University of Southern California Marshall School of Business’ Center for Effective Organizations and Ecolab Host the 2023 Strategic Employee Resource Group Leadership Summit

May 18, 2023

Contact: Jennifer Sparks Taylor

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 17, 2023 – The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business’ Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) has announced a joint event with Ecolab, Inc., a global sustainability leader offering water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, to explore the impact of employee resource groups (ERGs) on business innovation and growth.

The 2023 Strategic ERG Leadership Summit is a two-day immersive experience for Human Resources and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leaders to bridge the gap between research and practice for ERGs, diversity councils and ERG executive sponsors. The summit will take place August 3-4, 2023, in St. Paul, Minn. at the Omni Vikings Lake Hotel.

“The Strategic ERG Leadership Summit and programming through CEO focuses on the evolving nature of ERGs to help companies understand how they can elevate and innovate ERG work from tactical implementation to strategic alignment with business goals,” said Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), USC Marshall School of Business. “This is particularly important as our research shows ERGs can quickly mobilize their members to handle unique and difficult organizational challenges across an organization, globally.”

With 40 years of experience, CEO helps companies build effective organizations through evidence-based research focused on organization design, DEI, leadership, future of work, and analytics. The summit brings together leaders from diverse industries to share ERG leadership skills, success stories, and discuss innovative ways to drive the future of ERGs, business, and community.

“We are excited to partner with the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) because of their focus on data-driven learning,” said Dexter Davis, Vice President of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Ecolab. “Our employee resource groups are vital to our culture at Ecolab. As our organization continues to advance the work with our ERGs and our overall business strategy, it’s important to bring cross-disciplinary teams and companies together to learn and grow. We look forward to hosting the summit and engaging with others on this important topic.”

Registration for the 2023 Strategic ERG Summit is now open. To learn more about event sponsorship or tickets for your team, visit

About the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

The Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) brings 40 years of experience in helping companies build more effective organizations. We have a team of world-renowned researchers and consultants working on subjects ranging from organization design, employee resource groups, diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership development, future of work, and strategic analytics. CEO distinguishes itself from other applied research centers and consulting organizations by partnering with organizations to rigorously assess the relevant and strategic issues facing them, applying proven interventions guided by that assessment, and evaluating the effectiveness of the engagement. CEO is supported by our sponsors which include large and mid-sized companies that join the network.

About Ecolab, Inc.

A trusted partner for millions of customers, Ecolab (NYSE:ECL) is a global sustainability leader offering water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and the resources vital to life. Building on a century of innovation, Ecolab has annual sales of $14 billion, employs more than 47,000 associates and operates in more than 170 countries around the world. The company delivers comprehensive science-based solutions, data-driven insights and world-class service to advance food safety, maintain clean and safe environments, and optimize water and energy use. Ecolab’s innovative solutions improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, life sciences, hospitality and industrial markets.

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