5th Annual Impact Forum: Where Employee Engagement and Social Impact Converge

NetworkPeninsula will hold its 5th Annual Impact Forum on Thursday, December 1 at Legacy Hall in Williamsburg. This year's event will highlight the win-win value of employee engagement and provide companies of all sizes with strategies and tools to make it an important part of their DNA. Keynote Speaker Kimberly Young, Vice President of America's Charities, will discuss the results and impact of her organization's most recent report, "The New Corporate DNA: Where Employee Engagement and Social Impact Converge."

"According to the Report, there has been a dramatic shift in employee engagement in small to medium-size companies," explains Karen Dutro, Executive Director of NetworkPeninsula, "that's why we believe this is an important topic for both business and nonprofit leaders." The report points to the rise of millennials and other employees seeking careers that offer opportunities to engage in their community, and employers that support those opportunities. "Two years ago, one-third (38%) of companies indicated they were moving beyond fall campaigns to year-round giving. Today, almost two-thirds (60%) say they now offer year-round opportunities for employees to give," according to the Report.

Ms. Young will provide participants with a better understanding of current and changing employee engagement methods, including work days, matching gifts, crowdfunding and social media. Kim will provide tools for small to medium-sized companies to initiate and encourage various employee engagement strategies. She will also offer guidance for nonprofit leaders on how they can better engage with companies seeking to improve their employee involvement.

The Forum will be moderated by Terry Shannon, Executive Director of the Executive Partners Program, Mason School of Business, William & Mary. Following the Keynote, roundtable discussions and a question and answer period will serve to dive deeper into how to effectively incorporate these concepts.

NetworkPeninsula's Annual Impact Forums bring together nonprofit leaders, community leaders, and senior-level decision makers from the public and private sectors to discuss emerging issues in the region. Presentations and round-table discussions serve to identify the impact of these issues in our work and in the community at large. In 2015, more than 70 people attended from across the Peninsula. Previous topics have included "The Changing Face of Corporate Philanthropy," "The Overhead Myth," "Generational Dynamics in the Nonprofit, Public, and Private Sectors" and "Intentional Philanthropy."

Registration is now open at $25 per person, and includes lunch provided by Middle Peninsula Insurance & Financial Services. To register, visit networkpeninsula.org/forum16.

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