Today I was part of a great educational forum organized by my dear friend Lauren Garvey who is the Senior Manager of Relations, Branding and Corporate Communications for Hitachi America. Hitachi organized a free full morning educational program aimed at sharing professional expertise and best practices with professionals from the county's non-profit organizations. The event was a cooperative effort and represented a true partnership in which corporations are helping non-profits survive the current economic crisis by sharing their professional expertise.
This event represents a significant way in which corporations are 'giving back' and doing something substantive for the non-profits during a time when it is becoming more difficult to support them financially.
I loved being part of the event and was honored to be the kick off speaker.
I was in good company and joined by some leaders in Corporate America including:
*Pattie Sellers, Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine
*Sarah Masters, Business Product Manager – Google
*Dr. Matt Ganis, Sr. Technical Staff Member- IBM
*Lauren Garvey–Senior Manager of Communications– Hitachi
Early next week presentations from the event will be posted as well as questions and answers addressed by each speaker–so feel free to visit www.hitachi-america-us/nonprofit_forum
In the picture here from left to right:
Yukiaki Ina, Director,Branding and Corporate Communications-Hitachi
Ginnie Hays, Senior Manager, Facilities and Chairperson for Hitachi's Community Action Committee
Lauren Garvey, Senior Manager Community Relations and Branding and Corporate Communications, Hitachi
Cindy Hecht Suna, Community Relations Specialist Hitachi