Why corporate responsibility and diversity, equity and belonging are crucial even during a crisis—and how you can protect your programs

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What You’ll Learn:: 

A strong commitment to social responsibility and diversity is crucial for any organization hoping to keep employees inspired and proud of their workplace. Yet many organizations do only the bare minimum and may even cut back their efforts in a time of crisis. In this panel you’ll discover why it’s still crucial to establish yourself as a purpose-driven organization. You’ll hear how the U.N. Foundation and FedEx have found success by closely aligning their CSR and diversity goals with their culture and engagement goals.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Make the business case for protecting diversity and CSR programs
  • Identify areas of your current culture that could be hindering inclusion
  • Make messages around CSR more compelling and inspiring to employees
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the needs of marginalized groups
April 2020

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Presenter bio: 

Lesley Lucas is a sustainability program manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise focused on activating corporate responsibility through employee engagement, purpose-driven reporting and design for environment. As a leader for both the Global Young Employee Network and the LGBTQIA+ PRIDE network, she helps provide differentiated business solutions while evolving a more inclusive, empowering culture. Lesley holds a master’s of science in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the dual program at St. Edward’s University and Université Catholique de l’Ouest. Outside of her professional work, Lesley teaches STEM and Jewish Values at her congregation Shir Hadash and co-hosts the Greenhouse Lasses podcast.

Dave Armon is CEO of 3BL Media, the leading communications platform for purpose-driven companies. A former journalist and PR practitioner, Dave spent 20 years in management at PR Newswire, where he was president and COO. His experience in marketing and PR software includes the social media monitoring platform Techrigy (sold to Alterian), PR workflow platform dna13 (sold to CNW Group) and the broadcast intelligence platform Critical Mention. A New Yorker, Dave enjoys mentoring young professionals, travel, Scrabble and swimming.

Danielle Marks leads internal communications for the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. She manages executive and internal communications to advance organizational priorities and build employee engagement. Danielle spearheads an internal communications stakeholders group tasked with improving workplace collaboration and information sharing. She has more than a decade of experience in communications, including building an internal communications program for the United Nations Foundation. Danielle is a former journalist, who has had articles published in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.

Leslie is a zealous educated and experienced Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion leader, recognized for designing and executing strategies for a successful workforce, customer and community. At FedEx Office, Leslie is responsible for leading teams to integrate Inclusion and Diversity into all aspects of business to deliver outstanding service to all. She has won a rising star award and a 5-star award. Prior to FedEx, Leslie was the Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors. She worked in Business Development for diverse communities before moving into HR. Her awards include Top 15 Business Women in Dallas, Who’s Who in Diversity and Essence Magazine Diversity Champion.