Below you will find a number of whitepapers we created with various partners over the last few years. Topics range from How to Engage LGBT ERGs in Supplier Diversity to Insight to Impact: Connecting Diversity & Inclusion to Organizational Impact. One of our most downloaded white papers is Employee Resource Groups That Drive Business. You can find a full description of each white paper below.
Jennifer Brown Consulting is known in our industry as a unique resource to Employee Resource Groups/Affinity Groups/Business Resource Groups. We were first to market with a professional development product offering that builds the future potential of these groups. Our best practices in leadership, diversity & inclusion and workplace innovation are tested from our broad client base where we keep our finger on the pulse of business practices, research, and trends.
Remember Leslie Miley? In the fall of 2015, he created ripples of raised eyebrows across the tech world (and beyond) when he blogged about his decision to leave Twitter, the social media giant. His reason? Their poor response to diversity issues—specifically those revolving around its hiring practices and the low representation of black and Hispanic workers in its workforce. Miley’s revelation rang loud and wide, and it raised some tough questions for everyone within earshot. How bad did an experience have to be in order to justify quitting a job that most in your field would do anything to have? Fast forward to early 2016, when I found myself presenting on the topic of building more inclusive workplaces to a packed room of lesbian technologists at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. So much has improved in [...]
Helping ERGs Grow: Sharing JBC Tools for Success We are excited to share with you highlights of a powerful Oct. 7, 2015 Jennifer Brown Consulting workshop that covered how effective Employee Resource Groups develop strategically. Entitled “Progressing Towards Success: Maximizing Your ERG for Business Impact,” the event drew a packed house of more than 120 people eager to learn about our ERG Progression Model℠ – the JBC proprietary tool for strategic ERG development. Held in Dallas at the Out and Equal Workplace Summit, the session featured three case studies of how this progression model has been successfully applied. The three professionals who joined me in the presentation – Michael Spinella, a JBC senior consultant previously affiliated with Disney; Kevin England, diversity and inclusion manager at Bank of America; and Lisa Fain, senior director for diversity and inclusion [...]
Is your company looking for ways to turn friendly support groups into smarter, active teams that deliberately benefit the business? Are you looking for a quick read? Then pick up the new executive summary of "Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs." The study's findings identify the roles and best practices Executive Sponsors can embrace as they lead Employee Resource Groups to reach new heights of engagement, as well as produce and measure results-driven business improvements. "The fact is, if you don't really work at it, diverse teams don't excel," advises Jim Turley, past EY global chairman and CEO, in the paper's forward. "They are either off-the-chart fantastic or awful. The difference in success or failure is the ability of leaders to exhibit inclusive behaviors and adapt to our changing workforce." Executive Sponsors can be those [...]
Is your company looking for ways to turn friendly support groups into smarter, active teams that deliberately benefit the business? Then pick up “Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs,” a new white paper by JBC. The study’s findings identify the roles and best practices Executive Sponsors can embrace as they lead Employee Resource Groups to reach new heights of engagement, as well as produce and measure results-driven business improvements. This white paper synthesizes its findings into a coherent vision for sustainability that includes succession planning for Executive Sponsors and ways to spread ERG influence and enthusiasm across the entire corporate culture. Ultimately, the white paper asserts, diverse leadership pipelines are essential and can yield new business, even as relationships within those ERGs change.
We’ve developed the JBC Diversity Starter Kit for CEOsSM as a step-by-step guide for facilitating the D&I conversation with your CEO. The starter kit will help you encourage your CEO to ask and answer questions and affirm action steps—all in under 30 minutes. Use the starter kit and the attached exercise to find D&I stories grounded in business principles. Perhaps they’ve never been summoned, named, or shared as “diversity” stories, but the stories are there. Download below.
Jennifer Brown partnered with Jae Requiro, National Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Toyota Financial Services, at the11th annual NGLCC National Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas where they shared insights gleaned from our groundbreaking efforts focused on leading, working with and marketing to multiple generations. Their session, entitled: “Generations in the Workplace: The Next Wave of Diversity,” created quite a sensation among the filled-to-capacity room of captivated and interactive participants, who themselves represented a sizable range of the generational spectrum. The presentation is now available for download. We ask that you please provide us with the following information prior to downloading this document.