Corporate Philanthropy Series: Advancing Strategy: How to Lead Change in Corporate Societal Engagement

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Sempra Energy
488 8th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
$0.00 - Members $55.00 - Non-Member Funders
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Advancing Strategy: How to Lead Change in Corporate Societal Engagement

In corporate societal engagement, strategic clarity and focused results are not accidental – they are achieved through inquiry, intentionality, and investment. We often find executives aspiring for change but lacking the necessary tools and approaches to spearhead that shift. The destination is clear – transforming their portfolio from oftentimes disparate legacy giving to a results-focused, business-aligned societal engagement – but there are also challenges to implementing the strategy. Legacy mindsets, capabilities, and processes can undermine the most clearly articulated strategy.

Join FSG staff - Managing Director Lalitha Vaidyanathan and Senior Consultant Elizabeth Hawkins - in an interactive learning lab designed to help corporate foundation and CSR leaders develop and implement effective corporate societal engagement strategies. During the session, the FSG team will facilitate a series of activities that enable you to practice using a set of real-world strategy planning tools that you can use to refine the strategic intent of your CSR portfolio, articulate specific societal impact goals aligned with your business priorities, and strengthen your approach to local giving.

In addition, this session will provide time to connect with other local corporate leaders and learn from their experiences. Check out Advancing Strategy for a sneak peek of the tools and resources FSG will share.

Special thanks to Sempra for hosting our luncheon! Free parking will be provided. To learn more about FSG, visit their website.

Join us to

  • Explore the strategic intent of your company’s philanthropic and CSR portfolio and changes you might consider increasing strategic clarity.
  • Discover how you can help to increase internal alignment and buy-in for the strategy.
  • Determine what opportunities exist to strengthen your approach to developing initiatives that meet societal and business goals.
  • Learn how you can maximize resources to achieve measureable societal impact.

Who Should Attend?

Corporate grantmakers, CSR professionals and foundations serving the corporate sector



Lalitha Vaidyanathan leads FSG’s San Francisco office and has over 15 years of experience in strategy consulting, technology business operations and nonprofit management. During her tenure at FSG, Lalitha has worked on many corporate engagements helping develop corporate philanthropy, shared value and corporate responsibility strategies. Her corporate clients include domestic and global organizations such as Intuit, Symantec, Medtronic, Mattel, VMware, Eli Lilly, McKesson, UnitedHealth Group and Chevron.

Lalitha is co-author on several of FSG’s thought leadership pieces including “Creating Shared Value in India,” “Catalytic Philanthropy in India”, and “Breakthroughs in Shared Measurement and Social Impact.” She started her consulting career with McKinsey & Company, advising financial services and technology companies on a variety of business issues. She subsequently co-founded and ran a venture-backed technology company in San Francisco. Lalitha then worked in the social sector as Program Director for a technology workforce development organization targeted at low-income young adults. Lalitha holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Engineering from Cambridge University.

Elizabeth Hawkins has supported and led strategy and evaluation engagements with leading companies and funders across five continents. She has advised Fortune 500 companies including Abbott, AbbVie, Becton Dickinson, Coca-Cola Brasil, General Mills, Intel, and SAP on global CSR and shared value strategies, signature initiative development, business case analyses, and shared value measurement. Elizabeth’s thought leadership includes co-authoring FSG’s white paper on Measuring Shared Value with professor Michael E. Porter. Elizabeth has also advised leading funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Elizabeth’s work has helped to catalyze significant philanthropic resources, business assets, and C-suite leadership to influence measureable impact on public health, farmer livelihood and agricultural supply chains, educational outcomes, and economic development. Prior to joining FSG, Elizabeth worked with the GBCHealth (formerly the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria) to support leading multinational companies to address the rising rates of HIV in key U.S. cities.


This program is part of the Corporate Philanthropy Series and is open to staff, trustees, and consultants of corporate philanthropy programs to help them network with each other and discuss common professional issues. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all SDG events.

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