Corporate Social Responsibility Workshops at TCVSL
The 2021 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning will offer a virtual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Track for companies interested in community engagement, employee volunteerism, and other ways to improve social well-being. The CSR Track taking place Monday, February 8, 2021 from 8:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Corporate Social Responsibility Track Preliminary Agenda
All times are in Central. Please note: All events and times are subject to change - check back regularly for the latest schedule and details about conference events.
8:45-10:00 a.m. Welcome remarks from Volunteer Tennessee followed by SESSION 1: How to Effectively Engage Your Company (and Employees) in CSR Efforts
Community Relations Program Manager, Buckman International
Supervisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Memphis Light, Gas and Water
Director of Client and Community Relations, PNC Tennessee
In this session, CSR professionals will share trends and tips that make for an effective and quantifiable CSR Program. CSR initiatives like volunteer and giving programs also have the strong potential to increase employee satisfaction if well-executed. Panelists will also focus on ideas, tools, and best practices for improving employee engagement.
10:15-11:15 a.m.-SESSION 2: The Why of DEI Work in Organizations and Best Practices for Building an Impactful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative
Candace Warner, Ph.D.
Founder/Lead Consultant for people3, Inc.
Professor of Sociology at Columbia State Community College
Dr. Candace Warner, CEO of people3, Inc. and Professor of Sociology at Columbia State, will present best practices on organizational inclusion strategies and the WHY of DEI work—why diverse teams provide a value add for organizations and strategies for building impactful DEI programs.
11:20-11:45 a.m.-Networking Session
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.-Break
12:15-1:15 p.m.-SESSION 3: CSR During and After COVID-19
Senior Director, Events, Community Relations and Culture & Inclusion, Terminix
Chelsea C. Johnson
Director, Community Relations & Foundations, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Kim Sasser Hayden
Senior Manager, External Affairs, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.
This session will focus on how COVID has impacted CSR efforts and what companies are doing in response. The session will also highlight remote and virtual volunteer ideas for employees and ideas to support nonprofits.
1:30-2:30 p.m.-SESSION 4: Nonprofit and Business Partnership Discussions
Specialist, Cause Marketing and Social Responsibility, Discovery Inc
Executive Director, Volunteer East Tennessee
Development Director, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
Philanthropy Consultant, Barron & Co
For nonprofits and businesses engaging in discussions considering or continuing partnerships, this session will look at what questions and topics should be part of the conversation. CSR and Nonprofit panelists will speak on how to be successful in finding partners, how to address issues, marketing and development considerations and what helps companies and nonprofits make partnership decisions.
This session is open to all conference attendees, providing an opportunity for both business and nonprofit attendees to come together and learn about this topic.
Corporate Track Attendees are also welcome to join the following Conference networking session:
Networking Session & Closing Remarks
Join this networking session with conference attendees for an opportunity to break out and rotate into smaller groups to engage and connect with fellow conference attendees.
Additional Opportunities for Businesses Engaged in Volunteerism
Does your company have an active employee volunteerism program?
The Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding Tennessee volunteers. The GVSA also recognizes one business from each of Tennessee’s three Grand Regions for their outstanding community involvement and service.
Businesses may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves. Nominations for the 2020 Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards are closed. Please visit the GVSA webpage for other opportunities to get involved in the GVSA.
GVSA sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to receive a sponsorship packet.