May CVC-TC Member Profile: Dan Schibel

As a member of the CVC-TC, we’d like other members and partners to get to know you a bit better. By sharing a bit about what you do and how you make an impact on the community it strengthens not only our organization, but could also strengthen corporate volunteerism as a whole.

Name: Dan Schibel

Company: Aveda

Title: Global Sustainability Manager

How many years have you been at your current company? 2 years

How many years have you been in your role? 2 years

Describe your role at your company and how your work contributes to the success of the company?  I help to ensure that the Aveda mission is incorporated into all of our business practices. I have the opportunity to work with our global supplier relations, research and development, manufacturing, marketing, retail, and many others to assist them in carrying out the mission within their business functions.

What corporate volunteer best practices would you share with other CVC-TC members?  Understand that you have a myriad of people that like to interact in different ways. From a very hands on approach to volunteering to others that prefer to donate financially.

What advice would you give someone just starting out in the CVC-TC?  Take advantage of not just the content offered, but also the networking opportunities. The informational sessions provided throughout the year are a great place to start in terms of learning about best practices and how to build your programs, but connecting with peers doing similar work is incredibly valuable! Many of us are part of very small teams (or are one-person teams), so building a peer network to reach out to is critical.

How do you motivate your employees to volunteer?  Aveda has 8 hours of PTO so it is easy to get people to go out and help others. Make it easy for people to find a volunteer opportunity.

What advice would you give someone just starting out in CVC-TC?  Network, go to meetings and events. Talk to people and have coffee or a beer. Be real and genuine.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?  This kills me to admit it but my father told me this. “Sometimes it’s about who you know, not what you know.” This to me stresses the importance of a great business network.

Where is your favorite place to volunteer and why?  I guess that it is not a favorite place but with my family. It can be at a school, a shelter or anywhere as long as my kids are able to see that they can make an impact on the lives of others.