2020 ERG & Council Conference
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2019 Conference Agenda

The 2019 Conference agenda is shown for reference. Agenda for the 2020 conference will be announced in the Fall of 2019.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

6:00 PM-8:00 PM 

VIP Reception for Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2019 ERG & Council Conference will share an evening of light food, drink and entertainment at Disney's Yacht Club Marina. The setting of the Yacht Club Marina revives the seaside splendor found at the grand Gilded Age hotels of Newport and Nantucket. Located behind Disney's Yacht Club Resort, this outdoor venue has a view of Crescent Lake and neighboring Disney's BoardWalk Inn. We suggest buisness casual attire.

This invitation-only reception is not included in the general Conference Registration.

Sponsored by:

Marina

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

9:00-10:30 AM 

Continental Breakfast & Networking

Asbury Rotunda & Lobby

10:30-12:00 PM 

Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Building Allies for ERGs, BRGs and Beyond

Facilitator:

Presented by:

Asbury A

Workshop 2 - Achieving Strategic Retention through Diversity and Inclusion

Facilitators:

Presented by:

Asbury B

Workshop 3 - Becoming an Effective, Impactful, Articulate Advocate

Facilitators:

  • Alan Partin
    VP Client Relationships PRISM International, Inc.
  • Bobby Gordon
    VP Client Relationships PRISM International, Inc.

Presented by:

Asbury C

Workshop 4 - Choosing Respect in the Workplace

Facilitator:

Presented by:

Asbury D

12:00-1:30

Day 1 Welcome, Lunch & Opening Keynote

Sponsored by:
   
   

Grand Harbor Ballroom South & Salon 5-8

1:30-2:00

Networking Break & Social Time

Asbury Lobby

2:00-3:15

Concurrent Sessions 1-4

Session 1: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Marty Karnett
    Analog Engineering Program Manager, Texas Instruments
  • Sheri McGrath
    Vice President, Employee Inclusion Director Human Resources, U.S. Bank
  • Anila Jivanji
    Sr Specialist Inclusion & Diversity, American Airlines

Sponsored by:

Asbury A

Session 2: Faith-Based ERGs: Bold, Courageous, and What's Next

Facilitator:

Asbury B

Session 3: GM WOMEN: The ERG Journey

Facilitator:

Sponsored by:

Asbury C

Session 4: Corporate Best Practices for Business Resource Groups: How BRGs are Adding to Companies' Bottom Lines

Facilitators:

Asbury D

3:15-3:45

Refreshment Break, Networking & Social Time

Asbury Lobby

3:45-5:00

Concurrent Sessions 1-4 (Repeat)

Session 1: Learn from the Best: Honors Award Recipients Reveal Their Secrets for Impactful Change

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Marty Karnett
    Analog Engineering Program Manager, Texas Instruments
  • Sheri McGrath
    Vice President, Employee Inclusion Director Human Resources, U.S. Bank
  • Anila Jivanji
    Sr Specialist Inclusion & Diversity, American Airlines

Sponsored by:

Asbury A

Session 2: Faith-Based ERGs: Bold, Courageous, and What's Next

Facilitator:

Asbury B

Session 3: GM WOMEN: The ERG Journey

Facilitator:

Sponsored by:

Asbury C

Session 4: Corporate Best Practices for Business Resource Groups: How BRGs are Adding to Companies' Bottom Lines

Facilitators:

Asbury D

5:00-6:30

Free Time

6:30-8:30

Destination Celebration Reception

All attendees of the 2019 ERG & Council conference are welcome to join us for an evening of food, drink and fun on Ship Wreck Beach! Take off your shoes and enjoy the sand while you are entertained by Caribbean music.  Be on the lookout - you never know who might join us in our Beach Party!

Sponsored by:

Shipwreck Beach

 

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

8:00-10:00

Day 2 Buffet Breakfast & Opening Keynote: The Gender Equality Advantage

  • Welcome Address by Fernando Serpa, Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils
  • Keynote address by Dr. Michael Kimmel, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker, Author & Sociologist

Sponsored by:
   
   

Grand Harbor Ballroom South

10:00-10:30

Networking Break & Social Time

Asbury Lobby

10:30-11:45

Concurrent Sessions 5-8

Session 5: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Dagmar Rosa-Björkeson
    Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer,
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Tom Guay
    VP of Risk Selection Strategy,
    Northwestern Mutual
  • Kevin Frazier
    Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Walmart, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Asbury A

Session 6: ERGs through a European Lens: Strategic Imperative or Tick Box Exercise?

Facilitator:

Asbury B

Session 7: The ABCs of ERGs and Councils: A Step by Step Guide for Success

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Diana Gueits
    Director, D & I Cleveland Clinic - ERG/ DC Advisor
  • Donna Skurzak
    Director, D & I Cleveland Clinic – ERG/DC Advisor

Sponsored by:

Asbury C

Session 8: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

Moderator:

  • Gina Barnhill
    HR Diversity and Inclusion Team Leader at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Panelists:

  • Justin Lafoe
    VP, Merchandise & Product Development, Disney Parks Experiences and Products
  • Heather Anderson
    Principal Counsel, Direct to Consumer International
  • Brian Ng
    Senior Designer, Disney Parks Experiences and Products

Sponsored by:

Asbury D

11:45-12:00 PM

Networking Break & Social Time

Asbury Lobby

12:00-1:15

Concurrent Sessions 5-8 (Repeat)

Session 5: The Executive Sponsor: Catalyst for Change

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Dagmar Rosa-Björkeson
    Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer,
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Tom Guay
    VP of Risk Selection Strategy,
    Northwestern Mutual
  • Kevin Frazier
    Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Walmart, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Asbury A

Session 6: ERGs through a European lens: Strategic Imperative or Tick Box Exercise?

Facilitator:

Asbury B

Session 7: The ABCs of ERGs and Councils: A Step by Step Guide for Success

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Diana Gueits
    Director, D & I Cleveland Clinic - ERG/ DC Advisor
  • Donna Skurzak
    Director, D & I Cleveland Clinic – ERG/DC Advisor

Sponsored by:

Asbury C

Session 8: Cultural Catalysts: How BERGs Contribute to Business Results

Moderator:

  • Gina Barnhill
    HR Diversity and Inclusion Team Leader at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Panelists:

  • Justin Lafoe
    VP, Merchandise & Product Development, Disney Parks Experiences and Products
  • Heather Anderson
    Principal Counsel, Direct to Consumer International
  • Brian Ng
    Senior Designer, Disney Parks Experiences and Products

Sponsored by:

Asbury D

1:15-3:00

10th Annual ERG & Council Honors Award™
Luncheon and Ceremony

Sponsored by:


  

Grand Harbor Ballroom South

3:00-3:30

Networking, Media & Photo Opportunities

Grand Harbor Ballroom South & Asbury Lobby