Thursday May 3rd - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
In an internet fueled, social media-driven world, companies and celebrity influencers have the ability and power to collaborate and inspire a meaningful impact. This panel will discuss the reality that millennials have demonstrated they care about companies that care about them. Therefore, how can media be utilized to communicate that companies have an interest in effecting positive change? How can it play a key role in amplifying social responsibility initiatives and inspiring creativity and innovation?
Michele L. Sullivan has held various globally influential leadership positions at Caterpillar during her 29-year career. She currently is Caterpillar’s Director of Corporate Social Innovation and President of the Caterpillar Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.
During her time with the Foundation, Michele has taken it from transactional to a global and strategic Foundation. This strategy places the human need first, not as an afterthought of profit. Michele is well known for her global expertise and sustainable and collaborative approach to philanthropic investing.
Michele strongly believes monumental and sustainable change in our largest global challenges can only happen through partnerships and collaboration between public, private and non-profit entities. This strategy resulted in the Caterpillar Foundation’s transformation into one of the most influential corporate foundations, and ultimately, the launch of the Foundation’s collaborative impact platform known as Together.Stronger.™
Michele was honored to give a TED talk at TEDWomen 2016, becoming the first Caterpillar employee to do so. In her talk, she speaks candidly about the challenges she has overcome in life, highlighting the importance of acceptance and helping others succeed in the face of their unique challenges.
Michele was named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy and also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She was recognized as a AACSB 2018 Influential Leader (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Michele is a member of the ONE board of directors and past chair of the Greater Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Advisory Board. Michele earned her MBA from Bradley University.
Dennis Williams is senior vice president, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the company’s social impact initiatives and philanthropic strategies. He was promoted to this position in May 2017.
Williams played an integral role in the creation of the CSR group, and has since worked with his team to develop and define HBO’s corporate and social responsibility mission. Under his leadership, the group has enhanced HBO’s presence within the communities in which the company does business; expanded and realigned corporate giving efforts with philanthropic partners, including non-profit organizations; amplified social issues stemming from the network’s programming; and established relationships that strengthen the company’s commitment to developing the next generation of talent. Within HBO, Williams and his team have engaged employees in the company’s community impact endeavors through such programs as the “Youth Enrichment Series,” non-profit volunteer activities and annual charity campaigns.
A 20-year HBO veteran, Williams joined the company in November 1997 in Human Resources as an employment recruiter. In September 1998, he moved to Affiliate Sales as a manager for national account training for satellite technologies. He then transitioned to manager, Affiliate Marketing (now Domestic Network Distribution), in May 2003, where he led and collaborated on multicultural initiatives. Williams was named director, Corporate Social Responsibility when the area was first formed in 2010, responsible for leading a bi-coastal team to cultivate and streamline HBO’s philanthropic efforts.
Williams is an advocate for equality in education and LGBT rights and he serves on the board for The Fund for Public Schools, Horizons National, and New York’s LGBTQ Community Center.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams holds a B.A. in English from Hamline University. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner and son.
David Arquette is an actor, writer, director, and producer. A fourth generation actor from one of the most prestigious acting families in Hollywood, Arquette was discovered in 1997 at Sundance for his role in JOHNS. Since that time, he has acted in dozens of feature films, including the SCREAM films, HAMLET 2, THE GREY ZONE, WILD BILL, STEALING SINATRA, NEVER BEEN KISSED, RAVENOUS, DREAM WITH THE FISHES, NEVER DIE ALONE, and THE DARWIN AWARDS to name a few.
Arquette recently starred in AMANDA & JACK GO GLAMPING, as well as the reboot of the hit 70’s classic SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS on Amazon. He was also recently seen in the indie film WHEN THE STARLIGHT ENDS, as well as ORION, and Western Thriller BONE TOMAHAWK, alongside Kurt Russell. Arquette just wrapped production on SAVING FLORA.
In films impacting social issues, Arquette produced SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON and starred in SOLD, alongside Gillian Anderson, a film addressed the global epidemic of sex trafficking.
Arquette took to the stage in 2015 as Sherlock Holmes in the national touring production of the play. He was first seen on stage as Frank-N-Furter in the Tiffany Theater production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1999. He returned to the stage in Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species opposite Annette Bening in 2010.
Arquette also lent his voice to the Disney Television interactive series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” as Scully, the lookout pirate parrot. Also on TV, Arquette starred in the Sundance Channel’s unscripted series “Dream School” about 15 troubled students ages 17-18, who have either been expelled or dropped out of the conventional school system, a once in a lifetime chance to learn skills first-hand from an impressive list of innovators and leaders.
Thru his Coquette Production company, Arquette produced the FX drama, DIRT and ABC’s “Cougar Town,” as well as syndicated game show “Celebrity Name Game” hosted by Craig Ferguson.
Arquette also owns a nightclub in Los Angeles, Bootsy Bellows, where you will often find him playing with his puppets. He also recently completed a Bob Ross certification course, and is a certified Bob Ross instructor.
The daughter of Bruce Lee, Shannon is a writer and a business woman and the sole owner and CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Companies, the exclusive owner of all commercial merchandising and allied rights relating to Bruce Lee worldwide. In addition, Shannon chairs the board of directors of the Bruce Lee Foundation, a 501c3 charity, which keeps the Bruce Lee legacy alive through educational programming. Shannon’s efforts to keep her father’s legacy of self-cultivation, personal liberation and a relentless pursuit of harmonious excellence alive, not only for her own daughter but for the world, stems from a deep belief in the message and the inspiration of her father, Bruce Lee. Shannon believes in providing access to her father’s legacy through a variety of paths, from physical objects to entertainment vehicles, to written and spoken words. Her first film and television projects are currently in production and she will author her first book later this year.
Claudia Romo Edelman
Claudia Romo Edelman is an advocate for the social contract, removing social divisions and highlighting universal values to remind everyone that we are all human.
She is currently a Special Adviser at the United Nations and the We Are All Human Foundation, whose mission is to advance an agenda of equity, inclusion and representation. She is also the Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference. Prior to this, the Mexican-Swiss diplomat was seconded to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Claudia is the former Chief of Advocacy of UNICEF. Living for 25 years in Europe, she successfully led public relations, brand and marketing for global organizations including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria.
A frequent public speaker on development and humanitarian affairs, Claudia holds degrees in Communications, Philosophy and Photography as well as a Masters of Political Communications from the London School of Economics. Claudia has two children, enjoys sports and speaks six languages.