About the session: corporate partnerships can be a transformational experience for both charities and companies, but they often feel out of reach for smaller organisations. We’re bringing together a panel of experts from both the charity side and corporate perspective to discuss what makes a good partnership, what companies are looking for, and how charities can stand out. Make sure to bring your burning questions for a lively discussion!
Eve Joseph, Microsoft:
Eve leads on a number of corporate responsibility programmes in the UK. She specialises in transformative technology for the charity sector, employee engagement and AI4Good. Her work crosses private, public and voluntary sectors, creating opportunities for charities in particular to build their digital transformation and enhance their digital skills. Eve’s role encompasses this, along with Microsoft’s UK environment strategy and employee engagement initiatives. A recent re-brand and internal marketing strategy of the UK employee matching and volunteering process has been a highlight of the last 12 months. This has focussed on challenging the mind-set of employees and the organisation, transitioning from a transactional volunteer to a transformational volunteer programme, enabling the skills and passion of employees to be the highlight of the volunteering projects and drive significant impact.
Chris Edwards, Travers Smith
As the CSR and Diversity Director at Travers Smith, Chris leads on implementing the firm’s D&I strategy and its market leading Corporate Responsibility programme. Working with partners, senior managers, as well as external stakeholders, Chris has been involved in delivering innovative projects aimed at promoting greater inclusiveness within the firm and in the wider community. Before joining Travers Smith in 2015, Chris was a Client Group Manager at Stonewall where he advised a broad range of law firms on how to develop inclusive workplaces for LGBT+ people. An urban planner by trade, Chris previously worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment where he helped a range of clients to plan, manage and design better public spaces. He also sits on the Board of Freehold, a professional networking group for LGBT+ real estate professionals.
Holly Christie, SOS Children’s Villages:
Holly is currently Head of Corporate Partnerships at international development charity SOS Children’s Villages UK. Prior to that she has held several roles in corporate partnerships at charities such as Stonewall, MS Society, British Science Association and Girlguiding. Holly is also a Trustee of the Abortion Support Network, a small charity providing abortion funds to pregnant people. Holly is also the founder of the Corporate Fundraising Network an informal evening networking opportunity for people who working in corporate fundraising.
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