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Timothy J. McClimon
American Express Foundation
Capital One Foundation
VP, Global Citizenship
Sr. Director, ESG, Trust & Transparency
Head of Content Strategy FUTERRA
Executive Director, Global Community Impact
Johnson & Johnson
Timothy J. McClimon
Lead Faculty & Curriculum Design Consultant
Faculty, The Business of CSR
Faculty, Values, Ethics, Standards, and Governance
Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company. In this role, he directs all of the American Express Company’s global social responsibility, philanthropy and employee engagement programs. Mr. McClimon was recognized as one of The NonProfit Times’ Top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2012, 2013 and 2016.
Prior to joining American Express, Tim was Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre where he had responsibility for fundraising, marketing, public relations, production management, financial management, and board development for one of the largest nonprofit theaters in New York City.
Tim has served as the Executive Director of the AT&T Foundation where he directed AT&T’s global philanthropy and corporate citizenship programs. He also directed AT&T CARES, the company’s volunteer program, and the AT&T Pioneers, a volunteer association of over 57,000 members.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Tim joined AT&T from the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he was a lawyer specializing in nonprofit corporate law. Prior to that, he managed the Inter-Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his law degree, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English, Speech and Theater from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
A former David Rockefeller Fellow with the New York City Partnership, Tim serves on the boards of Independent Sector, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Americans for the Arts and Second Stage Theatre. He is also the former chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council of the American Red Cross.
Since 1990, Tim has been an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches two graduate level courses in arts administration and nonprofit management. He also writes a bi-weekly blog on corporate social responsibility, which can be found at www.americanexpress.com/csrnow.
Faculty, Philanthropy & Social Investing
Catherine Foca is Vice President of Community Affairs and President, Capital One Foundation. Serving in a variety of roles since she joined the team in 2009, Ms. Foca currently oversees Community Affairs for Capital One, including grant making, associate and executive engagement, and its Future Edge program. In addition, she serves as President for the Capital One Foundation.
Before joining Capital One, Ms. Foca held a range of positions at the America’s Promise Alliance for Youth, including Vice President, Strategic Planning/Organizational Learning. In that role, she helped develop pilot programs and convened a team of national researchers to launch the “100 Best Communities for Children and Youth” program. Ms. Foca is also a Public Allies/ AmeriCorps Alumnus.
Ms. Foca earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is current president of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Ms. Foca enjoys competing in triathlons and resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three daughters.
Faculty, Employee Engagement
Diane Melley is currently Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Ms. Melley has leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grant portfolio globally, which includes software and consulting offerings for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations. Ms. Melley also leads the Business Integration team where Corporate Citizenship assets are integrated with IBM’s business strategies in Public Sector, Education and the Small Medium Business industry segments.
She is also the leader of IBM’s Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts worldwide. Under her leadership, IBM has responded with integrated technology solutions to over a dozen major disasters in recent years including the ongoing response and recovery efforts in the Philippines; deploying a full Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management for the country. Ms. Melley is also responsible for IBM’s Smarter SafetyNet for Social Services as part of the Impact Grant portfolio, as well as, the annual Corporate Responsibility report.
In addition, Ms. Melley leads the On Demand Community ongoing, IBM’s global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. On Demand Community is the largest skills-based and pro bono corporate program. It is utilized by IBM employees and retirees in over 120 countries, and reflects over 17 million hours of IBM community volunteer efforts.
Ms. Melley drives successful results through collaboration, partnerships and community relationships. She is constantly looking for ways to use technology as an integrated tool to effect change and she strives to help IBM maintain their excellent corporate citizenship status.
Ms. Melley is a faculty member for the Institute for CSR at John Hopkins University. She is also a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to Belgium and Ireland and is past chair of the Eisenhower Alumni Regional Fellows Group. She serves on the national boards of Points of Light and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. In addition, she is on the Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce/Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, as well as, the Conference Board’s Corporate Contribution Council and Meridian International’s Service Leaders Global Advisory Council. She also served as the past board chair of the Philadelphia Education Fund.
Ms. Melley has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from La Salle University. She is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
Faculty, Evaluating & Measuring CSR
As Executive Director of Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson, Michael Bzdak manages the Corporation’s strategy for strengthening the health care workforce as well as leading efforts around program evaluation. Michael serves on the New Jersey’s Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and on the advisory board of Columbia University’s The One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign. Additionally, he has served on the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee; the New Jersey AIDS Partnership Advisory Committee; the board of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities where he completed a term as chairman of the board of directors. As a visiting part-time lecturer in the School of Communications and Information Studies at Rutgers University, Michael co-designed a course on Communicating CSR and has taught the course for the past seven years. Dr. Bzdak is a co-author of two recent CSR articles: “Communication Design Logics for Dialogue and Stakeholder Engagement: Alternatives to the Shared Value Model,” Journal of Public Affairs, 2015; “Revisiting the Role of ‘Shared Value’ in the Business-Society Relationship,” Business and Professional Ethics Journal, 31:2, 231-246, 2012.
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Katherine joined Walmart’s sustainability team in June 2013 and leads Walmart’s external stakeholder relationships, focused on cultivating high-impact partnerships that deliver strategic value to Walmart’s business and advance social/environmental issues. In addition, she determines Walmart’s response for the business, environmental and social impacts of pressing or emerging sustainability issues.
Previous to Walmart, Katherine spent six years at WWF managing one of the world’s largest corporate-NGO partnerships, a $97MM sustainability-driven initiative with The Coca-Cola Company focused on water. Work addressed river basin conservation, water and energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture and packaging. In 2011, the effort expanded to include a cause-marketing platform directed towards polar bear conservation. Work is active in 49 countries.
Over the past 16 years, Katherine has worked with a wide range of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Weaving together her intensive business experience and commitment to social and environmental responsibility, she brings a practical ability to ground sustainability into actionable terms. Katherine received her MBA from The Darden School at UVa in 2004 and has a BA in English from Colorado College.
Faculty, Communicating CSR
Aman Singh is Editor in Chief and Head of Content Strategy for Futerra, a sustainability and creative change agency on a mission to make sustainability so commonplace, its normal. She is a former journalist, a seasoned communicator and social media strategist as well as an experienced sustainability professional.
Aman has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s largest nonprofits on communication strategies that push the needle, compel conversation and activate change makers internally and externally. A firm believer in the power of informed professionals, she is a frequent speaker and prolific facilitator and has been noted by Trust Across America, HR Examiner, TriplePundit and The Guardian for her work and leadership in social media.
Prior to joining Futerra, she has spent time in various roles at RF|Binder and Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose team working with numerous clients on a range of communication strategy work. Before joining the consulting sector, she served as CSRwire’s Editorial Director, leading the media company’s news distribution services as well as creating and growing its stakeholder engagement campaigns and reporting services with private and public sector organizations including General Mills, JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup, Nestle Waters North America, Best Buy, PwC, and Verizon. She also led CSRwire’s independent reporting team with 250+ contributors serving over a million unique visitors a month.
As one of the first journalists to focus on the confluence of business behavior, CSR and sustainability in the mainstream media, Aman’s work has published in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, GreenBiz, TriplePundit and others. She is an IEMA-certified CSR Practitioner and when not on assignment or on Twitter [@AmanSinghCSR], can be found decoding the dynamics of anything that moves with her toddler son.