Meet Elinore Robey and Amanda Lenaghan, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speakers

Meet Elinore Robey and Amanda Lenaghan, 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit Speakers

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In December 2015, CSR professionals, employee engagement enthusiasts, VolunteerMatch clients, and national nonprofits will come together at the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (#VMSummit15). In this series of blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the numerous experts who will make an appearance as Summit speakers.

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 9:30am

What is your session about?

Imagine solving a nonprofit’s business challenge and boosting employee engagement – in less than one day! Schwab launched its Pro Bono Challenge this year aiming to do just that. Hear from a panel of key players that brought this program to life as well as candid insights from nonprofit and employee participants. Walk away from this session with inspiration and tips to create an impactful pro bono program of your own.

Why should attendees care about this topic?

Pro bono is more than an innovative volunteering trend. It’s becoming the norm and a key way to collaborate in our communities. Talented employees are joining and staying at companies that offer ways to make a difference. Nonprofits are becoming savvy at viewing human capital as a corporate resource they can tap. Yet, it can seem daunting for a company, especially a small corporate citizenship team, to launch a pro bono program. This session brings together multiple perspectives – corporate foundation leaders, nonprofit participants, employee participants, and a pro bono expert – to provide candid lessons and fresh insights from Schwab’s program in the hopes that it can kick start anyone who may be on the fence.

What is a professional achievement you are particularly proud of?

Elinore: It is truly inspiring to be driving a team who has made a significant impact in the lives of more than 600,000 teens and counting through our financial education program with Boys & Girls Clubs of America called Money Matters: Make It Count. Given that employee volunteerism is one of its key components, we mobilize hundreds of Schwabbies from teaching finance workshops to serving on local Boys & Girls Clubs. We believe in providing our next generation with the knowledge, tools, resources, and support they need to help shape their attitudes and behaviors in being responsible stewards of their financial resources so they can lead productive and meaningful lives.

Amanda: I am proud of the Pro Bono Challenge program we created at Schwab. It brings to life a personal passion of mine and my vision for our volunteering programs to create an even deeper impact. It’s amazing to see the validation that comes when employees see how their skills are making a difference – and to hear from nonprofits that we are creating solutions that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

To learn more about Elinore and Amanda, check out their biographies on our Summit speakers page. And if you haven’t yet, register today for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!