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Fifteen professionals graduated Wednesday evening from our second semester of the Certification in Social Responsibility program. The CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility, a program in partnership with B:CIVIC, was launched in 2016. Instructors David Payne and Geri Mitchell-Brown led the class that involved group projects, field learning, guest speakers, and panels. B:CIVIC  member companies Crowe Horwath, Ball Corporation, QEP Resources, Great-West Financial and Barefoot PR all served as panelists and guest speakers (pictured below).
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We’re so proud to be a partner with Dr. Meaney, the CESR program, and the Leeds School,” said Su Hawk, President/CEO of B:CIVIC.  Our goal was to elevate the core competencies of this important CSR industry, and provide professionals from any background the opportunity to be a part,” she said.  “Congratulations to all of the graduates. We are inspired and thankful to be a part of this program.”
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The class also visited New Belgium Brewing to hear about creating an employee culture aligned with sustainability, and had the opportunity to tour the brewery and taste brews.

During the final class, students reflected on the program and shared visual depictions of the concepts and tools they gained, and how they would take those forward. Pictured above right is Suzanne Wolke, Associate Digital Marketing Manager with B:CIVIC member company DanoneWave (formerly WhiteWave Foods), discussing her mind map.  Liz  Martinez, Human Resources Manager, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP shared that she gained valuable information and insight, and now sees more clearly that the connection between HR and CSR is critical to maximizing outcomes.

Group Presentation_ ROI 5Rs_Heather_Suzanne_Chris_MegHeather Baker, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, said, “Participation in the CCSR class helped me expand my knowledge and network around the CSR role in a variety of contexts, so I now have a library of resources as well as access to experts in the field. Combined with the new personal connections I’ve made, I’m ready to bring new energy to my current community relations role – and any CSR roles I’ll hold in the future.”

This semester’s class was held in Denver at the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits in Denver where B:CIVIC offices are located. Bottom Left: David Payne, Sandra Wick Mulvany, Heather Baker, Michele Majeune, Liz Eral-Martinez, Meg John, Laura Isanuk, Ashly Ligouri, Amy Daly. Back Row Left: Paula McClain, Geri Mitchell-Brown, Christopher Simmons, Jennifer Forman, Haley Shilts, and Suzanne Wolke. Not Pictured: William Browning and Marcee Kinning
The next CCSR class will be held in fall of 2017 at the Leeds School in Boulder. More Information.

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