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Understanding businesses that give back

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Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 2:00:00 pm

Employees increasingly expect to work for companies that care. Companies, meanwhile, have a vested interest in the health of their communities.

            The symbiotic relationship between companies, their employees and nonprofit organizations that meet community needs will be the topic of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s first new Signature Event in eight years. The Summit on Business Leadership and Corporate Volunteerism will address key issues relating to corporate social responsibility.

            This event, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Waterford Ballroom, is geared toward C-level executives and human resources professionals. It will tackle questions that include how best to engage employees in volunteer activities, selecting the right nonprofit partners and how to track a company’s impact.

Liberty Property Trust President and CEO William P. Hankowsky will provide the keynote about the role of business leaders in fostering positive change in their communities. The builder of both Comcast towers in Philadelphia, Liberty Property Trust was founded by the late Willard G. Rouse III, who was instrumental in the construction of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

A power panel of CEOs and experts in corporate social responsibility will feature Vanguard Head of Community Involvement Carra Cote-Ackah, who is also former director of partnerships and strategic initiatives at Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy; Morgan Berman, CEO of Milkcrate, which helps companies measure the impact of their employees and corporate social responsibility efforts; Kevin Nolan, President of Nolan Painting, which in 2015 launched an initiative to invest $1 million over ten years supporting local organizations and events; and Ed Satell, CEO of Progressive Business Publications and Founder of The Satell Institute, which is launching a pilot project by identifying ten companies that will invest $1 million over four years.

We invite you to reserve your seat to participate in this important event for our region.

To read the entire October issue of the Main Line Business Monthly please click here

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