Meet Mary O’Malley

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
Mary O’Malley, Vice President – Corporate Governance, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Topic:  “CSR Executive Fireside Chat
Featuring Mary O’Malley – Prudential, Jonathan Pearson – Horizon Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Judy Young  – Institute for Ethical Leadership

A conversation with Mary:

Q:  How is your day to day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
(MO)
  The CSR Certificate gives current and future practitioners a good grounding for their future success including opportunities to gain real world knowledge from leaders in the field. 

Q:  What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
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I hope those that attend our session come to understand the great opportunities and real challenges that face change agents in this work. 

Q:  What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
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  Those who are successful in sustainability and CSR recognize that their work is a journey, not a destination. 

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Career Background:  Mary O’Malley, Vice President, Corporate Governance at Prudential Financial, Inc. 

Mary is a well-respected corporate governance executive with managerial experience in key areas:  sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and communications.  She has been with Prudential Financial for two decades, previously serving as VP-Environment and Sustainability (as global lead for environment, sustainability, board administration, and shareholder engagement); and as VP- Local Initiatives (responsible for Prudential’s outreach to local communities and employee community engagement worldwide).  Mary is a board member of the Center for Civic Responsibility, and chair of the audit committee.

Mary holds the B.A. degree (American Intellectual History) with minority in communications studies/rhetoric, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds Certification in Corporate/Community Relations from Boston College. She was editor of the “Assets for Sustainable Growth” report in 2014 (Prudential’s 2013 Sustainability Report).

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Aarti Maharaj

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
Aarti Maharaj, Executive Editor & Director of Communications at Ethisphere Institute
Topic: 
Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Communications

A conversation with Aarti:

Q. How is your day to day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[AM] You cannot be partially responsible. Being a solid corporate citizen requires a day to day commitment to following one simple rule; do the right thing. That said, the simple rule is not always easy to follow. It requires integrity and often a willingness to sacrifice short term advantages gained through questionable ethics in favor of the long term benefits of doing business with transparent governance. Candidates for the CSR Certificate should understand that CSR must be embedded in their daily work. More than that, it needs to be part of your company’s overall business plan because now, more than ever, customers and potential investors are watching and they are not afraid to let you know when you have let them down.

Q. What can attendees expect to learn from your session?
[AM] Attendees will learn that CSR is a business enhancing program, not a series of one offs in search of sappy headlines. It is not a photo of an oversized check being handed to the local boys and girls club. While those things are important for our society, research demonstrates that consumers and investors require more if you are going to win their patronage. They are looking for sustained and business-relevant programs that are demonstrably beneficial to society as a whole. Attendees will learn the business benefits of a strong CSR program as well as the potentially damaging affects of neglecting your corporate reputation — especially as CSR-conscious Millennials strengthen their grip on the worldwide economic engine. 

Q. What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[AM] At the very least the CSR Certificate will enhance your CV or resume because more and more companies are waking up to the fact that CSR is no longer something you do with the extra money lying around after all other budgets have been filled. CSR is now table stakes. For many consumers it is required just for your business to have a seat at the table and that is not going to change anytime soon. CSR is not the wave of the future, it is the wave of right now, so it is wise to learn more and to become credentialed in this business function. It might make all the difference when seeking your next job or promotion.

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Career Background:  Aarti Maharaj
Aarti is Executive Editor and Director of Communications at Ethisphere Institute. This organization is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices “that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success.” Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character.

She covers ethics, CSR, compliance, risk, and corporate governance, and publishes extensively at Insights (you can read her work here:  http://insights.ethisphere.com)

An experienced print and television journalist, Aarti’s work has been featured in the New York Daily News and Business Insider. She was the Deputy Editor and Digital Content Editor of Corporate Secretary and Compliance Week magazines, respectively, as well as Associate Editor of OnWallStreet.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism, with Minor in Political Science.

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet Bahar Gidwani

Joining Outstanding Faculty for Spring CSR Certificate Course
May 16th and 17th at Rutgers University Business School

On May 16th and 17th, the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute present the Spring 2017 CSR Certificate Program for corporate managers, not-for-profit and foundation managers, and others interested in career opportunities and advancement in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”), Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability, Philanthropy, Risk Management, Ethics, and related positions.

An outstanding faculty of professionals from leading CSR and sustainable investment organizations will lead the interactive discussions which are a feature of the course. For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR

Meet one of your course leaders:
Bahar Gidwani, CEO of CSRHub, and NY metro area Angel Investor
Topic:  Bridging the Gap: Sustainability vs. Profitability

A conversation with Bahar:

Q: How is your day-to-day work related to the CSR Certificate Program?
[BG]  We support around 15,000 CSR professionals, more than half of whom are located outside North America.  Our users include sustainability managers, consultant/accountants/lawyers and other advisors, academics, not-for-profit organizations, journalists, and activists.  We provide these users with aggregated sustainability ratings on more than 17,000 entities—public companies, private companies, government agencies, and not-for-profits.  Most of our users do not have formal training in sustainability.  They have had to learn the contents of your program through experience (and probably by making a fair number of preventable mistakes!).

Q: What can Rutgers course attendees expect to learn from your session?
[BG] There has been a perception that corporate sustainability is not directly related to corporate profitability.  We have done research that we believe shows there is a relationship between various aspects of sustainability and important drivers of business success.  We will share some of the reasons we believe these relationships have not yet been fully appreciated and show where further research could be done in the future.

Q: What advice do you have or opportunity that you see for attendees who complete the CSR Certificate Program?
[BG] There is no clear career path yet for sustainability professionals.  While people talk about “Chief Sustainability Officer” roles—very few of them exist in the US.  So, sustainability professionals should be open to incorporating the tools they get from the program into general business practice.  Being aware of sustainability opportunities should help them advance their careers towards other “V level” and “C level” positions.  Once in these positions, they should be able to influence others in their management teams to share their interest in sustainability practice and bring its benefits into their organizations.

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Career Background: Bahar Gidwani
Bahar Gidwani
is Chief Executive Officer of CSRHub, co-founded by him in 2007.  The organization provides CSR and sustainability metrics to corporate managers, professionals and researchers.  These metrics are used to manage ESG, employment and community issues.  There are more than 17,000 companies monitored by CSRHub and the “big data” results are sourced from more than 500 organizations.

Before founding CSRHub, Bahar was CEO of Sonobyte Podcasting Voiceover Services; CEO of Index Stock Imagery; and Vice President, Kidder Peabody & Company.

Bahar holds the MBA-Marketing from Harvard Business School (where he was a Baker Scholar); and a B.A.- Astronomy and Physics from Amherst College.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations (securities analysis) from the CFA Institute (Levels I and II); also, the FSI designation from the Financial and Sustainability Initiative organization.  He is trained in Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting.

For more information about the course and to register, visit: http://bit.ly/RutgersCSR