CCSR Class Talks D&I

The March 20 session of CCSR (spring 2019 cohort) focused on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) as a key element of any Corporate Social Responsibility program. Companies often pursue CSR because their leaders recognize the potential for business to function in a way that serves all stakeholders well, not only shareholders. Businesses can start by committing to a diverse and inclusive work environment, to create an economy that enables all people to thrive, now and in the future.

Student prepared by taking at least one assessment offered by Project Implicit, a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate the public about hidden (implicit) biases.

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CCSR Course learns about B Corps

The February 6 session of Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility was a new addition to the CCSR course this semester. The session featured guest speakers Kara Peck, Director of Business Development at B Lab; and Jessica Saba, Media Relations and Corporate Responsibility Manager for 1908 Brands. Kara and Jess introduced students to the B Economy, including Certified B Corps, Benefit Corporations, and the B Impact Assessment.

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Congratulations to the Second CCSR Graduating Class

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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CSR Certification class application extended to January 12.

The CSR Certification class still has some open seats! The deadline to apply has been extended through Thursday, January 12.
Apply now. Classes begin January 18.

Why enroll in the Certification in Corporate Social Responsibility Program through the CU-Boulder Leeds, CESR – a certification program in partnership with B:CIVIC?

  • It equips you with the knowledge to advance your company and career.
  • It’s local, in Denver, so no out-of-state travel time or expense.
  • It’s compressed – just once a week (plus a few Saturdays).
  • It costs substantially less than most other programs. B:CIVIC members receive a  $500 discount.
  • It focuses on the core competencies every CSR professional should know.
  • You’ll gain access to guest speakers, instructors, peer networking, and best practices.
  • It’s beneficial to those changing careers and those looking to move ahead.
  • Read more about the class and program.

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Congratulations to CCSR Graduates and Thank You Program Creators!


Congratulations to all of the December 2016 graduates from the first-ever CSR Certification Program at the CU Leeds School of Business, CESR Center, presented in partnership with B:CIVIC (visit our page for those pictured).

The program grew out of the initiative of B:CIVIC who, together with the CU Leeds Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) and several passionate volunteer CSR professionals, collaborated during 2015 and 2016 to envision and map out the program. These efforts included defining the program focus to address core competencies in corporate social responsibility, incorporating peer-learning, providing best practice examples from guest speakers, including B:CIVIC member companies, enhancing the CSR profession, enabling those from B:CIVIC member companies first opportunity to enroll each session and providing a tuition discount to B:CIVIC members. The program was the first of its kind in the metro Denver region when it kicked off in the fall of 2016.

Special thanks to our collaborators and the creators of this program:

  • Dr. Mark Meaney, Executive Director, CESR, CU Leeds School of Business
  • David S. Payne, Instructor, CESR, CU LEEDS School of Business
  • Lori Call, Stakeholder Engagement, Kaiser Permanente and B:CIVIC 2017 Board Chair
  • Su Hawk, President/CEO, B:CIVIC
  • Geri Mitchell-Brown, Director, Rally for Impact Foundation
  • Sondra Smith, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility; Director, Level 3 Communications Foundation
  • Jessica Silba, Sr. Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Community Affairs and Events, The WhiteWave Foods Company

Want to advance your company and career? Apply now for the winter CCSR program beginning in January 2017. Online applications are open through January 8th.