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Sustainability @ Work

Episode 1: Allies in Tech - How Companies Can Come Together to Drive Change in the World

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Sustainability @ Work

Episode 1: Allies in Tech - How Companies Can Come Together to Drive Change in the World

Sun in the valleyTransformation at Work podcast background

Sustainability @ Work

Episode 1: Allies in Tech - How Companies Can Come Together to Drive Change in the World

April Bollwage

Education Practice Lead
,
Gerent

April brings over 20 years of education experience in both the private and non-profit sectors to her role at Gerent. She’s designed processes to support over 60 domestic learning centers and 650 colleges and universities, and has seen firsthand the way organizations can use digital transformation to ensure student success.

Farrell McAuliffe

Employee Engagement Specialist
,
Gerent

As one of the founding members of the Gerent Gives team, Farrell is focused on keeping Gerent’s fully remote team connected, happy, and recognized. Her work building diverse and cross-functional groups to support Gerent’s many initiatives made her an ideal fit for the Gerent Gives initiative, wherein she is able to listen to employees, gauge their interest, and connect them and the company to causes they care about.

Here’s a question for you: how does one drop move an ocean? It’s all well and good to say that you want to drive positive change in the world — but actually doing so? That’s a bit trickier. 

Now, there’s arguably no better place to kickstart sustainability efforts and practice giving back than at the workplace. We’re already collaborating every day; leveraging that teamwork, that community, to drive positive change seems like a no-brainer. But how do you decide which causes will bring people together, and how can team leaders motivate their employees to take action?

Here’s a question for you: how does one drop move an ocean? It’s all well and good to say that you want to drive positive change in the world — but actually doing so? That’s a bit trickier. 

Now, there’s arguably no better place to kickstart sustainability efforts and practice giving back than at the workplace. We’re already collaborating every day; leveraging that teamwork, that community, to drive positive change seems like a no-brainer. But how do you decide which causes will bring people together, and how can team leaders motivate their employees to take action? 

In the debut episode of Sustainability @ Work, we dive into the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to build a truly effective corporate giving program — one that prioritizes meaningful change across a range of worthy causes, rather than simply cutting a check once or twice a year. 

Key Quotes

03:15 - “[Charitable giving] is no longer something you do LATER; it is part of your initial mission. It’s part of why you see yourself being a good leader.”

04:47 - “When I came on, [Gerent Gives] was Gopi’s first thing: ‘What are we going to do to give back? It’s great we know your day-to-day priorities, but how are they going to be enhanced by giving back?”

08:37 - “A really key part of this is ‘how do we do this differently, and how do we make this fun?”

12:44 - “There are ways we can help people in ways you don’t think of as volunteering, that’s going to give back to another human.”

13:08 - “How can you and your family get out and make a difference? Because sure, it’s great Gerent has this program, but how can I get my family involved?”

16:54 - “These are simple things that people WANT to do, they just need to be reminded.”

18:31 - “The world is changing. What we do for our clients is important, but just as important is what we’re doing for the world.”

19:10 - “Leadership needs to understand this is an investment of their time, but what they’re getting you in return is a culture, a group of people who want to leave the world a better place.”

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