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 Leaders & 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 

Registration for this event is now closed. For questions or further inquires please contact Bobby Gordon at

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

Bobby Gordon, Regional Vice President
Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer
Debbie Smith Rayford Headshot
Debbie Smith Rayford, Executive Director of GEN
Dr. Karen Francis, Vice President & Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Leah Manning, Sr. Manager of Business Stratiges, GEN
Lynn Cowart, Chief Operations Officer