Advancing Social Priorities and Creating Vibrant Communities
Recorded On: 02/23/2021
About this Webinar
Partnering with the arts fuels the economy, creates social cohesion and connectivity, and fosters civic engagement. According to Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community. In this session, attendees will hear from exemplary business leaders on how the arts are essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create, and contribute. We are pleased to offer this on-demand webinar for free.
- In collaboration with Chief Executive for Corporate Purpose (CECP), this session will present data from Americans for the Arts and CECP research on business support of and partnership with the arts to advance communities. Attendees will hear directly from companies who have successfully used the arts to promote social priorities and develop communities.
These sessions are a part of the Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection.
Hilary S. Ayala
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Hilary S. Ayala serves as the Director of Con Edison’s Strategic Partnerships Programs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Ayala leads the company’s strategic, cause-related charitable contributions program and employee engagement initiatives. Ms. Ayala’s portfolio includes the company’s strategic partnerships program, volunteer corps, board placement program, and employee engagement programs. In former positions at Con Edison, Ms. Ayala served as the company’s principal federal lobbyist in Washington, DC. Ms. Ayala joined Con Edison in 2001. Prior to joining Con Edison, Ms. Ayala worked in the United States Senate before joining the development team at Manhattanville College.
Ms. Ayala is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She has served on the boards of the Westchester Children’s Museum and the Vineyard Theater. She currently serves on the Youth Committee at Christ Church Greenwich. An outdoor enthusiast, Ms. Ayala may often be found on the trails and slopes of Vermont with her teenage son.
Corporate Strategy & Impact
Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
Jinny is a social impact leader with experience delivering data-driven, human-centered insights for the corporate and non-profit sectors. Since joining CECP in 2014, she has been a trusted advisor in equipping corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders with the tools, best practices, and data insights to drive strategies in environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Jinny also leads the advisement of business and social impact and the strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion research through CECP’s Accelerate Community. Prior to CECP, Jinny worked with several nonprofits including Grounds for Sculpture, New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and The New 42nd Street/New Victory Theater. She currently resides in Boston, MA.
Manager, Government, Regional and Community Affairs Department
Kimberly Denise Williams is a Manager in the Government, Regional and Community Affairs Department at Con Edison. In her role she serves as a representative of the company to elected officials and community-based organizations in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Manhattan’s west side. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the relationship with over 25 non-profit organizations in these neighborhoods. Kimberly joined Con Edison through the company’s leadership development program and was formerly a supervisor in their Construction Management Department.
Outside of the office, Kimberly has maintained her passion for writing and the arts. She has written articles for several publications and websites. Additionally, she’s penned creative pieces that have been performed by community arts groups. Her volunteer efforts include serving on the Black History Committee at the Lenox Road Baptist Church, Stuyvesant High School’s Black Alumni Diversity Initiative, and previously mentoring through p.s. alumni and OCA NY-Asian Pacific American Advocates. For the last four summers, Kimberly has had the pleasure of mentoring through the Diversity in Arts Leadership Program. Kimberly is a graduate of Harvard University where she studied History and African and African American Studies. She also has a Master of Science in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.
Alexis Simmons, a DIAL alumna, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She studied at The University of Alabama graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Communication Studies. Alexis now resides in Brooklyn, New York working as a 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. As a teaching artist, she is dedicated to reimaging texts to highlight the transformative power of storytelling.