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February 22, 2017 / WRAG

Institute for CSR Alumni Reflections: Rachel Tappis

By: Rachel Tappis
Director, Community Impact
The Advisory Board Company

Why did you choose to participate in the Institute for CSR and what year did you graduate?
I chose to participate in the Institute for CSR as a member of the class of 2015 because I felt it provided unparalleled knowledge and insight into a growing, rapidly changing, and increasingly important field. The opportunity to build relationships with other CSR professionals and exchange ideas and experiences was also an invaluable benefit – I keep in touch with these folks regularly and they are a continual source of guidance and inspiration!

What was your favorite part of the program?
I had several favorite parts – certainly, the instructors were a highlight, representing leading-edge organizations with fascinating perspectives and experiences that they shared generously. Group work that allowed us to share best practices and compare approaches was one of the most applicable parts of the program for me.

Have you used the knowledge and/or connections you gained at the Institute to improve your work?
Absolutely! The connections have been an invaluable source of inspiration and support, and the knowledge and tools provided by the Institute are designed to be very practical and tangible.

What would you tell prospective participants about the program?
This is 100% worth the investment – close to two years later, I refer to my course materials on a weekly basis (even using them to help onboard new team hires), I talk with my friends and colleagues from the cohort regularly, and I have found WRAG to be an incredibly supportive thought partner as an alum of the program.

Any tips for 2017 registrants on how to get the most out of their participation?
Engage! Do the reading, go to the networking receptions (they are really fun!), bring questions to every session, and come ready to learn and grow.

To learn what other Institute alumni are saying, click here.


The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility offers CSR practitioners the opportunity to earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins in just six months. This non-credit professional certificate program is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is offered in partnership with Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. Registration for 2017 is now open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty and curriculum here.

2 Comments

  1. stacey smith / Jul 26 2017 9:35 am

    hello Rachel I would really like your help to advance my plight i believe that you will be willing to help me

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