On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.
Name: Danielle Holly
Organization: Common Impact
About the Session: “Resiliency Doesn’t Have a Sector”
In a rapidly changing global environment, our local communities continue to struggle with deep poverty, lack of education and the impact of climate change. These challenges can’t be solved by any single effort, business, nonprofit or government initiative. We need a new, more connected economy that aligns business, individual and social purpose. People from all experiences, backgrounds and professions need to focus on the unique efforts they can make to address these critical and deepening issues.
This session will focus on how to break down the barriers that exist between sectors, sizes and industries to drive holistic, sustainable solutions to change. Aligning people, companies and nonprofits with their unique purpose and goals is tricky work, but when done correctly can transform visionary concepts into tangible, practical solutions for communities.
What you’ll learn:
- How to understand the ways in which your skills, experiences and passions as an individual or business can be directed towards the larger-than-life challenges you hear about in your communities.
- Tangible case studies of the ways the businesses, foundations, nonprofits and individual actors are taking on more complex, riskier approaches that drive real change.
- The biggest challenges that arise in these new collective-impact style models, along with a framework to overcome those hurdles.
- The experiences and stories of participants who are building successful multi-sector careers that are driven by personal and social purpose.
What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?
I’ve started doing only one thing at a time, whatever it is I’m doing, I provide my complete focus to it and shut down everything else (email, social media, other work, etc.). It has transformed the way I’m able to focus and the amount of value I can get out of every hour, every interaction.
About Danielle Holly:
Danielle Holly serves as CEO of Common Impact, an organization building stronger communities by facilitating collaborations between global companies and locally focused nonprofits. She works closely with Common Impact’s corporate partners to develop strategic community partnerships, develop employees’ talents, and help them to achieve both their business and community impact goals.
Danielle is considered one of the country’s leading experts on skills-based volunteerism. She is passionate about sharing her vision for the strategic design of pro bono programs and the value they can bring to nonprofits, employees and global companies. She shares her experiences designing skills-based volunteering programs and strategic vision for the future of the sector at leading industry conferences and events.
She has also played a key role researching and developing prescriptive solutions for corporations and nonprofits interested in assessing this critical resource. Recent work includes participation in an industry collaborative alongside Points of Light and Capital One to develop an online assessment tool for nonprofits to evaluate their readiness for pro bono projects.
This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.