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ERG/BRG Networking Group | 2022 Wisconsin Summit
October 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Keep the Spark Alive on October 13, at 10:30 a.m.
Resource groups are so important in the workplace to connect employees who share certain things in common which fosters inclusivity and builds community. The impact of these groups are many… creates an inclusive workplace, enhances employee engagement, and cultural awareness, provides feedback to leadership, and more. The energy and passion of the groups is high at the beginning of the group forming. How do you keep that energy and passion going as the groups continue? This will be the focus of this session. We will provide some best practices with resource groups and we want to learn and hear from you today!
We have two facilitators today for this session. Brooke Thomas and Julie Okoro
Inclusive Excellence Advisor – American Family Insurance
Brooke Thomas is an experienced Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional employed with American Family Insurance in the Inclusive Excellence division. In her role, she offers consultation services on the development and implementation of D&I strategies and creates and manages partnerships internally and externally to develop and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce at AMFAM. She advises AMFAM’s Abilities Business Resource Group. In addition, Ms. Thomas serves as a board member of Disability:IN Wisconsin.
Workforce Development Manager – Children’s Wisconsin
Julie Okoro is the Workforce Development Manager at Children’s Wisconsin. Julie was involved with the initial orientation and strategic planning for Children’s resource group leaders two years ago. Julie continues to work closely with the resource groups at Children’s as one of their focuses is workforce development. One of the outcomes of this collaboration has been a mentor program in which the Black Professionals and Allies IRG provides feedback during the development of the program. The mentor program is in the pilot stage and the feedback has been very positive.
We hope to you leave this session with some tools to Keep the Spark Alive in your resource groups by sharing some best practices and learning from each other attending this today.