WON Meeting Highlights February 2011: New HRC Rating Critera and Federal Regulatory Agency Expectations For the Year AheadSubmitted by Jessica Kirby on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 13:43
Workforce Opportunity Network member company Visa hosted the February 9-10 meeting at their Latin American headquarters in Miami, Florida. The two day meeting had participants from 30 organizations and covered a variety of sectors including financial, automotive, insurance, manufacturing, construction, media, health care and pharmaceutical, technology, government and non-profit. It was an opportunity for rich dialogue and collaborative networking and we are so thankful to Visa, particularly Francia Baez and Harpreet Kaur, for hosting such a wonderful meeting!
At the February 8, 2011 meeting of the Global Diversity Forum in Miami, FL, the first 2011 meeting addressed a range of D&I issues for multinational organizations, including global strategy, metrics, leadership development, and utilization of global councils and employee resource groups. Mercer experts provided a short global briefing at the meeting (followed by a comprehensive webcast), and facilitated a dynamic roundtable discussion to start the day.
Region of Focus: Latin America
It's been nearly 30 years since Employee Resource Groups started appearing in business organizations. They have become commonplace in U.S. companies and are growing in popularity in other countries and sectors, such as government and not for profits.
A study by Mercer's Global Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Practice
Funded in part by Industrial Relations Counselors (IRC)
Thirty years after the first employee resource groups made their appearance in US companies, they have spread to new regions, enlisted new generations of employees, and confronted new challenges. To understand how ERGs (also known as affinity groups or employee networks) have weathered time and adapted to their changing environment, we surveyed 64 employers and interviewed ERG program managers in 10 of those organizations.
WON Meeting Highlights July 2010: Social Media in the Workplace, Engaging Straight Allies, and Helping Diversity and Compliance Work TogetherSubmitted by Jessica Kirby on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 14:44
Over 55 Diversity and Compliance professionals from approximately 40 organizations met for the Workforce Opportunity Network Meeting in July hosted by member PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. Members and guests heard from a variety of speakers on various topics such as, social media in the workplace, engaging straight allies in the workplace, and how diversity and compliance can work together.
Social Media and Diversity- Leveraging the Benefits while Managing the Risk
GDF Meeting Highlights June 2010: Continuing the Journey- Diversity in Canada and Japan and a lesson in Global Diversity Best Practices from American ExpressSubmitted by Jessica Kirby on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 11:02
The 24th June meeting of the Global Diversity Forum was the largest meeting in its history since the network launched in 2006. The meeting drew a global audience from over 40 organisations in the automotive, financial sector, technology, entertainment, pharmaceutical, defense and security, food, and manufacturing industries.
WON Meeting Highlights April 2011- Vets Hiring and Recruiting, New HRC Rating Criteria 3.0 and Diversity at MattelSubmitted by Jessica Kirby on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 11:04
Workforce Opportunity Network member company Sony hosted the April 12-13 meeting at their San Diego headquarters. The two day meeting was attended by participants from 30 organizations from a variety of sectors including financial, automotive, defense, insurance, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, media, health care and pharmaceutical, technology, government and non-profit. It was an opportunity for rich dialogue and collaborative networking and we are so thankful to Sony, particularly Cathy Wozney and Diedre Avery, for hosting such a wonderful meeting.
Nita Beecher, chair of workplace compliance and the employment law and litigation group at Mercer, formerly ORC Worldwide, gives her expert take on the Dodd-Frank Act in Diversity Executive this month. According to Nita, there has always been a little competition between diversity and compliance functions, but the new legislation offers both sides an opportunity to work together — in conjunction with talent managers — to accomplish the ultimate goal of a more diverse workplace.
By Michal Fineman and Elizabeth MacGillivray, Profiles in Diversity Journal, July / August 2010. Posted by permission.
In the May-June 2010 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal, Deirdre Golden, Director of ORC Worldwide's Global Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Practice talks about the emerging focus on class and socio-economic background as a 'new' area of diversity. While this focus is seen primarily in the U.K. as discussed in the article, it is also a trend in a number of countries in South America. Deirdre writes that "we believe this trend will have implications for the global diversity initiatives of many organisations." Please download the full article below.