By: Michele Egan
As a longtime volunteer and board member serving the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Atlanta, I’m excited to share that the committee leading the 23rd annual IMPACT Awards thoughtfully narrowed the field to focus on three categories this year. We intentionally selected initiatives designed to improve social justice and racial equity issues that exist in our community. Furthermore — and in keeping with a year unlike any other — for the first time IMPACT 2020 will be free and available to the public thanks to our generous sponsors!
IMPACT 2020: The Virtual Experience will take place September 16, 4:00–5:00 pm with a keynote address from Xavier Ramey, CEO of Chicago-based Justice Informed. We are excited to feature Mr. Ramey, an internationally recognized public speaker and award-winning social strategist and change maker. He brings a wealth of experience to CSR professionals and offers catalytic strategies for inclusion, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and community engagement.
The purpose of the CVC is to support the greater community by elevating member companies’ corporate social responsibility, employee volunteering, and civic engagement programs. As current CVC President, Sara Simonds, said, “The CVC will leverage our strength as a convener to create space for thoughtful, purposeful dialogue to help companies navigate and address inclusion and understand their role in creating a more equitable Atlanta.”
To ensure IMPACT nominations are evaluated without influence, a national panel of judges selects the finalists and winners. This year, even with a limited number of categories, the field was robust! Below are the IMPACT 2020 Award Finalists:
Social Justice IMPACT: companies addressing social justice in bold, innovative ways
Skills Based Volunteering IMPACT: skills-based volunteer effort with significant, measurable results
IMPACT Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year: companies integrating volunteerism into business strategy and culture effectively
We hope you’re able to join for this very special edition and free virtual experience. We know IMPACT 2020 will be an amazing opportunity to connect, inspire, and celebrate real-world accomplishments. Register for free thanks to our generous sponsors.
More Upskilling and Networking Opportunities in 2020:
In addition to the September 16 awards, the CVC will host a three-part series of Virtual Equitable Dinners at Work with dynamic, interactive performances from Out of Hand Theater on September 29th, October 20th, and November 17th. Participants can expect robust discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of corporate responsibility.
Committed to Building a Diverse Membership Because We Serve a Diverse Community.
Knowing that every voice matters, in 2019, the CVC adopted a formal diversity and inclusion policy. It affirms that the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge of members and board members drives achievement. It encourages diversity in age, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and a host of other characteristics.
The CVC is an organization near and dear to the For Momentum team. I encourage you to get involved and reap the same benefits we do.