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Join Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders and executives from more than a dozen companies to discuss key issues involved with running your ERG successfully at your own organization. Hear from expert speakers on the topics of on-boarding new leaders, driving member engagement, succession planning, leveraging company resources, and much more. Then, share best practices with one another in a unique breakout session format.

This year’s special highlight: Chief Executive Plenary featuring conversations with executive leadership on guiding diversity efforts.

[See the 2015 ERG Leadership Symposium Flyer]


  • Ms. Karen Brown, Human Resources Manager | Macy’s
  • Mr. Abe Carrillo, Director of Inclusiveness and Diversity | Herman Miller
  • Mr. Ronald Chang, President | UPS Capital
  • Ms. Jennifer Chiao, Director of Global Air Care R&D | Procter & Gamble
  • Mr. Tyler Frazier, Associate Human Resources Manager | Procter & Gamble
  • Dr. Mano Manoharan, Executive Manager, Process Engineering | GE Aviation
  • Ms. Rebecca Okamoto, Principal and Founder | Evoke Strategy Group LLP
  • Dr. D. Sangeeta, Chief Measurement Scientist and Chief Diversity Officer | Nielsen

Companies attending include:

  • Amazon
  • Asian Business Association
  • Ethicon / Johnson & Johnson
  • GE
  • Herman Miller
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Korn/Ferry International
  • Kroger
  • Macy’s
  • Miller-Coors
  • Nieslen
  • Northern Trust
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Target
  • Thomson Reuters
  • UPS
  • URS Corporation
  • Vanguard
  • Walmart
  • The Walt Disney Company


Session 1: EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON - Panel: “Keys to Leading Successful Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)” Learn from company executives on how to successfully lead your ERG.

Session 2: Panel: “Developing Personal Leadership Through ERGs”
A discussion about how to leverage ERGs for your own personal career growth.

Session 3: Chief Executive Plenary: “Guiding Employee Diversity Efforts in Organizations”
A personal conversation with chief executives – how are diversity efforts and Employee Resource Groups integral in supporting overall business strategy?  How can ERG members/leaders gain personal career growth from being involved with ERGs?

Session 4: Breakout: “Best Practices in ERG Leadership”
Interactive participant discussion about issues, challenges, and best practices in leading ERGs and sharing of key takeaways.


Friday March 6, 2015

10:00am – 11:30am  Check In & Registration

11:30am - 1:00pm – Session 1: ERG Leadership Symposium Executive Luncheon

1:00pm – 1:20pm – Networking Break

1:20pm – 2:20pm – Session 2: Panel on Personal Leadership

2:20pm – 2:45pm – Coffee Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm – Session 3: Chief Executive Panel

3:45pm – 4:45pm – Session 4: Breakout Session – Sharing Best Practices

4:45pm – 5:00pm – Summary & Closing

5:30pm – 7:30pm – ERG/NLA Welcome Reception – Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Santa Ono, President of UC and Dennis Hirotsu, VP of Corporate R&D Innovation Capability at Procter and Gamble

The ERG Leadership Symposium will take part on Friday, March 6th, 2015 as a pre-event program for the NLA. The symposium will be a one-day event including a lunch and the evening Welcome Reception. NLA participants can join the symposium as an “add-on.” 


Registration: $100

(NLA participants can join for a $75 add-on)

Registration Deadline is March 1, 2015.


For more information on the ERG Leadership Symposium, please contact the National Director of ERG Relations, Farzana Nayani