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 - Unconscious Bias

Room: TBD

Presented by:PRISM International

Facilitator: TBD

Description: Coming Soon


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 - 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: Coming Soon


Workshop 4 - Becoming an Effective, Impactful Articulate Advocate

Room: TBD

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 year's Honors Awards.



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

Room: TBD

Presented by:

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

TOP 20 Recipient of the 2015 ERG & Council Honors Award™

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.



Session 8 - TBD

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Presented by:

PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils