2019 Annual Benevity Client Conference - Feb. 26 - 28, Palm Springs

Something powerful happens when we all get in a room together. When we step out of the day-to-day and gather as a community, transforming from individual do-gooders into a force for good. An energy starts to build, and within moments we are recharged and ready. We’re in a place where we can give ourselves permission to be bold, experiment and discover what’s possible. Where we’re unafraid to ask “what if…?” and “what’s next?”
Because we know…

we can only create what we have the courage to imagine!

I loved Goodness Matters! Two days of meeting amazing people in a similar space all working to make our companies and our world a better place. Can’t get better than this!
— Rebecca Bruner, Corporate Citizenship & Internal Communications, Navigant

Imagine the best conference yet, and then check out the agenda to see how we’re going to make it a reality! We’re excited to bring you two (or more, if you join the Pre-Conference Labs) action-packed days of Goodness.


to name just a few…

There are many CSR conferences to choose from, but the Benevity conference provides the best combination of fascinating keynotes, practical knowledge from fellow attendees and Benevity people, plenty of time for networking and, of course, a lot of fun and humor! Not to be missed.
— Diana Fischer, Director, Global Impact and Employee Programs, Workday

2019 speakers


Session: Opening Keynote

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 9:45 – 10:30am

One of 25 Successful People Who’ll Help Change Your Life in 2018 - Success Magazine

Jane McGonigal is today’s leading speaker on the engagement economy and the application of game- design to the real world. Referencing lessons learned through her work creating games for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, the New York Public Library, and many more.

Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health challenges (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction).

Jane McGonigal’s current book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient (debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list), reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. Her previous book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World, is a New York Times bestseller.

She serves as the Director of Game Research & Development with the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto, California.


Session: Social Impact: Models for Measurement

Thursday, Feb. 28 | 9:30 – 10:15am

Farron Levy is CEO of True Impact, a web-based impact measurement and reporting platform for the charitable sector. Donors and nonprofits use True Impact to measure the social impact of their grants, volunteerism, and other philanthropic investments, to demonstrate success and identify opportunities for improvement. True Impact has helped hundreds of corporations, foundations, and nonprofits – including AT&T, Deloitte, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, and UPS among others – use metrics to prove and improve the value of their community investments.


Rachael has 10 years of experience in the CSR space and currently manages a number of the PayPal Gives global employee engagement and philanthropy initiatives. Prior to joining PayPal 2.5 years ago, Rachael worked at the Citi Foundation managing their local U.S. grant program and then led their philanthropic programs in the Bay Area.


Anna activates and supports Okta’s 1,500+ employees around the world to do good by volunteering their time, skills, and resources in meaningful ways. She is also responsible for developing partnerships that tie Okta to its local communities. Anna brings ten years of technology-sector experience to her role, most recently leading employee engagement programs for


Mackenzie has been part of the Equinix Impact team since 2016 and oversees the employee volunteering and giving program. Between planning team volunteer events, cultivating relationships with community partners and brainstorming the next wave of Equinix Impact, Mackenzie is passionate about employee happiness and giving back. Mackenzie graduated from the University of Nebraska with a major in journalism. In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband, children (ages 3 and 7 months), and runs with her golden retriever, Berkeley.


Leanne Zee leads the Internal Communications Governance and Programs team at TransCanada. In her current role, Leanne is responsible for employee engagement and strategic communications across the company’s broad employee base in Canada, the U.S and Mexico. Her primary focus is managing TransCanada’s employee giving and volunteering program.

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she also hails from. She currently lives in Calgary with her family, enjoys good friends, good food, and a view of the world from the seat of her dirtbike.


Session: Power of Purpose

Thursday, Feb. 28 | 9:00 – 9:30am

Afdhel Aziz is one of the world's leading experts in brand purpose, marketing innovation, and social entrepreneurship. After 20 year career as a visionary marketer at Procter and Gamble, Nokia, Heineken and Absolut Vodka, he is now currently the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Conspiracy of Love, a think-tank and idea incubator that helps Fortune 500 companies like Adidas, Sonos, Bacardi and Mars use culture and technology as a force for good.

Afdhel is the co-author Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn, a provocative manifesto for a bold new model of 21st marketing that helps brands ‘do well by doing good’. He is also an inspirational keynote speaker who has spoken internationally at the Cannes Lions, South by SouthWest, AdWeek, TEDx and Columbia University, as well as at companies like Facebook, Crate and Barrel, and many others. He also writes ‘The Power Of Purpose’ column in Forbes on the topic of business and social impact. He is based in Venice Beach, California where he lives with his wife and son.


Session: Social Impact: Models for Measurement

Thursday Feb. 28 | 9:30 – 10:15am

Shawn M. Kahle, APR serves as Leader of Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and programs for Assurant, Inc. and the Executive Director for Assurant Foundation. She is responsible for all charitable grants, matching gifts, disaster relief, United Way and community engagement programs in primary company locations worldwide.

Previously in her career, Shawn served as: Vice President, Communication for Assurant, Inc.; Managing Director at Arment Dietrich; Vice President Communication, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.; President and CEO of the New Detroit Science Center; Vice President, Communication and Community Affairs at Kmart Corporation; as well as on the faculty at Wayne State University (Detroit) and Loyola University (Chicago) in their Communication departments.


Nicole Frisch is the Senior Director of Community Engagement at First Tech Federal Credit Union, the nation’s sixth largest credit union, serving the world’s technology companies and their employees. In her role, she leads enterprise community and inclusion strategy and programming, focused on building a culture of giving, belonging and engagement, and directing more than $3.5 million dollars and 30,000 volunteer hours to organizations supporting the next generation. She has more than 15 years of experience in public affairs, philanthropy, strategic communications, employee engagement and community leadership.


In another life, I’m a non-conformist, living off the land, and off the grid. In this life, I’m a corporate idealist and realist. At T-Mobile, I analyze employee giving behavior to increase employee engagement, execute EmpowerED, our technology initiative for disadvantaged schools, and manage Generation T, our career exploration program for youth.

Before joining the corporate world, I spent my days working with refugee youth in Baltimore City. I have an M.S. in Global Affairs, a B.A. in Philosophy. I’m both an idealist and a cynic, and I find inspiration in nature and music.


As a member of the Equinix Impact team, Geraldine manages the program’s communications to Equinix’s 7,000+ employees and leads the creativity arm of the Impact program. Geraldine joined Equinix in 2016 after working in healthcare advocacy and loves empowering people to connect with the causes, communities, and movements most meaningful to them. Outside of Equinix, Geraldine is passionate about supporting community organizing efforts in Oakland, disability justice and taking full advantage of her local library.


Session: A Big Benevity Welcome

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 9:00 - 9:45am

Bryan is a self-described "recovering lawyer" who is constantly dreaming of novel ways to help global enterprises reinvent corporate giving programs to provide better social and business returns, and simultaneously tackle the biggest struggles on the charitable landscape.

Bryan is a frequent speaker and blogger on topics relating to social-good programs and a recognized thought leader in the space. He believes that, with the help of our clients, we’ll shape the story anew and build on our aspirations to create innovative and scalable Goodness Programs that strengthen the social fabric of our communities. His strategic vision and leadership is perfectly paired with the right mix of passion and industry expertise to keep the company, our software and our client service top-notch.


Amanda has a deep passion for connecting people with opportunities to make an impact. Amanda’s career spans 15 years of cross-sector collaboration in corporate citizenship, volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. At Schwab, Amanda sets the vision and strategy that cultivate its deep culture of service. She manages and executes all volunteer programs engaging Schwab's 21,000 employees in their communities. Prior to Schwab, she served as Deputy Director of Taproot Foundation, the nation's leader in pro bono service. Amanda's background also includes nonprofit consulting and fundraising, community development in South America, and competing as a varsity track athlete at Georgetown University.


Sr. Specialist on the Social Impact Team at TripAdvisor. In her role, she leads TripAdvisor’s global employee giving and volunteer program, TripGives, in addition to supporting TripAdvisor’s broader social impact efforts across the company. Kayla also works on TripAdvisor’s philanthropic commitment to the global refugee crisis.

Prior to TripAdvisor, Kayla worked at Cause Consulting supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits including Aramark, BrightView, New Balance and UAspire on their corporate social responsibility strategy and communications, with a focus on employee engagement.


Beret supports employee engagement and volunteer programs across T-Mobile including the Employee Donation Matching Program, Huddle Up Volunteer Grants Program, and Foundation grant making. In addition, Beret manages internal communication about community engagement programs, hometown giving programs and supports local partnerships with key charities in the Seattle area. In 2018 Beret helped launch the first annual Changemaker Challenge social innovation contest at T-Mobile. Beret’s background is in Public Relations and Internal Communications and she’s worked at T-Mobile for over 7 years.


As a leading professional in CSR for over twelve years, in addition to over a decade in the financial industry, Tanya has a passion for driving forward citizenship through the development and implementation of strategies that position companies at the forefront of philanthropic and community commitment. At Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), she has responsibility to create and deliver best in class innovative programs that drive a ‘One RBC’ global experience so employees can become better citizens through their community involvement. Tanya also acts as a senior representative on leading volunteer committees including International Association for Volunteer Effort Global Corporate Volunteer Council and Volunteer Canada Corporate Council on Volunteering.

Imagine the celebration

We’re blown away every day by companies like yours that are creating amazing impact, and we think they’re worth celebrating…in style. So let’s add some glam to Goodness! This year’s corporate Goodness awards go to…people who had the courage to imagine what’s possible—and made it happen!

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Goodness Matters always inspires me with new ideas from industry peers that re-energizes our programs. We cannot wait to attend again.
— Corey Drushal, Corporate Giving Manager, TQL

Let’s Do Good Together

For kids in the foster system, there can be a lot of setbacks. Imagine helping them move forward with brand new bikes to call their own! Join us as we partner with Together We Rise to build bikes for kids in the Palm Springs area.

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Welcome, Welcome

This isn’t your average welcome reception. Imagine an experience that is the opposite of boring and awkward, and get ready for a night of fun (and Goodness) with new and old friends.

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Imagination Station

Come say hi to our Imagineers, and take the opportunity to get one-on-one product demos or tech tips to help you spark new ideas and imagine what’s possible for 2019.

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Book Your Room

Get an exclusive rate of $227/night when you reserve a room before February 11 (or while rooms last!)

Note: You’ll get a hotel link in your confirmation email when you register for the conference.


Hotel Information

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Goodness Matters 2019 is all about imagining what’s possible and then turning those dreams into reality, so we’ve added an All-Access Pass option that includes our new Pre-Conference Labs. Select a deep-dive session, such as creating an effective business case and budgeting best practices, or developing a strong communications plan, and in just three hours we’ll create strategies and actions plans you can take home—all before the conference officially begins.

Goodness you can share: Book 3 or more passes at the same time and get 10% off!


Regular pricing ends January 27!


Need a little help to get your boss’s approval to attend? We’ve got you covered with this justification letter.

Attending Goodness Matters for the first time was completely valuable and relevant to the work I do each and every day. I’ve walked away with new perspectives on how to approach our programs and turn them into experiences for our employees.
— Michelle Denomme, Senior Employee Engagement Coordinator, F5 Networks


Please reach out to your Benevity Relationship Manager or contact the Goodness Matters Imagineers.