In a challenging and rapidly changing marketplace, ERG’s are often underutilized. These groups can support staff members and train new leaders while also bringing measurable results to their parent companies. They may provide cultural competency to reach new markets, discover the most relevant aspects of a new product or service or even help identify a company’s next big idea. ERG’s also help companies identify and retain a diverse staff, forge connections with a broad base of consumers, and create fresh approaches to the needs of a new generation.
Jennifer Brown was recently invited to share her story at TEDx 636 11th Avenue, an independently run event in conjunction with the larger TEDxWomen conference in 2010. Check out the video from TEDxTalks, below. In the spirit of "Ideas Worth Spreading," TEDx is a program that enables schools, businesses, libraries or just groups of friends [...]
Brown describes the skill sets acquired by women as they travel through their careers as almost a Darwinian endeavor. She explains that women learn to do more with less, they are resourceful, and develop a unique political awareness. These factors equip women to navigate through rocky waters, build the right alliances and relationships and seize strategic opportunities. Because women are more likely to leave and then re-enter the workforce, they often have diverse skills and more work experience than their male counterparts, and greater tolerance for risk.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), the nation’s largest lender to small businesses, will honor LGBT entrepreneurs with the 2010 NGLCC/Wells Fargo LGBT Business Owner of the Year award. This year’s award winner is Dan Nilsen of Bishop-McCann, LLC of Kansas City, MO. In addition, the organization will also recognize two finalists: Jennifer Brown of Jennifer Brown Consulting and Robyn Streisand of The Mixx, both based in New York, N.Y.
Join us October 21st in NYC, as Jennifer Brown moderates a panel featuring New York Life, Moody’s Corporation, GMHC and Executive Director of The Center. As part of our ongoing diversity education effort, Jennifer will talk to women in both corporate and non-profit leadership positions about getting women out to participate in diversity initiatives. We would love to have a diverse audience that includes not only women or LGBT diversity leaders, but other ERG leaders as well. This issue is one that affects employee resource networks, no matter the affinity. With generational LGBT issues and bullying consistently in the news, we are sure to touch on some important points. All are welcome to join us! Here is a direct link to the event at The Center. We hope to see you there. Where the ‘L’ Are the Women? Date: Oct 21 6:00 Reception (refreshments and networking) 7:00 – 8:30 Panel and Q&A 8:30 – 9:00 After-Panel Networking Location: The Center 208 West 13th Street NY, NY 10011 Hear viewpoints from both non-profit and corporate leadership on the why and how of getting women out to participate. How are the non-profits working to attract women with their programming? What kind of support and activity are we losing out on if women don’t participate? The corporate world: how is the LGBT ERG (employee resource group) reaching out to women to get them involved and how can they be successful at doing so? Do women participate in some of the other ERGS (e.g. Latino, Asian, African American) and what can the LGBT ERG learn from them? What is the role of men to encourage women to participate: LGBT: men and women as allies This panel is sponsored by Mercer and hosted by The Center and Out & Equal. More information after the jump. […]
Jennifer Brown recently shared 5 Ways to Leverage the Power of Employee Resource Groups for Leadership Development with The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives.
Recently JBC has produced research benchmarking studies for ERGs and affinity groups in the diversity space, and this month we are completing work on a survey that focuses specifically on LGBT ERGs. Stay tuned if you would like to participate!
Disabilities ERG Chairs or Co-Chairs, Executive Sponsors , Chief Diversity Officers, Program Managers or other individuals who have a clear understanding of the practices of Disabilities ERGs at your company are invited to participate in this exciting benchmarking study.
Introduction JBC and the USBLN® believe that diversity, and ERGs in particular, will increasingly be the driving force of competitive businesses. JBC’s mission is to help Diversity and Inclusion Managers best leverage their ERGs in order to create business alignment for the ERGs which ultimately strengthens the companies and increases the ROI. In an effort to help leaders develop, enhance and leverage the expertise of Disabilities ERGs, JBC, in partnership with the USBLN®, is looking to do a deep-dive on the best practices of Disabilities ERGs. CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR SURVEY NOW. What is the Disabilities ERG Readiness Survey? […]
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