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What our members are saying about us
Stephen T. MacIntyre,
Senior Vice President,
Haley & Aldrich
I asked a former colleague at IBM for advice on corporate citizenship. She said, "Boston College. Give them a call." It was great advice. The Center anticipates the needs of members. As a result, we are better able to help our own company and our communities.
-Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager, Social Responsibility, FedEx Corporation
"We were very pleased with The Center’s ability to provide objective research, clear analysis and practical guidance on a very complex initiative. For the first time we had a quantitative assessment our efforts to help build the institutions of a civil society and the long term advantages to Merck’s business strategy."
-Brenda Colatrella, Executive Director, HIV Policy & External Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.
Community involvement professionals need specific competencies, and The
Center provides the training to develop them.
-Karen Proctor, Vice President, Community Affairs, Scholastic Inc.
“Membership with the Center offers many benefits, including the education programs and webinars. The Center’s access to research and professional assistance, certificate programs and availability of resources is significant. I have enjoyed my interactions on the International Advisory Board because it allows me to network with professionals in similar positions from other companies around the world.”
-Bo Miller, Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company
“I see the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship as the experts in the field. I enjoy interacting with the knowledgeable staff from the Center and appreciate how connected they are. I particularly feel that their CSR expertise, education programs, knowledge of trends and connections to consultants in the field is very valuable. I like to know that I can pick up the phone and call the Center when I need to ask for advice.”
-Tracy King, Director of Community Engagement Worldwide Community & Corporate Citizenship, Levis Strauss Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co.
“The primary reason we are a member with the Center is the knowledge we receive from the webinars—they are great! We find the newsletter, CC reports and research that the Center provides members invaluable. We believe that associating with a top-notch thought leader in corporate citizenship brings value to the work we do.”
-Sheila Voth, Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Motorola
“The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is a great resource and a thought leader for the corporate citizenship profession. The Center has helped me realize the importance of corporate citizenship as a profession and the skills we need to do our jobs. The Center is the focal point for anyone involved with corporate citizenship and corporate affairs.”
-Kevin Thompson, Senior Program Manager for Corporate Citizenship, IBM
“I am a fan of the Center - I attend your conferences and workshops whenever I am able to. Every time I attend a class or your annual international conference, I leave with valuable information I can take back and immediately use. It’s also nice to have a designated contact at the Center so I know who to connect with when I have a question.”
-Carol Wright, Corporate Citizenship Representative, Xcel Energy
“Community involvement, corporate citizenship and social responsibility aren’t just about ‘doing what’s right’ anymore. Today, clients choose firms with strong ethical and social responsibility, and strong ties and trust with affected communities, because those clients need help to get the ‘social license’ they must have in today’s world to move major projects forward. “We’re fortunate to have the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship help prepare our people for this expanded leadership role in their communities. They provide us a distinctive skill set in this arena that is simply invaluable.”
-Ralph R. Peterson, Chairman and CEO, CH2M HILL
"The Center's webinars are a useful resource addressing relevant topics on a regular basis. Participation in the webinars offers a chance to hear from industry leaders who give frank and useful information about their programs, challenges, and successes."
-Debra McLaughlin, Senior Community Relations Specialist, Symantec Corporation
“My group at CenterPoint Energy has been fortunate to find the support we need in the Center for Corporate Citizenship. Through the Center’s certificate programs, our community relations professionals have an opportunity to learn new strategies from established leaders in the field and to compare notes with their peers from around the world. They return from each class with enhanced knowledge and skills and renewed enthusiasm. Over the last few years we’ve moved from merely encouraging our staff to take an occasional class to recommending completion of a full certificate centered on the core competencies needed to manage our community involvement programs effectively.”
-Lucretia Ahrens, Manager, Corporate Community Relations, CenterPoint Energy
“I recently completed the Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management, which has positioned me for success in my role as a corporate citizenship professional. Not only did their programs help me hone skills and gain knowledge, they served as a great venue for connecting with other citizenship practitioners across various industries. As a result, I’ve been able to form a peer network that has been an invaluable resource for identifying solutions to many of the common corporate social responsibility challenges.”
-Hamlin Metzger, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Best Buy
“Boston College has created a curriculum, and fostered a network, that allows community involvement professionals to learn, test and share their experiences and learnings. In addition, the curriculum includes professionals with real-world hands-on experiences from instructors with experience from major corporations. The certificate program gave me a systematic way to approach a relatively new discipline with practical approaches and relevant examples.”
-Patricia Garris, Director, Community Citizenship, State Farm
"Bringing the Boston College Center on site enabled us to build our capacity while focusing on the specific issues and opportunities that really matter to CH2MHILL. On-site training is enabling all of the members of our community affairs team – over 100 managers - to execute consistently against a shared vision and shared goals that we feel will have the most impact for our communities and for our business."
-Vincent J. Ragucci, III, Vice President, Government Affairs, CH2M HILL