Corporate Civic Engagement: The Minnesota Model

Minnesota is one of the country’s leaders in participation of eligible voters. What role does Minnesota’s vibrant culture of corporate responsibility play in our engaged citizenry? How does civic engagement benefit a company's “bottom line”? And how can Secretaries of State partner with companies to enhance nonpartisan efforts to increase voter participation?

Researchers at Harvard University collaborated with several Minnesota businesses as part of an investigation of civic engagement and recently released the report, Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout. Two Minnesota companies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Target, were prominently featured in the report. Join us as we explore these questions and more.

Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will provide a welcome and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate will provide a closing. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate.

Panelists:
Isaac Reyes, Vice President of Government Affairs, Target
Craig Samitt, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State
Ashley Spillane, co-author of Harvard case study Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout and President of Impactual, LLC

This program is presented with the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Target. Also, partnership from the National Association of Secretaries of State. Questions? Contact cspg@umn.edu.


October 4, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455