Dr. Kellie McElhaney is the John C. Whitehead Adjunct Professor and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She founded this center in 2003, which has helped place corporate responsibility squarely as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School. In her five years at Haas, her Center has received global critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal ranked Haas as the number two business school in the country for CSR in 2006 and 2007. The Financial Times rated Haas number one in the world in January 2008. Professor McElhaney teaches courses on Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility, which include in-depth, experiential consulting engagements with companies on real-world, high-visibility strategic CSR challenges, in all of the MBA degree programs at Haas. She also teaches extensive Executive Education in this area. Kellie was named a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute in 2005. Her research focus is in three areas: (1) Analyzing and developing companies’ CSR strategy and its alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and business value; (2) Exploring the linkage between diversity and CSR and using CSR as a hook to re-engage women with business as employees, consumers, and investors; (3) The business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR.
Kellie consults to several Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy, bridging her academic focus with the practitioner world. Her client list includes HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Ernst & Young, NVIDIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nokia (Finland), Navigant, Volunteer Match, Ford Motor Company, Bernard Hodes Group (Great Britain), PG&E, Driscolls Berries, Triage Consulting Group, Ulster Bank (Ireland), StatoilHydro (Norway) and PG&E.
Kellie serves on the Board for Foundation Île à Vache, which she helped to found with a group of Irish CEOs in June of 2007. It supports infrastructural and economic development on this island in southern Haiti. She is also on the management team of the Encircle Foundation, which fosters corporate sector support of the Millennium Development Goals by launching enterprise solutions to poverty, and serves on the boards of Net Impact and VolunteerMatch. She lives in the Oakland Hills in California and has two elementary school-aged daughters. She enjoys photography, yoga, good wine, running and has even tried surfing.
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