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2022 ERG Virtual Summit

2022 Summit

A recent survey revealed leaders and other important shareholders are either unaware of, or unengaged in, our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). In response to this survey, ERGs have come together to host a virtual summit on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. This virtual summit, with sponsoring partnerships from The State of Minnesota, the City of St. Paul, Hennepin County, the Department of Human Services, and the Office of Inclusion will bridge the knowledge gap between advocates and decision-makers. State, county, and city staff and leaders are invited to support and celebrate our ERGs through critical conversations and action-planning at the summit. 

Request Accommodation

The Summit will be hosted via WebEx, which features closed captioning. If you need additional accommodation, please reach out to Lovie Kidd ( before the end of the day on Friday, June 10. 

Registration and Participation

Register for the Bold Voices. Bold Vision. Bold Strategies. 2022 ERG Summit. 

Register here     Registration Instructions

First, register for the summit. Upon approval of your summit registration, you will receive a link to the Summit Agenda (outlined below) in your registration approval email.

Next, register for individual summit sessions using the link found in your Summit Agenda from your registration approval email. Select session title links to register for each session, and add individual sessions to your calendar. You will not be able to register for individual sessions until you have registered for the summit. 

You do not have to attend every session to be a summit participant, though we encourage you to attend keynote sessions that proceed breakout rooms for the best experience. Session participation is limited to 1,000 attendees, so please ensure to submit your registration early, and register for each preferred keynote and breakout session to secure your place. Registration and participation in the virtual summit is completely free! 

Attend sessions for the virtual summit by following the WebEx link provided in each calendar invitation. 

Summit Agenda

Keynote Sessions will be followed by two sets of two simultaneous Breakout Sessions. Breakout Session A is recommended for shareholders and those in leadership positions. Breakout Session B is recommended for collaborators and other curious minds. Learn more about speakers and panelists here.

8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome
8:05 – 8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Message from Activist and Attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Session: Our Bold ERGs 
A panel of our ERG Chairs will speak in collaboration about the importance and impact of our Employee Resource Groups.
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Intermission
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Breakout Session 1 A: Bold Leap into ERG Sponsorship
Three senior leaders from Hennepin County share on their experience and the unexpected rewards of being an employee resource group executive sponsor.
Breakout Session 1 B: Recharge Your Voice: Leader Resilience and Well-being
Fireside coffee conversation with Farzana Nayani on resilience as an ERG leader while taking care of yourself.
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 2 A: Engaging ERGs Voices in Times of Crisis
Speakers Toni Newborn (City of St. Paul) and DeAnna Conover (DHS) discuss their experience engaging ERGs in times of crisis to support one another and create a community of inclusion.
Breakout Session 2 B: From Our Heads to Our Hearts
Clare Verbeten from the City of St. Paul talks about the journey to build an anti-racist somatic practice by implementing teachings and practices from My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ERG Award Ceremony
Presented by Commissioner Schowalter, Brent Holt, Erica Swain, and more!
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1 A: Finding Your Successes as an ERG
Move from critical conversations into action planning as you lead your Employee Resource Group with purpose and intention.
Breakout Session 1 B: Bold Identities: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work
Representatives from the Gender Justice organization speak on their fight for human and gender rights through the dismantlement of legal, structural, and cultural barriers that contribute to gender inequity. 
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2 A : Maintaining and Supporting a Bold and Strategic ERG
Statewide and local government ERG leaders Shawn Sorrell, Brittany McClendon- Robinson, Wendy Plager, Ellena Schoop, Veronica Deenanath, Frida Alvarez, discuss the history behind their programs and strategize ways to support one another in the future.
Breakout Session 2 B : Allyship: How to Support ERGs
Many wonder if there is a role for them to play in support of the employee experience. Joy Kluttz- Horton and Kim Eversman lead participants through the importance of allyship, what it means, and how it can be used to show support for our identity-based communities.
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Intermission
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Special Breakout Session A : Working Across Generations
Joy Kluttz-Horton and Kim Eversman lead the strategy session on building bridges across generations and being considerate of generational values and adjusting priorities as times change.
Special Breakout Session B: Formal and Informal Mentorship
ERG Leaders Crate Darden, Maurice Wilson, and Tarek Tomes, engage members as they strategize how ERGs can leverage the program for mentorship opportunities for personal and professional development.
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Closing Remark and Going Forward Boldly
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