Executive Education Program:
Corporate Social Responsibility

Speaker Biographies

Corporate Social Responsibility

A Duke University Executive Education Program

Speaker Biographies

Program Director: Stanley Litow

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Accenture Visiting Professor of the Practice
Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Stanley Litow teaches graduate courses on the role of corporations in society and the politics of education. He previously served as IBM’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility  and President of the IBM Foundation for over two decades under three CEOs. He is the author of ” The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward” and is a regular columnist for Barron’s. He has held high level positions for the Mayor and Governor of New York, and served as New York City’s Deputy Schools Chancellor.

Guest Speakers

In addition to sessions led by Prof. Stanley Litow, the program’s director, program participants will have the opportunity to hear from leaders from across the corporate social responsibility space. The following list provides a selection of some the speakers featured during the program.

Wayne Balta

Wayne S. Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation and the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, and toxicology and chemical management as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He joined IBM in 1984. In addition to his role as IBM’s chief environmental executive, Mr. Balta is a member of IBM’s Acceleration Team – a group of the company’s top leaders that drives company-wide innovation and growth. A 36-year veteran of IBM, he has served on IBM’s Global Enablement Team for Kenya and East Africa and is IBM’s Partnership Executive for Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Balta has played a leadership role with a variety of organizations. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute and as Chairman of the Board of the World Environment Center. He has been a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board’s Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council. He is a member of the Governing Consortium for the UN Environment Programme’s Science Policy Business Forum. He serves as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and has served on the Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

Mateus Baptista is currently Deputy Director of Strategy and External Affairs at Panasonic in the Office of Impact & Inclusion that oversees corporate engagement, social impact, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Prior to joining Panasonic, Mateus was a Program Officer with Victoria Foundation. At Victoria, Mateus led the foundation’s investments in education, civic engagement, and economic development.

He previously served as Policy Advisor to Mayor Ras J. Baraka. At City Hall, Mateus advised the mayor on public policy and strategic initiatives, where he led the The Children’s Cabinet, Newark’s multi-agency initiative focusing on public-private partnerships. Prior to returning home, Mateus worked in the United States Senate for Senator Tammy Baldwin, advising her on the student debt crisis. In the Senate, Mateus wrote legislation that would expand bankruptcy discharge for student loan borrowers.

He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He also completed his Master’s degree at Brown. Mateus is on the board of New Leaders Council, Million Girls Moonshot, and Brown University’s Alumni Association. He is a former graduate fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth.

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Karima Bryant is the Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Officer for Kyndryl.  She is an outstanding Human Resources executive with expertise and experience in leading and coaching organizations through change management and transformation with a focus on people and talent.  Karima began her IBM career more than 20 years ago as a strategy consultant and has since held several leadership roles throughout HR.

In her prior role, Karima was the Diversity & Inclusion Leader and Chief of Staff to the SVP Sponsor for the IBM Black Community.  In this role, Karima led a cross functional team of executives and senior leaders for IBM’s Emb(race) social justice efforts and programs including the IBM-HBCU Ecosystem Strategy and OneTen commitment.  Prior to this role Karima was a Global Business Unit HR Leader where she defined talent and HR solutions for Global Markets Managing Directors who led multi-billion-dollar industries for IBM in the Insurance and Public Sectors.

Additionally, Karima has experience working in IBM’s Watson Health division. During her role as the Watson Health Global Talent Partner, Karima partnered with HR Executives to align talent strategies to meet Watson Health’s unique business needs.  Karima was also a Senior Leadership Development Consultant responsible for coaching, design and delivery of learning and development initiatives for IBM Senior Executives.

Karima holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  Karima and her husband James L Bryant III have four beautiful children. 

Governor Kathy Hochul began her career in public service on her local Town Board before serving as Erie County Clerk, and then as a member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District. Since 2015, she has served as the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State government. She is also the first Democratic woman to be re-elected to a second term as Lieutenant Governor.

As Lieutenant Governor, she championed the ‘Enough is Enough’ law to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, spearheaded the state’s Paid Family Leave program, and is continuing to work to eliminate the gender wage gap and expand access to affordable child care.
She serves as chair of the State’s Women’s Suffrage Commission and co-chair of the state’s Child Care Availability Task Force.

Governor Hochul has successfully spearheaded numerous initiatives and leads the administration’s economic development and job creation efforts across the state, working every day to advocate for policies that help all New Yorkers make ends meet. She also continues to help New York State manage the COVID-19 pandemic response while focusing on a recovery that builds back better and more inclusive. Governor Hochul chairs the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils that have transformed the state’s economy by building upon regional strengths through long-term strategic plans. She also serves as co-chair of the state’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force to hear from experts and community members in search of answers to the opioid crisis and develop a comprehensive strategy for New York.

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J.J. Johnson is Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Policy for Fidelity Investments. In his current role, Mr. Johnson supports Fidelity’s long-term business and strategic agenda by overseeing a number of key functions, including Government Relations and Public Policy, Media and Public Affairs, Internal Communications, and Community Relations. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Johnson was Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Head of Global Human Resources for the NASDAQ Stock Market beginning in 2003. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Johnson was Vice President, Congressional Affairs and Director of Federal Legislative Strategy for AT&T. He currently serves on the boards of Reading is Fundamental, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the Investment Company Institute.

Malia Lazu is an award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion has sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship for over twenty years. In her most recent role as Executive Vice President and Regional President at Berkshire Bank, Malia worked to generate wealth for communities by expanding access to capital and spurring economic growth —especially in communities of color that have traditionally been left behind. Prior to her work with Berkshire Bank, Malia worked with the city to create Accelerate Boston which helped launch over twenty minority businesses in its first five years and continues to help minority entrepreneurs raise capital. Malia currently sits on the boards of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, evolutionary Spaces, and the Nation Magazine Editorial Board.

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Roseann Lynch is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ralph Lauren. Ms. Lynch is responsible for the Company’s global people and development, which comprises global talent management and acquisition, learning and development, employee benefits and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Lynch joined the Company in 2004.

Luis Maes is passionate about leading teams that are leveraging the unique assets and capabilities of organizations to do good for the community, environment and business. He is currently the Head of Social Global Impact at Electronic Arts (EA). Prior to this, Luis served as the Senior Director for Purpose Initiatives for Nike’s Workplace Design and Connectivity team where he leads efforts to create a healthy planet, active communities and an equal playing field for all. Previously, Luis led strategic planning efforts for Nike’s Global Community Impact team and before joining the Swoosh, Luis had the privilege of leading transformational social impact teams and projects at Walmart and the United States Agency for International Development.

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Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre serves as Chief Diversity Officer at Microsoft. She leads the organization’s diversity and inclusion commitments at the center of the company’s cultural transformation and critical to Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

With more than 20 years’ experience as a human resources executive for the technology sector, she is passionate about driving business growth through innovative and inclusive people strategies.

Diane Melley, Executive Director and Senior Advisor for the Philadelphia Foundation, has a proven track record of success as a senior leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, delivering innovative, community-based technology solutions and disaster response philanthropy worldwide. At the Philadelphia Foundation, she leads planning, execution and partnership-building, in support of a series of initiatives implementing the foundation’s second century of civic and philanthropic leadership in the community. She joined the Philadelphia Foundation in August 2018 after 36 years at IBM, where she was Vice President, IBM Foundation and Vice President for Global Citizenship Initiatives.

Melley has built new strategic partnerships with the corporate sector to magnify the impact of cross sector collaboration. These include:

  • Serving as Executive Sponsor of the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council and Key Skills Hub, an innovative, regional marketplace for skills-based volunteerism.
  • Spearheading the first East Coast implementation of Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia in partnership with six regional Chamber of Commerce partners.
  • Forging an initiative with the Arts + Business Council, which connect business and technology companies with arts organizations.
  • Most recently, as Executive Director of the Regional PHL COVID-19 Fund, which raised and distributed $18.5 million to nonprofits serving on the frontlines of the pandemic.

She led IBM’s Global Citizenship Initiatives. Creator of IBM’s Global Impact Grants program, which brought technology solutions to communities around the world and led IBM’s global citizenship team in 178 countries. Her experience in humanitarian disaster response includes the Ebola Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Sept. 11th Response and all major Hurricanes from Katrina through Sandy in the U.S., Maria in the Puerto Rico and typhoons in the Philippines. She led IBM’s Centennial Celebration of Service in 2011. She also led Philadelphia Foundation’s Second Century of Service in 2019.

Melley is on the boards of Independent Sector, the Points of Light Institute and IAVE (International Association of Volunteer Effort). She is a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to the European Union and Ireland. She formerly served on the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia board, and as two-term chair of the Philadelphia Education Fund. She is founding faculty member of the Institute for CSR at Johns Hopkins University and was two-term chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Corporate Citizenship.

A long-time Philadelphian with a bachelor’s in Computer Science from LaSalle University, Melley holds an MBA from Drexel University and is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Executive Leadership Programs. She is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive. Melley is passionate about mentoring and providing opportunities for girls and the under-served in the STEM fields.  She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two daughters.

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Meaghan Muldoon is Global Head of ESG Integration at BlackRock. In this role, Ms. Muldoon leads the integration of ESG considerations across all active investment platforms at BlackRock. She most recently served as EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing, focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social, and governance issues, integrating them throughout BlackRock’s investment process, and creating solutions for our EMEA clients to achieve sustainable investment returns. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Ms. Muldoon served for more than seven years as a fiscal and economic policy advisor in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, coordinating the Department’s fiscal, domestic, and economic policy efforts. In previous roles, Ms. Muldoon served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff, as Associate Director to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), and as a lead advisor to three Directors of the Office of Management and Budget.

Justina Nixon-Saintil is the Vice President and Global Head or Corporate Social Responsibility at IBM. Justina drives strategic, socially responsible programmatic investments that enable IBM’s technology and talent to address some of society’s biggest challenges worldwide. The CSR programs Justina manages enable IBM and its employees to transform their altruism into reality. Some of these resources, such as IBM Service Corps, rely on skilled employee volunteerism to foster community success and wellbeing; they demonstrate the power of technology when combined with humanity. Other initiatives she leads, such as P-TECH and SkillsBuild, use multi-sector partnerships to help create innovative schools and a more inclusive workforce. Justina also leads corporate practices that underpin the company’s tradition of uncompromising ethics and transparency in its operations and environmental footprint. As IBM’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) focal point, Justina communicates these ideals by spearheading the company’s annual Corporate Responsibility report, as well as articulating the company’s “Good Tech” narrative to stakeholders, including investors.

Previously, as director of CSR at Verizon, Justina created and led programs to make education more inclusive. She brokered partnerships with premier non-profit organizations to help bring innovative resources and experiences to under-resourced students in hundreds of schools and created education solutions that leveraged Verizon’s 5G technology. Justina was also Verizon’s liaison to President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology, U.S. Departments of the Interior and US Department of Education in support of the president’s ConnectED initiative. Earlier in her career, she was an Engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Justina, who is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow, earned her Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

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Gonzalo Pertile

Gonzalo Pertile is Madewell’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, leading the environmental sustainability and social impact efforts for the international clothing brand. Previously, he worked in the international development field with organizations like the Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He also co-founded Meso Goods, a social enterprise that provides sustainable job opportunities for more than 550 artisans from Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. He is a Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Fellow Alum who holds a Master of International Development Policy from Duke University.

Judith Rodin is a pioneer, innovator, change-maker, and global thought-leader. For over two decades, Dr. Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The University of Pennsylvania and The Rockefeller Foundation. Her leadership at Rockefeller ushered in a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized large-scale partnerships with business and government to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century, and championed two new fields that are at the forefront of current thinking: resilience and impact investing. Dr. Rodin has served as a board member of nine leading public companies, including Citigroup, Comcast and Aetna, as well as numerous venture-capital backed startups, and nonprofits including The Brookings Institution. She has been the recipient of 19 honorary doctorate degrees, numerous prestigious honors, and is a sought-after speaker for influential global forums including The World Economic Forum, the United Nations General Assembly and the Vatican Global Forum. Dr. Rodin has authored more than 200 academic articles and chapters, and has written or co-written 15 books, including The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong. Her latest book, released in early 2021 by Wharton School Press, is entitled Making Money Moral: How a New Wave of Visionaries is Linking Purpose and Profit.

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Jennie Sparandara is the Executive Director of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase where she leads the firm’s global workforce portfolio. In this role she implements the firm’s commitment to expanding economic inclusion through innovative programs, thoughtful research and by leveraging the firm’s vast resources and talented employees. Signature projects include strategic development of New Skills at Work, JPMorgan’s $250MM commitment to building skills around the globe for young people and adults and New Skills for Youth South Bronx, a $6MM initiative to build more effective career pathways in New York City.

Jennie joined the firm in 2016; she was most recently the Executive Director of the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), a partnership between philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers in Greater Philadelphia that creates a collaborative space for developing and testing industry-led job training. Prior to JOIN, Jennie served as the first Director of Human Capital Investments in the City of Philadelphia where she was responsible for the coordination of Philadelphia’s anti-poverty programs and workforce development initiatives, including the strategic realignment of the city’s workforce agencies. Previously, Jennie worked in the federal government and local and national policy organizations.

Jennie holds a Bachelors degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Megan Starr is the Global Head of Impact for The Carlyle Group. She is based in New York. In her role, Ms. Starr works to design and execute Carlyle’s cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She also oversees the dedicated ESG team, which leads the firm’s investment diligence and portfolio company engagement work on material ESG issues. Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Starr was within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, where she helped build the ESG and impact investing business. Previously, Ms. Starr served in roles at The JPB Foundation, a $3.8B private family foundation based in New York City.

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Bob Steel

Robert (Bob) K. Steel was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration’s five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.

He was previously CEO of Wachovia Corporation, where he oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010.  Prior to that, Mr. Steel was Under Secretary for Domestic Finance of the United States Treasury, where he revived the President’s Working Group, the core group to respond to the global economic crisis of 2008. He managed the Department’s Blueprint for Modernized Regulatory Structure, which recommended several of the reforms since pursued by the Obama administration.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.