Celebrating Corporate Volunteerism

Since we were kids, we have always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This was especially evident during our recent Corporate Volunteerism Council-Twin Cities Annual Celebration held on May 10.  The breakfast event started off with a warm welcome from the CVC-TC Board where I was able to meet members of the Twin Cities corporate, non-profit and public sectors.

I then strolled over to the non-profit fair where we had several organizations on hand to educate and inform us on various projects and volunteer opportunities.  It felt like a mini-State Fair but instead of pronto pups for my ever-expanding belly, the non-profits were serving up goodness that warmed up my heart. 

Onto the main event, I settled into my seat and I heard a familiar voice kicking us off. It was none other than Christina Palladino from Fox 9.  She introduced our keynote speaker, Amie Miller from Twin Cities PBS.  Right from the start, I could tell that this would not be a typical presentation.  Her usage of personal stories as well as clips from recent and upcoming PBS programs truly demonstrated her message of the importance of storytelling.  We all come from backgrounds that require us to be very metric driven.  This mentality often creates recaps and presentations loaded with numbers, benchmarks, industry standards and other perceived key statistics.  What Amie’s powerful message taught me is to never forget that there are humans behind these statistics and it is essential that we tell their story.  Not only does this humanize the great work everyone is doing, but our employees, community and partners will better connect with the results and encourage incremental participation to further our goal of helping our communities.

Once I got that ‘piece of dust out of my eye’ that was causing me to tear up, I heard another familiar voice, non-other than our fearless President Stephanie Johnson.  She presented the Game Changer Award to a much deserving Accenture.  Their work and partnership with Dress for Success was truly inspirational.  The new Professional Intelligence Program definitely fills a much-needed resource and I do feel that this pilot will turn into something big!

It was a great blend of networking, education and entertainment.  Thanks again to the CVC-TC members that put it together as well as all of our partners that helped support this event via their time, talent, or treasure…we could not have done it without you!

Minn Wang - Senior Manager, General Mills Foundation