Get to Know CECE's Experts!

We are delighted that these sector leaders have joined us on CECE to share their thoughts, resources and expertise with you!

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If you want expert advice, research and support, you've come to the right place! Points of Light is proud to have convened the best of the best on the Community for Employee Civic Engagement to support your company's investment in delivering social impact.

While this list of our expert partners is alphabetical, please know we value them equally and we're excited to continually add more leaders and their organizations throughout the coming years.  

Bea Boccalandro, VeraWorks  

Bea Boccalandro helps people mess with their jobs for good. Specifically, Bea works with Aetna, Allstate, Caesars Entertainment, Disney, FedEx, HP, IBM, Levi’s, PwC, Toyota and many other brands to increase the social impact of jobs. “Job purposing” as this practice is called, has been shown to heighten employee engagement, performance and wellbeing while alleviating hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and other societal issues.  

Bea is founder and president of VeraWorks, a global firm that helps businesses job purpose or otherwise support the community. She is also author of the Job Purposing blog, teaches corporate community involvement at Georgetown University and is a frequent keynote speaker.  

When not delivering presentations or helping brands increase workplace purpose, Bea surfs (poorly), snowboards (a little better) or draws cartoons of innocent people (you’ve been warned).  Subscribe to Bea’s newsletter, read her blog or follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn.   


Today’s organizations must stand for something beyond profits. They need a mission that animates their every move, a purpose that inspires the full spectrum of stakeholders (employees, customers, communities, and suppliers) to engage deeply with the organization, advocate for it, buy from it, and when needed, even defend it. Brands and non-profits alike must build purpose into the core of their business strategy, not bolt it on as a marketing tactic. Our transparent world requires it.

For more than 30 years, Carol Cone’s name has been synonymous with cause marketing, CSR, and purpose programs. Now, tapping into that experience and a dynamic network that encompasses the world’s leading purpose experts, she has created a new consultancy: Carol Cone ON PURPOSE. Our mission is to inspire, create, curate, disrupt, and ultimately develop a world of good. We build custom solutions for organizations/brands in strategy, innovation, research, social engagement, partnerships, sustainability, marketing, and measurement. We deliver it all through our handpicked expert network called The Purpose Collaborative, which includes top boutiques, agencies, creative consultants, millennial gurus, and technologists who bring compelling and thought-provoking purpose solutions to every challenge.


Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose® (CECP) is a CEO-led coalition that believes that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers — determines company success.  

Founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business, CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest companies that represent $6.6 trillion in revenues, $21.2 billion in social investment, 14 million employees, 23 million hours of employee engagement, and $15 trillion in assets under management. CECP helps companies transform their social strategy by providing customized connections and networking, counsel and support, benchmarking and trends, and awareness building and recognition.    

Common Impact

Common Impact is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that works to build a society in which individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. We connect corporate employees to nonprofit organizations with proven models to tackle the greatest challenges our communities face.

We break down barriers that exist between sectors and industries to create meaningful partnerships between companies, social sector organizations and the people that drive them.  The common purpose of these connections:  to deliver real value to each partner through innovations in community engagement, and ultimately to address deeply rooted and complex social challenges.  

With a deep understanding of both mission-focused and business goals, Common Impact enables growing nonprofits to achieve even greater results in our communities, while simultaneously engaging corporate employees in dynamic and challenging opportunities that develop their skills and unlock successful, purpose-driven careers.  

Founded in 2000, Common Impact has partnered with Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations to create this transformational change. Learn more about our services, our impact, the companies we work with, and our nonprofit partners.  


For over 50 years, IAVE – the  International Association for Volunteer Effort  – has been bringing together leaders and advocates for volunteering from across the world. We work with individuals, organizations and companies on the local, national, regional and global levels, supporting their growth and impact so their activities can achieve progress toward solving society’s most pressing problems. IAVE serves as the connective tissue for these various stakeholders, providing them the platform to harness the power of collective action for sustainable development. 

IAVE’s mission is to create a more just and sustainable work by enabling the leaders, organizations and environments that empower volunteers. Guided by this mission, we operate under core functions:  

Advocacy. IAVE advocates for the global recognition of volunteering as vital to the creation of a just and sustainable world. We strive for equity and a diverse share of voice to include volunteering leaders and organizations and to create an enabling and empowering environment for global volunteering. 

Knowledge Creation and Sharing. IAVE advances volunteering’s global practice, efficacy, representation, and influence by generating an evidence base around effective volunteering at the individual, organizational and societal level. We connect and convene people together to share experience, expertise, and ideas. We are recognized as sector thought leaders and generously share our data and evidence broadly. 

Leadership Development. IAVE creates spaces which affirm and grow a global culture of volunteering, giving recognition to the importance of volunteers enhancing social cohesion. We accomplish this through supportive networks such as our Global Corporate Volunteer Council (GCVC) and our Global Network of Volunteering Leadership (GNVL) and through global convenings such as our biennial World Volunteer Conference. 

To learn more about IAVE, please visit our website.     


Since 1990, PYXERA Global has worked in over 90 countries—navigating economic, geographic, and political realities to find common ground between multinational corporations, national development agencies, local governments, and non-governmental organizations. Every day, we aim to create opportunities for purposeful global engagement, providing pathways for organizations and individuals to positively contribute to the global issues that will shape our collective future.  

We leverage 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. With a quarter century of experience in more than 90 countries, our team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for our clients and partners. 

Realized Worth

Realized Worth is a global CSR consultancy that specializes in employee volunteer training, volunteer program design, and employee engagement. We are the first company in the CSR field to offer a customizable training technology solution focused on Transformative Volunteering.

We work with companies to provide expert strategic advice and planning, effective measurement frameworks, and to broker partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Having worked with a wide range of clients including the Gates Foundation, Deloitte, AT&T, Apple and others, Realized Worth's experience is uniquely suited for the corporation seeking success in its community engagement programs.

We’re a tight-knit team that believes in the work we do – and in each other. We consider ourselves changemakers first, consultants second. We believe that if we’re going to see our society progress into one that is equal, inclusive, accepting and compassionate, it’s our responsibility to help make that change happen.

Taproot Foundation

Like the core root of a plant that inspires our name, Taproot nourishes social change organizations by connecting them with the expertise and insights of skilled volunteers, enabling both to thrive.

One day, we envision all organizations with promising solutions will be equipped to successfully take on urgent social challenges. We will lead the way in ensuring that that mission-driven organizations have access to high-impact pro bono where and when they need it.  

Through our Theory of Change, we will help social change organizations solve critical societal problems by ensuring that pro bono service is a readily available, effective, trusted, and commonly used resource for social change organizations to achieve their mission.

True Impact

True Impact is a web-based measurement tool and benchmarking network 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's team are experts in social impact measurement, having helped hundreds of corporations, foundations, and nonprofits – including Allstate, Deloitte, FedEx, GE, Harvard University, Home Depot, Junior Achievement, Newman’s Own Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Verizon, and Wells Fargo, among others – use practical performance metrics to prove and improve the value of their community investments.

Katy Elder

Vice President, Business Innovation, Points of Light

A member of the Points of Light team since November 2012, Katy serves as Vice President, Business Innovation. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in employee volunteerism, community affairs and internal communications. After leading Points of Light’s corporate consulting practice for six years, she is now responsible for developing content and innovative learning opportunities to advance the corporate citizenship sector.

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