Maximize your ERG Leadership Summit Experience!

Network and learn from other ERG and diversity leaders throughout the week regardless of time-zone

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This year CEO is excited to announce the first virtual ERG Leadership Summit, offered in partnership with the Association of ERGs and Councils. This year’s event builds on our commitment to data-driven and experiential learning. Be sure to bookmark this page, as more information will be added as we get closer to the Summit. We look forward to seeing you!

Not on Pacific Time? You’ll have global 24/7 access throughout the week to see who is online or view recorded sessions (we encourage you to network regardless of time zone).

    Networking Lounge

    The Networking Lounge is available and active 24/7.

    Sponsor Booths

    Check out what our sponsors are doing to improve ERG impact and experience.

    Diversity Impact Award Videos

    Get new ideas from Diversity Impact Award Winners.

    Ideation Challenge

    During the week you have access to StartupWind and will work on a new idea to take back to your members.

    Questions?

    Visit our help desk for any questions you may have during the Summit. For any immediate questions contact Jennifer Sparks.

    What to Expect

    Watch a preview video and tour of what to expect at the 2020 ERG Leadership Summit! Specific instructions for login will be sent by Friday, October 16 from Jennifer Sparks.

    Check out our Virtual Agenda

    This year’s summit includes a full week of knowledgable speakers, cutting-edge ideation sessions, and unlimited opportunities to network 24/7! All times below are reflected in Pacific Time (PT).

    Day 1: Unleashing Your ERG's Creativity and Inner Inventor / Entrepreneur

    Monday, October 19
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Welcome & Opening Kick Off: Making Collisions Work, Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:00 am

    Live Keynote: Unleashing Innovation, Hugh Molotsi, Founder & CEO Ujama; formerly Intuit Diversity Council

    9:00-9:30 am

    Breakout Sessions: Unleashing Innovation

    12:00-12:45 pm

    Grab some lunch or coffee and learn about the week-long Ideation Challenge – Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne

    1:00-2:00 pm

    Activating Cross Network/ERG Collaboration- Eli Weiss, Manager Equity and Belonging and Imani Sims, Senior Specialist, Equity & Belonging, Zillow Group
    Join Zillow’s Affinity Network leaders and Equity and Belonging team in a discussion on the impact of partnership across networks and beyond.

    3:00-4:00 pm

    Celebration: Announce Diversity Impact Awards, Executive Sponsor Winners – Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, and Michelle Brown, Project Manager, Talent Dimensions

     

    Day 2: Unleashing Energy to Drive Forward Momentum

    Tuesday, October 20
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Daily Kick Off & Reflections on Previous Day: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:00 am

    Live Keynote: Other Duties as Assigned: The Importance of Working on the System, Not Just In It, Mary O’Hara, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Internal Communications, Blue Shield of California

    9:00-9:30 am

    Breakout Session: The Importance of Working on the System, Not Just In It, Blue Shield of California

    10:00-11:00 pm

    Optional and Open Q & A Session: Ask Questions About the StartupWind Tool and Your ideation Project

    12:00-1:00 pm

    ERG Sponsors: Creating Collisions that Drive Positive Change, Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, Talent Dimensions; Wendy Wellener, Dominion Energy; Sonny Dua, International Monetary Fund

    3:00-4:00 pm

    Celebration: Announce Top 10 ERG Strategic Program Award Winners – Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, and Michelle Brown, Project Manager, Talent Dimensions

    Day 3: Unleashing the Inner Teacher During Times of Crisis and High Change

    Wednesday, October 21
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Daily Kick Off & Reflections on Previous Day: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:00 am

    Live Keynote: ERGs Role in Driving Culture While Working Virtually, Bank of America; Allen Chen, Sr. V.P. Global Diversity & Inclusion, Richard Nichols, Jr., Managing Director, and Nathaniel Hyde, Managing Director, Bank of America Private Bank

    9:00-10:00  am

    Simultaneous Session: VIP Session for ERG Executive Sponsors

    9:15-10:30 am

    Simultaneous Session: Meet-up with Similar ERGs – discuss keynote and common challenges

    12:00-1:30 pm

    Live Case Study: Nintendo—Building the Ally Tool Kit

    Breakout Session: Work on Case Challenge in Teams

    Sharing and Debrief: A Few Teams Will Share Solutions and Nintendo Debrief

    3:00-4:00 pm

    Celebration: Announce Top 10 Diversity Impact Award Winners – Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, and Michelle Brown, Project Manager, Talent Dimensions

     

    Day 4: Unleashing Your Best Self

    Thursday, October 22
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Daily Kick Off & Reflections on Previous Day: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:00 am

    Live Keynote: Leader Self-Care–Learning for You and Your Members, Anese Cavanaugh, Author & Advisor, Contagious Leadership; Michael Nobleza, Founder & Executive Director, #BringItAll

    9:00-9:30 am

    Breakout Sessions:  Leader Self Care

    9:45-10:45 am

    Simultaneous Session: VIP Session for DE&I Leaders

    9:45-10:45 am

    Simultaneous Learning Session: ROI–The Essential ERG Tool, Dr. Edward Hubbard, President & CEO, Hubbard & Hubbard

    11:00-12:00 pm

    Optional and Open Q & A Session: Ask Questions About the StartupWind Tool and Your ideation Project

    12:15-1:15 pm

    Group Exercise: Asian Leaders Alliance – Combating Racism through an Anti-Xenophobia Toolkit – Jason Chan, Vice President, and Mable Huang, Communications Lead, Asian Leaders Alliance

    1:30-2:30 pm

    Panel Discussion: Black Lives Matter–What it Means for You and Your ERG
    Rich Robles, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Novant Health
    Ashleigh Hargrave, Director, Health & Equity, Novant Health
    Heidi Moore, Director, Emerging Markets & Inclusion, Froedtert
    Michelle Brown, Ph.D., Talent Dimensions

    3:00-4:00 pm

    Celebration: Announce Top 11 – 25 ERG Award Winners – Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, and Michelle Brown, Project Manager, Talent Dimensions

    Day 5: Unleashing Potential For the Future

    Friday, October 23
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Daily Kick Off & Reflections on Previous Day: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:00 am

    Live Keynote: Building Faith in Each Other, Dr. Varun Soni, University of Southern California, Vice Provost for Wellness and Crisis Intervention and Dean of Religious Life

    9:00-9:30 am

    Breakout Session: Building Faith in Each Other

    10:30-11:30 pm

    Amazon’s ERGs: Scaling for Global Growth, Anna Ettin, Sr. Employee Resource & Inclusion Leader, Amazon

    12:00-1:00 pm

    ERG Panel Learning Session: Growing your ERGs,
    Panelists:
    -Sheryl Battles, Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Pitney Bowes Inc.
    -David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health
    -Andres Gonzales, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
    -Paul Martin, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Moderator:
    Joseph Santana, Founder, ERG Powertalk

    3:00-4:00 pm

    Celebration: Announce Top 10 ERG Award Winners – Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer, and Michelle Brown, Project Manager, Talent Dimensions

     

    Day 6: Closing Day

    Saturday, October 24
    All Times PST

     

    8:00 am

    Daily Kick Off & Reflections on Previous Day: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist & Jennifer Sparks, Director, Executive Education, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    8:15-9:15 am

    Celebration: Announce ERG Ideation Favorites

    9:15-9:30 am

    Closing Remarks: Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Affiliated Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

    9:30 am-3:00 pm

    Networking: Explore Virtual Rooms and Booths on Own

    Our ERG Leadership Summit Speakers

    Additional Speakers to be Confirmed.

    Theresa M. Welbourne

    Theresa M. Welbourne

    Affiliated Senior Research Scientist

    Center for Effective Organizations

    Wil Lewis

    Wil Lewis

    Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

    Bank of America

    Nathaniel M. Hyde

    Nathaniel M. Hyde

    Managing Director Market Trust Executive

    Bank of America

    Richard L. Nichols, Jr.

    Richard L. Nichols, Jr.

    Managing Director South Atlantic Division Executive

    Bank of America

     Anese Cavanaugh

    Anese Cavanaugh

    Contagious Leadership Author and Advisor

    The IEP Method®
    Sheryl Battles

    Sheryl Battles

    Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement

    Pitney Bowes Inc.
    David L. Casey

    David L. Casey

    Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer

    President, CVS Health Employee Relief Fund
    Jason Chan

    Jason Chan

    Vice President, Asian Leaders Alliance

    Technology Enablement, Guidewire
    Allen Chen

    Allen Chen

    Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion

    Bank of America
     Lynn Cowart

    Lynn Cowart

    Co-Owner and Chief Operations Officer

    Talent Dimensions
    Anna Ettin

    Anna Ettin

    Senior Employee Resource & Inclusion Leader

    Amazon
      Andres Gonzalez

    Andres Gonzalez

    Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

    Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

    Ashleigh Hargrave

    Ashleigh Hargrave

    Director of Clinical Health Equity for the Greater Winston-Salem

    Novant Health

    Mable Huang

    Mable Huang

    Asian Leaders Alliance Communications Lead Asians@ Airbnb ERG Global Chair

    Advocacy Strategist at Airbnb
    Dr. Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.

    Dr. Edward E. Hubbard, Ph.D.

    President and CEO

    Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.
    Cile Johnson

    Cile Johnson

    Chief Business Officer

    Talent Dimensions
    Paul Martin

    Paul Martin

    Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
    Hugh Molotsi

    Hugh Molotsi

    Founder

    Ujama Inc.
    Heidi E. Moore

    Heidi E. Moore

    Director of Emerging Markets & Inclusion

    Froedtert Health
    Michael Nobleza

    Michael Nobleza

    Founder & Executive Director

    #BringItAll
    Mary M. O'Hara

    Mary M. O'Hara

    Chief Human Resources Officer & Senior Vice President of Internal Communications

    Blue Shield of California
    Rich Robles

    Rich Robles

    Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion

    Novant Healt
    Joseph Santana

    Joseph Santana

    Podcast Creator and Host

    ERG PowerTalk

    Imani Sims

    Imani Sims

    Senior Specialist, Equity & Belonging

    Zillow Group
    Varun Soni

    Varun Soni

    Dean of Religious Life

    University of Southern California

    Eli Weiss

    Eli Weiss

    Manager, Equity and Belonging

    ZillowGroup

    Not Yet Registered?

    Registration for the ERG Leadership Summit will close on Thursday, October 15, 12:00 am PST.

    Individuals with Disabilities

    Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Annette Yakushi at ayakushi@marshall.usc.edu; 310-702-9814; It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least 10 days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.