The Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) Corporate Citizenship Conference is for companies to develop and strengthen their community involvement and philanthropy programs.
The Conference showcases corporate citizenship programs from a variety of large and small, public and private companies, and other celebrated experts who will address issues, trends, metrics, and best practices.
Emmett D. Carson
Emmett Carson, Ph.D., is an international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. As founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2006, he led the unprecedented merger of two of the largest community foundations in the world. Today, SVCF has over $6 billion under management, and Emmett oversees the community foundation's work with donors and corporations, whose generous giving has made SVCF both the largest grantmaker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the U.S. Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation.
Colleen Cassity is the director of the Oracle Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle Corporation. Cassity serves on the board of directors of Juma Ventures (2005) and on the education committee of the San Francisco Giants' Community Fund (2003-2005). She joined the board of directors of the San Francisco Historical Society in 2005.
Cassity is also a member of the advisory board of GenArt San Francisco, an organization that supports emerging visual artists, filmmakers and fashion designers (2000-2005).
Bradley K. Googins is executive director emeritus of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, a membership-based research center that serves as a leading voice in the U.S. on the role of business in society. He took over leadership of the Center in 1997 and served in that capacity until 2009. He is also a Professor in Organizational Studies at the Boston College's Carroll School of Management.
In 1990 Dr. Googins founded the Center for Work & Family at Boston University and directed it for six years before moving the center to Boston College. He has authored dozens of books, monographs, and articles on corporate issues, most recently Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship, published by Palgrave in December 2007.
Beach Pace is Executive Director for City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley.
Diane Solinger is the Executive Director of Entrepreneurs Foundation. Since joining Entrepreneurs Foundation in 1999 she has greatly expanded the Foundation's regional and national presence as a leader in corporate philanthropy and corporate community involvement.
As Executive Director, Ms. Solinger oversees all organizational strategy, operations, new business development, program delivery and affiliate relations.
Mark Walker was appointed Managing Director of Global Community Affairs for Applied Materials in January 2008. He is responsible for the company's corporate social responsibility strategy globally including philanthropy and employee involvement.
Walker also serves as the chief executive for the company's Foundation. Applied Materials has received numerous awards for its leading edge Education Initiative work in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas.