Posted 01 January 2009 | By
Kellie McElhaney, a globally renowned professor, corporate consultant and speaker on the topic of corporate social responsibility (CSR), will deliver closing remarks at the 2009 RAPS Horizons conference in San Francisco, 1-3 April. McElhaney is John C. Whitehead adjunct professor and executive director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She developed and launched the center in 2003, and teaches courses there on strategic corporate social responsibility for all Berkeley MBA students. McElhaney's students participate in in-depth, experiential consulting engagements with companies on real-world, high-visibility, strategic CSR challenges. She also conducts extensive research on companies' CSR strategies and their alignment with core business objectives, core competencies and business value, as well as the linkage between diversity and CSR; and the business value and branding opportunities created by CSR initiatives. McElhaney consults with Global 1000 companies including HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Ernst & Young, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Nokia. She is also a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Institut d'Administration des Enterprises at the University de Poitiers in France. McElhaney was named a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute in 2005.