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Greater than the Sum of Our Parts: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Accelerate Climate Action and Deliver Equity & Inclusion

Channell Mellish July 6, 2022

This interactive workshop session will delve into how cross-sector partnerships can accelerate our collective racial equity and climate justice work. Participants will gain an understanding of skills-based volunteering and the different models availablefrom quick-hit pitch competitions and days of service to more sustained, impact project types like long-term team consulting. Corporate and nonprofit leaders with experience in skills-based volunteering will share best practices on strategically designing a pro bono partnership around a specific social or environmental cause, finding the right partner, and managing a productive and focused project. They’ll bring these concepts to life through resources on issue-driven skills-based volunteering, proven results from past collaborations with major companies like Nielsen, and tips for bringing this programming to your organization.



Meta Themes

  • Accountability

  • Justice

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Accelerate Climate Action


Service and Volunteering, CSR and Philanthropy, ESG, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Partnerships

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This session will introduce participants to exciting opportunities to take tangible action for racial equity and sustainability via skills-based volunteering. It will include Q&A time to ensure that each participant walks away equipped to take the next steps. Participants will learn about the different models of skills-based volunteering, and which is most suitable for their unique needs, goals, and capacity. They will be equipped with best practices for designing and managing productive, equitable cross-sector partnerships. Most importantly, participants will be empowered to build strong, long-lasting community partnerships that deliver on their social equity and climate action goals.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Government

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameTessa Vithayathil
  • TitleDirector of Programs
  • OrganizationCommon Impact
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAndrea Bertels
  • TitleVice President of Corporate Citizenship
  • OrganizationNielsen
  • StatusInvited
  • NameTBD
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationTBD; a nonprofit partner Common Impact has collaborated with on a skills-based volunteering project for racial equity or climate action / sustainability
  • StatusInvited
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