Our conference this year was kicked off by a great speech by FedEx executive Raj Subramaniam. In the opening minutes of his remarks Subramaniam noted that, “Adaptable leadership is leadership. Change is no longer what happens to any business eventually. It is what happens to every business constantly.”
In each of the conference keynotes, the speakers told stories of a change that had either happened to them or that they were planning to undertake. Key to their successful adaptation was the ability to recognize their current circumstances and to IMAGINE, as Disney CFO Jay Fasulo emphasized, how they wanted that circumstance—or their position in it—to be different.
The pressures of day-to-day business can cause us to focus single-mindedly on progress made towards incremental management goals. It can be hard to stay focused on the vision of our future world. This year’s conference was rich with examples of how corporate citizenship professionals make and contend with change. We are grateful for the contributions of our many presenters and hope that you will get inspiration and ideas from reviewing the conference summaries.