Employee Resource Group Leadership Summit, June 2013
Employee Resource Groups as sources of innovation and growth
Presentations and Notes - Day 1:
Overview of Summit Goals and Themes - Theresa Welbourne, Research Professor, Center for Effective Organizations, USC
The theme of the summit is ERGs as Sources of Innovation. Innovation is defined here as something different that has impact. The takeaway from this summit is to go back and have an impact on your career and the organization. Questions to think about over the course of the workshop: How can your ERG be more innovative? Good innovators leap well. They are good at crossing-over by learning in one area and applying that in another area. What do we mean by ERGs? Initially, ERGs represented a demographic group but evolved to focus on many different mutual interests. What is it about people's coming together that is important? Whatever that thing is, it is applicable not just to larger companies, but also smaller companies. ERGs themselves are not diverse; you are coming together because you are alike. What is it about this that creates safe-zones within ERGs? Is it because you are alike that you trust each other? What is next for ERGs? All of these questions were addressed over the course of the summit.
This conference's participants were both ERG leaders and people from HR/corporate in general. We planned this to be a data-driven conference that would use data coming from your ERG members to inform our learning. We learned from each other as well as experts. The goal of this summit was to build leadership skills by learning to innovate in your own careers and in leading your ERGs, and in helping your ERG assist the company in meeting its goals and objectives.
As part of the conference, all participating companies were surveying their ERG members. Some are still doing the survey and some will do it afterward. After all data are in, everyone will get benchmarking data - your company versus all others as an aggregate. This data can be used to drive thinking and conversations.
Innovation and Play - Susan Resnick West, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, USC
Keynote: Uncovering Innovation within your ERGs - David Bishop, President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Apply Innovation to a Live Case Study - Antoine Andrews, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Gap Inc.
Panel Discussion: ERG Leaders and Diversity Officers
Presentations and Notes - Day 2:
Innovation Simulation and Experiential Learning - Peter Mulford, Executive Vice President, Head of East Coast Region, BTS
Measuring Return on Investment (ROI) Impact -
Dr. Edward Hubbard, President & CEO, Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
Myra Hubbard, Executive Vice President, Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
ERG Best Practices
Live Case Vignette: Fast Innovation - Lisa Amoroso, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Engagement, Frito-Lay & PepsiCo
Learning from the ERG Data
Keynote: Closing Keynote Address from Mattel - Alan Kaye, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Mattel, Inc.
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Center for Effective Organizations
- University of Southern California
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- Davidson Conference Center 200
- Los Angeles, CA 90089–0871
- usc marshall school of business