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: TBD

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: TBD

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: TBD

Presented by:Association of Diversity Councils

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

Description: 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: TBD

Presented by:PRISM International

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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 year's Honors Awards.



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Session 4 - Crafting a Purpose Driven Strategy

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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:

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



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Session 7 - Creating Inclusive Environments through Power of Recognition – Ubuntu

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Facilitator: Stephanie Piimauna, Director Diversity & Inclusion, MGM Resorts International

Description: This session focuses on the power of recognition and is based on the 4 Core Human Needs; Attention, Affection, Appreciation, and Acceptance. How recognition directly impacts organizational culture, employee loyalty & engagement, superior customer service, customer loyalty, vendor & supplier relationships, high performance teams, and personal relationships. " We invoke each other’s potential by our willingness to see the essence of each other" – Tribes of the Northern Natal in South Africa.

In this session, participants will:

  1. Learn how to use formal recognition programs increase employee engagement
  2. Identify informal recognition techniques that foster inclusive environments
  3. Learn about the impact of Micro-Inequities on organizational cultures.



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Presented by:

PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils