Principal, Chief Purpose Officer, Corporate Responsibility Leader
Shannon is responsible for formalizing the CR function for PwC. In her role, she designs and implements social and environmental programs that are scalable and aligned with PwC’s strategic business priorities -- helping to activate engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC’s brand in the marketplace. She brings innovation to the firm by redefining the purpose, potential and business case for CR, proving it is as critical an avenue for achieving growth as any other business investment. Under her leadership, PwC’s CR programs are organized around four key pillars -- marketplace, people, community and environment. She oversees initiatives that support PwC’s broad and robust sustainability commitments, including supply chain and pro bono programs; volunteering; charitable contributions; environmental stewardship; external partnerships, including the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and the firm’s focus on youth education through its signature commitment, PwC’s Earn Your Future. Additionally, Shannon spends a portion of her time on the client-facing side as part of PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions practice, working with clients on employee engagement strategies and their approach to internal sustainability. Shannon is a highly accomplished and sought-after CR professional and speaker with a deep understanding of social innovation, sustainability, youth education, financial literacy, employee engagement and effective cross-sector collaborations. She is a board member of numerous charitable organizations, including the PwC Charitable Foundation, The HistoryMakers Foundation, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Leadership Greater Chicago. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for WAGE (Women and the Green Economy), Points of Light, Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCC), the Conference Board Contributions Council and the Clinton Global Initiative. Shannon is also a member of the Foreign Policy Association and the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows. Shannon has a passion for engaging students in CR. She has served as a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities including: University of Michigan, St. Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Shannon is widely recognized as a leader in her field. The Executives' Club of Chicago honored Shannon as the 2016 Corporate Citizen of the Year, Fast Company included her on its “Most Creative People in Business 2016” list, Foreign Policy distinguished her as a 2015 Leading Global Thinker, Leadership Greater Chicago named her its 2015 “Distinguished Fellow,” Chicago Business Journal recognized her a 2015 “Women of Influence,” and Womenetics named her a 2015 POW! “Women of the Year” recipient. Shannon joined PwC in 1997 and has held a variety of client service, marketing and human resources roles before assuming her current responsibilities in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and resides with her family in Chicago.