MEET THE COLLABORATORS
North Star: Fearlessly striving to be a "Troublemaker for Good," passionately linking arms with other changemakers to create a kinder and more equitable world for all of humankind.
Karen is a respected leader in the social impact field. For 20+ years, she led Hasbro, Inc.’s award-winning global philanthropic work. Serving as president of the Hasbro Children’s Fund, she oversaw grantmaking, product donations, cause marketing, and philanthropic partnerships. As SVP, she also oversaw a global purpose and data-driven employee engagement strategy including, resource groups, recognition, events, and employee volunteering with over 95% global participation. Under her leadership, Hasbro was certified as a Great Place to Work and annually named the Most Community-Minded Company by the Civic 50; Hasbro also achieved the #1 ranking for CSR and philanthropic efforts. She began her career in higher education working in alumni and development, crediting her love of fundraising to her early days of selling Girl Scout cookies!
Karen is an appointee to the RI Board of Education, serves on the RI Kids Count board, and on the advisory board of Trouble, a social impact brand empowering gender equity. She is the co-founder of the Coalition for Humankind and has been a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island, She is a former board chair of City Year RI and served on the SOS Children's Villages USA board.
A passionate advocate for children, Karen has lobbied Congress, presented at the White House, United Nations, and at numerous conferences. She is a co-founder and past chair of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals. In 2019 her peers recognized her with the Trailblazer Award for her contributions to the corporate citizenship field.
Karen is the co-founder of North Star Impact Group and is thrilled to working with leading creative, strategic, passionate, and diverse collaborators to assist those who are equally passionate about making the world a better place.
North Star: A belief in the power of "we" as the way forward on any journey.
Melinda is a nationally recognized influential leader in Corporate Social Responsibility with demonstrated success in building relationships, partnerships, and organizations. Expertise in domestic and international grantmaking and volunteer programming. Innovative and entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving. Able to operationalize the big picture. Known for being purpose-driven, inclusive, trustworthy, and results-oriented.
Her vast experience as a CSR professional, most recently as the Vice President, the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), a national membership association for companies with a commitment to corporate citizenship, and purpose-driven professionals.
Prior to joining ACCP, she was the Global Manager of Corporate Contributions and Community Relations for Visteon Corporation. In her role, Melinda was responsible for the company’s global contributions programs in more than 20 countries. She was also a member of the communications team responsible for Visteon’s spin-off from Ford Motor Company.
She serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Women Like Us Foundation and the Collette Foundation. She is the Founder of the Picture Me Project.
North Star: Daring greatly: I am committed to being “in the arena” with everything I do and believe that sharing the journey of challenges and successes with others is what makes life meaningful.
Jackie is the co-founder of North Star Impact Group and is known as a strategic thinker with more than 25 years of experience developing and leading global social impact initiatives and teams. Her career began with financial services companies where she established community and employee programs. This work provided a solid foundation for Jackie for her career at Starbucks Coffee Company where she was able to create, sustain, and lead in social impact for more than 20 years.
Jackie played a pivotal role in building Starbucks’ community engagement strategy in the U.S. and around the world. She led the early development of the community service platform, which is now a fundamental part of the company’s ethos and culture. She was at the forefront of helping Starbucks re-imagine its contributions to communities, from overseeing disaster response to defining the U.S. and global giving approach and driving the evolution of the company’s Community Store model, which addresses needs in underserved communities. She served as director of Community Investments and Executive Director of the Starbucks Foundation and led Starbucks China’s social impact strategy for two years while based in Shanghai.
Active in the advancement of the philanthropic sector, Jackie served on the board of directors for the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Jackie is also passionate about supporting and empowering vulnerable individuals and has volunteered for organizations serving youth in foster care and homeless families.
North Star: Communicate Clearly -- Enabling people to see the world and each other in new and creative way, so that we can connect and change the world for good.
Kori brings more than 25 years of experience in large, complex, Fortune 500 organizations including over a decade leading the Conagra Brands Foundation and integrating the company’s core cause across the company. She directed and implemented the strategy that focused the philanthropic work of both the company and the Foundation, including a shift in grant making, an increase in product donations, and the start-ups of both a company-wide month of service and a cause-marketing campaign. Under her leadership, the integrated community-involvement strategy ranked best-in-class on the Civic 50 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and employees, via a company survey, voted it a top engagement driver.
Prior to her work in Corporate Social Responsibility, Kori earned progressive management duties in Corporate Communication at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Quaker Oats, PepsiCo and Conagra Brands. She has directed large-scale change communication, earned a Gold Quill Award for a strategic redesign of a daily employee newsletter, and published thought leadership pieces on logic models and volunteerism.
Pursuing a passion to get the best out of her colleagues – working at the interaction of insights, people and impacts - Kori also joined the Human Resource team at Compass Minerals as the director of employee experience, where she developed the employer brand, promoted an inclusive culture as well as created and facilitated people management skills training for frontline salt mine and production supervisors.
North Star: To use my passion and energy for good, helping people be more connected and having a positive impact on the lives of others. Give customers a reason to do business with you.
Kathy brings over 20 years of multi-faceted executive leadership experience and success in the non-profit sector.
Kathy served as Executive Director of Kids Care Clubs, which, under her leadership, grew exponentially from 500 to over 2000 chapters nationwide, to become one of the most acclaimed youth and family programs of Washington, DC based Points of Light Foundation. Merging with Atlanta-based HandsOn Network and NYC-based Children for Children, under Kathy’s guidance, generationOn was established. While at generationOn, Kathy was the driving force in creating, implementing and managing youth development and leadership programs, originating, building and retaining relationships with partners and major funders, managing the marketing and communications team and leading the organization through periods of substantial growth and transition.
Kathy launched her career in the information technology industry with IBM and Wang Laboratories, in national account sales and marketing.
Kathy’s talents are fueled by her passion for the development of caring and compassionate children to become lifelong champions of service. She is currently a board member of Design for Change USA, Senior Advisor to InnerView and works with the Hasbro Children’s Fund on their signature philanthropic programs.