The Kelly Tyrrell Conversation Series aims to engage Loyola students in monthly dialogues with social impact, enterprise, and responsibility leaders. This initial conversation featured Connie L. Lindsey, Northern Trust’s Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion.

The goal of these dialogues is to help students to imagine their own futures by exposing them to promising careers in social business and allowing them to explore the journey to get there. When asked about how she ties social responsibility in with corporate profit, Lindsey responded that she is actually pondering taking the word ‘social’ out of the title altogether— “it’s really the whole responsible corporation,” she said.

When questioned about the return on investment (ROI) of CSR, she laughed, “we know what happens when you don’t invest in it!” She further discussed the importance of “thinking about how we, as corporations with the money and resources, can make a difference” through research and tackling tough issues.

Read more about corporate social responsibility from the Quinlan School of Business at TriplePundit.