Vision for America 2020
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
Theme: The Power of Purpose in Community
Time: 5:30 PM -7:30 PM EDT
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ABOUT THE EVENT:
This year, Keep America Beautiful will host a virtual event to honor and celebrate those visionary thought leaders who display a shared value for social good and support Keep America Beautiful programs and mission to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The conversation this year will focus on the power of purpose and community. We will work together to answer the question of what we want our future communities to look like and how to achieve this through shared vision and purpose.
Vision 2020 Speakers
Head of Global Corporate Affairs at Ocean Spray
From, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, to Ocean Spray’s sustainability mission, Christina (Chris) Ferzli is spearheading rapid change to tackle health and the environment. As Ocean Spray’s Director of Global Corporate Affairs, Chris leads Ocean Spray’s Health and Wellness, Public Relations, Consumer Engagement, Executive Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Affairs teams. In this role, her primary goal is to ensure we connect our farms to families for a better life and share Ocean Spray’s unique story across the globe. For the past 12 years, Chris has garnered more than 200 corporate partnerships, led dozens of marketing initiatives, engaged more than 100 celebrities, and directed legal and compliance strategies—all with the health and well-being of kids, families and communities at the core of her work.
Global Head, CSR | Chief Social Responsibility Officer
Tata Consultancy Services
Balaji Ganapathy serves as the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Social Responsibility Officer for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a Global Top 3 information technology leader.
In this role, Balaji is focused on harnessing the power of purpose, people and technology to advance access, equity and inclusion across society. Under his stewardship, TCS has leveraged its technology, innovation, thought leadership, and a global pool of skill-based volunteers to make a significant impact on the communities in which TCS employees live and work, with a special focus on impacting women and young girls, minorities, and under-represented groups.
Under his leadership, TCS was recognized by Points of Light’s Civic 50 as IT Sector Lead in 2018 and 2019, and IMFIS’s education program was recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation with its distinguished Best Commitment to Education award.
Balaji serves as the Chair of STEMconnector®’s STEM Innovation Task Force (SITF), Vice-Chair of the Million Women Mentors (MWM) Leadership Council, on the Board of Directors for Women’s Business Collective, the Executive Committee of IMPACT 2030, World Economic Forum’s Steering Committee, NPower National Advisory Council Co-Chair, and is part of US Chamber of Commerce’s Education, Employment & Training Committee (EETC).
Balaji was awarded the 2017 Charlie H. Moore Award for Leadership in Corporate Community Engagement by CECP, the CEO Force for Good and presented with the 2017 Million Women Mentors Male Champion of Change Award. He strongly believes in the unique opportunity to address today’s societal challenges and open the doors to prosperity for all, through the combined power of purpose, people and technology.
Balaji is a regular speaker at national forums, presenting a range of topics relating to business, human resources, corporate social responsibility, and the information technology industry. He is an active advocate of deriving social good through the confluence of public, private & non-profit partnerships. He is a Postgraduate in Human Resources Management and has a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.
Helen Lowman, PhD
President & CEO
Keep America Beautiful
Helen Lowman joined Keep America Beautiful as President & CEO in May 2017 with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the areas of international diplomacy and development, youth engagement, environmental education, disaster resilience, global leadership, volunteerism, social justice and human rights. From 2010 to 2017, Helen served as an appointee of the President of the United States in the senior foreign service and the senior executive service. Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, she was Director-Individual and Community Preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C., overseeing programs to increase citizen and community preparedness while encouraging disaster and crisis resilience. Previously, she served in a variety of roles with the Peace Corps, directing Peace Corps’ largest U.S. headquarters’ office and working with leadership on strategic reforms related to volunteer recruitment and admittance. She earlier served as Regional Director-Europe, Middle East and Asia, Peace Corps’ largest geographic region. Earlier in her career, she managed environmental education events and initiatives with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). While in Texas, she served on the Board of Directors of two Keep America Beautiful Affiliates: Keep Austin Beautiful and Keep El Paso Beautiful. Helen, who speaks four languages, is a graduate of Austin College and received her master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the University of Denver, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. She recently received her Ph.D. at Antioch University, Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She is a Board member of PYXERA Global and was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Thailand.
Co-Founder, Fathom – Creator, Purpose Practiced
I believe that we have the infinite capacity to contribute to what we believe in, which drives my commitment to creating a world where more of us can be fully expressed, bring everything we have to all we do. As creator of Purpose Practiced, I am gifted with the opportunity to guide individuals, couples and families on the path to their ideal lives. As co-founder of Fathom, I lead businesses and communities to an existence where they perform beyond what their history, or their category says is possible. In either role, what I have discovered is that the more of our humanity we reveal, share and take action on behalf of, the more abundance, impact and joy is available to us. All of us.