Originally published on 3BL Media.
Two Fortune 500 company leaders join Taproot Foundation’s Board of Directors, bringing additional human resources and corporate social responsibility expertise to the team.
Patricia Langer is the Executive Vice President, Human Resources NBCUniversal. She is responsible for Human Resources globally for the company, including compensation, benefits, HR operations, learning and development, talent acquisition, and pipeline programs.
Ms. Langer was honored by the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association with the 2013 Leadership Excellence Award for her visionary leadership in building a world-class HR organization following the Comcast acquisition of NBCUniversal.
Previously, Ms. Langer served on the Lifetime Executive team as an HR and legal advisor to senior leaders. During this time, she established programs for diversity and inclusion and employee engagement, including the Lifetime Volunteer Corps, which enabled employees to partner with women’s shelters to serve their communities.
Ms. Langer has been a pro bono HR consultant with the Taproot Foundation and is also actively involved with The Giving Circle of Lower Westchester, a group dedicated to supporting hunger relief in Westchester County.
Ms. Langer holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. Ms. Langer resides in Mamaroneck, NY.
“I’m honored to join Taproot Foundation’s Board of Directors,” commented Patricia Langer, EVP of Human Resources, NBCUniversal. “For years I’ve seen what strong employee engagement and talent development programs like pro bono service can do for the fabric of a company and the community it serves. Now, I’m inspired to see how I can contribute to driving social change through pro bono service from the inside out,” she continued.
Rebecca Wang is Senior Manager, Community Engagement, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Corporate Affairs. Ms. Wang oversees Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s award-winning community engagement strategy, which includes everything from hands-on activities to pro bono volunteering for HPE’s 200,000 employees worldwide.
Ms. Wang has her professional roots in the nonprofit sector, spending ten years as a fundraiser and volunteer manager at a variety of organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and YMCA.
Ms. Wang is a charter Board member of CreateAthon, a nonprofit organization that brings pro bono marketing professionals and students into skills-based service via a 24-hour marathon model.
Ms. Wang holds a Communications degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. For the past 18 years, Rebecca and family have called Menlo Park, CA home.
“I’m very excited to work alongside a cast of esteemed Board members to continue the important work of the organization,” said Rebecca Wang, Community Engagement , Hewlett Packard Enterprise Corporate Affairs. “I’ve known Taproot for six years as a client and thought-partner and I look forward to playing a direct role in Taproot Foundation’s evolution and the future of the pro bono movement.”
“Both Pat and Rebecca are true leaders in their respective fields. In addition to her expertise in thinking about how to use pro bono as a way to develop leaders, Pat has served as a pro bono volunteer for Taproot and understands the joys and challenges of providing critical pro bono services to nonprofits,” says Liz Hamburg, Taproot’s President & CEO. “Rebecca has been a visionary leader in connecting the business community to the nonprofit community through pro bono service with innovative programs, including engaging project managers to use their skills for good.”