How ERGs Drive Impact Forum

How ERGs Drive Impact

You're Invited to How ERGs Drive Impact with Talent Dimensions and AIR

A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Event

How ERGs Drive Impact is an in-person DE&I event in partnership with Talent Dimensions & American Institutes for Research (AIR)

February 23, 2023, 10:00 am ET – 2:00 pm ET

Crystal City (Headquarters)
1400 Crystal Drive, 10th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs), Diversity Councils and Affinity Networks are a fundamental piece of a successful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. These groups and their dedicated members are the best strategic partners for organizations committed to building equitable and inclusive workplaces.

When an organization and their ERGs are aligned in their mission, vision and values, they can exponentially increase the impact they are able to make and create valuable and sustainable change. No matter where you are in your resource group journey it’s important to have the foundational knowledge of how ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils can drive impact as strategists and business partners for any institution. 

We are thrilled to partner with American Institutes for Research for ‘How ERGs Drive Impact’. 

Join us February 23, 2023, as our team of DE&I and ERG experts take a deeper look into how you can leverage resource groups within your own organization.

Who should attend?

  • DE&I Practitioners
  • ERG, BRG, Council and Affinity Network Leaders
  • ERG, BRG, Council Members and Affinity Network
  •  Human Resources Strategists
  • Individuals interested in starting new ERGs, BRGs, Diversity Councils and Affinity Networks for their organizations
  • Individuals looking to increase the impact of their organizations DE&I initiatives 

How ERGs Drive Impact Forum Agenda

10:00 am
The Business Case for ERGs
Bobby Gordon & Lynn Cowart
10:15 am
Belonging by Design
Cile Johnson
11:00 am
Competencies of Successful ERG Leaders
Debbie Smith Rayford
11:45 am
Group Discussions & Working Lunch
12:30 pm
Leveraging ERGs to Meet Strategic Objectives
Dr. Karen Francis
1:15 pm
1:25 pm
Introduction to the Global ERG Network
Debbie Smith Rayford & Leah Manning
1:40 pm
Q & A Session

How ERGs Drive Impact Forum Speakers

As a dedicated seasoned (20 years) diversity and inclusion professional who leads with heart and passion, Bobby specializes in assisting organizations and individuals in achieving business goals by leveraging a diverse, energized and engaged workforce. His portfolio of clients includes American Family Insurance, TIAA, Lockheed-Martin, American University, Phillips 66, General Motors, U.S. Air Force, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Instruments, Clorox, Central Intelligence Agency, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, TD Bank and Michelin North America just to name a few.


Bobby Gordon

Regional Vice President, Enterprise Solutions

Cile has 20 years of experience helping organizations address their most important strategy…their talent development strategy. By focusing on the key drivers of retention and recognizing it is not a one-size-fits all proposition, she helps organizations discover how their strategic investments drive sustainable competitive advantage. In her role as Chief Business Officer, Cile is responsible for sales and marketing, providing strategic direction for global client solutions, and ensuring the organization’s continued growth and success, as well as global expansion.


Cile Johnson

Chief Business Officer & Co-Founder

In Debbie’s own words, diversity and inclusion work is her “passion and calling. For over three decades her work has impacted thousands of individuals through her senior level diversity roles. She specializes in strategic planning, change management, facilitation and processes supporting sustainable organizational inclusivity.

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Debbie Smith Rayford

Executive Director, Global ERG Network
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Dr. Karen Francis

Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

As a Sr. Manager of Business Strategies for the Global ERG Network Leah builds, monitors and coordinates the steps required to deliver solutions efficiently, effectively and on time. Drawing on her attention to detail, her ability to manage complexity and her problem-solving capabilities, Leah brings insights and observations to projects that result in process enhancements and functional improvements that contribute to successful outcomes for clients and the organization.


Leah Manning

Sr. Manager, Business Strategies, Global ERG Network

Lynn’s career spans multiple industries working with senior leaders in support of their long term strategic goals in talent management and learning and development. Through the lens of retention, engagement and career development, her corporate experience with GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin has helped propel her clients to consistently achieve operational success through value creation.


Lynn Cowart

Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder