Employee Resource Group Leader Chat

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Name: Employee Resource Group Leader Chat
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Join the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois for our 2021 Employee Resource Group Leader Chat. This half-day series of workshops is designed for PRIDE Employee Resource Group leaders, as well as leaders who support other groups within their company.

WHO: This event is for 2 leaders per Employee Resource Group. We suggest sending the leaders who will be leading for 2022. 

Sponsors: Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, inQuest Consulting




Workshop Overview 

10:00 – 10:10am 

Jerome’ Holston (LGBTCC Director) 

Welcome & Agenda

LGBTCC Director Jerome’ Holston will share welcome remarks and an overview of the agenda. 

10:10 – 11:00am

John Estrada (Integrated People Solutions)

How to Incorporate ERG Talent into Talent Management Process

In most organizations, the talent pipeline is typically only reviewed at management levels and above on an annual or six-month timeline. This leaves many of the diverse employees out of the talent discussion. 

A process improvement for succession planning is including ERG members in the review process, no matter what level they are. This gets them on leadership's radar.  It is not unusual for management to realize 'hidden' talent that has been overlooked because they weren't visible in talent/succession planning discussions. 

It also highlights the value and the work that these ERG members and employees bring to the organization.

11:00 – 11:15am




11:15 – 11:45am

Patti Flynn (Equality Institute) and Leslie Drish (Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago)


Enjoy Leslie Drisch as she leads a fireside chat with Patti Flynn. Leslie will interview Patti Flynn around topics that include self-identification, inclusion policies for transitioning employees, and healthcare/leave coverage.

11:45am – 12:00pm




12:00 –12:30pm

Nonprofit Showcase

Nonprofit Showcase

LGBTCC Nonprofit Members will share an overview of their programs and services, and ways that employees can become engaged with volunteer opportunities. 

12:30 – 1:00pm

Networking/Lunch Break

Networking/Lunch Break

Attendees can take a lunch break or participate in an optional networking session.  

1:00 – 2:00pm

Roxanne Meyer (CNA) & Michael Nordman (MolsonCoors)

Leader Roundtable 

Roxanne and Michael will lead the group through an open discussion with a goal of helping leaders learn strategy from each other. Leaders should come prepared with their own questions about processes, systems, partnerships, etc. that they have for other ERG Leaders. 

2:00 – 2:15pm




2:15 – 3:15pm

Scott Hoesman (inQuest Consulting) 

Practicing Epic Allyship

​​This session provides a safe, welcoming space to explore and practice EPIC ALLY behaviors: (1) When something is said or done that appears to have crossed a line (overt or subtle acts of exclusion) – the reactive and (2) When you are looking to proactively build and invest in the relationships and success of others – the proactive

3:15 - 3:30pm

Jerome’ Holston

Wrap Up

Jerome’ Holston will close the event with a recap and overview of upcoming events. 


Date/Time Information:
October 28, 2021
10am – 4pm 
Contact Information:
Jerome Holston
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