Good Work. Now Let’s Do More.
We have plenty of examples of steps ahead. Last year Blake Moret, our chairman and CEO, joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This year, the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a membership organization for the development of black leaders, welcomed Ernest Nicolas, Jr., our vice president, Global Supply Chain, into its membership.
These are two organizations devoted to the development of black professionals. Attending ELC-sponsored events like the Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium (MLMS) helped me broaden my professional skills and networks, and reminded me that as much work as we have done and will continue to do, more groups deserve more attention.
Our company has 13 employee resource groups (ERGs). These are company-supported groups of employees drawn together by common characteristics including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, generation, military or disability status, etc.
While organized under the broad ERG heading, what brings together these groups – demographics, issues and priorities – is different. And while we have been recognized for our work advancing women in the workplace, and are increasing black leadership development, we have more people who require our time and attention.
When we take a step forward, I’m reminded to look back and what we’re doing to learn from these groups, and to incorporate that learning into our recruitment and retention practices.