Tri-Sector Leaders Convene for First Ever Global Engagement Forum to Address Global Challenges through Collaboration and Innovation

The Global Engagement Forum showcases partnerships and approaches that can effectively advance the Sustainable Development Goals
Sep 11, 2015 1:10 PM ET
Press Release

WASHINGTON, September 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Global Engagement Forum, hosted by PYXERA Global on November 10 and 11 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is one of the first events to address how private sector leaders can take action on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Develop Goals, also known as the Global Goals, are set to be ratified mid-September by the United Nations on September 25-27. The 17 Goals, which expand on the 8 Millennium Development Goals that will sunset in 2015, are ambitious targets, designed to generate momentum to ensure healthy, prosperous lives for all.

The Global Engagement Forum will engage leaders and innovators from the private, social, and public sectors in discussions on how collaboration, coordination, and commitment can advance the SDGs.

The Forum is proudly sponsored by SAPDowIBMEYBDMedtronicIntelJPMorgan ChasePepsiCoGSKand the Global Health Fellows Program-II. Individually, these organizations are fostering commitments to the Global Goals, including affordable nutrition, innovative healthcare, robust education, women’s empowerment, accessible water and sanitation, meaningful employment, infrastructure, and innovation, to name just a few of the priorities captured by the 17 goals.

“EY invests in education so that future generations have the skills required for society to thrive,” said Deborah K. Holmes, EY Americas Director of Corporate Responsibility. “Our commitment to strengthen communities through mentoring programs not only impacts underserved student populations, but also contributes to personal and professional growth of EY mentors. Corporate mentoring helps prepare our future workforce while also promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all people.”

“High-impact corporate pro bono initiatives have the potential to make a real impact in the advancement of the Sustainable Development goals,” said Alicia Lenze, Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Corporate Affairs at SAP. “Working with the public sector and strong NGO partner’s such as PYXERA Global, SAP is focused on providing youth with the skills they need to tackle society’s problems and thrive in the digital economy.”

Both Deborah Holmes and Alicia Lenze will speak on the topic of education and employment at the upcoming Forum.

The Forum’s keynote speakers include:

  • Stuart Hart, Author of Best Selling Book, Capitalism at the Crossroads and Co-Director, Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program at University of Vermont Business School
  • Sue Norton, Vice President, Global Citizenship & Sustainability at PepsiCo, Inc.

“PepsiCo has a deep, long-held commitment to building brighter futures in the communities where we operate around the world. Our hope is to have a meaningful and enduring impact globally,” said Sue Norton. “At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose, which is our commitment to do business the right way while supporting and enhancing our communities through our efforts to advance women’s empowerment, water conservation, affordable nutrition, and healthy lives.”

Other confirmed speakers include Matt Arnold, Managing Director and Head of Environmental Affairs at JPMorgan Chase; Luke Filose, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Intel Corporation; Sue Stephenson, Vice President Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC; C.D Glin, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation; Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.; and Milan Samani, Director at Leadership Laboratories.

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Following the Forum, on November 12, PYXERA Global will hold a live broadcast at the Newseum’s Knight Studio from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, concurrent with a global dialogue via Twitter® (#SDGforum), to amplify key lessons on tri-sector partnership from the two-day Forum. That evening, PYXERA Global will host a 25th Anniversary celebration at Union Station.

Early bird tickets for the Forum and Anniversary Celebration are on sale now on Eventbrite.

About PYXERA Global
For more than 25 years, PYXERA Global has leveraged the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals.  The PYXERA Global team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for its clients and partners. Initiatives include a wide range of services from local content development to global pro bono programs and integrated community development efforts that transform lives and livelihoods.

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