IBM, PYXERA Global, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Discuss Shared Value and the Pathway to Partnership

Apr 1, 2014 6:00 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  Stan Litow, President of the IBM Foundation, Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, will explore partnerships that each of their organizations has forged to effect real change and positive business impact. TUNE IN HERE on Monday, April 7 from 2 – 5, EST for this live-streamed conversation, Shared Value – Forging the Pathway to Partnership, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

There’s a lot of lofty talk these days about “creating shared value.”  The topic is perpetually featured in business and leadership journals and across the spectrum of conferences.  There is broad agreement that this is the way forward—the right approach for business, and for society at large.

While the theory is well developed and rapidly gaining popularity, details on the operational realities of shared value are lacking.  There is no well-established roadmap that lays out the specific directions to mutual benefit, no manual to govern the myriad and complex partnerships required to drive shared value.

Private, public, and social sector entities struggle to identify the right partners, define the terms of the partnership, delineate roles and responsibilities, and identify objectives that are aligned with each partner’s core strategy and strengths. 

Hosted by PYXERA Global, the Public Private Partnership Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that will actively engage the public, private, and social sectors in dialogue like never before. Broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 7 from 2 to 5 pm, EST, the Forum will examine how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value. Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and an important part of the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets Conference, the Forum will be live-streamed from

Click here to sign up for the Public Private Partnership Forum on Facebook.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14.  

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About Stan Litow
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation
Stan Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to engage companies, colleges, communities and schools to help strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs; and IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping 100 cities worldwide become more effective.

About Leocadia I. Zak
, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Leocadia I. Zak was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of their goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. companies to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. For the fifth year in a row, USTDA’s export multiplier increased in FY 2013 — for every dollar the Agency programmed, an unprecedented $73 in U.S. exports were generated. Further, the $2.9 billion in new exports identified last year brings USTDA’s total exports generated to over $45 billion.

About Deirdre White

Deirdre White is an internationally recognized leader in the field of economic development. As CEO of PYXERA Global, Deirdre spearheaded the growth of best practices in Global Pro Bono to benefit global corporations, local governments, and nonprofits worldwide. She guides companies such as IBM, John Deere, PepsiCo, and Pfizer as they provide pro bono expertise to build the capacity of organizations in developing economies. Under her leadership, PYXERA Global also works with multinational companies to ensure deeper participation of local residents in the oil and gas economy.

About PYXERA Global

PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.


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