Keynote Speakers

Social Enterprise Symposium: March 31, 2012

Stanley S. Litow

Vice President, Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation

Afternoon Keynote

Stan Litow

Stanley Litow is IBM's Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM's Foundation. He heads global corporate citizenship and corporate social responsibility at IBM. Under his leadership, IBM has been recognized as the global leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, prized for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices and civic leadership. Under Stan, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help hundreds of thousands of children and adults learn to read, automatic language translation and bilingual email to address the digital divide, a humanitarian grid to power research on Cancer and AIDS, and a cloud hosted "'Disaster Relief in a Box" toolkit. He helped devise IBM's Corporate Service Corps a corporate version of the Peace Corps which sends teams of thousands of IBM leaders to address problems in the developing world. IBM's education efforts have raised student achievement, won the company two Ron Brown Awards presented by the President, and created a new model for high school being deployed in New York City and Chicago.

Before joining IBM, he served as Deputy Chancellor of Schools for New York City, the nation's largest school system, and prior to that he founded and ran Interface, the non-profit "think tank" and served as an aide to both the Mayor and Governor of New York.

His articles and essays have appeared in numerous books and publications including the Yale Law Review, Annual Survey of American Law, Brookings Papers, the American Academy of Sciences, the Journal for the Center for National Policy, Education Week, Harvard Business School’s Working Papers, New York Times and Newsday.

Stanley is a recipient of the Council on Foundation's prestigious Scrivner Award for creative philanthropy and awards from the Anne Frank Center, Martin Luther King Commission, Manhattanville College, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Coro Foundation, Helen Keller Services to the Blind, and the Women's City Club. He has taught at New School University, the City University of New York and Long Island University. Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine voted him CEO of the Year for 2008 and 2009. He served on the President's Welfare to Work Commission, and now serves on the board of Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, Citizen's Budget Commission, The After School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute.

Letitia Webster

Director of Global Corporate Sustainability, VF Corporation

Evening Keynote

Letitia Webster

Letitia Webster has been in the environmental field for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree in business and environmental policy and did a short stint at the EPA after college. Her desire to be closer to the mountains moved her to Colorado where she became the executive director of a regional environmental conservation group called Sheep Mountain Alliance. She also ensured she had plenty of time in the outdoors as a Professional Ski Instructor and River Raft Guide.

However, frustrated with where the environmental movement was going in the mid-nineties, she moved to San Francisco and started work with The North Face where she ran the strategic marketing group and started their Corporate Sustainability Program.

She received her MBA in sustainability from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and now is leading up the Corporate sustainability program at The North Face’s parent company, VFC in Greensboro, NC.