Keys to Maximizing Impact with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
featuring a conversation with Dr. Deborah Plummer, Vice Chancellor, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) serve as a catalyst for transforming an organizationís culture into a more inclusive, engaged, and productive one. They help drive the mission and business objectives, support the organizationís fundamental values, enhance cultural competence across the organization, and offer opportunities for professional development. Yet, after the first few meetings, many ERGs experience the downward delegation of ambiguity and become the ďlunch bunchĒ or take a cultural-tourist approach to diversity as sponsors of celebrations and holiday activities. This presentation will address to avoid these pitfalls by exploring how to:
- structure ERGs to be an integral contributor to an organizationís mission and business objectives;
- measure the groupís progress and impact; and
- create synergy among multiple ERGs.
Join us on:
October 19th, 7:30am.-9:30am.
Location: Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Free parking available
Learn more about Deborah Plummer
Deborah is a nationally recognized psychologist and diversity management thought leader. She currently serves as Vice Chancellor Diversity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care where she has primary responsibility for developing and executing a coordinated and comprehensive diversity plan that cultivates an inclusive academic health sciences center. As a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Quantitative Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Nursing, she continues her research on diversity metrics, cross-racial friendships, and health equity researcher competencies while teaching cultural competence in healthcare and strategies for reducing health disparities.
She has held past roles as staff psychologist, hospital system chief diversity officer, university professor, founding director of a graduate degree program in diversity management, and principal consultant for D.L. Plummer & Associates which provided diversity and change management strategies for over 70 organizations in the U.S. and U.K.
Deborah is the editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield)and author of Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press) which received the publisherís Mayflower Award for best publication in the category of Church and Society. Deborah has authored several book chapters and published numerous journal articles to the professional community on racial identity development and managing diverse work environments. She is the lead author in the design and development of the Diversity Engagement Survey (DES), a tool for measuring diversity and inclusion in organizations. Her most recent publication is Advancing Inclusion: A Guide for Effective Diversity Council and Employee Resource Group Membership (Half Dozen Publications).