NDIGD to host Corporate Impact Forum on July 29th & 30th

Author: Meg McDermott

On July 29th and 30th, 2015, the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) will host their annual Corporate Impact Forum. The event, “Accessing Talent in the Developing World, and in Your Company,” will be held on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Forum attendees will include key government stakeholders and corporate representatives participating in both roundtable and panel discussions focused on critical issues such as accessing talent in emerging markets and employee engagement. Chris Jurgens, Division Lead for Corporate Partnerships at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Development Lab will deliver the keynote address.


This year’s forum will focus on the expansion of partnerships in the developing world. NDIGD will also release the findings from their 2014 Public Private Partnership survey, a follow-up from last year’s forum, The Next Generation of Public Private Partnerships. An overview of the survey findings will be presented, allowing for discussion on the most intriguing outcomes.

NDIGD will welcome key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to ensure a comprehensive and well-rounded dialogue throughout the Forum. Government leaders from the U.S Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and corporate representatives from a wide spectrum of companies, including Coca-Cola, Accenture, IBM and others will be in attendance. University representatives and various non-profits will also participate in the discussions.

Throughout the forum, key participants will have the opportunity to meet with Notre Dame’s Mandela Washington Fellows, who will be on campus studying business and entrepreneurship as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative. These leaders represent 19 different countries in Africa, and are already successful entrepreneurs within their home countries.

The conversation begins on the evening of July 29th, with a reception and dinner at Innovation Park. Following Chris Jurgens’ keynote address, NDIGD will be presenting recognition awards to its Corporate Impact Partners, as part of its Corporate Impact Program, and will also present an award for its 2015 Corporate Impact Partner of the Year.

An integral part of the University’s Keough School of Global Affairs, NDIGD works to address the challenges of building just and equitable political, legal, economic, health, and civil structures in fragile nations that suffer from extreme poverty or are experiencing insecurity due to armed conflict or war.

The forum has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations. Please contact Meg McDermott at mmcderm3@nd.edu with any questions.