Elevating Your ERGs for Strategic Impact
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Presentation By: Alvin Law

No matter who we are or what our job title is, one thing is true: we are all the leaders of our own lives. We are all creative problem solvers, and we all have unique value we bring to our personal and professional relationships. Thing is, we don’t always remember this about ourselves…or about our friends, family, co-workers, employees and team members. Caught up in the day-to-day grind, it’s pretty easy to forget. 

Personal leadership? Responsibility? Resiliency? They are attitudes. And these attitudes can be learned by anyone. They can become habits we practice at work and at home, in our personal and professional relationships. And they can become tools we draw on to successfully face, and overcome, any challenge. 

Combining lessons from his remarkable life of being born without arms with his unique insight into personal and workplace challenges, Alvin has developed a series of proven strategies for enhancing and sustaining attitudes of leadership, responsibility and resiliency both on the job and in your personal life. You’ll learn how to apply these time-tested techniques to spark your creativity, recognize your value and the value of those around you, and step into your natural role as leader in your own life. 

 

Have you ever heard someone say, “they don’t know what they don’t know?” 

What if what we learned about history left out the experiences that created a lack of equity for traditionally marginalized groups then and now.   If that is true, how do we recognize and address those things if we don’t know we need to?  Shunda Robinson, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at GM Financial, will share GM Financial’s journey to raise awareness on how history has impacted the level of equity African Americans and other marginalized groups have experienced over time. 

Beginning with their executives and now cascading through other levels in the organization, GM Financial is not only helping individuals gain awareness about “what they don’t know,” but is also executing on that greater awareness to create change and ultimately transformation. 

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Ngoc-Vu (Vu) Nguyen, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for Bank of America

This session will help Employee Resource Group leaders understand what type of data metrics are available and how to identify how to use that data to gauge success of their ERG.

Jennifer Martineau, President & Founder, Leap & Inspire Global

Organizations are more profitable, more attractive to their talent, more innovative, and provide better customer service when there is diversity in their leadership.  The need for greater diversity in leadership is a top priority for most CEOs, which creates an opportunity for growth if you capitalize on it.  Jennifer will share strategies to help individuals ignite their careers and how participation in Diversity Councils and ERGs can serve as a game changer in that journey. 

Moderator: TBA

Panelists: Dr. Daniel Hollar, Judge Hubert Grimes, Dr. Kideste Yusef

Do you know what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is? Do you know what it isn’t?

Critical Race Theory has become quite the headline maker in the last year, but misconceptions about what it is (and what it isn’t) are still very common. When headlines make a subject seem divisive, that can make it intimidating to talk about.

We’re engaging a panel of 3 experts for a safe and open conversation from different perspectives surrounding Critical Race Theory. We want to help you really understand CRT so you can answer any questions you get, and have thoughtful discussions of your own.

Sit down with us for this open and educating experience, ask the panelists your questions and finally understand one of Corporate America’s most misunderstood subjects.

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Debbie Smith Rayford, Senior Global ERG Network Consultant, Talent Dimensions

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are typically led by employees on a volunteer basis. They can be an empowering and safe avenue for employees to express themselves and seek support. This session will be an interactive discussion on the tangible and intangible skills ERG/BRG leaders need to be effective in managing and directing these groups. Learn how to interact successfully with various stakeholders including ERG/BRG members, diversity and human resources staff, and executive sponsors.

Anila Jivanji, Senior Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Specialist at Bell Flight

Learn ways to identify how your resource group can establish an intersectionality frame work to bridge the gap between your employees and the community you serve. We will discuss how to align your resource group with new initiatives, approaches and guidelines.

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A panel on leveraging development opportunities for ERG/council members & leaders

Moderator: Lynn Cowart, Chief Operations Officer, Talent Dimensions
Panelists: TBA

ERGs and Councils are important resources for any organization, providing much needed support in its mission, vision and values. Equally important however are the resources and benefits that are available to the ERG/Council Members and Leaders in helping you to achieve your ultimate goals! What is in it for you to devote your time and talents voluntarily? The truth is that participating in ERGs and Councils are great opportunities to develop interests, skills and relationships that might not be readily accessible in your actual day jobs. Join us as we dive deeper into these opportunities and talk about how you can leverage this experience in ways that may not have been obvious before. 

Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions

Creating cultures where individuals can bring their full selves to the workplace and ultimately feel they belong is not an easy task.   It is not “a one size fits all” approach and requires everyone to understand their role in supporting an ethos where individuals feel included and engaged. 

 When individuals feel they have a voice in the workplace and can find meaning in the work they do, that’s the secret sauce in creating belonging.  

 Join us for an engaging session where we will explore the key elements needed to create a culture of belonging and the role, we all play in making it happen. 

Keith Arachikavitz, Senior Facilitator, Talent Dimensions

Leading a company’s ERGs and BRGs is a great opportunity to impact the bottom line, contribute to the company’s growth, and develop skills and competencies that may not be readily available within one’s ‘day job’.  Another outcome is the opportunity to lead and influence others during a truly unprecedented time.  The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Social Justice issues we experienced as a society, brought with it a new chance to lead the ‘people component’ of your teams in ways that may have been historically unimaginable.   

 Join us for this important and engaging discussion, as we explore: 

  • Respect in the workplace pre, during and post pandemic, and throughout the social injustice situation 
  • Updated effects on your culture, including new and latest statistics 
  • Challenges facing ERGs/BRGs post 2020 and table-top discussion around strategies for overcoming them 
  • And looking ahead with best practices beyond this extraordinary time.   

 

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