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    February 25, 2014

    Diverse by Design team focuses on employee retention

    The Diverse by Design Employee Resource Groups Action Team, focusing on the development of the proposed initiative The Talent Connection in 2014, will meet on March 5 at the Chamber for interested participants. 

    The Talent Connection is an integration of ERGs across several local companies to build upon the success of similar efforts for women, LGBT and African American groups. Goals for the 2014 implementation stage include outreach efforts to small and mid-sized companies and organizing developmental events.

    The four ERG co-chairs are Leigh Prop, Senior Vice President and Director of Talent Acquisition and Engagement at Fifth Third Bank; Robert Jones, Human Resources Senior Executive at GE Aviation; Orlando Gutierrez, Senior Operations and Finance Manager at The Kroger Co.; and Jodi Geiser, Tax Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. 

    So far, the team has explored how local companies currently use ERGs in effort to share best practices and strategized how to include small to mid-sized companies in the initiative. They will work to connect ERG members with employers and companies in the region. Fostering this social interaction among groups through shared interests will result in a future reduction in retention risks, and ERGs will be able to effectively voice their ideas and insights to make their companies and our region more competitive. Other groups such as spouses, veterans, single parents and the Hispanic population have also been included in the action team’s consideration.

    The team welcomes businesses to participate in the region-wide groups even if they do not have enough employees to form their own ERGs.

    The first ERG meeting of 2014 will be held on March 5 at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. To RSVP, email Stacey Barnes at Other upcoming meetings include the Talent Action Team on Friday, March 14 (RSVP here) and the Multicultural Leadership Action Team meeting on Thursday, May 1 (RSVP here). 

      Diverse by Design is a joint project of Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, working in collaboration with many Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky large and small businesses and civic and community organizations. It is intended to grow our region’s ability to attract and retain high potential talent, with an emphasis on increasing the diversity of our talent pool and making our community more inclusive. Download Diverse by Design: Meeting the Talent Challenge in a Global Economy.


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