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John Weiser is a world-renowned expert on using business strategies to achieve both business and social goals. He has written numerous reports and books on the business case for corporate engagement with communities, including Conversations with Disbelievers, which examines quantitative evidence showing when and how corporate community involvement creates bottom-line business benefits.

John graduated magna cum laude in mathematics from Harvard University and holds a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management. In 1984, after two years with the Boston Consulting Group, John co-founded Brody Weiser Burns to pursue his vision of business as a force for social change. Since then he has helped businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and public sector agencies create, build consensus for, and implement a broad range of partnership strategies.

Brody Weiser Burns is a consulting firm that advises corporations, nonprofits, and foundations on strategies for creating benefits for both community and business. It helps build corporate-community partnerships, identify and improve market opportunities, create earned income strategies for nonprofits, and find and structure social investments.

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As director of research and policy development for the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, Steve Rochlin works with Fortune 500 businesses developing “win-win” models of corporate citizenship. Before directing the center, Steve worked extensively in the areas of technology-based economic development for both the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brown University.

The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership-based research organization. It works with global corporations to help them define, plan, and operationalize their corporate citizenship. Its goal is to help the business community leverage its social, economic, and human assets to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable world.

Michele Kahane has been a consultant at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College since the fall of 2004. Before working at the Center, Michele spent ten years as a program officer in the Ford Foundation’s Economic Development Unit, where she managed the Corporate Involvement Initiative, which developed strategies for leveraging private sector resources on behalf of low-income communities. Formerly vice president in Emerging Markets Corporate Finance at Chemical Bank and former member of Catholic Relief Services, Michele holds a Master of International Affairs and an MBA from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She is currently on the advisory boards of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, the Institute for Responsible Investment, and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers Task Force on Hurricane Katrina.

Jessica Landis is a research consultant at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Jessica worked with the Ford Foundation and also with John Weiser on the Learning Agenda and the Conversations with Disbelievers series. She has written several publications on corporate citizenship. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware and a master’s from Boston College.