Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and ERGs

The key to an engaged, mindful and forward-thinking workforce

CEO’s leading-edge research on DEI and Employee Resource Groups offers insight into the benefits and advantages of diverse perspectives, inclusive strategies, and equitable reward systems.

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The Annual Employee Resource Group (ERG) Research Survey

Benchmark your ERG progress and learn from validated metrics.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and ERGs

The key to an engaged, mindful and forward-thinking workforce

CEO’s leading-edge research on DEI and Employee Resource Groups offers insight into the benefits and advantages of diverse perspectives, inclusive strategies, and equitable reward systems.

Questions about DEI and ERGs?

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are playing an increasingly valuable role in organizations as they directly address the growing social needs of businesses which leads to higher employee satisfaction. By creating affinity groups around identity, interest, or other shared traits, companies actively encourage deeper involvement by the workforce, which has not only a positive impact on culture, but also strategy and performance. In fact, studies show that companies with engaged employees outperform those without them by a whopping 202%.

Since 2009, CEO has been at the forefront of research on ERGs and the business impact they have on complex organizations. Today, CEO continues to enhance that research with interviews and performance data to develop and encourage ERG leaders, support their organizations, and help them both to thrive.

Surprisingly, despite the prevalence of ERGs in the business world, there has been very little research done on them. That’s why, having been focused on the issue for over a decade, CEO’s findings represent some of the most cutting-edge and comprehensive knowledge in the field.

In addition, CEO’s advanced research initiatives on diversity, equity, and inclusion help companies create vibrant and sustaining practices that are fully integrated into their strategy, culture, and workforce.

Today, when it comes to DEI, it’s not just a matter of checking a box. It’s about disrupting bias, being culturally competent, understanding intersectionality, encouraging allyship — and ultimately, helping the entire organizational structure to evolve.

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Featured Article

Employee Resource Groups: An Introduction, Review and Research Agenda

Skylar Rolf, Steven Schlachter, Theresa M. Welbourne

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are within-organization groups, staffed by employee volunteers, which have evolved since their inception in the 1960s. In this paper, Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO), Skylar Rolf (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Steven Schlachter (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) provide an introduction to ERGs, review the literature that exists to date, and provide ideas for a research agenda.

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Certificate in Human Capital and Effective Organizations

The certificate program in Human Capital and Effective Organizations is designed to develop the next generation of human resource leaders: those responsible for establishing deep and specific connections between their business strategies and their human and organization capital.

The HCEO Certificate Program offers an integrated curriculum that develops the following five key competencies necessary to form strategic partnerships and to lead in today’s changing business environment:

  • Organization Design
  • Future of HR
  • Adapting to Disruption
  • Strategic Analytics
  • Leading Innovation

Meet Our Researchers

Our award-winning research scientists, affiliates and  practitioners help companies drive performance by providing leading-edge research, practical tools, and a wealth of experience.

Theresa M. Welbourne

Affiliated Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Theresa Welbourne’s work focuses on human capital and leadership strategies that drive growth, innovation and high performance. She is known for her work on employee energy and how energy, direction and confidence come together to stimulate and sustain high sense of urgency cultures and organizational growth.

Sharoni Little

Affiliated Research Scientist

Sharoni Denise Little is Associate Dean, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer & Professor of Clinical Business Communication at USC Marshall School of Business and an award-winning teacher, researcher, and mentor. A renowned author, global facilitator, and media commentator, Sharoni’s research and expertise centers on organizational leadership, strategic communication, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Beth Chung

Affiliated Research Scientist

Beth Chung is a Professor of Management. She is currently the Director for the Institute on Inclusiveness and Diversity in Organizations (IIDO) and Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Outreach Committee for San Diego State University. She is also past research director for the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. She has taught a variety of courses including Diversity Issues, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Group Process, Human Resource Management, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Cathleen Clerkin

Affiliated Research Scientist

Cathleen Clerkin is a Senior Research Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and is based out of Charlottesville, VA. She is a scientific researcher with experience in industrial-organizational psychology, social and personality psychology, positive psychology and applied social cognitive neuroscience.