196: Alessandra Cavalluzzi: Obviously, this didn’t resonate with people

//196: Alessandra Cavalluzzi: Obviously, this didn’t resonate with people

196: Alessandra Cavalluzzi: Obviously, this didn’t resonate with people

Alessandra Cavalluzzi Show Notes Page

Alessandra Cavalluzzi planned an event where her company was going to give back to their local community. She planned for a huge turnout but it was disappointing at best. Instead of giving up, she learned and succeeded and now she helps organizations develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs to create a culture of giving that engages employees.

Alessandra was born in the borough of the Bronx, in New York.  She grew up in Astoria, Queens until the age of 14, when her family moved to Long Island, where she still lives today.

She is an only child but has a very large extended Italian-American family. She is first-generation American, with parents and grandparents having been born Italy, in a small town named Grumo in Italy’s Puglia region.  Alessandra speaks Italian fluently and is proud of her Italian-American roots.

Alessandra says that she was always drawn to charitable causes and helping others. She credits her mother and maternal grandmother with her passion for community service, as they were always putting the needs of others before their own. Alessandra recalls many times as a child hearing her mother, Jane, say that you should perform random acts of kindness and lend a hand to those who need it most. Her grandmother, Angelina, was a devout Roman Catholic who attended Sunday mass every week and would spend most of her days reciting the rosary. One of Alessandra’s fondest memories of her grandmother was a day when she came upon her reciting her prayers.  She says “I asked her why she was always praying, because it seemed to me that she was never without her rosary beads. “Her grandmother replied, “I’m not praying for myself, I’m praying for our family.” When Alessandra asked why, her grandmother responded, “I know how busy everyone is with work and life, and that you may not have the time to pray. So, I am doing it for you.” Alessandra’s grandmother, Angelina, passed away in 1993, but her selfless example has stayed with her since that day.

Over the years Alessandra has held a number of different roles in various corporations. She’s worked for law firms, insurance companies, financial institutions, and equipment distributors. She’s held positions in human resources, marketing, and project management, to name a few. She’s managed large teams and given countless presentations. Through it all, one thing has remained a constant: the desire to give back, the need to make a difference. In fact, that desire was so strong in her that Alessandra helped her company develop a program to help the communities around us that’s now in its thirteenth year. Today, when she’s not writing books, her latest is A Million Dollars in Change: How to Engage Your Employees, Attract Top Talent, and Make the World a Better Place, she works at her “day job” as Director of Community Relations for a multi-billion-dollar industrial distributor on Long Island.

Alessandra’s says that her goal is to inspire companies to action in supporting the communities where their employees live and work. She wants to provide you with information, tips, and examples to help you create a program that enables your company to take an active role in creating positive change in your community. All companies have the power to make a social impact. No effort is too small.

Alessandra shares her Long Island home with her “fur baby” (Pomeranian) named Elvis.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“It’s not the size of the budget you have, it’s how you leverage those resources, and everyone can do something.” – Click to Tweet

“If everyone just did one thing, to help in the community, just imagine the impact we could have.” – Click to Tweet 

“Each one of us as individuals can make a change.” – Click to Tweet 

“You don’t need a million dollars; every effort makes a difference.” – Click to Tweet 

“There’s no wrong way to give and no effort is too small.” – Click to Tweet 

“If you have a purpose-driven culture people are more engaged and that attracts people.” – Click to Tweet 

“Volunteering is a low-cost way to get your employees involved and to see where their passion is.” – Click to Tweet 

“Every act of kindness you perform has an impact.” – Click to Tweet 

“Things are going to change, so you have to adapt and evolve.” – Click to Tweet 

“Everybody is on their own journey and you need to respect that.” – Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Alessandra Cavalluzzi planned an event where her company was going to give back to their local community. She planned for a huge turnout but it was disappointing at best. Instead of giving up, she learned and succeeded and now she helps organizations develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs to create a culture of giving that engages employees.

Advice for others

Everybody is on their own journey and you need to respect that.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

I think I can be an even better active listener.

Best Leadership Advice

Never take anything personally.

Secret to Success

I’m a people person – I love being around people.

Best tools in business or life

The ability to put myself in other people’s shoes.

Recommended Reading

A Million Dollars in Change: How to Engage Your Employees, Attract Top Talent, and Make the World a Better Place

Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

Contacting Alessandra Cavalluzzi

website: http://www.alessandracavalluzzi.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alessandra-cavalluzzi-874ba59/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACavalluzzi

Resources and Show Mentions

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | TED Talk

Call Center Coach

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