About the Conference

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-led and employer-recognized groups that join together in the workplace based on shared characteristics, life experiences or interests. ERGs provide a space for underrepresented populations to have a voice and for people with shared interests or commonalities to obtain a greater sense of belonging within the larger group. Employee Resource Groups is a common title for workplace groups, but many organizations use a different title, such as Business Resource Groups, Team Member Networks, Diversity Councils and Inclusion Groups. ERG members are ambassadors of organizations, and together, they can uniformly share company values and exhibit shared behaviors that contribute to positive workplace cultures.

Conference

The 2022 National ERG Leadership Conference connects all employees associated with ERGS, from all types of ERGs, for a collective discussion. As a united group, attendees will share best practices, discuss challenges and solutions, learn from established ERG authorities and connect with peers from various companies to create external networks. Key conference learnings equip leaders with the skills necessary to help them better connect with one another and contribute to healthy environments within their organizations and communities.

This year’s theme is CONNECT, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow participants. Sessions consist of both speaker discussions and table breakouts or virtual breakouts to allow for participants to engage with one another and discuss various topics, share ideas, and create solutions. We encourage all participants to connect with one another after the conference to continue conversations and build collaborations.

Who should attend

  • ERG members
  • ERG group leaders
  • ERG executive sponsors
  • Business leaders
  • Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging professionals
  • Internal groups that frequently interact and work with ERGs (Communications, Community Relations, etc.)
  • ERG experts

Everyone, at all business levels, is invited and encouraged to participate in the conversation so that multiple viewpoints are shared and that all voices are heard. The conference is designed to benefit newly established and seasoned ERGs.

Conference format

The conference format is hybrid and individuals can participate in person or virtually. Speakers represent local, national and global organizations, diverse populations and they foster a safe place where challenges and sensitive topics are openly discussed. Sessions include:

  • Panel discussions
  • Fireside chats
  • Lightening talks
  • Table and virtual breakout discussions
  • Best practice highlights