Originally Recorded: March 16, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Speaker: Dr. Jackie Merkle, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Consultant for Grange Insurance

The POWER and POTENTIAL of women in the workplace can be accelerated and positively impacted by women’s employee resource groups (ERGs) and business resource groups (BRGs).

Women’s ERGs empower their members, work toward dismantling barriers within their organization and industry and increase visibility of women in the workplace. They can impact gender equity or parity, play a role as strategic business partners for the organizations they serve and how they continue to develop new female leaders. These groups can also be leveraged to help educate their male colleagues on the challenges that women face in today’s workplace and partner with other ERGs and BRGs to help overcome them.

In this educational webinar we will discuss:

  • The skill set needed to lead an ERG
  • How ERGs can prepare women for leadership roles
  • Why women’s ERGs are critical in the workplace
  • Best practices to recruit and retain women in ERGs

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Webinar Speakers

Jackie Merkle, Ph.D.

Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Relations Consultant for Grange Insurance

Jackie Merkle joined Grange Insurance in March 2021 and serves as the Diversity & Inclusion and Community Relations Consultant for the enterprise. In her position, Jackie supports the execution of the DEI and Community Relations strategies for the company. She is heavily involved in providing oversight to the company’s four associate resource groups and the enterprise DEI Advisory Council.

Additionally, she conducts DEI training for new associates and people leaders, and frequently collaborates with the Human Resources team on topics such as providing inclusive benefits and developing a D&I recruiting strategy. Jackie was recently named a “Next Up Columbus” honoree by the Columbus Young Professional Club and was selected to Grange Insurance’s 2023 Emerging Leaders Class.

Born and raised in Southern California, Merkle earned her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her MA from the University of Southern California (USC). In 2013, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to pursue her PhD at the Ohio State University. She completed her degree in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education in 2018. Jackie currently serves as a Board Member for the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to knowledge transfer of DEI best practices across organizations.