Network and Affinity Leadership Congress 2010 (NALC)
May 11, 2010 - May 12, 2010
12:00pm - 9:00am
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth AvenueNew York, New York
NALC Network & Affinity Leadership Congress
May 11-12, 2010
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street)
Entrance is on 103rd Street
New York, NY
**NALC session PowerPoint presentations are now available!! However, we do not have permission to post all slides from speakers, but those that we can post are up. Click on the "Agenda" tab at the top, then click on a particular session title for that presentation. Enjoy!
Now in its fourth year, NALC is the only conference in the country focused on training ERG leaders to align with the business goals of their organizations. Approximately 400 network and affinity group leaders from over 70 corporations in all industry sectors came together to share best practices and discover ways to increase their business value. Attendees examined case studies on how ERGs contribute to sales, marketing, product development, recruitment and talent management efforts that help their companies remain competitive.
The ERG Readiness Index Survey DATA SUMMARY - click HERE for the pdf
Jennifer Brown Consulting, a diversity and leadership consulting firm, has developed a comprehensive study to help companies assess the readiness of their Employee Resource Groups to help drive business and impact bottom-line business goals. Leading up to 2010 NALC, they invited companies to participate in this survey in order to benchmark the results and provide feedback to participating companies at the conference. The data provided in this report is an aggregation of the information provided in the survey from the 42 companies that participated in the survey.
*NALC SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Pre-Conference Workshop $225
May 10, 2010 - 1:00pm – 5:00 p.m.
2 Park Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY
DBP and NALC are proud to announce the NALC Social Media Engagement Workshop, to be held in conjunction with NALC. This experiential learning exercise will begin with a half-day workshop held the day before the national meeting. Participants will learn about social media engagement via hands-on training using Twitter, Flip Video Camcorders, and other techniques. They will then have the chance to practice what they learn by recording their experiences at NALC on the Flip Video Camcorders and distributing what they capture via social media channels. They will be able to share NALC with colleagues back at the office, and their videos will premiere on the NALC website one week after the event. Participants will continue to use newfound social media skills to engage clients/customers and strengthen their brands long after NALC has ended.
Click here for more info!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• ERG Members and Leaders from all industry sectors
• Program Managers
• Diversity Professionals and Consultants
• Corporate Executive Sponsors
2010 NALC Above-and-Beyond Award Honorees
Congratulations to all the winners who will be recognized at NALC on May 11, 2010!
Category 1: Executive Sponsor/Champion
Julie St. Marie
INCLUDE-Focus on Abilities, not Disabilities
VOW - Veterans Organization of WellPoint
Category 2: Network/Affinity Group Leaders
Women's Leadership Network
Diageo North America
African Heritage Employees at Diageo (A.H.E.A.D.)
Diageo North America
Category 3: Network Groups
Conexion - Hispanic Group
aDellante – Hispanic Group
Merck & Co.
Veteran Leadership Network
Click here for Winner Bios!
SPONSOR THIS EVENT
Sponsoring NALC events is a way to demonstrate your support for Employee Resource Groups. For more information, please contact:
LaQuanda Murray, Executive Sales Director
PowerPoint presentations from many of the NALC sessions are available. Please click the hyperlinked session title in the agenda to download the presentation. For video from NALC attendees please click here.
Monday, May 10, 2010
1:00-5:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Social Media Engagement Workshop
2 Park Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY
This hands-on training workshop will help you develop social media strategy and learn readily available tools such as FlipCams and Twitter. You will capture via social media channels your experiences at NALC and distribute to colleagues back at the office and on the NALC website.
Susan Herr / Founder and President / PhilanthroMedia
Jennifer Brown / President & CEO / Jennifer Brown Consulting, LLC
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO INTERVIEWS FROM NALC 2010!!
How Corporate Affinity Groups Change Us: Click Here
How Affinity Groups Transform Corporations: Click Here
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
7:30-8:30 Networking Breakfast/Registration
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
(Entrance is on 103rd Street)
New York, NY 10029
8:30-8:45 Welcome Remarks
Carol Evans / CEO / Diversity Best Practices
8:45-8:55 New to NALC: Social Networking Coverage
Jennifer Brown / President & CEO / Jennifer Brown Consulting, LLC
8:55-9:15 Keynote: Setting Your ERG up for Success - An Executive Sponsor's Perspective
Orlan Boston / Principal / Deloitte Consulting
9:15-9:30 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by General Mills
9:30-10:45 Round I: Structure/Organization Issues
A. New Leaders/ New Groups Track: Structure a Business Plan that Measures your ERG’s Effectiveness
This interactive discussion takes the lead on how to best position ERGs at different stages of development to drive business objectives. ERG leaders will present strategies and plans they use that include various methods of measuring success. One panelist will describe their path to the generation of newly-formed ERG using the strategy-building process to construct this new ERG's business case. Anther panelist will provide insight into how they continue to evolve their strategies to drive ERG success and the specific challenges and opportunities for more seasoned ERGs.
Brian Sorge / Managing Director / Jennifer Brown Consulting, LLC
Chuck Stephens / Senior Associate, Diversity & Inclusion / Booz Allen Hamilton
Stephan Klaschka / Director, Head of Clinical Applications Support / Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
B. ERG Program Manager Track: Develop & Leverage Relationships with Executive Sponsors
The relationship with affinity group Executive Sponsors is critical to driving transformational change in organizations. Both the development of tight linkages to business strategy and the empowerment of individuals are important strategies for maximizing the potential of the sponsor team and the affinity groups. At this interactive session, learn how two companies have taken unique approaches to build successful relationships with their Executive Sponsors and link to their businesses. Walk away from this session with ideas on how to maximize the involvement of your executive sponsor team and how to identify tactics for your sponsor group to achieve desired outcomes.
Peter Linkow / President / WFD Consulting
Rachel Grace / Assistant Vice President / Chubb & Son
Missy Chicre / Diversity & Inclusion Manager / Best Buy
C. Experienced Leaders/Maturing Groups Track: Trends in ERG Organization & Development
In the face of rapid organizational change and the shifting economy, ERGs are challenged to roll with the punches, and remain fresh, current, and in line with business needs. Learn success strategies for how to integrate ERG programs after a merger, and tools to revamp and engage more senior leaders. This session will explore a number of trends that help groups flourish. Find out what’s involved in launching a Veteran’s Leadership Network with the help of the Veteran’s Leadership Network Prioritization Matrix. And learn how one retailer launched and supports networks for stores across the country using a decentralized approach to operations and funding and how another company integrated two extensive ERG programs into a new Team Member Network model within the newly combined organizations. Panelists share best case study examples and emerging models and structures that are changing how we think about the business and benefits of ERGs
Patricia J. Crawford / Diversity Manager / Wells Fargo & Company
Brian Burlingame / Director, Change Execution / Merck & Co., Inc.
Melissa Johnson / Diversity & Inclusion Manager / Best Buy
D. Hot Topics Track: Using Network Technologies for ERG Growth
Network technology is driving some of the most innovative ways to keep employees highly engaged and to build inclusive online environments. Learn how ERGs are leading the way to drive employee engagement and business impact through the use of social media tools and the launching of an ERG virtual chapter. As the global workforce evolves with technology keeping pace, companies will continue to support flexibility in the workplace and the means to pull together remote workers across a region to solve real business opportunities.
Simone Morris / Digital Technologist / DIAGEO
Teresa Solorzano DeBar / HR Manager / Cisco Systems, Inc.
David C. Thompson, Ph.D. / Senior Principal Systems Engineer / Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
11:00-12:15 Round I Repeated - Tracks Repeated
12:15-1:15 Keynote & Conversation: Be a Nowist-How to Leverage Top Technology Trends Revolutionizing Business
Technology is changing at an ever increasing pace. Social media is connecting millions of people and democratizing talent and ideas. Video is changing the way we communicate and collaborate. Gaming will be the new way we learn. Augmented reality will enable us with minimal training. Carlos Dominguez will explore new technology trends and how they are changing the way we live, work, learn and play. Learn how companies are leveraging these technologies for competitive advantage and reducing costs.
Carlos Dominguez / Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman and CEO / Cisco
Related information - Carlos Dominguez:
Carlos' website: http://carlosdominguez.cisco.com/
Previous event Keynote speech in spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9qzmEI6saM
Twitter page: http://twitter.com/carlosdominguez
Demo of various uses of TelePresence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8T-q1-Axs
1:15-2:30 “Great Ideas” Networking Luncheon
This is a unique opportunity for Affinity Group Leaders just like you from a wide variety of companies to meet and network around topics of keen importance.
2:30-3:45 Round II: Leadership Development
A. New Leaders/ New Groups Track: Engage the Support of Your Line Manager
In this interactive session, learn how to engage the support of your line managers and develop a win-win strategy for both management and employees from the individual and organizational perspectives. New ERG leaders will learn strategies for approaching managers and increasing chances of leveraging ERG opportunities as part of a professional or leadership development plan. Learn about how one global leadership development program including managers increased participant retention rate by 10% and promotion rate by 20%. ERG and Diversity Leadership teams will find out how organizations have implemented company-wide guidelines to help encourage continued commitment to employee networks and to recognize the accomplishments of elected officers and board members, in order to secure the legitimacy of ERGs as valued contributors to the business.
Sara Meyer-Davis / Managing Partner / Strategic Diversity Advisors
Tasia L. McCullough-Johnson / Manager, Work/Life & Diversity Surveys, Corp. Liaison to Employee Networks / Eastman Kodak
Lisa M. Tealer / Senior Manager, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion / Genentech
B. ERG Program Manager Track: Using the Affinity Group Maturity Model and ITS QUIZ Results to Advance ERGs
It's true that "One Size Doesn't Fit All" Affinity Groups and ERGs, even in the same company. But, how can you tell? Panelists share real case studies, ERG "Maturity data" and strategies that demonstrate the importance of identifying current "affinity maturity" and using that information to create new strategic and programmatic platforms. The ultimate goal is to position ERGs to increase their impact to the business and their members. Leave this session knowing how to determine your ERGs maturity levels and with "Best Practice" approaches to drive success for your ERGs. This session will also address how to effectively use executive sponsors to advance ERG maturity and business impact.
Vanessa Weaver–Coleman, Ph.D. / CEO / Alignment Strategies, Inc.
Vicki E. Spira / VP, Merger, Acquisition & Export Policy / Northrop Grumman Corp.
Jie “Jay” Zheng / Past President and Board Director / National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Colorado
C. Experienced Leaders/Maturing Groups Track: Burnout! How to Refocus & Re-energize Your Group
Whether they are called employee groups, business resources groups, diversity councils, or some other combination of terms, network and affinity groups depend heavily on a steady pipeline of committed individuals willing to take on leading the charge in order to sustain relevance and value to the organization. Enthusiasm can quickly give way to burnout. When engagement is low, leaders are spent and sponsors are absent, how can you re-focus and re-energize your group? In this session we will identify patterns of success in re-energizing members, leadership teams, allies, and executive sponsors—ideas that you can use to re-engage your own group.
Maria Carrasquillo / Senior Specialist / AARP
Melissa Donaldson / Sr. Manager, Inclusion Practices / CDW LLC
Samuel D. Bernards / Senior Manager, Retail Formats Intelligence, New Format Development / Walmart
D. Hot Topics Track: ERGs Mission in B2B Companies
In B2B companies, meeting critical goals by utilizing ERGs as strategic partners involve linking ERG’s initiatives to business imperatives. But in B2B companies, driving ERG’s agendas and ensuring they remain strategic partners for the business bottom line requires closely partnering with a variety of businesses and working to tie diversity to their unique business imperatives. With a more expansive set of business needs on the table, how can B2B companies ensure they align ERG goals and business initiatives and leverage sponsors to drive business impact across the board? What are the unique challenges and opportunities available? Learn how a B2B global diversity strategy is fueling innovation and how a global engagement survey leveraging ERG’s to drive employee retention.
Cheryl Kern / Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion / International Paper
Cassandra Alston / Executive Director, Global Workforce Diversity / Johnson Controls, Inc.
Lisa Gutierrez / Executive Director, Global Diversity / Cummins Inc.
3:45-4:00 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by General Mills
4:00-5:15 Round II Repeated - Repeat all Tracks from Round II
5:30-7:30 Above-and-Beyond Awards and Reception
A company is only as diverse as its people and employee networks are a vital tool for strengthening a corporation’s diversity commitment. The 2010 Above-and-Beyond Awards recognize best-in-class network and affinity group leadership, and the individuals and executive sponsors whose grit and determination have led to the creation, success and/or turn-around of their network and affinity group. NEW THIS YEAR: We will also honor Affinity Network Groups who have demonstrated growth, alignment with the organization and the community.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
7:30-9:00 Networking Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
Carol Evans /CEO / Diversity Best Practices
9:15-10:00 Keynote: Catch a Fire-Transform Your ERG Leadership Role
Shaunice Hawkins / CEO / Evolutions Consulting, LLC
10:00-10:15 Refreshment Break - Sponsored by General Mills
10:15-11:30 Round III: Aligning with the Business
A. New Leaders/ New Groups Track: Toolkit: How To Be Involved in the Business
This interactive session will include best practices and critical success factors for ERGs to present themselves as strategic partners, poised to make real and tangible contributions to the business. Learn strategies to help your ERG closely align with business needs and gain credibility as a contributor that adds value to the organization and positively impacts the business bottom line. Find out how to source opportunity for your ERG’s successful contributions, and walk away with ideas and tools, such as the ROI Commitment Survey showing ERGs as a good company investment, that can be implemented immediately when you return to the office.
Maria Valentin / Manager Community Relations / ConAgra Foods
David Davidovic / Senior Director, Business Practices / Genentech
Subarna Malakar / Director, Employee Networks Groups, Office of Diversity & Inclusion / Sodexo
B. ERG Program Manager Track: Best Practices—ERG’s Impact on Branding, Marketing & Advertising
As ERGs develop and mature, increasing visibility and identity increases their value as a branding and marketing tool for the business. By both tapping internal and leveraging outside resources ERGs can enhance their brand within and across diverse communities. One best practice case studies will show how partnering ERGs with ad agencies can raise awareness, be a resource for new ideas, and help measure and trace impact on loyalty to the business. A second best practice case study will demonstrate how a Domestic Partner Conversation Series became a significant marketing tool that is having an impact on LGBT inclusion not only for employees but for the community as a whole.
Jocelyn Whitfield Banks / Chair, Associate Resource Group Steering Committee / The Kroger Company
Joe Husman / CDO, National Manager Diversity & Inclusion / Toyota Financial Services
Richard Johnson / Program & Platform Manager / UBS Financial Services
C. Experienced Leaders/Maturing Groups Track: Leverage ERGs for Talent Management—The Critical Essentials for Recruitment, Retention & Engagement
ERGs continue to evolve from their role as social networks that help companies meet diversity goals into strategic partners that can provide the business with specialized counsel, including unique strategies to benefit recruitment and development, and drive sales to improve the business bottom line. Find out how companies have directly tied ERGs to workplace and marketplace initiatives for the company, including the development of a diverse pipeline. Learn innovative strategies for leveraging ERGs for recruitment, retention and engagement goals, and find out about a specialized program that links individuals within the corporation and ERGs to external organizations to create strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships – providing even more opportunities to tap into existing networks for talent development and identification.
Laura Brock / Principal Inclusion Consultant, Workplace Inclusion & Supplier Diversity / Medtronic
Darrell Nakagawa / Continuous Improvement Change Agent / Sara Lee
Brad Wagner / Diversity Consultant / Target
D. Hot Topics Track: Become an Employer of Choice—ERGs as Key Players
The existence of ERGs within your organization can provide great value by delivering on diversity strategies. But if you raise the bar and make ERGs strategic players, they can also further your reputation as a great place to work by making you stand out as an organization that develops and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce that integrates employees’ talents, perspectives, and experiences. Find out how integrating and leveraging ERGs as a business resource for the company, facilitating more best practice sharing between groups, and supporting specific ERG initiatives and events can expand your reach, brand and communicate attractive details about your company culture , and solidify your reputation as an Employer of Choice.
Laura Swapp / Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion / McKesson Corp.
Darlene Slaughter / Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President / Fannie Mae
Isaias Zamarripa / CEO / Three Degrees from Isaias
11:45-12:30 Next Steps/New Directions
Vanessa Weaver-Coleman, Ph.D. / CEO / Alignment Strategies, Inc.
12:30-1:30 Networking Luncheon
Affinity Groups gather for final discussion to engage in what it takes to move the needle toward aligning ERG's with business.
1:30-2:45 Round III Repeated - All tracks repeated
2:45-3:30 Call to Action Closing
During this open mike format, participants report out on key learnings from this conference and next steps in strengthening ties to business goals.
NALC Social Media Engagement Workshop
Individual - $295
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Early bird Rates (by March 25th)
Individual - $1,295
Government/non profit - $995
Individual - $1,395
Govt/non profit - $1,095
Group, per person (5-9)- $1,295
(10-14) - $1,175
Individual - $1,045
Govt/non profit - $825
Group, per person (5-9)- $975
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Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Corporate Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Toyota Financial Services
Program Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Best Buy
Director Global Diversity and Inclusion, International Paper
Past President and Board Director, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Colorado
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