Weber Shandwick participated in the 2017 Concordia Summit for the second consecutive year. Concordia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. The Annual Summit is a two-day event convening over 2,000 leaders, influencers and decision makers in New York City to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Chief Reputation Strategist Leslie Gaines Ross and Global Corporate Practice Chair Micho Spring led a lively roundtable session, “CEOs as Activists: Navigating a Rising Trend” on the second day of the conference. Based on Weber Shandwick research, the discussion focused on Americans’ attitudes toward CEOs speaking out on hot-button topics, revealing stark generational differences when it comes to buying behavior, company loyalty and perspectives on who is ultimately responsible for affecting change.
The conversation also included best practices for CEOs in navigating how and when to weigh in – offering particularly interesting insights for executives looking to attract and retain the influential Millennial generation amid this new activist landscape.
Jack Leslie, Weber Shandwick chairman, participated in a dialogue on sustainable infrastructure Africa. The session examined the challenges and opportunities for investment in and implementation of infrastructure projects in Africa, and explored how the current infrastructure deficits affects food and water security, access to healthcare and education across the region.