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Diplomacy in Action

Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda

April 26, 2012


 Welcome and Introductions

  • Ruth Whiteside, Director, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State
  • Deborah McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, DOS
  • Joseph Domask, Deputy Coordinator, Policy Leadership Division, Foreign Service Institute, DOS

Panel 1 – Overarching CSR Themes and State Department Approach

  • Nancy Smith-Nissley, Senior Coordinator, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, DOS
  • Alan Yu, U.S. National Contact Point, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, DOS
  • Stephen Jordan, Founder and Executive Director, Business Civic Leadership Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
  • Moderator – Trevor Gunn, Senior Director, International Relations, Medtronic Inc.

Panel 2 – Human Rights, Labor, and Rule of Law

  • Barbara Shailor, Special Representative for International Labor Affairs, DOS
  • Alison Friedman, Deputy Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, DOS
  • Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Clifford Henry, Director, Global Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
  • Moderator – Owen Herrnstadt, Director, Department of Trade and Globalization, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Douglas Guthrie, Dean, George Washington University School of Business

Panel 3 – Environment and Sustainability

  • Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, DOS
  • George Sibley, Director, Office of Environmental Policy (OES), DOS
  • Neil Grimmer, Co-Founder and CEO, Nest Collective
  • Chris Perceval, Director of Corporate Relations, World Resources Institute
  • Moderator – Mari Snyder, Vice President, Social Responsibility, Marriott Hotels International


Panel 4 – Cross-Cutting CSR

  • Brad Brooks-Rubin, Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, DOS
  • Pamela Reeves, Senior Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, DOS
  • Bob Ransom, Inclusive Development Advisor, Office of Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, DOS
  • Renuka Gadde, Vice President of Global Health, Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Flory Wilson, Director of International Standards, B Lab
  • Moderator – Jessica Daly, Deputy Director and Senior Private Sector Advisor, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, DOS


Panel 5 – Connecting the Pieces: Opportunities for Public-Private Sector Synergies

  • James Thompson, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Global Partnership Initiative, DOS
  • Daniella Foster, Director Public-Private Partnerships, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, DOS
  • Sandy Apgar, Principal, Apgar & Company, Inc. (former Assistant Secretary, Army, Installations and Environment)
  • Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG
  • Moderator – Eric Biel, Associate Deputy Undersecretary (Acting), Bureau of International Labor Affairs, DOL

Concluding Remarks: Maryruth Coleman, Director of the Office of Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy, DOS/EB

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