3rd Annual ICV Conference: Revisiting 2011 & A Preview of What’s to Come

PYXERA Global’s 3rd Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference is just 2 months away. We are hard at work confirming a great line up of speakers and sponsors in the public and private arenas. With this year’s expanded agenda, the Conference will include interactive sessions that will look at how different companies derive business value from ICV programs. This includes linking ICV into your core business, integrating HR and leadership development into an ICV program, learning the public relations and media strategies of industry experts, as well as an update on the Center for Excellence in International Corporate Volunteerism (CEICV) and an intro to the Global Health Fellows Program II.

In wrapping up the million and one details that go into making a conference successful, we took a moment to talk with a few of last year’s attendees. Grameen FoundationPepsiCo, and Dow Corning shared insight and advice for those of you attending this year.

Emily Kiely, Director, Category Management, Target, PepsiCo

Last year, I found it fascinating to see all of the different ICV models that are out there. Each company does such a great job of designing a program that fits their specific business, industry, CR objectives and employees’ desires.  It was great to have all of these examples in one place where we could really see what we thought would work for us and pick out components that we wanted to incorporate into our own program.

This year, I’m really looking forward to sharing our learnings from our pilot year since everyone gave us such great advice last year. I’m also looking forward to learning more about how other companies expand and measure their programs.

Laura Asiala, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Dow Corning Corporation

One thing that I learned is that International Corporate Volunteerism can be structured to meet multiple needs of international companies: employee development, reputation and relationship development, and insight for future business growth. There is no better opportunity for rapid learning than immersing yourself in an unfamiliar environment, in a way that is positive, structured, and safe.  

Along with our clients and partners, PYXERA Global will present on the current state of International Corporate Volunteerism based on 2012 ICV Benchmarking Survey results, which will be revealed during the Conference. We’re wrapping up the survey and expect 25 respondents this year.

Sabrina Quaraishi, Client Relations Manager, Grameen Foundation, Bankers Without Borders

The ICV Benchmarking report was definitely one of the highlights relating real time data to our work. Adding a volunteer panel also made it very interesting as it incorporated the volunteer experience and angle.

Insights from Participants

Silvia Trombley, Public Affairs Manager, Dow Corning Corporation

One big takeaway for me – International Corporate Volunteerism programs still highly depend on the drive of a few individuals to take off. The programs I recall the most all started with the drive of one or a group of individuals selling it to upper management, and the individuals that drove the start up of these programs were not only public affairs (CSR) people, they were procurement, technical and commercial folks.

Emily Kiely, Director, Category Management, Target, PepsiCo

Come with an open mind and ask a lot of questions. It’s not often that you will get a group of people like this all in one place. If you are looking to create your own ICV program (or build on the one you already have), you will not find a better group of experts so willing to share their advice and stories!

To kick things off, the Conference will begin at the US Chamber of Commerce on April 11, where the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) will introduce their own International Business Corps and PYXERA Global will share on measuring impact to local organizations. The 2012 Conference is shaping up to be a great event for those who have existing programs or those just starting to think about how an ICV program can benefit their company.

To register for the Conference, or just learn more, go to Third Annual International Corporate Volunteer Conference.

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