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Corporate Voices Spotlights Business Leaders Building Talent through Corporate Responsibility

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Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 23, 2011

More than 300 business leaders who are shaping the face of global corporate responsibility will convene next week at the COMMIT! Forum 2011. COMMIT! is named for its focus on innovators, leaders and companies making real commitments to improving society through business and investing. The Forum takes place September 26-27, 2011 at the Javits Center in New York City. Corporate Voices for Working Families, a conference partner, will elevate the critical role of business best practices at the event.

“Strategic corporate responsibility can be at the heart of a company's culture, guiding how they conduct business, how they treat their employees, and how they impact their community,” said John-Anthony Meza, Vice President of Workforce Readiness at Corporate Voices. “As the nation struggles with the economy and unemployment, how we invest in our talent pipeline today--through this responsibility lens--will have long-term business and societal effects.”

Corporate Voices will be releasing two new publications designed to promote and expand talent development practices. Opportunities in the Workforce Readiness Pipeline: A Community Engagement Toolkit for Business, and Building the Business Case for Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce: Employers See Positive Returns from Community Partnerships feature leading examples of employer investments in their workers, and will assist other companies in creating partnerships that produce ready, skilled associates. Both publications are available on Corporate Voices’ website at

In addition, Corporate Voices has brought together a number of inspired corporate executives to share their companies’ best practices in talent development during the COMMIT! Forum.

  •     Stanley Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs of IBM and President of the IBM International Foundation, will provide a keynote on The New Social Contract: Using CSR to Develop 21st Century Talent. IBM is addressing its talent development challenges today and building a skilled workforce of tomorrow through innovative public-private partnerships such as Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech), a joint effort with the City University of New York and the New York City Department of Education.
  •     Alice Campbell, Senior Director, Global Community Relations at Baxter International, will help lead a conversation, with her community partner Instituto del Progreso Latino and its CEO Juan Salgado, about Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce. They will highlight the benefits of business and community partnerships that focus on ensuring individuals have the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in the 21st-century global economy.
  •     And Michael Wiggins, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at Southwire Company, will share his company’s inspiring story during a panel on COMMIT! to Sustaining and Expanding the Talent Development Pipeline. He will discuss Southwire's flagship program, 12 for Life, which provides at-risk youth with a pathway to complete their high school education while getting work experience and a paycheck.
About Corporate Voices for Working Families

Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we create and advance innovative policy solutions that reflect a commonality of interests among the private sector, government and other stakeholders.

We are a unique voice, and we provide leading and best-practice employers a forum to improve the lives of working families, while strengthening our nation’s economy and enhancing the vitality of our communities.

Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of workforce readiness, workplace flexibility, family economic stability and work and family balance issues are available online at


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