DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy

DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy

April 8-9

Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel


The mission of the DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy is to be a resource to both individuals and organizations seeking to start, grow or fully utilize their employee resource groups. The academy blends theory and practice over a one-and-a-half-day interactive curriculum, with the development of an action plan to effectively lead ERGs for the greatest business impact and sustainability.


Upon completion of the one-and-a-half-day academy, participants will:

  • Articulate the compelling business case for ERGs
  • Gain the most current knowledge and trends related to ERGs
  • Identify the mechanics for successful formation and nurturing of ERGs based upon a wide range of best practices
  • Understand how to work effectively with diversity councils, HR leadership, and various ERGs within the organization and across industries
  • Apply the competencies needed for successful ERG leadership within various roles including ERG leaders, ERG executive sponsors, and HR practitioners charged with ERG efforts
  • Develop an action plan with strategies and tactics for ERGs, including metrics to measure effectiveness

Target Audience

  • ERG leaders and members
  • HR leaders with responsibility for overseeing ERGs
  • HR advisors and executive sponsors supporting ERGs
  • Internal or external consultants working with ERGs


Domain 1: History and Evolution of Employee Resource Groups

Domain 2: Building the Business Case

Domain 3: ERG Roles – Building Success through Leadership

Domain 4: Logistics and Best Practices for ERGs

Domain 5: Leadership and Cultural Competencies for Effective ERGs

Domain 6: Planning for Action


Participants are expected to complete a pre-session survey during registration to optimally organize discussion teams and tailor activities to deliver maximum value.

Participant Evaluation

Successful completion of the academy requires active engagement in classroom discussions and completion of Action Plan. Participants receive a certificate of completion from the National Diversity Council.

Registration includes:

  • One-and-a-half-day classroom participation
  • Participant Workbook
  • Continental breakfast and lunch for first full-day; continental breakfast for second half-day
  • 20-minute, one-on-one call to provide feedback on action plan after academy is completed

Academy Costs

National and State Partners - $749.00

Non-Partners - $949.00