Capalino Celebrates CSR Leaders in New York’s Hospitality, Gaming and Tourism Industry


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Capalino joined City&State to celebrate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders in New York’s Hospitality, Gaming and Tourism sector on October 20, 2015. The breakfast ceremony, which took place at Hunter College, consisted of an award ceremony and a thought leadership panel moderated by journalist and author Lenore Skenazy.

Capalino has been working with City&State to develop this innovative breakfast series which recognizes individuals for their outstanding commitment to CSR. It is an effort to promote CSR practices and encourage businesses and corporations to give back to their communities, because “doing good” is good for business.

Lenore Skenazy led a discussion with NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of NYC Hospitality Alliance, and Antonia Agrusa, Director of Explore Brooklyn & Tourism Initiatives at Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

22370324331_8a247ec937_zPanelists explored the components of a successful CSR program and their vision for the future.

“Look at the different issues that people in the hospitality industry are trying to address, whether it’s hunger, clean water, helping people after a disaster,” said Andrew Rigie. “They stand up and take the call to action to go above and beyond…it really is tackling issues that can seem insurmountable but it doesn’t stop people from working hard to try to make it a better world.”

“We’re lucky we have so many young people in the technology field,” said Senator Hoylman. “There is a whole new generation of people in the private sector who are giving back.”

Among the honorees were two individuals who are leading the way in their field: Tony Sclafani, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Office of Javits Center, received the award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting the Principles of Sustainability, Transparency & Community Engagement.

Jill Simonson-Luciano, Regional Leader of Community Affairs at Southwest Airlines, received the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Serving Disadvantaged Communities Through Corporate Philanthropy & Volunteerism


Jill Simonson-Luciano, Southwest


Tony Sclafani, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Office of Javits Center











Corporate Social Responsibility is now part of the DNA of many of the world’s leading companies. That’s why Capalino has added a CSR practice – to help New York firms develop programs to invest their time, talent and resources in the communities in which they operate. And that’s why we are so pleased to sponsor this important award series to recognize and showcase the individuals who are leading the way in this important field.

CSR Awardees

We applaud all these individuals who embody what it means to be socially responsible. You can read their full profiles on City&State’s digital program.

Jeanne-Mullgrav-682x1024Capalino assists companies doing business in New York City in actively giving back their time, talent and resources to the communities in which they operate. Our team will help you create a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda aligned with your company’s strengths and mission that boosts visibility and improves employee morale while strengthening connections to consumers and clients. 

See how Capalino’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team, led by Jeanne Mullgrav, can take your business to the next level.

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