Corporate Social Responsibility Spotlight

October 28, 2020 | Online Panel & Networking

How are businesses answering the call of today’s social and environmental challenges?

What are for-profit organizations doing to be corporate citizens in times of crisis like the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and civil rights movement? How is the CSR rule book fundamentally changing as we face divisive political realities?

If you’re interested in organizations that do the right thing over the profitable thing, you’re not alone. For many years, CSR funds and initiatives were small or underutilized. Now, CSR is emerging as a leading field within social impact work. In this on-going series, we take a look at the roots of this trend and the organizations driving it.

In the October conversation, we’ll look at organizations that are using their capital to advocate for political change. Hear from CSR leaders who haven’t shied away from politics – in fact, it’s come to be a major part of their work.

Join us in this interactive online panel to hear about the latest social impact insights, trends, and best practices from leaders in corporate social responsibility, B Corps, and sustainable brands. Hear how business can be leveraged as a force for good now – and in the future.

This event is for CSR, sustainability, and social impact professionals as well as job seekers and those looking to learn more about the corporate social responsibility field.

All Be Social Change panels include a short networking opportunity at the beginning of the event in order to strengthen the inspiration, connections, and collaborations among people who are leading change.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Sponsor

Rockridge Venture Law® was launched in 2017 to become the preeminent intellectual property and technology firm across the Appalachian Innovation Corridor. They now have offices in Chattanooga, Durham, and Nashville, and represent clients and interests globally. Their services include all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, M&A, privacy, technology transactions, and ventures.

In 2018 and 2019, they were recognized as B Corp Best for the World for their commitment to triple bottom line business practices. Rockridge pioneering environmental and social impact programs attract top-notch legal talent and assure their clients of missional alignment with their corporate values.


Mona Lipson
Mona Lipson

Director of Client Strategy, Public


Mona Lipson (she/her) is focused on helping brands profit with purpose. She is a firm believer that the path to creating global impact lies in merging social purpose with business benefit.

After a very brief stint in TV production, Mona Lipson jumped into the social impact world by co-founding the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality and availability of healthcare in Guatemala, in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Since then, Mona has been at the forefront of social impact partnerships with AT&T, Google, Walgreens, Dove, Dell, Kroger, Metlife, Nestle, VOSS Water, and Visa to name a few. Prior to working at Public, Mona was the Director of Strategic Advancement & Corporate Citizenship for Voss Foundation, managed cause marketing campaigns with the Girl Scouts of the USA, led corporate sponsorship for the Girl Scouts’ National Convention, and ran fund development for TheatreworksUSA.

Mona holds a Master’s of Administration in Nonprofit Management from The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. She’s a total conference junky and loves meeting over-sharers. If Mona weren’t working in social impact, she would be working in ice cream and currently documents her amateur ice-capades on @missmonamakesicecream.

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Jason Rahlan
Jason Rahlan

Director of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Chobani


 Jason oversees philanthropic investments and grants for Chobani. He manages the organization’s nonprofit and public sector partnerships on issue and policy-related initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and natural disaster response efforts. In this work, he partners with senior internal leaders to define goals and priorities and seeks to drive meaningful change at the local, state, and national level through effective use of the company’s voice, profits, and people. He also co-develops internal wellness initiatives that establish policies of greater inclusion, diversity, and equity for Chobani’s more than 2,000 employees.

Prior to Chobani, Jason served as Communications Director for the Human Rights Campaign, as Communications Director for Ambassador Capricia Marshall at the U.S. Department of State, as Press Secretary for Congresswoman Jackie Speier, as Press Aide at the Center for American Progress, and on then-Senator Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Kevin Christopher
Kevin Christopher

Entrepreneur, Patent Attorney & Principal of Rockridge Venture Law®


Kevin is an entrepreneur, patent attorney and principal of Rockridge Venture Law®, a Tennessee-based intellectual property and technology firm. In addition to founding Rockridge, Kevin has co-founded or acted as key advisor for a broad range of startups, including those with algal protein production, biomass energy conversion, broad spectrum antibiotic, catheter, microbiome editing skincare, and hepatocellular carcinoma diagnostic technologies, as well as one screwball of a men’s toiletries company called Turdcules.

Kevin has been recognized as a SuperLawyer by Thomson Reuters and Top Business Leader by Conscious Company Magazine. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Kevin led biotech licensing and development activities at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and UC Berkeley.

Kevin is a county and state commissioner for the State of Tennessee, and board member to several environmental and social impact nonprofits. Most importantly, Kevin is a reformed rock climber turned happy husband and father.

Marcos Salazar - Moderator
Marcos Salazar - Moderator

CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change


Marcos Salazar is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project.

He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at

Event Schedule

October 28th, 2020

5:55 pm

Sign on to the event and introduce yourself in the chat


6:00 pm

Introduction to the panel 

6:15 pm

Facilitated networking activity to meet fellow attendees


6:25 pm

Panel conversation begins 

7:05 pm

Q & A

7:30 pm

Event concludes

The online event will be recorded. 

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