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

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Orlando, Florida, October 4th-6th

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The Only Diversity & Inclusion Conference Designed Specifically for Employee Resource Groups & Diversity Councils.

The 2017 ERG & Council Conference is set for October 4th-6th at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year's theme is People, Purpose & Passion - Making a Difference! Once again diversity & inclusion professionals, Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Council members will have expanded opportunities to learn and share best practices, network, grow and celebrate, to become inspired and be renewed...all for the purpose of increasing their impact on key organizational and business objectives.


View 2017 Conference & Honors Award Photos


Conference Highlights: (View Agenda Page for Details)

Thursday Opening Day Event

Freddie Ravel

Keynote Maestro, Celebrated Performer & Thought Leader

First Day Opening Event: Teamwork: Diversity and the Power of Human Harmonics

Freddie Ravel, is the internationally acclaimed Keynote Maestro who blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world.

The Keynote Maestro shares personal stories of how minorities and women have opened doors to his ongoing success from being hired by Brazilian producer Sergio Mendes at age 23 to being the only white guy in the all black band named “Earth, Wind and Fire.” In addition to his collaborations with Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter, Yolanda King as guest author in Open My Eyes, Open My Soul alongside Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Maya Angelou, he’s played the GRAMMYs with Prince, recorded with Madonna for her major motion picture debut, Evita and toured the world to packed stadiums with Latin rock legend Carlos Santana.

Learn more about Freddie.

Friday Opening Day Event

Geena Rocero

Model, Producer, Trans Rights Advocate

Second Day Opening Event: Transgender Spectrum - A Journey to Self Acceptance and Pride

Geena Rocero, is a Model, Producer, Trans Rights Advocate and co-host of award winning TV Show ASPIREist for USA Network. She uses her platform to share a powerful story.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference, her viral talk has since been viewed more than 3 million times. Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and media production company that tells stories to elevate justice and equality for the transgender community.

Learn more about Geena.



Destination Celebration Reception - Thursday, October 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

One of the most exciting and fun receptions you'll ever experience! Let us welcome you to the Conference and our home - Orlando!

The Emerald Bay Plaza will be transformed into a Caribbean paradise complete with conga tables, crate buffet, and a tropical foliage stage that will host the lively Deja band.

Deja hails from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Their repertoire includes a variety of Reggae, Calypso, Soca and top 40 selections.

There will be tropical drinks, Caribbean and Florida style foods and fun events! So come meet old friends while making new ones. This event is not to be missed!


Conference attendees share their thoughts about why they came to the Conference.



Benefits of attending:

  • Gain creative strategies that move Diversity & Inclusion efforts forward
  • Compare best practice strategies and tactics for enhancing ERG and Diversity Council performance
  • Learn how ERGs and Diversity Councils can better align themselves to the organization purpose and business
  • Save time and money by learning how ERG and Diversity Councils can perform better, quicker and more effectively
  • Increase the confidence and competence of ERG and Diversity Council members
  • Learn to enroll, engage and inspire others for greater participation and involvement
  • Renew and revitalize through networking with Best Practice Councils, D&I leaders, practitioners and colleagues
  • Network with ERG and Diversity Council groups from all over the U.S.
  • Enjoy the drama, fun and excitement of the TOP 25 recipient countdown of the 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™

View 2017 Conference & Honors Award Photos


Who Attended in 2016?

    AbbVie
    Alaska Airlines
    Allstate Insurance Company
    American Airlines
    American Electric Power
    American Institutes for Research
    American Student Assistance
    Association of ERGs & Councils
    AT&T
    AtlantiCare
    Bank of America
    Bard Peripheral Vascular
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
    Bright Horizons Family Solutions
    Career Systems International (CSI)
    Carolinas HealthCare System
    CBS Corporation
    CentraCare Health
    Cerner Corporation
    Chevron
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Citizens Energy Group
    City of Hope, CA
    Cleveland Clinic
    Coca-Cola Refreshments
    Council For A Strong America
    Cox Communications
    Davenport University
    Deckers Brands
    Delhaize America
    Discover Financial Services
    Department of Defense
    Donlen
    DST Systems, Inc.
    Entergy
    Erickson Living
    Erie Insurance
    Express Scripts
    FedEx Freight
    Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
    General Motors
    Gold Strike - Tunica
    Great River Energy
    Hackensack Meridian Health
    Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    Health Partners
    IIABA
    Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC
    Kaiser Permanente
    KentuckyOne Health
    Lakeland Healthcare
    Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Lockheed Martin
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
    MassMutual Financial Group
    McKesson
    MGM Resorts International
    MN Department of Corrections
    MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
    National Guard Bureau (NGB JDEC)
    National Security Agency
    NBCUniversal
    Nevada Air National Guard
    NextEra Energy, Inc.
    Northern Trust Company
    Northwestern Mutual
    Norton Healthcare
    Novant Health
    OhioHealth
    ONEOK
    PNC Bank
    PNC Financial Services
    PRISM International, Inc.
    Progressive Insurance
    Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Siemens Healthineers
    SkyWest Airlines
    Southern California Edison
    Southern Company Gas
    St. Louis Children's Hospital
    State Street Corporation
    Subaru of America, Inc.
    SUEZ Environment
    Summa Health
    The Boeing Company
    Tesoro Companies, Inc.
    Texas Instruments, Inc.
    The Coca-Cola Company
    The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations
    The National Hispanic Corporate Council
    The Signature at MGM Grand
    Transportation Security Agency
    TriHealth
    True Blue Inclusion
    Tyson Foods, Inc.
    UMC Health System
    U.S. Bank
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
    Visa
    Volkswagen Group of America
    Walmart Stores Inc.

Presented by:

PRISM International

Association of Diversity Councils