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Speaker Bios: Michael S. Carren, Caroline Ellerson, Maureen Flynn.

Michael Carren

Michael Carren is Vice President and Global Director of Employee Engagement and Volunteerism, Financial Education, Disaster Response and Military and Veterans Giving for JPMorgan Chase and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. In this capacity Michael is responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of national and international grant making and community outreach programs. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Mike was the  Manager of Community Relations for Chrysler Financial, managing the company’s portfolio of  philanthropic giving, employee volunteer and community outreach programs. Mike also served as the Director of Carren Consulting which specialized in the strategic development and implementation of corporate philanthropy programs and organizational development programs for nonprofit organizations.

Mike spent nine years as a senior leader of Capital One’s Corporate Philanthropy Program where he was responsible for the development of signature giving programs, national programs and corporate volunteerism. Throughout his career Mike has led programs with numerous nonprofit and corporate entities including: World Vision, Feeding America, Points of Light/Hands On Network, Consumer Action, The United Way of America, The United States Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center, The American Red Cross, CARE USA and EarthShare. Mike has his professional roots in the nonprofit sector, having served as Assistant Executive Director and Educational Program Director with the Garfield F. Childs Memorial Fund in Richmond, Virginia. The Fund provides education and training programs for children and families living in public housing communities. Mike holds a Masters of Education degree from The University of Illinois.

Caroline Ellerson

Caroline Ellerson is a member of the Corporate Responsibility team, managing three portfolios of work around: Employee Engagement, Community Investments and Leadership. Caroline is leading the company-sponsored “Make an Impact” volunteer program. Caroline is credited with launching the Volunteer Time program, providing employees with 40 hours of paid volunteer time each year. She also manages the employees grant and give-back programs along with the company’s non-profit board training and placement initiative. Caroline administers the Education grant programs and “Passport to Culture” museum grant program.

In her time with the Corporate Responsibility, Caroline developed the enterprise-wide Time Warner College Associate Program, which has been rolled out within each divisions of Time Warner Inc. The world-class program develops and mentors exceptional students in the field of entertainment, news, media and prepares them for corporate and community leaderships.

Prior to joining Time Warner, Caroline headed Global Diversity Recruitment for the MBA Associate and undergraduate Analyst program for Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, she managed the highly competitive Richard B. Fisher endowed scholarship and internship program for top-tier diverse students interested in various aspects of finance.

Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College. Caroline takes tremendous pride in all of the work she does, inside and outside of Time Warner to mentor and development the next generation of leaders. In her spare time Caroline enjoys her time with her husband and two young children as well as membership in a number of civic organizations.

Maureen Flynn

Maureen has extensive experience establishing and implementing effective partnerships between corporations and nonprofits and brings a strong background in grantmaking, corporate philanthropy and event planning to her position at Changing Our World.  Maureen’s client experience represents an array of sectors and industries, and includes organizations such as Arizona Public Service, BNY Mellon, ConAgra Foods, and MillerCoors. 

Prior to joining Changing Our World, Maureen served as the Associate Specialist of Corporate Social Responsibility for Canon U.S.A. Inc. In this role Maureen was responsible for managing Canon’s nonprofit partnerships with organizations including the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the National Environmental Education Foundation. Maureen also helped plan the Canon Envirothon, one of North America’s largest environmental education competitions. In addition, she was responsible for overseeing Canon’s community relations initiatives, employee volunteer activities, and in-kind giving program, and helped to implement Canon’s first cause marketing campaign, partnering with the American Cancer Society.

Before joining Canon, Maureen worked for Toshiba America Foundation where she made funding recommendations and managed grant projects that support mathematics and science education in K-12 classrooms nationwide. Maureen also served on the Social Contributions Committee convening six Toshiba America Group companies and serving as a liaison to Toshiba’s headquarters in Japan.

Maureen earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Oswego. She currently serves as a member of the Oswego Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and most recently was named a member of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Leadership Council, where she focuses on fundraising strategies directed toward recent graduates.