ERG Summit

Being, Becoming, Belonging.
Thursday, August 22

How do you break free from convention and become a fearless leader? Employee Resource Group (ERG) and Business Resource Group (BRG) leaders tasked to test unchartered territory, often with no roadmap. Relying on their passion and vision, ERG leaders become unconventional leaders and disruptors to push the boundaries of what it means to lead.

This year’s ERG theme Being, Becoming, Belonging encapsulates the process of personal & professional growth: You must first accept your own BEING to then shift/develop into BECOMING the leader who can inspire others to achieve a sense of BELONGING in the workplace.

The ERG Summit on Thursday August 22, 2019 showcases best practices across industries, examining the impact of these programs on individual ERG leaders and the organizations as a whole.

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 Engaging Topics of Discussion Include:

Allyship—What do you do when position/hierarchy-based culture and when there’s a conflict. Do you stand-up for your colleague as an ally?

Metrics & Identity—How do we pitch ROI for ERG/BRG programming? What other relevant metrics are effective?

Pioneering—How do you break barriers when it’s never been done in your field or org?

Belonging & IntersectionalityHow to account for multi-cultural identities of race, LGBTQ, Women in the workplace, intergenerational, etc.?

Have a topic you’re interested in? Write to us!

Confirmed Speakers

Join us and our exciting line of speakers in exploring new avenues of leadership. 

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Kim Cummings

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources & Diversity- BNSF Railway

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Santosh Mathew

Director of Technology, SAP, Mergers & Acquisitions / Diversity & Inclusion Leader / Sustainability Green Team Leader- Nielsen

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Doreen M. Viloria

Consultant II, Diversity & Inclusion- Bank of America

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Nior Gonzales

Manager, Corporate & Community Engagement- The University of Kansas

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Michael Gonzales

2019 Leadership Convention General Manager
Co-Founder, National Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consortium & Principal, NE&E Consulting

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Lisa A. Strack

Vice President, Diversity Recruiting Program Officer- Bank of the West
National Director of ERG Relations- NAAAP

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Angela Pastorek, Ph.D.

Program Director & Faculty, Graduate Programs in Workplace Communication- The University of Kansas

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Trace Ballard

Manager, LGBT Outreach- Central Intelligence Agency

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Farzana Nayani

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist
ERG Architect and Advisor- NAAAP

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Estrella Cramer

Director, Global Compliance & Operational Risk- UPS

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Melinda Yee Franklin

Managing Director, Corporate & Government Affairs, Western Region- United Airlines

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Vanessa Sims

Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion- UMB Financial Services

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Tessa Xuan

Founder & Principal- WOC Group LLC
ERG Corporate Relations Manager- NAAAP

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Tashina Charagi

Vice President of Operations Global Products & Technology- ADP

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Lilian Cavaleri

Director, Business Analytics & Chair, Asia Pacific Network- CBRE
Market Leader, Pacific Northwest- Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate (FIIRE)

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Melvina Young

Senior Writer & Creator- Hallmark Cards

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Gaby Flores

Director, Office of Equity and Diversity- Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City

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Dr. Andrea Hendricks

Senior Executive-Director of Diversity, Inclusion Strategy- Cerner

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Candi Castleberry Singleton

VP of Diversity Partnerships Strategy + Engagement, Twitter

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Toki Toguri

Co-founder and Customer Success Manager- Diverst

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Ann Chen

Manager, Marketing & Chair, Asian American ERG Steering Committee Communications- Experian

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Bobby Griffin

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion- CBRE

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Kingman Ng

Director, HR Global Diversity & Inclusion- Eli Lilly and Company 

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Elizabeth Yang

NAAAP National President
Owner- Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang

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Mariko Carpenter

Vice President, Strategic Alliances- Nielsen

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