Corporate Philanthropy: The Case for Giving for Growth to Increase Employee Engagement and Strengthen Communities

October 12, 2016
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Companies across the Western world are finding competitive advantage in embracing a culture of “giving for growth.” Whether of the millennial generation, or among the increasing number of adults experiencing “purpose starvation,” increasing numbers of employees welcome the opportunity to expand their own sense of mission and purpose through volunteerism at work and thus gravitate to companies offering such access. Companies are wise to leverage this cooperative esprit de corps to both have the reach and impact on a community it desires, while also fully engaging the talents and passions of their employees to their own corporate missions. Furthermore, many corporate leaders have learned that that to see desired change in their community, they must get physically involved - one way to do so is to mobilize their own army of do-gooders and inspire them to get involved in their own communities. Net result: increased employee engagement, bottom-line results, and healthier communities.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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