On Wednesday, 13th November, mothers2mothers (m2m) launched its North American Corporate Advisory & Development Committee (CADC) with an exciting night of drinks and networking at The Campbell, an iconic venue in the heart of Manhattan. The North American CADC is based on its European counterpart, which sees m2m regularly gather existing and prospective corporate partners to hear the latest updates from m2m and learn more about the diverse ways corporate entities can support the organisation.
Martin Schwab, the global chair of m2m’s CADC, opened the evening by highlighting the unique appeal m2m possesses among nonprofit organisations, due to its extraordinary ability to scale-up its programmes while maintaining its commitment to the integrity and transparency of programme data. Martin remarked upon the shared potential that exists with corporate partnership investment in m2m, and applauded the willingness of corporate entities to engage in philanthropic endeavors.
Following Martin’s speech, Jason Wortendyke, the newly appointed chair of the North American CADC, spoke about his personal attachment to m2m. This spring he and his wife, Ariel Knowles, hosted a Mentor Mother, Relebohile Leoatha, in their home in Chicago, creating a wellspring of engagement in the Midwest. Jason spoke about how their commitment to support m2m is largely driven by their appreciation for the inspiring work that those Mentor Mothers are doing.
m2m’s CEO, Frank Beadle de Palomo, then took the stage to speak about how partnerships reside at the very core of m2m’s mission. He also spoke to the urgency with which these partnerships need to be undertaken, “We cannot wait any longer. We need corporate partners across North America, and globally, to join us on this journey, to raise their voices and drive our vital work forward. If we don’t act now we will fail the next generation, the next workforce, the next leaders. And miss that once-in-a-generation opportunity to end an epidemic. ”
To close out the night’s speeches, Tommy Lobben, a representative from Johnson & Johnson—one of m2m’s longest standing corporate partner—spoke about the evolution of J&J’s support of m2m through the years and the tremendous scope of what we’ve been able to accomplish together. Tommy closed his remarks with a call to action, imploring his counterparts in the corporate world to “make our cause your cause.”
Over 100 guests joined m2m’s team members, who represented our offices across three continents, to ensure that the night was a success. This was the first of many future gatherings in North America as m2m solidifies its commitment to working in partnership with corporations who can help our Mentor Mothers to reach millions more women, children, families, and communities; partners that can help make health for all a reality, so that, together, we can create a generation free from HIV.
For more information on how you can partner with m2m or attend a future CADC event, please reach out to [email protected].