What you will learn:
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have become firmly established as critical components to inclusive cultures. They are particularly effective in increasing awareness and understanding of the experiences of underrepresented employees and in encouraging psychological safety for those individuals. The goal of this session varies depending on a group’s needs. For those just beginning to learn about ERGs, I provide basic understanding of how they work and how to establish a program. For some groups, I help executive sponsors understand how they can add value and serve as an inclusive leader to their ERGs. Still other groups often want assistance on enhancing ERG effectiveness, engagement, and programming. I draw on my extensive experience working with ERGs, conducting ERG research, and serving as a DE&I change agent/instructor to meet the group's needs related to ERGs.
About the instructor:
Trish Foster is a sought-after diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator. She develops and delivers a variety of DE&I programs for organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. Speaking engagements range from workshops and keynotes to panel discussions and moderated roundtables. Venues include major international corporations, early-stage companies, non-profits, conferences, and academic institutions, including MIT, Harvard Business School, and
University of Chicago’s Booth School.
She has authored numerous DE&I research reports. Topics include: elevating allyship in the workplace; inclusive culture; intersectionality; disability inclusion; mentorship and sponsorship; gender equity and more.
Previously, Trish served as Executive Director of the Center for Women and Business (CWB) at Bentley University, where she led the center’s mission-driven work to create more inclusive organizations. While there, she guided strategy and thought leadership along with marketing and program development on behalf of more than 100 organizations, establishing a track record of exceptional client referrals. As a passionate advocate for inclusion and allyship, Trish spearheaded formation of Bentley University’s Men of Alliance initiative and co-led development of the university’s Women’s Leadership Group. She co-developed and facilitated the Bentley Executive Education DE&I certificate program, and also served on Bentley’s Diversity Council and Racial Justice Task Force.
Trish has also served as Senior Vice President for FleishmanHillard Global PR and Vice President for Ogilvy International Advertising and PR.
Energy and mindfulness work are among her many personal interests -- Trish is a certified energy healing practitioner.
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Suggested Length90 min
# of Employees100
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