Building successful Employee Resource Groups

Date: Wednesday 22 Mar 2023
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm AEDT

Cisco Webex

Bookings close: 22 Mar 2023

At this event, you will hear from DCA members about the role of their ERGs, how they work and the benefits they have delivered, for both employees and the organisation.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), also known as Employee Networks, or Employee Affinity Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that serve many purposes – for example, they can provide a safe space to network, celebrate diversity and build a sense of community; foster employee engagement and dialogue; harness employee input into D&I strategies; and even help organisations recruit for diversity.

At this event, you will hear from DCA members about the role of their ERGs, how they work and the benefits they have delivered, for both employees and the organisation.

Join Cathy Brown, DCA’s Communications and Advocacy Director, for a discussion with three DCA members:

  1. Catherina Behan, Group Diversity & Inclusion, People, Culture & Advocacy at Suncorp - In 2019 Suncorp was recognised as the AHRI award winner of the Susan Ryan Age Diversity Award. Catherina will join us to share details of Suncorp’s ERGs, including its “LIFE-X” for life experience, for its over 50s community,
  2. Jean Capdevielle, Director, Value and Bid Marketing at Thales Australia - Thales has five focus areas for their ERGs: LGBTQI+, Gender, Reconciliation Action Plan, Veterans, and Neurodiversity & Accessibility. Jean will discuss the benefits of being part of Thales Accessibility and Neurodiversity ERG,
  3. Courtney Pond, Group Inclusion & Diversity Manager at NRMA - As Group Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Courtney leads and drives the diversity and inclusion strategy across the Group. Courtney will join Ken Collins to share how they developed and implemented their first employee network group, SHINE, and
  4. Ken Collins, Chair of SHINE (their first ERG) at NRMA - As chair of Shine, NRMA's LGBTQI+ employee network, Ken will talk about Shine's purpose; to create a culture of inclusion, safety, well-being, and belonging, where people feel they can be themselves, no matter how they identify. 

Free for DCA members to attend
Non DCA members can attend for a fee of $185pp

Unfortunately, due to conflicts of interest and protection of our intellectual property, this event is not open to individuals or businesses providing diversity and inclusion consulting services.

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Please note, the webinar will be recorded and made available for DCA members who are not able to make the live streaming of the webinar. 

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Who should attend

Participation in DCA events is free for all member employees and a significant benefit of membership that we urge you to maximise.


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Event Speakers

DCA is committed to ensuring that our extensive calendar of events includes speakers with a diversity of lived experiences, as well as subject matter expertise.
If you have subject matter expertise in D&I, and/or a diverse perspective or lived experience you would like to share, and you are interested in being part of a future DCA event, please send us an email, [email protected], and let us know about you, your experience, and your interest. DCA will get in touch if we see a suitable opportunity.

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