2015 ERG & Council Conference:
Creating Impactful Change!

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Workshops & Concurrent Sessions


These four, 90 minute workshops provide ERG and Diversity Council members with an opportunity to take a deeper dive into four of the most challenging topics facing ERGs and Diversity Councils today.

Workshop 1 - The Elephant We Can't See

Room: Terrace West

Presented by:PRISM International

Darrell Butler, Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.

Kelly Thayer, Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.

Michael Fosberg, Author & Actor, President, Incognito, Inc.

Description: Elephant...What Elephant? What is the Elephant we can't see? What can we do to rewire and override our line of sight to make the Hidden Unhidden? In The Elephant We Can't See™ workshop, storytelling followed by interactive, engaging, skill building training help begin a dialogue about any difference that makes a difference in your workplace. This workshop will be the catalyst for expanded perspectives, diversity of thought and innovation by building bridges of understanding, trust and respect. By tackling the "elephant" and confronting the unconscious biases, micro-inequities, and cultural misunderstandings we all carry, we can get better results with a more cohesive team.

More specifically, in this workshop we will...

  • Learn to share the story of their experiences
  • Gain skills and techniques to understand the experiences and perspectives of others
  • Build team cohesion, momentum and respect for results

Workshop 2 - The Rhythm of Inclusion

Room: Beech

Presented by:

Natalie Spiro, Owner & Event Facilitator at Drum Cafe West

Description: Natalie and her percussion instruments are back for an encore! See what happens and is possible when we come together in one voice and purpose...setting aside our individual issues...for one objective. Natalie will guide participants through 4 mini-sessions as they engage numerous and various percussion instruments to drive the learning and the fun! It’s about ERG & Council members working and learning together and taking this same synergy back to their groups, organizations and communities.

More specifically, in this workshop we will...

  • Symphony of Rhythm - Focusing on the collective energy and the individual contributions of the group to harmonize as one, to work together as one, to break down barriers through a universal language
  • Rhythm of Trust - Appreciating the importance of trust and understanding what to do when working to build or restore broken trust
  • My Sticks, Your Sticks - Bringing groups into alignment; bringing in different contributions to a shared pulse; problem solve together, honor the creative process, be open-minded, respect others input, figure it out together, take risks, be innovative.
  • The Rhythm of Collaboration Breakout - Deeper dive into how ERGs & Councils can better function as a team, within their organizations and in their communities.

Workshop 3 - ERG &Diversity Council Leadership Academy™

Room: Arbors

Presented by:Association of Diversity Councils

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

Debbie Smith Rayford, Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils

Description: Focused and skilled leadership is the #1 key ingredient for successful ERGs and Diversity Councils. Leaders bring passion and enthusiasm to their new position and they can increase their impact and effectiveness by expanding their own leadership capabilities. Even if the ERG/DC leader is an experienced manager, motivating, directing and pulling maximum productivity from a volunteer group is very different than managing a group of employees.

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

More specifically, in this workshop we will...

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

Workshop 4 - Women in Leadership–Growing Your Career™

Room: Terrace East

Presented by:

Melanie Miller, Senior Consultant & Facilitator at PRISM International, Inc.

Description: This fast-paced, highly-interactive session explores situations women face in today’s workplace while inspiring them to reach higher levels of personal effectiveness, growth and development. Participants identify ways to create partnerships across gender differences as well as ways to support each other as they build and sustain their careers. Specific concrete strategies for continued professional growth and development are provided along with next step action planning.

More specifically, in this workshop participants will...

  • Understand why women as leaders are a business imperative
  • Discuss 3 strategies for success amid challenges and opportunities in today’s workplace
  • Explore 10 things you can do every day to build your career, personal value and leverage your differences.
  • Gain techniques for partnering across gender differences and supporting other women in attaining their career goals

Concurrent Sessions

These eight, 90 minute concurrent sessions reflect the areas in which ERGs 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.

Session 1 - Managing your ERG as a Strategic Brand

Room: Terrace East

Sponsored by:

Facilitator: Erby Foster, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at The Clorox Company

Description: This session provides ERGs with strategic insights into consumer trends, innovation and reinvention. Explore how The Clorox Company has effectively communicated with diverse consumers, leveraged benefits of an inclusive workforce to help identify business growth and innovation opportunities. We will discuss the double impact ERGs can have on business organizations to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace and workforce while providing valuable consumer insights and business building ideas. Participants will brainstorm opportunities for retail markets, consumer brands, products, packaging and market positioning.

Session 2 - Using ERGs for Driving Performance and Making Real Business Impact.

Room: Beech

Sponsored by:

Moderator: Davie Huddleston, VP, Director Strategic College Recruiting, PNC Financial Services, Inc.

Melodie Jermont "MJ" Roach, SVP, Regional Sales Manager at PNC Financial Services, Inc.

P. Victor Rowe, VP, Branch Manager at PNC Bank, Louisville, KY.

TOP 1 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™
TOP 15 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™
TOP 18 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Effective ERGs are driving performance and making real business impact. PNC's ERGs are making qualitative and quantitative impact in the workplace and the marketplace through sound execution of initiatives and extremely resourceful networking with the community. In this session, participants will learn what PNC's ERGs are doing to impact their organization and communities.

Session 3 - Creating a Culture that Aligns with Business Goals and Employee Expectations

Room: Arbors

Sponsored by:

Facilitator: Mary Ann Sena-Edelen, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at MGM Resorts International

TOP 16 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Mary Ann will provide her insights into how to create a culture that consistently supports the organizational business goals through the implementation of non-negotiable standards that impact profitability, customer service, and employee engagement. She will also share her expertise in the area of employee ENG member expectations; how to align our employees expectations with that of management though guest service training, talent management, and community engagement.

Session 4 - Increasing Impact on Patient Care & Delivery of Quality Service Through Diversity

Room: Terrace West

Presented by:

Facilitator: Karen Jones, Manager Diversity & Inclusion and Career Development at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

TOP 8 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Improving quality and the delivery of patient care are an integral part of the DNA of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Learn how their diversity council executes their strategy involving senior management and focusing on key performance factors that are making a difference. Their story is applicable to any organization that wants their diversity council involved in improving performance.

Session 5 - Aligning Diversity Initiatives to Increase Organizational Impact

Room: Beech

Sponsored by:

Karinna Rojas, Employer Branding & Diversity Officer Americas HR at Siemens Corporation

Nichelle Grant, LEED® AP Director of Operational Excellence, Siemens Building Technologies Division

TOP 4 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Diversity must be communicated and aligned across the enterprise to create value and increase inclusion. Siemens has a comprehensive methodology that insures success, creates alignment and builds organizational impact. During this session, participants will learn from Siemens how to better align their current diversity initiative to increase organizational impact.

Session 6 - How ERGs can Drive Corporate Change

Room: Arbors

Sponsored by:

Jenifer Hartnett-Bullen, Officer Strategic Enterprise Business Solutions at State Street Corporation

Robin Parsons, Vice President of IAS Data Management at State Street Corporation

TOP 25 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Harnessing the power of like-minded individuals is a substantive force that can drive all kinds of change. Indeed, in a large corporate setting, it is impossible to accomplish or sustain change without engaging the hearts and minds of employees, and Employee Resource Groups can play a key role in doing just that. This session explores ERGs as a pivotal employee engagement tool that can support real, sustainable grassroots change, using case studies as examples of how to leverage ERGs as change champions.

Session 7 - Increasing Employee Engagement and Organizational Impact

Room: Terrace East

Sponsored by:

Facilitator: Derek Stapleton, Lead Chief of Staff at AT&T

TOP 9 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™
TOP 23 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: Organizations desire to increase employee engagement for the purpose of increasing organizational impact. AT&T's OxyGen ERG will share the key initiatives they are using to open up new pathways for employee engagement while simultaneously increasing impact on their organization. Session participants will be able to identify specific initiatives that can assist them increase their ERGs impact.

Session 8 - How the Big "I" Insures That Diversity Makes an Impact

Room: Terrace West

Sponsored by:

Whitnee Dillard, Agent Development Programs Manager at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc.

Madelyn Flannagan, Vice President Agent Development, Research and Education at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc.

TOP 10 Recipient of the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award™

Description: The Big "I" Diversity Task Force of the Independent Insurance Agents  and Brokers of America, Inc. will outline how they uniquely engage and developed a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers and industry affinity groups.  In this session, participants will learn how the Big "I" efforts are making an impact and that what can be learned from their business model that has universal application.

Presented by:

Association of Diversity Councils

PRISM International