity’s solutions.

    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Susan Cain: Embracing Bittersweet Moments as Fuel for Hope (Virtual)

    If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . .
    If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . .
    If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . .
    Then you probably identify with the bittersweet state of mind.
    It’s a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death — bitter and sweet — are forever paired.

    Joining us online, New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Cain will share how she employs a mix of research, storytelling and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, connection and transcendence.