Effective Employee Engagement Strategies

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Effective employee engagement efforts have been shown to improve employee retention, boost employee satisfaction, and even improve a company’s financial performance. So, how do you effectively engage employees? Join us to learn about how two Midwest-based companies are approaching employee engagement through employee giving, volunteerism, and other efforts, both locally and across the footprints of their respective companies.

Kristin Ridley, Senior Advisor at the Opus Foundation and Michael Stroik, Senior Manager at 3Mgives will highlight their current employee engagement efforts, share new strategies they are piloting in 2017, and provide insight on future possibilities in employee engagement.


Kristin Ridley, senior advisor, Opus Foundation

Kristin Ridley brings nearly twenty years’ experience with corporate citizenship and community initiatives.  She currently manages strategic grant making for Opus Foundation, working to deliver philanthropic impact across Opus communities nationwide.  Her primary responsibilities include advancing community involvement initiatives, fostering partnerships with high-quality non-profit organizations and promoting employment engagement opportunities. Prior to joining Arbor, Kristin served as the community relations manager for Graco Inc., where she was responsible for all aspects of the corporate giving program, including foundation grants, employee volunteer initiatives and board relations. In addition, she has worked with several nonprofits, focusing on program management and evaluation, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, fund-raising and direct service.

Michael Stroik, senior manager, 3Mgives

As 3Mgives Senior Manager, Michael Stroik oversees 3M’s global community affairs strategy – serving as Chair of the 3M Global Advisory Council. Michael strives to harness the immense potential of 3M employees, technologies, and products to identify solutions to the world’s most complex social and environmental challenges. Prior to 3M, Michael led CECP’s research process on corporate social responsibility and authored the premiere benchmarking report for giving officers, Giving in Numbers.  He also worked for Target Corporation in supply chain management and community relations.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $50

Hosted by Minnesota Council on Foundations and originally published February 22, 2017

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