Mobilizing Citizen Diplomats to Address Global Challenges
Join PYXERA Global and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Center for an interactive workshop with top government officials, private and social sector executives, and influential thought leaders. During the day-long event, we will explore how lessons from the diplomatic service, organizational strategies for talent development, cross-sector partnerships, and alignment of business and social goals move the needle on solving global challenges.
Director of the United States Diplomacy Center
Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. State Department
Chair of the Global Women’s Issue Office, U.S. State Department
VP, International Relations, Medtronic
Global Director of Employee Engagement, Johnson & Johnson
Director of Global Employee Experience, GSK
Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA
Alexandra van der Ploeg
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP
President, Medtronic Foundation
Director, Head of Global Citizenship, KKR
Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation
Roger-Mark De Souza
President & CEO, Sister Cities International
CEO, PYXERA Global
Director, Center for Citizen Diplomacy
More About the Interactive Workshop
Through person-to-person interactions, individuals take on not just the role of envoy for their employer, they also act as citizen diplomats, representing their home country and community through their words and actions. To win the global talent race and achieve bottom-line success, companies need to provide opportunities for employees to find purpose through programs that create positive social impact while equipping them with the skills of a citizen diplomat—adaptability, cultural and mental agility, and the ability to quickly solve complex problems.
Employee Leadership Skills
In such a highly globalized operating environment, the skills and competencies long recognized as critical for a successful foreign service officer mirror the “human skills” noted as the unique requirements for 21st century leaders in Deloitte’s 2019 Human Capital Trends Report. Companies that invest in their employees’ skill development see measurable return on that investment by way of increased job performance and satisfaction.
Talent Acquisition and Retention
As technology further shrinks the space between work life and home life, employees yearn to find purpose and fulfillment in their professional lives. Employees are increasingly seeking out positions that enable them to link their work back to the social impact it has on society. Companies that are intentional about connecting personal fulfillment and professional development are more likely to attract and retain next generation top talent.
Investors are focusing more and more on the net positive that business creates in society—as Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, wrote in his most recent annual investor letter, “Profits are in no way inconsistent with purpose—in fact, profits and purpose are inextricably linked.” Companies that embolden their employees to see themselves as social change agents are the epitome of the oft-repeated mantra of ‘doing good while doing well.’