LISTEN UP! Doing Corporate Citizenship Better, Together - MAY 2021

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Learn about Abbott's Future Well Kids program and how they developed an inclusive, skills-based employee volunteer program. It wasn't easy!

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Learn. Connect. Act.


Good Employee Volunteering is hard work.

Abbott is partnering with schools and community organizations to teach children that healthy habits can last a lifetime. The program's designed to empower students, support teachers, and engage Abbott employees as volunteers to deliver the curriculum that encourages physical fitness and proper nutrition.

Sounds great right?

But it's not easy. In this episode of the Listen Up! Show we will hear from our guest, Bree Vopelak, the Senior Manager of Global Citizenship & Sustainability at Abbott. Bree will give us the 'real deal' about:

  • The hard work involved in picking a signature program
  • Measuring real change resulting from the program (is it even possible?)
  • Finding and engaging employees as volunteers
  • Ensuring a sense of 'the same program' when it is spread out all over the world
  • Training, training, and more training - how to keep people coming back for more?
  • The power of the T-Shirt :)

Be sure to join us for the 30th episode of the Listen Up! Show. You won't regret it!

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • 11:30 – 12:30 EST (New York City time zone)

More about the Abbott's Future Well Kids program

Healthy habits can last a lifetime, especially when they’re established early on. That's why the Future Well Kids program is partnering with schools and community organizations around the world to help teach children, ages 10-13, about choices they can make that set them up for future health. The program’s hands-on, standards-aligned curriculum educates students about the important role nutrition and exercise play in helping them live a fuller, healthier life without noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. At the end of each school year, participating students share what they learned and present their solutions to creating a healthier community.

Future Well Kids is a program from the healthcare company Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund. Read the press release here.

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More about this Month's Guest

Bree Vopelak is the Senior Manager of Global Citizenship & Policy at Abbott. As an accomplished attorney, Bree has a passion for nonprofit organizations and employee engagement programs that contribute to bettering communities and helping people.

More about Listen Up!

Join us each month for provocative conversations with leaders in corporate citizenship focused on employee giving and volunteering. Our episodes are live on the second Wednesday of every month.

You will participate in robust discussions on trends and best practices presented by leading corporate citizenship experts from around the world representing companies, organizations, or academia. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion for questions and additional insight. Join us for this excellent opportunity to learn, get motivated, and expand your network with corporate citizenship professionals around the world. We’ve hosted calls featuring:

  • Dan Heath, bestselling author, speaker, and fellow at Duke University's CASE center. Heath released his first solo work, Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, in 2020.
  • Derrick Feldmann, a sought-after speaker, researcher, and advisor in cause engagement. He founded Achieve to help organizations address their most pressing issues through research and data-driven, strategically designed fundraising and awareness campaigns. Feldmann is the co-author of the book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement from Wiley.
  • Jackie Norris, Senior Advisor to the Biden campaign. Jackie is an American political aide, educator, and corporate strategist, she once served as the assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • Allie Ottoboni, the Philanthropy Manager, Global Impact at eBay
  • Bridget Sweeney, Formerly the Senior Manager, Strategy and Employee Community Engagement at The Boeing Company
  • Alex Cunningham, Senior Advisor, Global Social Investment at Chevron
  • Lindsey Buss, Senior Officer, Community Connection, Global Engagement & Partnerships, World Bank Group
  • Sarah Middleton, Vice President responsible for global corporate citizenship at PIMCO as well as the executive director of the PIMCO Foundation
  • Jeff Senne, Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility Strategy & Implementation Leader, PwC USA
  • Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director,
  • Gina Rude, US Corporate Citizenship Manager, Accenture
  • Kelly Fisher, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC USA
  • Sarah Chapman, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Deloitte Canada
  • Helen Seibel, Associate Director, Global Community Investment, AstraZeneca
  • Rebecca Jackson, Federal Employee Volunteer Program Director, US Federal Government
  • Jake MacIsaac, Assistant Director, Dalhousie University Security Services
  • Michele Wong, Corporate Philanthropy & Sustainability Strategist, United Arab Emirates
  • Matthew Nelson, AVP Corporate Responsibility, New York Life Insurance
  • Lindsay Firestone Gruber, President & CEO, Taproot Foundation
  • Natalia Kepler, Consultant, Advisory Services, Taproot Foundation
  • Jenny Moe, Corporate Social Responsibility Senior Manage, Target
  • Mary Beshai, Senior Advisor - Strategic Partnerships, World University Service of Canada
  • Jim Delaney, Program planning, performance measurement and evaluation, World University Service of Canada

More about the RW Institute

The RW Institute (RWI) is solving the unsolvable problems facing corporate citizenship — the most intractable, systemic problems. We are creating a powerful movement of stakeholders working together around the world, asking and answering questions bigger than any one company, organization, or issue.

RWI brings together concerned parties, organizations, and companies to better develop, coordinate, and leverage the private sector’s contribution to positive social and environmental change. Through networking opportunities, learning and development programs, innovative research, and thought leadership RWI enhances corporate citizenship efforts and connects key change-makers to like-minded leaders around the world.

More about the Atlantic Corporate Volunteer Council

Listen Up! is presented by the Atlantic Corporate Volunteer Council (ACVC). We are a group of professionals with shared interest in amplifying workplace volunteerism and corporate citizenship in Atlantic Canada. The Council seeks to collectively support, develop and partner as professionals to achieve social impact in our region.

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