Network and Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC)
June 8, 2011 - June 9, 2011
8:00am - 3:00pm EST
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd StreetNew York, NY
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Purpose. Presence. Power: The Business Impact of ERG’s
Now in its fifth year, NALC is the only national conference focused on training leaders from every type of employee group and aligning them with the business goals of their organizations. At this “network of networks” event, over 400 leaders from 70 corporations came together in 2010 to share best practices and discover ways to increase their business value. This two-day conference gives attendees program ideas, organizational structure, case studies, strategy and tools to take their networks to the next level.
NALC an in depth learning Experience!
The 2011 NALC format will once again feature three ROUNDS of concurrent sessions—each round will be repeated allowing attendees to participate in two of the 4 sessions featured in a round. Learning’s are tracked via:
- Structure and Organization
- Leadership Development
- Aligning with the Business
June 8, “Great Ideas” Networking Luncheon: Making Great Partnerships Work
ERG contributions can create sustainable connections by addressing community needs. In this session, attendees will sit with like affinity group members to share great ideas around creating and maintaining community partnerships. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight on how to build strong relationships in the community. Join in and meet fellow participants
June 9, Affinity Keynote Luncheons
During this luncheon, attendees will breakout by cross/affinity groups to discuss leadership development and challenges you may be having in your network and field. This is your chance to get valuable solutions for issues you have not been able to address. Learn from exciting keynote and conversation from leading figures in the affinity/diversity world.
- Collaborate and network with colleagues from leading companies
- Experience peer-to-peer learning with leaders from both like and diverse affinity groups
- Participate with leaders at your level
Who should attend?
- Groups of network and affinity groups members and leaders
- Program Managers
- Diversity and HR Professionals
- Corporate Executive Sponsors
- Companies considering the business benefits of network and affinity groups
NALC attendees (NYC) have the opportunity to attend the CEO Diversity Leadership Forum and Gala Dinner on June 8th. The CEO Forum features the winners of our 2011 CEO Diversity Leadership Awards.
Admission to the Forum is free to NALC attendees.
At the CEO Diversity Leadership Gala Dinner, DBP will honor the winners of the 2011 CEO Diversity Leadership Awards.
Special $100 discount for NALC attendees and DBP members.
2011 Above-and-Beyond Award: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The 2011 Above-and-Beyond Award, presented by Diversity Best Practices and Working Mother Media, will be recognizing four categories of individuals and a group who/which work in best-in-class network and affinity group leadership:
- Executive Sponsors/Champions - individuals who provide a lifeline to their organizations’ network/affinity groups
- Network/Affinity Group Leaders – non-diversity professionals whose grit and determination have led to the creation, success and/or turn-around of their network/affinity group.
- Network Groups – as an entire unit, i.e. groups that are aligning with their business
- Program Managers – Diversity professionals who provide exemplary leadership in the creation and growth of network affinity group(s)
For more information and/or to submit a nomination, please click HERE.
All submissions are due June 24, 2011.
*Wednesday, June 8, 2011
7:30 - 8:30 Networking Breakfast/Registration
8:30 - 8:50 Welcome Remarks
Carol Evans / CEO / Diversity Best Practices
8:50 - 9:15 Keynote
Andrés Tapia / President / Diversity Best Practices
9:15 - 9:30 Refreshment Break
9:30 - 10:45 Round I: Structure/Organization
A. New Leaders/New Groups: Effective Communication Strategies to Strengthen Your ERG
You’ve just started a new ERG and you’re trying to figure out a way to best communicate the goals and messages to your members and the organization at large. Right now your ERG consists of a few members who are probably just as lost as you feel. With many ERGs, a good place to begin is to have a very clear understanding of the mission and objectives of the company and of the group, which should often be communicated to each of the members. The effective use of technology and social media has also kept many ERGs abreast of the latest developments. What communications strategies should you use in order to take your ERG to the next level? What are your goals and who is your target audience? Learn and implement strategies from these case studies by companies that have been there and done that, and watch how your ERG will grow.
Elena Deutsch, MPH / Senior Consultant / Wildfire Strategies
Leslie Arredondo-Cordero / Coordinator, Music and Media Licensing / MTV Networks
Samir Shaikh / Scientist, Founder & President of Merck Interfaith Organization / Merck & Co, Inc.
B. Program Mgrs: Assessing ERG Performance Using the 4C ERG Model, Metrics & Benchmarking
One of the most important and difficult tasks for leaders is proving that their ERG brings concrete value to the company. Leaders want to show how the network has positively impacted business goals and be able to reflect upon strengths and weaknesses internally. Especially during this rough economic period with cutbacks across the board, it is important that network groups assess their progress as it is essential in securing resources to truly make a lasting impact. The 4C ERG Assessment Model will be introduced as a way for experienced leaders measure the success of their networks, assess their performance and communicate their value to company executives. Case studies from companies will showcase why ERGs must first assess their performance in order to accurately measure their success to then effectively communicate the results to show its value.
Robert Rodriguez, Ph.D. / Senior Vice President / ALPFA
C. Exp Leaders/Groups: Position ERGs as Champions for Innovative Policies and Programs
Innovative programs and policies drive change within an organization, and play a critical role in increasing competitive advantage. The opportunity to align with and champion these initiatives can serve as a valuable way to increase visibility and bolster your group’s reputation as a strategic business partner. What effective approaches can ERGs use to position themselves as champions of new or existing initiatives? If your ERG identifies an un-addressed business need – what steps should be taken to secure support and resources, and effectively partner with decision-makers to meet that need? Find out ways different ERGs are positively contributing to organizational change, and further developing their roles as innovative business resources.
Janice Won / Founder / The WON Principles
Vipul Sheth / Global VP of Quality, Coronary/Hypertension (Executive Sponsor of CardioVascular Indian Resource Group / Medtronic Inc.
Alicia Wallace / EEO Consultant and PRIDE (African American ARG) member / WellPoint, Inc.
D. Hot Topics: Building & Managing Virtual ERG’s
The days have long passed since the conference room served as the formal meeting ground for groups. With new and innovative technologies hitting the market, groups from all over the country – or planet – can get together at one time. Are you still searching for more efficient ways to meet and share information with members across the globe? What are the best strategies in communicating across different channels? Hear case studies shared by presenting companies who will demonstrate how they have successfully leveraged technology tools to communicate effectively to members who are not physically at the same location.
Joe Husman / CDO, National Manager Diversity and Inclusion / Toyota Financial Services
Chris Crespo / Director in the Americas Inclusiveness Center of Expertise / Ernst & Young
Denyse Mackey / Vice President, IBM General Business Channels - North America / IBM
Jennifer "Jae" Requiro / Internal Diversity and Inclusion Process Manager / Toyota Financial Services
10:45 - 11:00 Transition Break
11:00 - 12:15 Round I Repeated (4 Tracks)
12:30 - 1:45 “Great Ideas” Networking Luncheon: Making Great Partnerships Work (By Affinity Groups)
ERG contributions can create sustainable connections by addressing community needs. In this session, attendees will sit with like affinity group members to share great ideas around creating and maintaining community partnerships. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight on how to build strong relationships in the community.
Sponsor Leader Luncheon (by invitation only)
2:00 - 3:15 Round II: Leadership Development (4 Tracks)
A. New Leaders/New Groups: Everything You Need to Know About Working Effectively with Your Executive Sponsor
“If I only knew then what I know now.” This famous phrase often leaves people wondering how differently things could have turned out if only they had the necessary knowledge before. Save yourself the grief by attending this session and learning how to develop not only your ERGs, but your leadership skills with the help of executive sponsorship. Having executive sponsorship is important to many levels of your ERG’s growth, as it can shape decisions and greatly influence and impact the group’s success. This relationship will lead the way for more visibility and support from the company and better equip ERG leaders with the proper tools to effectively guide the group. But how do you get executive sponsors involved to begin with? What role should they play? Hear strategies from experienced leaders in the field on how to get and maintain relationships with executive sponsors.
Vanessa Weaver-Coleman, Ph.D. / CEO / Alignment Strategies
Eileen Simon / Chief Franchise Development Officer & Executive Sponsor of the Global Women's Leadership Network / MasterCard Worldwide
Joan McKinnon / Assistant Vice President of the Talent Management Team / New York Life
B. Program Mgrs: Revitalizing Existing ERG Membership
We have tried Newsletters, social media and fun gatherings are effective means to maintain members’ interest in their ERGs, but it takes more to stay fresh. How can program managers encourage active participation from long term members, and how can the group recruit new and engaged members? Apart from making meetings and events meaningful with the promise of results, what new and innovative ways will keep the group fresh and new? Hear from other experienced program managers who have tips and tools to get your members excited about their ERG.
Isaias Zamarripa / Founder / Three Degrees from Isaias
Dell Hendon / Director Talent Acqusition / Miller Coors
C. Exp Leaders/Groups: Creating and Leveraging Professional Development Opportunities Though ERG’s
Companies realize that in order to improve the bottom line of the business, they have to develop and leverage the diverse talent of their employees. What better way to accomplish this goal than through established ERGs that have mentoring and professional development initiatives? No longer are these groups used solely as social networks, but they are providing ways for employees to get the support needed to advance professionally. What new and exciting ways can ERGs offer development training for members? How can companies use this training to grow the business? Find out ways different ERGs are actively pursuing and creating new opportunities for employees to grow in their fields.
Joe Santana / Senior Director of Diversity / Siemens
Kathy Bowman-Williams / Associate Director for Talent / Verizon
Michelle Medlin / Associate Resource Groups Manager / Walmart
D. Hot Topics: Innovative Approaches for Sustaining Quality Programs in Era of Cutbacks
With companies opting for hiring freezes and ordering divisions across the company to cut budgets in order to save money and jobs, program leaders are finding it harder to provide quality programs and benefits for members. There is a growing need to do more with less, but ERGs are given little guidance and are left struggling with the question of “how.” How can leaders provide the same or higher level of programs that are valuable to employees on a reduced budget? Learn from other program leaders who will demonstrate how they’ve organized events and programs with limited resources. See how it worked, what worked and what didn’t, and implement these cost saving techniques into your programs.
Mariela Dabbah / Author, Speaker and Consultant / Consultare
Melissa Johnson / Diversity and Inclusion Manager / Best Buy
Kevin Carter / Director of Diversity and Inclusion / Campbell Soup Company
3:15 – 3:30 Refreshment Break
3:30 – 4:45 Round II Repeated (4 Tracks)
4:45 – 6:00 Cocktail Reception
Thursday, June 9, 2011
7:30 - 9:00 Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
Carol Evans / CEO / Diversity Best Practices
9:15 - 10:00 Keynote and a Conversation
Ana Duarte McCarthy / Chief Diversity Officer / Citi
10:00 - 10:15 Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:30 Round III: Aligning with the Business (4 Tracks)
A. New Leaders/New Groups: How to Develop Projects/Activities/Events that Have True Scale and Impact
Has your ERG defined and established its mission and priorities? Are your members and executive sponsor(s) actively working to get noticed among existing well-known ERGs? If your answers are “yes” then that means your group is on the right track to making a true impact on the business. Creating a practical and achievable 5-year plan that outlines how the ERG will grow over time and organize to set it apart from other groups, will take the company to the next level. Learn from experienced leaders about what groups need to know to be successful and have a strong and growing relationship with organizational goals and priorities.
Melissa Donaldson / Director, Inclusion Practices / CDW
Gloria McDonald / Equal Opportunity, Diversity Organization of Corporate Human Resources / Prudential
Chuck Stephens / Senior Associate / Booz Allen Hamilton
B. Program Mgrs: Driving Employee Resource Group (ERG) Evolution
Attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse workforce is a top priority for many companies. Learn from a case study highlighting Cisco’s journey, an organization that employs 72,000+ people in more than 90 countries. ERGs are one way in which this company engages employees to help them achieve both individual and business goals. ERGs foster innovation, allow employees to be more engaged and connected to corporate priorities, and encourage diverse perspectives. Originally started as informal groups for people with common interests and identities, ERGs are now important business partners and exemplify how companies become a Dynamic Networked Organization.
Attend this session to learn how ERGs evolve by:
- Establishing a model for ERGs to assess themselves their work, and organizational evolution
- Bringing a greater focus on developing strong leadership and change management skills within the ERG lead and executive sponsor teams
- Accelerating ERG-to-business engagement for increased impact
Participants will have the opportunity to work through the model for their own organizations, to calibrate themselves by level, and to share challenges, ideas, and best practices.
Jennifer Brown / President & CEO / Jennifer Brown Consulting
Jackie Munson / Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader / Cisco
C. Exp Leaders/Groups: The Cost Benefit of Collaboration
We know that partnering with other ERGs can help bring together different communities that share common goals. It creates many benefits for all involved, such as additional resources for activities, broadening group networks and being able to align your ERG goals to company diversity goals. But what are the costs - the set backs or challenges? How has it helped with budgeting and cross cultural competency? Join this session to hear stories of group collaboration and how it has made an impact on the company’s bottom line while fulfilling group goals.
Perika J. Sampson / Managing Consultant / Diversity Best Practices
Catherine DeConinck / Information Systems Technician, President of EMPOWER (Disabilities Constituency) / Eastman Kodak
Kevin Hooks / Executive Vice President / Weber Shandwick
Anthony Imgrund / Operations Coordinator, Founder of the GLBT Group / Draftfcb
D. Hot Topics: Leveraging ERGs to Increase Profitability in the Marketplace
It is common knowledge that consumers will purchase a product from a company that is relatable and invested in their communities. Therefore, it should not be surprising that ERGs have the ability to aid in increasing the company’s profitability. But what are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the new and innovative ways ERGs are being leveraged to increase profitability? Join this interactive session where you will hear multiple case studies and ideas that you can take back to your companies.
Nadine Vogel / President / Springboard Consulting, LLC
Stephan Klaschka / Director, Head of Clinical Applications Support / Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Nancy Calderon / Americas Region Chief Administrative Officer and U.S. National Partner in Charge, Operations / KPMG LLP
11:30 - 11:45 Transition Break
11:45 - 1:00 Round III Repeated (4 Tracks)
1:00 - 2:30 Intersections of Inclusion Luncheons
The days of evaluating people as part of just one marginalized identity have passed. Today, people are most interested in recognizing and celebrating the myriad of traits and backgrounds they are able to personally relate to. As part of Diversity Best Practices’ commitment to diversity thought leadership, and in recognition of personal complexity, we have launched Inclusion Intersections, an ongoing series examining the multidimensional identities that make us all unique. Today’s luncheon will feature our guest speaker who represent these multidimensional identities and provide us with insights, challenges and a call to action for your AG/ENG/ERG…no matter what its identity.
People with Disabilities / Parenting / Veterans
Linda Mona, Ph.D. / Acting Director, Psychology Training / VA Long Beach Healthcare System
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Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Campbell Soup Company
Author Speaker and Consultant, Consultare
Senior Consultant, WildFire Strategies
Director, Diversity & Inclusion, MillerCoors Brewing Company
Executive Vice President Integrated Market Practices, Weber Shandwick
Corporate Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Toyota Financial Services
Operations Coordinator, Draftfcb
Program Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Best Buy
Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer, Citi
Assistant Vice President of the Talent Management Team, New York Life
Acting Director - Psychology Training, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Founder, The WON Principles
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LOCATION / DIRECTIONS;
The New York Academy of Medicine is located at 1216 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. The entrance is on 103rd Street.
Take the #6 local train to 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street; after crossing Park Avenue, turn right and walk a few yards, and then turn left onto the path through the garden of Carver Houses to Madison Avenue. Continue west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take Shuttle Train to 42nd / Street Grand Central and transfer to the #6 Train (Uptown) to 103rd Street.
From south of 103rd Street:
On Madison Avenue, take a northbound M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From north of 103rd Street:
On Fifth Avenue, take a southbound M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 103rd Street. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street, on the southeast corner of the intersection of 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
From Grand Central Station/Grand Central Terminal:
Exit Grand Central Station and Terminal on 42nd Street at Vanderbilt Avenue. Walk one short block west to Madison Avenue and take the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From Metro North/125 Street and Park Avenue:
Exit the station and take the M101 bus on Lexington Avenue southbound to East 102nd Street. Walk three blocks east to Fifth Avenue and proceed north to 103rd Street.
From Port Authority Bus Terminal:
Exit the terminal at the West 42nd Street exit. Proceed to Eighth Avenue and take the M42 Bus east to Madison Avenue. Transfer to the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From Pennsylvania Station:
Exit the terminal at the West 33rd Street exit. Proceed to Eighth Avenue and take the M42 Bus east to Madison Avenue. Transfer to the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From south of 96th Street:
From the FDR Drive North, take the 96th Street exit. Turn left onto 96th Street, and drive straight until Madison Avenue. Turn right on Madison, and drive north to 103rd Street. Turn left, and the Academy is at the end of the block on the south side of the street.
From north of 96th Street:
From the FDR Drive South, take the 96th Street exit. Turn right onto E. 96th Street, and drive straight until Madison Avenue. Turn right on Madison, and drive north to 103rd Street. Turn left, and the Academy is at the end of the block on the south side of the street.
From Area Airports
From LaGuardia Airport:
The Academy is located 7.5 miles from LaGuardia Aiport. From the Main Terminal, take the Parkway West ramp towards Manhattan. Merge onto the Grand Central Parkway west (the Grand Central Parkway becomes I-278 East). Take the exit towards Manhattan/Randalls-Wards Island/Downing Stadium. Merge onto the Triboro Bridge. Merge onto the FDR Drive South. Take exit number 15, towards East 106th Street. Turn right onto East 106th Street, and proceed to Fifth Avenue. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue and continue until 103rd Street.
From John F. Kennedy International Airport:
The Academy is located 17.5 miles from JFK Airport. From all terminals, follow signs to the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678 North). Merge onto the Grand Central Parkway West via exit number 10 (on the left), following signs to the Triboro Bridge. Take the exit towards Manhattan/Randalls-Wards Island/Downing Stadium. Merge onto the Triboro Bridge. Merge onto the FDR Drive South. Take exit number 15, towards East 106th Street. Turn right onto East 106th Street and proceed to Fifth Avenue. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue and continue until 103rd Street.
From Newark International Airport:
The Academy is located 21.7 miles from Newark Airport. From the Main Terminal follow directions to US-1&9 North. Merge onto the New Jersey Turnpike North (I-95N) towards exits 16E-18E (US 46-Lincoln Tunnel). Take Route 3 exit number 16E in the direction of the Lincoln Tunnel. Merge onto I-495 East. Proceed through the Lincoln Tunnel. Take the exit on the left toward 10th Avenue/Points North/West Side Hwy. Stay straight to go onto Dyer Avenue. Turn left onto West 42nd Street. Turn right onto the West Side Hwy (NY 9AN/12th Avenue). Continue to follow NY9A North. Take West 96th Street Exit. Turn slight right onto West 96th Street. West 96th Street becomes 97th Street. 97th Street then becomes East 96th Street. Proceed on 96th Street to Madison Avenue; turn left onto Madison Avenue and proceed to East 103rd Street. Turn left onto East 103rd Street.