2017 ERG & Council Conference:
People, Purpose & Passion -
Making a Difference

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Workshops & Concurrent Sessions


Workshops

Our four, 90 minute workshops provide Employee Resource Group, Business Resource Group and Diversity Council members with an opportunity to take a deeper dive into four of the most challenging topics facing them today.


Workshop 1 - Discovering Biases to Embrace Inclusion

Room: Miami 2-3

Presented by:PRISM International

Facilitator:
Paul Mottola, Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.

Description: It’s a part of human nature to hold natural biases. In the workplace, this means we can sometimes behave in a way based on that bias...frequently with very unintended consequences. This interactive session meets you where you are in your inclusion journey and provides experiences to examine how once we discover our unconscious biases turn them into acts of power that support inclusion.

More specifically, in this workshop we will ask and answer the following...

  • Understand the concepts of frames of reference and unconscious bias and learn how they impact our work as Diversity and Inclusion champions and ERG/Council leads
  • Gain tools to override and rewire our own brains
  • Learn to address exclusive behaviors that may stem from unconscious bias to create an engaging, innovative, inclusive workplace.

Workshop 2 - Transforming Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Business Resource Groups (BRGs): The Next Stage of Affinity Group Evolution

Room: Miami 1

Presented by:Association of Diversity Councils

Facilitator:
Fernando Serpa, Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils

Description: While affinity networks have existed for over 30 years and exist in 90% of Fortune 500 firms, many see an opportunity to take their networks to the next level of maturity. This evolution of affinity networks involves integrating their group’s efforts into the broader talent and business goals of the organization so that they have a relevant and sustainable business impact. The focus of this session is to share ideas and tools to help transition Affinity Networks and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) into Business Resource Groups (BRGs) which are seen as true business partners.

More specifically, in this workshop we will...

  • Learn the steps necessary to transform ERGs and Networks into BRGs to gain more credibility, visibility and respect by their organization and senior executives
  • Discover how to attract more members, especially at senior levels, by developing a broader scope and appeal of the BRG
  • Learn how to receive greater support from managers and additional budget resources for leadership development.

Workshop 3 - ERG & Diversity Council Leadership Academy™

Room: Tallahassee 1-3

Presented by:Association of Diversity Councils

Facilitator:
Linda Stokes, President & CEO at PRISM International, Inc. & the Association of ERGs & Councils

Description: The Academy is a 1 day dynamic, intensive, and interactive session that enhances D&I knowledge and skills while equipping ERG/Diversity Council leaders with tools and competencies necessary to build and sustain ERG and Diversity Council success. However, in this special 90-minute workshop version, ERG and Diversity Council leaders - or leaders to be - will receive foundational knowledge, skills and tools to help move their ERG and Diversity Councils forward.

More specifically, in this workshop participants will...

  • Increase leadership capability to enhance ERG and Diversity Council effectiveness, teamwork and results
  • Understand the 5 Success Factors as a leadership and analytical tool for building a vibrant and successful ERG/Diversity Council
  • Provide an introduction to analyzing and identifying the ERG's/Diversity Council's current stage of effectiveness and creating plans for reaching peak performance.

Workshop 4 - Becoming an Effective, Impactful Articulate Advocate

Room: Sanibel 1-3

Presented by:PRISM International

Facilitators:

Description: In this workshop, you will identify, discuss and practice 10 key diversity and inclusion communication tactics that will increase your confidence, competence and credibility in articulating your organization’s diversity and inclusion process while sharpening your ability and raising your comfort level with the 4 “I”s – Initiating, Informing, Involving and Inspiring new advocates to join your ERG or Council.

More specifically, in this workshop we will...

  • Increase your awareness of individual reactions when talking about diversity, inclusion and your ERG or Council
  • Identify and discuss 10 key diversity and inclusion communication tactics that every ERG or Council leader should know
  • Increase your confidence and competence for responding to questions, issues and concerns
  • Sharpen your ability and raise your comfort level with the 4 “I”s – Initiating, Informing, Involving and Inspiring advocates.

Concurrent Sessions

Our eight, 75 minute concurrent sessions reflect the areas in which ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils desire clearer understanding, greater insights, knowledge, skills and proven examples of best practices. They are led by some of the most respected and accomplished D&I organizational leaders and recipients of past years' Honors Awards.



Session 1 - What gets Measured, gets Funded

Room: Miami 2-3

Presented by:

Facilitators:

TOP 6 Recipient of the 2016 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: The success and impact of Inclusion and Diversity initiatives should include comprehensive metrics and goals to ensure accountability, success and future funding. Learn how Mallinckrodt uses an integrated Inclusion & Diversity model to measure their impacts on the business.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss traditional and unique ways to measure I&D programs
  • Learn how to take measurements and equate to value
  • Pitfalls, risks and watch-outs



Session 2 - Transforming the Culture of Employee Resource Groups -
Leveraging Diversity as a Business Driver

Room: Sanibel 1-3

Facilitator: Sanjay "Sonny" Dua, Senior Manager of Change Management for Coca-Cola Refreshments

TOP 3 Recipient of the 2016 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: The Coca-Cola Asian Business Resource Group contributes to the company's commitment to promote diversity as a business. In addition they provide opportunities to cultivate their member base through people development, peer education, knowledge sharing and community engagement.

Learn how the Asian BRG tapped into the backgrounds, skills, and relationships of their member base, to achieve business growth.



Session 3 - Religion in the Work Place – "It's not so scary"

Room: Miami 1

Presented by:

Facilitators:

TOP 15 Recipient of the 2016 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Learn how Texas Instruments has leveraged their Faith Based ERGs as a competitive advantage. This high tech company introduced faith based initiatives nearly two decades ago, and today they are fully embedded and integrated in TI’s  highly successful diversity network.The Christian, Jewish, and Muslim ERGs support the company’s efforts to build bridges across differences, attract talent from all faiths and backgrounds, and strengthen their communications and engagement in communities and businesses.

In this session, TI will share how their faith based initiatives has made the company stronger through:

  • Purposeful collaboration
  • Education and awareness
  • Leadership engagement
  • Commitment to TI’s core values



Session 4 - Crafting a Purpose Driven Strategy

Room: Tallahassee 1-3

Presented by:

Facilitator: Wil Lewis, Senior Vice President Global Diversity & Inclusion at Bank of America

Description: Have you ever wanted to create a powerful strategy and inspire your members to action around a purpose? In this interactive session, you will learn about the Bank of America approach which will help you set your strategy and motivate others.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn core tenants to crafting a powerful strategy
  • Develop an appreciation of how to rally leaders around a strategy
  • Create a strawman to jumpstart your strategy development.



Session 5 - Virtual Inclusion: Your "How To" Action Plan

Room: Tallahasee 1-3

Presented by:

Facilitators:

TOP 5 Recipient of the 2016 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: At U.S. Bank, we’ve built a unique virtual infrastructure that allows for all 73,000+ employees, including leaders at every level of the organization, to connect in meaningful ways. Our programs and processes for virtual resource groups support and engage employees no matter where they work.

In this session, participants will learn about virtual inclusion at U.S. Bank including:

  • An overview of the governance model and chapter structure
  • Effective practices for virtual chapter boards
  • Successful virtual events
  • Engaging employees and leaders



Session 6 - What is Your Rapid Response Plan?

Room: Miami 1

Presented by:

Facilitators:

Description: Violence, unrest and divisiveness are becoming common in our society and can sometimes put our organizations in a difficult position on how to respond.  How can ERGs help their organizations maintain a positive connection with their communities?   Learn from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin as they share strategies to keep your organization ahead of the curve in times of community crisis.  



Session 7 - Applying Diversity Practices in a Shifting Culture

Room: Sanibel 1-3

Presented by:

Facilitators:

Description: The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently underwent a reorganization, introducing a new matrix structure to strengthen its administration and programmatic activities.  AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations, with the goal of using the best science available to enhance people’s lives.  In support of this goal, AIR has made a solid commitment to diversity and inclusion that goes beyond legal compliance.  During this workshop, participants will be given an opportunity to engage in facilitated dialogue with Diversity and Inclusion Council members and leaders from selected ERGs and learn about the strategies and lesson learned as AIR has embarked on its D&I efforts, and addressed challenges in a shifting, data-driven culture.



Session 8 - "From Good to Great"…Implementing Inclusion in an Already Diverse Environment

Room: Miami 2-3

Facilitator: Francisca Phillips, Culture Champion for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Presented by:

Description: What happens when you already have a diverse workforce? The numbers prove you have diversity…but are we really fostering inclusion in the workplace? Learn how one of the leading cruise lines in the world started their inclusion journey, making their workforce feel valued, appreciated, engaged and part of something bigger.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to take diversity, and make it work by adding inclusion to the mix
  • How launching ERGs helped foster inclusion in an already diverse environment
  • Learn, with concrete examples, how inclusion is making the business thrive


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Presented by:

PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils