The ERG Factor
“Foster an environment of inclusion for each other.”
Employee resource groups (ERGs) offer multicultural women the opportunity to develop skills, become leaders, and meet mentors, sponsors and allies. Four women who have benefited—at 2018 Best Companies for Multicultural Women Accenture, General Motors, KPMG and Walmart Inc.—share their stories.
Her Story: When her son was 6 weeks old, this single mom with an aerospace engineering background started a new career in technology at Andersen Consulting, which eventually became Accenture. As the first person in her family to attend college, and a Latina in a white male-dominated field, she found that joining industry groups was key to learning and building connections. Twelve years ago, she attended a conference sponsored by the Hispanic-American ERG, and was “blown away” by the talent and leadership. “It was an important moment for me. I began to discover what my roots really are,” she recalls. Her family was from Ecuador, but she grew up in Los Angeles without a big emphasis on being part of the Hispanic community. She’s also been involved with the women’s ERG.
What She’s Learned: “The ERGs helped me see how who we are impacts our decision-making and our diversity of thought,” she says. The group enables her to “open doors for people.” The Hispanic-American ERG has become a key part of her life. “We refer to each other as familia.”
Advice for Multicultural Women: “Foster an environment of inclusion for each other through the ERG. It’s important to be supportive and share our backgrounds so we can all do better.”
The companies on this list all have strong employee resource groups, which help multicultural women build confidence, develop relationships and learn how to be leaders.
Rosa Bravo Business Development Director, Accenture National Co-Lead, Hispanic-American ERG