Women in CSR: A New Series

Welcome to our series of interviews with leading female CSR practitioners where we are learning about what inspires these women and how they found their way to careers in sustainability. Read the rest of the series here

group pictureIn January 2013, our Editor-in-Chief, Jen Boynton, penned a post spotlighting 35 women in CSR that have been doing great work across all industries. The response was overwhelming. The article was shared across social media and readers weighed in with their opinions and, most importantly, their nominations for women in CSR in their lives they would like to see on another list.

We read your comments and we will do you one better. Another list just won’t cover it. We are launching a series about women in CSR where we ask current practitioners at all levels of CSR questions about their professional journey, who influenced them along the way, the best advice they ever received and their idea of a perfect day. Our interviewees have shared their love for sports, both watching and participating, their proudest professional moments and a glimpse into their favorite activities and hobbies when they aren’t working.

We started with the women on our original list and we contacted as many of the nominations you left in the comments as we could. We are publishing these interviews as Q&As and the answers are in their own words. We are learning so much about the different roads that have led each woman to her current role, and we hope you do, too. Make sure to share these articles around! These insights will be valuable to anyone pursuing CSR and sustainability.

Join the conversation. Feel free to leave comments and questions for the interviewees on their posts and send any nominations for other women who should be in the series to andrea[at]triplepundit.com.

Andrea Newell has more than ten years of experience designing, developing and writing ERP e-learning materials for large corporations in several industries. She was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a contract consultant for companies like IBM, BP, Marathon Oil, Pfizer, and Steelcase, among others. She is a writer and former editor at TriplePundit and a social media blog fellow at The Story of Stuff Project. She has contributed to In Good Company (Vault's CSR blog), Evolved Employer, The Glass Hammer, EcoLocalizer and CSRwire. She is a volunteer at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can reach her at andrea.g.newell@gmail.com and @anewell3p on Twitter.

9 responses

  1. This is great! I read an article recently by Berkeley academics which theorised that companies with women in leadership positions, and higher representation than average of women amongst their workforce, we’re higher performing in sustainability… I wonder of that also rings true for women in sustainability roles?

    1. There is also a good Catalyst study that talks about how having 3 or more women on corporate boards results in better performance, too, but I’m not sure I’ve seen any studies that specifically look at women in sustainability roles and the effect that has. Interesting idea, though.

    2. Yes, I’ve read similar reports regarding sustainability and overall corporate social responsibility over the past couple of years. This is a great avenue to showcase the women leading the charge in sustainability.

  2. I am really enjoying this series. I recommend AREVA’s Laura Clise (Director Communications and Citizenship). Ever passionate, and inspiring passion and action at the intersection of business, society, and the environment. Recently named Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.

    1. Thanks so much for your endorsement, Laura. I appreciate every time that Net Impact, CDC Development Solutions, and other #CSR conveners bring us together! I’m incredibly excited about the First Mover fellowship, and am thrilled to find myself in the company of incredible Women (and men) in CSR, and to follow in the footsteps of leading intrapreneurs!

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