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09/09/20 at 6AM UTC
Diversity & Inclusion
How do you suggest implementing a women’s ERG in a virtual environment?
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Nurse, Technology Writer, Healthcare Executive
09/21/20 at 12:30AM UTC
My company is setting ERGs up on Microsoft teams. We are just getting started (also all virtual), so I will let you know how it goes. Some middle school kids I mentored earlier this year told me about a platform called Discord that they use to collaborate on school projects. Good luck!
09/17/20 at 8:27PM UTC
One thing I'd recommend for grassroots efforts or first time ERG formation is to spend some time establishing trust and creating a sense of community. In my previous team I spent a lot of informal one on one time with the womxn there to get to know them. It's hard work but it is absolutely worth it. It makes sure that *all* womxn's voices are heard, especially underrepresented ones, and it ensures that running the ERG is group effort. As part of getting to know you, they feel much more involved in the ERG as a result. Of course you can't scale to doing this with a hundred people, but imagine starting the group with a dozen womxn this way. They will probably pick up these practices from you and pass on that same feeling of trust and investment to the other womxn in their teams, etc.
Recruiter doing cool things at Zapier
09/17/20 at 2:33PM UTC
Zapier is 100 percent remote, and I just set up our womxn focused ERG. The suggestion I'd add is to create a slack channel (assuming you're using something like slack to communicate across the company) and share events, articles, etc to build a community.
I help organizations thrive one person @ a time.
09/17/20 at 2:21PM UTC
I have seen employee resource groups both flourish and flounder in my career and here are some key ingredients for success: 1) An executive sponsor, someone at the C-Suite level, who can champion the network's cause. Preferably someone who runs a P&L unit. This person can secure budget, be a spokesperson for the network and its mission and find ways to infuse the network's initiatives with business goals. 2) A charter that clearly defines the network's mission, vision, as well as governing bodies with roles/responsibilities. This charter serves as your north star and can always be adjusted as needed. 3) A dedicated Diversity & Inclusion employee to help guide and shape the network's initiatives. Virtual or live, these ingredients will help your network thrive. Good luck!
Consulting is my profession, equality my passion
09/17/20 at 12:39AM UTC
Working at a smaller organization that has always been mostly remote, we took the 'book club' approach, which so far is working nicely. Any group member can suggest content they think will be meaningful for the group; this is often things like webinar recordings or thoughtful news articles. Then we schedule a call to discuss. It has also been a good way to encourage members of the team who are not in leadership roles to speak up and gives them an opportunity to show their initiative and interests.
09/16/20 at 3:42PM UTC
I have created and led many virtual programs for women's ERGs and parenting groups...pre and post Covid. It is just a more efficient way for employers to draw in women from many different geographic locations. What I have found is that many ERGs operate in a "catch as catch can" way...without laying out a content strategy. For all my webinars I create an advance questionnaire so that members can pinpoint their specific needs/interests within various topic areas. I'm launching a new webinar series on innovative education/childcare trends...the two issues that are pushing lots of high-potential women out of the workforce during this pandemic that creates so much uncertainty. I've got 20 changemakers/thought leaders (so far) who are all willing to tackle these subjects in a virtual setting...more proof that really significant conversations can happen without being in the same room.
09/16/20 at 1:48PM UTC
Thanks everyone for all the helpful information. I currently work for a private company with a female CEO. She has selected me and another individual from a recent company acquisition to lead a women's ERG. The main purpose/mission statement is to bring more women in manufacturing and provide a support system for women currently working at our company. HR is supporting this as well. We are working on a name, mission statement, purpose, etc. I want this to be successful, so any additional thoughts, ideas or feedback are welcome!
Catalyst for women's career development
09/15/20 at 11:24PM UTC
I curate programming for women’s ERG’s (virtually now) with Evolveme.work. It’s important to know what the members want so it can be focused on their needs. Do a survey to assess how they want to use the time together online. There are creative ways to design interactive sessions online that would allow for the women to connect and learn from each other. Offer a series of workshops that build on each other rather than one-offs to promote sustained engagement! Email me at
if you want to chat about this!
Making money less stressful
09/15/20 at 10:57PM UTC
Hit me up if you ever want to share best practices on a call. I run a women's networking group in my town (currently meeting virtually) and have a lot of experience with ERGs in corporate settings. The biggest key to success is having an executive sponsor that is ENGAGED and CONNECTED.
Higher Education Leader
09/15/20 at 10PM UTC
FGB's advice here is good: https://fairygodboss.com/career-topics/how-to-start-a-womens-erg. But it's not targeting the virtual environment. I'm just starting a new job in the midst of the WFH space, and it's a challenge but one I'm excited to accept, few people are moving to new jobs right now, so it's a unique skill set I can be proud of. Take it as a challenge not an obstacle. Hold virtual gatherings, try some fun affinity related games, mentimeter is an interesting tool I like to use from time to time. I think hosting virtual luncheons or watch parties for a relevant video resource, sharing ideas an open brainstorming. Breakout rooms that use Open Space Technology--there are lots of good ideas out there for engaging folks in the virtual space. Go get 'em !
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