Sonoco awarded Innolect Sustainable Legacies Award

Marc Ensign, Director, Strategic Sourcing &  Kittie Watson, Founder, Innolect, Inc.

Sustainable Legacies Program Helps Develop Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership Capacity through Volunteerism

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 2016) – Innolect, a woman-owned executive and organization development company, honors Sonoco with its first Sustainable Legacies Award for their philanthropic, volunteer and social responsibility contributions in education, health and wellness, arts and culture and the environment. The award includes a donation to a nonprofit of choice by the winner, of which Sonoco selected the United Way.“We couldn’t have chosen a better company to be the inaugural recipient of our Sustainable Legacies Award,” said Kittie Watson, president and founder of Innolect. “This award not only underscores Sonoco’s world-class giving initiatives, but their keen focus on funneling their support to very local communities across the U.S., not just the big causes.”

Innolect’s Sustainable Legacies® Award is a new addition to its Sustainable Legacies® program, which fosters unprecedented leadership exchanges among big business and nonprofit entities. Created in the early 2000s, Innolect’s program uniquely pairs corporate leaders with nonprofit executives, using a mix of customized, experiential activities designed to build leadership skills and capabilities.  Engagement varies with the individualized needs of the participants, but could include Leadership Coaching, Strategic Nonprofit Partner Days and Portfolio ROI Assessments, among others. Corporate leaders expand their capabilities in fundraising, influencing, presentation skills and strategy development, among others; while nonprofits benefit from for-profit executive experiences and access to corporations for long-term relationship building and development.

“Executives of nonprofits have much to offer beyond the mission-driven focus of their organizations. Nonprofit leaders inspire their corporate volunteers while equipping them with a valuable cross-set of knowledge they may not otherwise have access to,” Becky Ripley, Sustainable Legacies® Practice Leader, added.

Studies show that nearly 86 percent of companies are concerned about leadership gaps and preparedness opportunities for the next level of management. And it’s no secret that major companies are committed to giving back in a meaningful way. Innolect and its Sustainable Legacies® program jumps in to address these challenges for its clients while demonstrating that strategic leadership can be a vital tool in tripling the bottom line for all involved including the communities’ economic condition wherever they serve. Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Compass, Entergy and Pfizer, among others have taken part and experienced the benefits of Sustainable Legacies®.

Innolect is now accepting inquiries for its 2016 Sustainable Legacies® Award recipient, which also includes a cash donation to a nonprofit of choice by the honoree. For more information on the award or taking part in the Sustainable Legacies®, contact Becky Ripley at  For more information on Innolect, visit www. and join our lively leadership discussions on Facebook at


Innolect is a global executive and organization development firm that prepares clients to design and create great places to work and ongoing positive legacies. Using our proprietary models and behavioral experts, we unleash potential for high-impact leadership at each stage of executive advancement. We serve as learning guides who work with leaders to create environments to foster productivity, innovation and growth. Innolect empowers companies using it proprietary Innovative Intelligence® methodologies, which helps them become more agile and profitable. Innolect is woman-owned and headquartered in Charlotte, NC area.


Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.0 billion, the Company has 20,800 employees working in more than 330 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2015/2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit