Corporate Responsibility

Ylann Schemm named finalist for CSR Professional of the Year Award

Elsevier’s Head of Corporate Responsibility is a PR News finalist, nominated for her work to support women in science and underserved research communities

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Ylann Schemm shakes hands with Dr. Seif Seleman Rashid, the Tanzanian Minister for Health and Social Welfare, accepting thanks for the Elsevier Foundation's support of the 2014 Association of African Health Libraries conference, as AHILA President Nasra Gathoni (far left) looks on. Ylann worked with eight Foundation projects to present a panel discussion at AHILA exploring best practices in mapping health information to outcomes.

Ylann SchemmOn these pages, we've featured numerous initiatives that support researchers in the developing world, help health practitioners in low-income countries get crucial treatment information, and expand the participation of women in science.

These efforts our part of Elsevier's corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, led by Ylann Schemm. As Program Director of the Elsevier Foundation, Ylann works with partners around the world to develop and support programs that advance women in science and build research capacity in the developing world.

Now, PR News has selected Ylann as one of eight finalists for the CSR Professional of the Year Award. This is proud recognition for her work to develop the Elsevier Foundation and expand Elsevier's deep involvement in Research4Life, a public-private partnership to bridge the digital research divide. Other finalists include representatives from Fortune 500 corporate foundations, including those of Verizon and McDonald's.

"Over the years, Elsevier has had the generosity and foresight to make increasingly substantial resources available to support these programs," she said. "We are able to support talented women researchers and help communities in developing countries gain the infrastructure and resources they need to succeed. But what I'm most proud of is the new skills-based volunteering program I launched in 2014."

Ylann was referring to Elsevier's "Publishers without Borders" program, in which we embed our own publishing professionals in the Tanzanian research community, partnering with organizations such as VSO, INASP and COSTECH. The program enables experienced colleagues to share their knowledge first-hand with Tanzanian scientists, librarians, research managers and publishers.

Unsung Heroes bookletYlann poses with Onan Mulumba, Agricultural Librarian at Makerere University in Uganda, and Cynthia Kimani, Librarian at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Library, after their interview for <em>Unsung Heroes</em>.Ylann also directs the Elsevier Foundation's Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars programs.

In addition, she guides communications for Research4Life. To publicize the crucial role of librarians in research, she spearheaded the creation of Research4Life's booklet Unsung Heroes: Stories from the library, featuring stories from librarians in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

On March 12, Ylann will attend an awards luncheon in Washington, DC, where the CSR Professional of the Year will be announced. We applaud her diligent efforts in overseeing our CSR programming.

Ylann Schemm (center) celebrates the success of the Elsevier Foundation's <a href="http://www.elsevier.com/connect/vision-librarians-tackle-avoidable-blindness">SEVA: Solutions in Sight</a>  project with (left) Petra Adams, Program officer of the Kilimanjaro Centre For Community Ophthalmology in Tanzania, and Nermine El-Bahtimy, training director of the Magrabi Foundation in Egypt.

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The Author

Alison Bert, DMAAlison Bert (@AlisonBert) is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Connect. She joined Elsevier in 2007 from the world of journalism, where she was a business reporter and blogger for The Journal News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New York. In the previous century, she was a classical guitarist on the music faculty of Syracuse University. She holds a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona, was a Fulbright scholar in Spain and performed in the 1986 international master class of Andrés Segovia.

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