2017 ERG & Council Conference: People, Purpose & Passion - Making a Difference
Workshops & Concurrent Sessions
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
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
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™
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
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.
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 7 - Creating Inclusive Environments through Power of Recognition – Ubuntu
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:
Learn how to use formal recognition programs increase employee engagement
Identify informal recognition techniques that foster inclusive environments
Learn about the impact of Micro-Inequities on organizational cultures.
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