The 3rd Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference (ICV Conference) was held on 11-12 April, 2012 in Washington DC. The event provided a unique opportunity to folks working in the ICV space to share and learn best practices in design, implementation and measurement of ICV as well as provides the perfect platform for top thought leaders and practitioners to network.
The conference was being hosted by CDC Development Solutions, with support from GSK PULSE and other partners including Pfizer, IBM, Dow Corning and A Billion + Change. Participants from over 150 companies, including, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and government agencies.
As a sponsor to this conference, PULSE will be hosted a breakout session focusing on “Nuts & Bolts of setting up ICV projects that address global challenges important to your business & your partners.” In this session, Manu Juneja, Communications Manager, GSK PULSE and Bob Skinner, Director of Corporate Relations, Jhpeigo discussed how they collaborated to form the new strategic initiative – “PULSE Pillars,” including the process & tools used to identify NGO partners and gain business alignment.
In another session “A Conversation with Returned Volunteers,” a PULSE Volunteer- Katherine Scott who works as a Clinical Research Associate in GSK shared her PULSE experiences – what she learned, and what ideas/learnings she brought back to GSK.
During her PULSE Assignment, Kathy was deployed in Kisumu, Kenya for 6 months of full-time work in the Nyanza Province area, collaborating with Kenya Medical Research, OGRA Foundation and University of New Mexico. While on site, her role included helping to start a new site for Malaria research, increasing capacity of existing research sites, identifying additional funding options for new projects with required renovations, and providing a knowledge transfer related to research best practices and standard operating procedures.
Since Kathy was assigned to an area where five other PULSE volunteers were deployed, she was also able to participate and assist in their projects focused on a community education program for women’s and children’s health, improvements to an orphan feeding center, and a community support group start up.