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Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Speaker Biographies


Accenture Visiting Professor of the Practice
Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Stanley Litow teaches graduate courses on the role of corporations in society and the politics of education. He previously served as IBM’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility  and President of the IBM Foundation for over two decades under three CEOs. He is the author of ” The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward” and is a regular columnist for Barron’s. He has held high level positions for the Mayor and Governor of New York, and served as New York City’s Deputy Schools Chancellor.

Guest Speakers

In addition to sessions led by Prof. Stanley Litow, the program’s director, program participants will have the opportunity to hear from leaders from across the corporate social responsibility space. The following list provides a selection of some the speakers featured during the program.

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Utaukwa Allen, is the Vice-President, CSR, Citizenship and ESG at Kyndryl, the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider. Before joining Kyndryl, Utaukwa served as a Senior Director at Microsoft, leading the  community development and sustainability strategy for Microsoft's global datacenter operations in 60+ cities and regions. Prior to Microsoft, Utaukwa practiced corporate, privacy, and education law in California, North Carolina, and New York.  She earned her doctorate in education from Harvard University, focusing on inclusive pedagogy and higher education access for marginalized groups.  Utaukwa also holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law, a Master’s degree in international education from New York University, and a B.A. from Duke University.

Wayne S. Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation and the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, and toxicology and chemical management as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He joined IBM in 1984. In addition to his role as IBM’s chief environmental executive, Mr. Balta is a member of IBM’s Acceleration Team – a group of the company’s top leaders that drives company-wide innovation and growth. A 36-year veteran of IBM, he has served on IBM’s Global Enablement Team for Kenya and East Africa and is IBM’s Partnership Executive for Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Balta has played a leadership role with a variety of organizations. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute and as Chairman of the Board of the World Environment Center. He has been a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board’s Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council. He is a member of the Governing Consortium for the UN Environment Programme’s Science Policy Business Forum. He serves as a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and has served on the Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.


Karima Bryant is the Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Officer for Kyndryl.  She is an outstanding Human Resources executive with expertise and experience in leading and coaching organizations through change management and transformation with a focus on people and talent.  Karima began her IBM career more than 20 years ago as a strategy consultant and has since held several leadership roles throughout HR.

In her prior role, Karima was the Diversity & Inclusion Leader and Chief of Staff to the SVP Sponsor for the IBM Black Community.  In this role, Karima led a cross functional team of executives and senior leaders for IBM’s Emb(race) social justice efforts and programs including the IBM-HBCU Ecosystem Strategy and OneTen commitment.  Prior to this role Karima was a Global Business Unit HR Leader where she defined talent and HR solutions for Global Markets Managing Directors who led multi-billion-dollar industries for IBM in the Insurance and Public Sectors.

Additionally, Karima has experience working in IBM’s Watson Health division. During her role as the Watson Health Global Talent Partner, Karima partnered with HR Executives to align talent strategies to meet Watson Health’s unique business needs.  Karima was also a Senior Leadership Development Consultant responsible for coaching, design and delivery of learning and development initiatives for IBM Senior Executives.

Karima holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  Karima and her husband James L Bryant III have four beautiful children.

John Bridgeland is Founder & CEO of Civic, a social enterprise firm in Washington, D.C. He is also Executive Chairman of the Office of American Possibilities, a moonshot factory to tap the entrepreneurial talent of Americans to solve public challenges together across divides. In that capacity, he is Co-Founder and CEO of the COVID Collaborative, a national platform to combat COVID-19; Co-Chairman of Welcome.US to inspire, educate and engage Americans in supporting the resettlement of Afghan, Ukrainian and other refugees; Co-Founder of ACT NOW, a ground-up effort to re-envision community safety and policing; and Co-Founder of the Partnership for American Democracy to align efforts in democratic renewal around 5 “Sustainable Democracy Goals.”

He is Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Service Year Alliance, an initiative to create a civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States; Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More to end malaria deaths in Africa; and Co-Convener of the GradNation campaign to address the high school dropout crisis.

​Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps after 9/11 under President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law and has given commencement addresses at the College of William & Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Saint Anselm College, Averett University, Hamline University, and Ripon College. In addition, he founded Tennis for America in 2020 with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which awarded him their “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented by Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith.  He is the author of the book, Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America’s Civic Spirit.

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J.J. Johnson is Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Policy for Fidelity Investments. In his current role, Mr. Johnson supports Fidelity’s long-term business and strategic agenda by overseeing a number of key functions, including Government Relations and Public Policy, Media and Public Affairs, Internal Communications, and Community Relations. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Johnson was Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Head of Global Human Resources for the NASDAQ Stock Market beginning in 2003. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Johnson was Vice President, Congressional Affairs and Director of Federal Legislative Strategy for AT&T. He currently serves on the boards of Reading is Fundamental, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the Investment Company Institute.

Malia Lazu is an award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion has sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship for over twenty years. In her most recent role as Executive Vice President and Regional President at Berkshire Bank, Malia worked to generate wealth for communities by expanding access to capital and spurring economic growth —especially in communities of color that have traditionally been left behind. Prior to her work with Berkshire Bank, Malia worked with the city to create Accelerate Boston which helped launch over twenty minority businesses in its first five years and continues to help minority entrepreneurs raise capital. Malia currently sits on the boards of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, evolutionary Spaces, and the Nation Magazine Editorial Board.


Roseann Lynch is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ralph Lauren. Ms. Lynch is responsible for the Company’s global people and development, which comprises global talent management and acquisition, learning and development, employee benefits and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Lynch joined the Company in 2004.

Luis Maes is passionate about leading teams that are leveraging the unique assets and capabilities of organizations to do good for the community, environment and business. He is currently the Head of Social Global Impact at Electronic Arts (EA). Prior to this, Luis served as the Senior Director for Purpose Initiatives for Nike’s Workplace Design and Connectivity team where he leads efforts to create a healthy planet, active communities and an equal playing field for all. Previously, Luis led strategic planning efforts for Nike’s Global Community Impact team and before joining the Swoosh, Luis had the privilege of leading transformational social impact teams and projects at Walmart and the United States Agency for International Development.


Meaghan Muldoon is Global Head of ESG Integration at BlackRock. In this role, Ms. Muldoon leads the integration of ESG considerations across all active investment platforms at BlackRock. She most recently served as EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing, focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social, and governance issues, integrating them throughout BlackRock’s investment process, and creating solutions for our EMEA clients to achieve sustainable investment returns. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Ms. Muldoon served for more than seven years as a fiscal and economic policy advisor in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, coordinating the Department’s fiscal, domestic, and economic policy efforts. In previous roles, Ms. Muldoon served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff, as Associate Director to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), and as a lead advisor to three Directors of the Office of Management and Budget.

Jennie Sparandara is the Executive Director of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase where she leads the firm’s global workforce portfolio. In this role she implements the firm’s commitment to expanding economic inclusion through innovative programs, thoughtful research and by leveraging the firm’s vast resources and talented employees. Signature projects include strategic development of New Skills at Work, JPMorgan’s $250MM commitment to building skills around the globe for young people and adults and New Skills for Youth South Bronx, a $6MM initiative to build more effective career pathways in New York City.

Jennie joined the firm in 2016; she was most recently the Executive Director of the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN), a partnership between philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers in Greater Philadelphia that creates a collaborative space for developing and testing industry-led job training. Prior to JOIN, Jennie served as the first Director of Human Capital Investments in the City of Philadelphia where she was responsible for the coordination of Philadelphia’s anti-poverty programs and workforce development initiatives, including the strategic realignment of the city’s workforce agencies. Previously, Jennie worked in the federal government and local and national policy organizations.

Jennie holds a Bachelors degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

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Gina Tesla leads Coupa’s Environmental, Social, and Governance team, spanning sustainability, social impact and diversity, equity & inclusion. She is passionate about the intersection of business & society, creating innovative partnerships and building strong, diverse teams. She also leads Empower at Coupa, which is focused on working smarter together to unleash the power of women, and their allies to #breakthebias and build a more inclusive world.

Prior to Coupa, Gina was at Microsoft, where she conceptualized the Sustainability Service Line for Microsoft Consulting Services. Additionally, as a leader at IBM in Corporate Responsibility for 10 years, Gina’s portfolio spanned multi-million-dollar investments driving social impact across education & skills, health, gender equity and community resiliency. She also led global Sustainability, covering employee engagement, environment, human resources, public policy, supply chain, and governance.  Gina also drove IBM’s employee volunteerism and the award-winning Corporate Service Corps, including 4,000 employees from 60 countries and spanning 1,500 social impact projects in 40 countries.

Gina holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Her successful career began in advertising, including roles at Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann Erickson.