Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Opening, Welcome

2:00 – 2:07 PM ET

Session 1, Day 1

2:07 – 2:47 PM
2:37 – 2:47 PM, Live Q&A
Title: Executive perspectives on meeting todays challenges
Description: ERGs address both societal and organizational challenges. Explore how ERG leaders can manage challenges in measurable and meaningful ways and how executive sponsors can best provide support and resources.
Format: Fireside Chat

  • Steve Yager, Vice President, Customer Experience Americas Service Providers, Cisco Systems
  • Keith Pigues, Chairman, CEO, Cofounder – CulTRUE; CEO, Founder – Luminas Strategy

Breakout Session 1

2:47 – 3:09 PM ET
Instructions, transition, breakout session

Break 1

3:09 – 3:14 PM ET

Session Intro Video

3:14 – 3:17 PM ET

Session 2, Day 1

3:17 – 3:52 PM PM
Title: Driving business success through structure and alignment
Description: ERG success and business alignment starts with group construction, management, leadership and resources. Building partnerships to strengthen business alignment and foster intersectionality between groups leads to sustainability.
Format: Panel

  • Nichelle Grant, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Siemens USA
  • Ariane Panter, Sr. Director, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, McDonald’s
  • Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, SAS
  • Ray Trapp, VP of Strategic Engagement, Research Triangle Foundation (moderator)

Breakout Session 2

3:52 – 4:14 PM ET
Instructions, transition, breakout session

Break 2

4:14 – 4:19 PM ET

Session 3, Day 1

4:19 – 4:20 PM ET(includes one-minute intro)
Title: Leading with energy and social and emotional intelligence
Description: As ERG leaders, individuals must develop social and emotional intelligence and focus on mental, physical and emotional energy. Tru Pettigrew explores how these focus areas lead to healthier individuals and success.
Format: Lightening Talk

  • Tru Pettigrew, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx

Session 4, Day 1

4:25 – 4:43 PM ET
Title: The Why and the How of ERGs
Description: The RTI International team discusses the business value of ERGs, the steps to create effective groups, how to give vulnerable populations a voice, and how ERG involvement leads to inclusion and belonging for individuals and organizations.
Format: Interviews

  • Kristina Brunelle, Global Head of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, RTI International
  • Tamara Terry, Research Survey Scientist 3, DEI Leader, RTI International
  • Kristy Lowther, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, RTI International
  • Cara Valentino, Racial Justice and Equity Program Manager, RTI International

Session 5, Day 1: Lightening Talk

4:43 – 4:50 PM ET
Title: Addressing today’s critical issues Two pressing matters that ERGs face today are social issues in the workplace and a new work environment during the Covid crisis. Navigate how to manage these opportunities and explore the business case for strong ERG engagement.
Format: Lightening Talk

  • David Laboy, Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability, Shutterfly


4:50 – 4:52 PM ET

*Times may vary slightly

Thursday, October 14, 2021 


2:00 – 2:05 PM ET
Welcome and opening video

Session 1, Day 2

2:05 – 2:40 PM ET

Title: How engagement leads to professional development
Description: ERG membership provides an opportunity to develop new skills that strengthens performance in current roles, helps prepare for future roles and contributes to overall organizational success.
Format: Fireside Chat

Session 2, Day 2

2:40 – 3:20 PM ET
3:10 – 3:20 PM Live Q&A
Title: Lead with your brand
Description: To stand out today, ERG leaders must build a personal brand that moves from person to person, from community to community and from generation to generation. How does one create all of this movement?
Format: Coaching

  • Payal Nanjiani, Globally Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Renowned Speaker, Executive Coach, New York Award Winning Author

Breakout Session 3

3:20 – 3:52 PM ET
Instructions, transition, breakout session

Break 1

3:52 – 3:57 PM ET

Session Intro Video

3:57 – 4:01 PM ET

Session 3, Day 2

4:01 – 4:06 PM ET
Title: Leadership, inclusion and purpose
Description: Understanding the connection between leadership, inclusion and purpose, and how ERGs can achieve and display effective leadership and communicate with influence.
Format: Lightening Talk

  • Tru Pettigrew, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx

Session 4, Day 2

4:06 – 4:12 PM ET
Title: Measurable growth and partnership opportunities
Description: How to identify and create opportunities for professional leadership growth, build internal partnerships that strengthen business alignment and maximize ERG members’ knowledge and experiences, and measure success.
Format: Lightening Talk

  • James Barron, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UNC Health

Intro Video

4:12 – 4:15 PM ET

Session 5, Day 2

4:15 – 4:31 PM ET
Title: Transforming culture through allyship and cultural competency
Description: Through personal stories, Jess Evans shares how ERG members can be allies as individuals and as a collective group, how cultural competency increases awareness and understanding, and how allyship and cultural competency are connected.
Format: Personal Perspective

  • Jess Evans, Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, Wolfspeed

Breakout Session 4

4:31 – 4:53 PM ET
Instructions, transition, breakout session


4:53 – 4:55 PM ET

*Times may vary slightly


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