CSR Business Conference

We're currently working on the 2016 agenda, speakers, and venue. We'll post updated information when we have finalized details to announce.


Conference Agenda

Conference registration will open at 7:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast available.

Conference Opening and Introductory Address

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Panel Session 1 - Telling Your Story: Beyond the CSR Report and New Media

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

You are serving your customers, engaged in your community, innovating for a better planet, and partnering with your employees and suppliers to make it all work. Now, how do you tell your story in a compelling way that doesn’t seem self-serving? The CSR report and Twitter can only go so far. Learn strategies for getting your story told with authenticity.

Panel Session 2 - "Collaboratition" - Collaborative Models for Sustainable Solutions

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

You are continually working to be more sustainable, engaged with your stakeholders, and profitable. But, you can’t do it all alone. How do you engage with competitors in your industry to make systemic changes that will “raise all boats” for the greater good? Learn how business can self-regulate in a way that truly creates shared value.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Vik Sahney is an outdoor adventurer and community and business leader.    In 2011 he became one of 350 people in history - and the first Indian American - to climb the 7 Summits (the tallest peak on each continent, including Mt. Everest).  Vik serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and in multiple roles at the Mountaineers including Advisory Council member and climb leader.  Vik is presently the Head of Strategy & Sustainability at REI and lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and 10 month old daughter. 

Roundtable Breakout Discussions

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
  1. Making the Most with Your Sustainable Investments with Patrick Drum.  (click to download a PDF for more details)
  2. Employees: Engagement and Diversity with Amy Kot  We know employee engagement drives business performance… but what engages employees is changing. It’s about MEANING: Companies today are expected to use their power and influence to do meaningful things and to address real issues with real actions. It’s about IMPACT: Millennials and the next generations of employees are drawn to meaningful engagement and the impact they can create on the job. And it’s about ENGAGEMENT: Rather than one-way communication, it’s now about relationship building and fostering two-way engagement. Join us for a lively discussion on the power of purpose in motivating and engaging your employees, with a hands-on exploration of purpose in action, winning purpose engagement strategies, and more.
  3. Materiality: The Most Important Trend in Sustainability with Kevin Wilhelm.  Increasingly companies are being asked to take action and report on those issues "most material" to their organizations.  So how do you determine materiality for your company or organization?  This will be a roll-up-your-sleeves session, giving you a greater understanding of the issues and how to prioritize them for your organization.

Panel Session 3 - Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

The last session of the day will be a live demonstration of the Cambridge Leadership Associates Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation methodology for a company dealing with a CSR-related issue.  You will walk away with a hands-on tool for surfacing new interpretations and areas of activity that would not be realized in a traditional dialogue.

Hosted Reception and Networking

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Use this opportunity to network with the region's CSR professionals and share ideas and inspirations from the day in a relaxed and friendly environment. Great way to end the day!


Video highlights from our 2014 conference