Trust in government is at an all-time low. Trust in business is still recovering from the financial crisis and recession of 2008. Business is starting to realize that doing good, and being perceived to be doing good, is now essential - social responsibility is not optional. PRWeek gathers together CEOs, CMOs, CCOs and PR agency leaders to move the agenda from lip service to genuine purpose and engagement that benefits communities and the bottom line.


The program mixes practical workshops, interactivity, social media, and networking with keynotes and panel discussions.

8.15 - 9.10am - Breakfast

Meet fellow delegates in a collegial environment over breakfast and conversation.

9.10 - 9.15am - Welcome and Rules of Engagement: Gideon Fidelzeid,
managing editor, PRWeek

9.15 - 9.55am
- Making the case for non-profit media

President Reagan described public television as the most successful public-private partnership ever. Former president of NBC News and ABC News producer Neal Shapiro, now president and CEO of WNET, makes the case for publicly subsidized TV and explains the importance of non-profit media and the value it provides to local audiences and communities.

Neal Shapiro,
president and CEO, WNET

9.55 - 10.35am
- Fireside Q&A – Building A Social, Environmental and Economic Supply Chain

Mike Fernandez, corporate VP, corporate affairs, Cargill

10.35 - 11.00am
- Networking and Coffee Break

11.00 - 11.40am
- Breakout Sessions

Customize your conference experience.

Track 1:
Uncommon alliances for the common good
sponsored by FleishmanHillard

One in every three people lives on less than $2 a day. Natural resources are declining, while the world’s population increases. This global challenge is an opportunity for corporations to step up for the greater good. The most powerful solutions bring together organizations with shared values, such as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership that saves lives, empowers women, and protects the environment. This session will demonstrate how global brands can partner effectively to solve problems and still achieve bottom-line results, as well as navigate local and regional governments.

Kris Balderston, GM, Washington office, FleishmanHillard

Mark Kramer, senior fellow, CSR InitiativeHarvard Kennedy School of Government and MD, FSG
Radha Muthiah, executive director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Track 2
sponsored by Edelman

11.40 - 12.20pm
- Mission at the Heart of Business: Soap=Hope

SoapBox Soaps CEO David Simnick describes how he started a for-profit one-for-one business in his basement and in four years evolved it into a $3m+ social enterprise that supplies major retailers including Target, Whole Foods, Costco, and Fresh Market while helping those in need around the world. He explains how a great product and a great mission can equal a great company.

David Simnick,
CEO & co-founder, SoapBox Soaps

12.20 - 1.30pm
- Networking Lunch

1.30 - 2.10pm
- Breakout Session

Track 1: Brands go “unexpected” places
sponsored by Toyota

Organizations can benefit society by sharing the knowledge and know-how that revolutionized their own operations to make nonprofits more efficient. For example, following Superstorm Sandy, Toyota brought aid to victims by applying its rigorous production systems to a Food Bank For New York City member agency to help it deliver more food, more quickly, to more New Yorkers in need. This session highlights the ways a brand can think outside the box or a solely cash-donation mindset to successfully contribute to society while enhancing their corporate reputation, as well as the bottom line.

Michael D. Rouse, vice president, diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; president, Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
Margarette Purvis, president and CEO, Food Bank For New York City

2.10- 3.00pm
- The Battle of Big Ideas

Six thought leaders pitch their Big Idea on how companies can remain competitive while solving real social problems. An audience vote decides whose argument is most compelling

Heather Harder, national president, Public Relations Student Society of America
Rob Imig,
SVP, global communications & public relations, Kiehl’s
Anastasia Khoo, marketing director, Human Rights Campaign
Aman Singh, editorial director, CSRwire
Dan Solomon, managing director, Litton Entertainment

3.00 - 3.40pm
- Platinum Panel: Sharing Value to Build Business

sponsored by MSLGROUP

3.40 - 4.05pm
- Networking and coffee break

4.05 - 4.45pm
- A License to Operate

‘Good Business, Better Business’ is a noble mission, but how do you make this real and how does it drive business growth? Using the example of Ecomagination and other initiatives, GE’s VP of communications and public affairs Gary Sheffer describes how companies can demonstrate to the C-suite, employees, investors, and other stakeholders that social alignment is essential from both a commonsense and business point of view.

Gary Sheffer, vice president, communications and public affairs, General Electric Company
Reidar Gjærum,
senior vice president, corporate communication, Statoil

4.45 - 5.25pm
- Doing Well by Doing Good

Henry Schein and Colgate have had a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility. In conversation with PRWeek managing editor Gideon Fidelzeid, Henry Schein Chairman and CEO Stan Bergman and Colgate’s Justin Skala, President North America and Global Sustainability, explain how the success of each company embodies a philosophy of enlightened self-interest. This involves giving back to the industries and communities they serve through initiatives such as the Give Kids a Smile! free dental treatment initiative, in partnership with the American Dental Association, and DEXIS.

Stan Bergman, CEO, Henry Schein
Michael Graham,
senior VP of government & public affairs, American Dental Association
Justin Skala, president, North America and global sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company

5.25 - 6.30pm
– Cocktail Reception

Post-conference and pre-40 Under 40 dinner

6.30 - 9.00pm - 40 Under 40 Dinner and Awards Presentation

Open throughout the day:

Connect Zone

Catch up on email, check in with clients or the office, network with other delegates, or relax in the PRWeek Connect Zone, open throughout the conference.

Dashboard Live: Products and Tools  

Open throughout the day, PRWeek's Dashboard Lab presents practical demonstrations of products, tools, and tactics to help communicators triumph in an age where they no longer own their brands. Powered by user insight and experience, Dashboard shows how tools are deployed on brands, corporations, and agencies.