Shannon Schuyler is a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) and serves as the firm's Chief Purpose Officer and Corporate Responsibility (CR) Leader. She is also the President of the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
A strong voice in the global business community, Shannon is working to infuse Purpose into PwC's core business strategy by elevating the global conversation on building trust, collaboration and acting with intention and meaning in every practice, service offering and engagement. She serves as a managing editor of Huffington Post's What's Working initiative and is helping to redefine the role of Purpose as a critical vehicle for driving organizational performance.
As PwC's CR Leader, she designs and implements social and environmental programs that are scalable and aligned with the firm's strategic business priorities:
- activating employee engagement;
- building an inclusive workplace and developing a diverse talent pipeline;
- driving operational efficiencies;
- elevating stakeholder engagement and connectivity; and
- differentiating PwC's brand in the marketplace.
In addition, Shannon oversees initiatives that support PwC's broad sustainability commitments, including:
- supply chain and pro bono programs;
- employee engagement and skill development;
- charitable giving;
- environmental stewardship;
- external partnerships relationships; and
- the firm's five year $190 million commitment for advancing youth education, PwC's Earn Your Future.
Shannon also spends considerable time advising executives and boards on a variety of organizational performance issues as they look to activate Purpose to drive thriving organizational culture; navigate multi-generational workforces, with a focus on Millennials and Generation Z; and develop sustainability strategies that focus on global megatrends related to technology advancements, urbanization, climate change and demographic shifts.
Shannon is a highly accomplished and sought-after advisor and speaker with a deep understanding of Purpose, social innovation, sustainability, youth education, financial literacy, employee engagement and cross-sector collaborations. With a longstanding commitment to civic and community engagement, she is a board member of numerous charitable organizations, including The HistoryMakers Foundation; the National Environmental Education Foundation; and Leadership Greater Chicago. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for WAGE (Women and the Green Economy), Points of Light, and Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship and The Conference Board Contributions Council.
Shannon is widely recognized in her field as a dynamic change agent. Most recently named as one of Foreign Policy's Top Thinkers and to the list of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. Leadership Greater Chicago named her its 2015 "Distinguished Fellow"; Chicago Business Journal named her a 2015 "Women of Influence"; Womenetics named her a POW! "Women of the Year" recipient; PR News named her "2013 CSR Professional of the Year;" and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business honored her as a "Female Executive of the Year - Business Services (2,500 or more employees)."
Shannon joined PwC in 1997 and has held a variety of client service, marketing and human resources roles before assuming her current responsibilities. She spent her longest tenure in human resources leading specialist and generalist functions including talent acquisition, leadership development and performance management. Shannon also served as the catalyst for and leader of the firm's first Great Place to Work Initiative, culminating in the firm earning a place on the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work list in 2004, where it has remained every year since.
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Michigan and resides with her husband and son in Chicago.
Measures of business success have changed as the expectations of consumers, investors and employees shift beyond such basic key performance indicators of free cash flows, revenue growth rates, and inventory turnover. Today's businesses are also assessed on their contributions to address many of today's most pressing social ills, such as climate change, economic disparity, and structural discrimination.
William W. Towns, Ph.D., MBA founding Executive Director of Benefit Chicago will teach this course about purpose within and across the enterprise. This course will examine how companies are responding to this challenge through the use of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies. You will gain an understanding of CSR's key concepts and its continued evolution, learn how to create organizational shared value through a Corporate Social Innovation framework, explore specific examples of successful CSR strategy implementation, and come away better equipped to identify innovative CSR opportunities and approaches.