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D&I Best Practice Leadership Forum for ERGs & Diversity Councils

Forum Dates & Times:

Discussion Leader(s):

Erby Foster
Director - Diversity & Inclusion, The Clorox Company

Fernando Serpa
Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils

Linda Stokes
President & CEO, PRISM International, Inc. and the Assoc. of ERGs & Councils

Michael Fosberg
Author & Actor, Incognito, Inc.

Paul Mottola
Senior Consultant, PRISM International, Inc.

Bishop Ranch 1-X
6101 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 95483

6 hours 30 minutes

This event is provided free of charge.

Are your ERGs and Diversity Councils having real impact?

Are their efforts producing organizational results and change?

How do you know?

This "must attend" Forum will provide the latest thinking, best practices, key success and transformative tools to impact your workforce, workplace and marketplace.

Elevate your group's value and effectiveness, Register now!

The Best Practice Leadership Forum for ERGs & Diversity Councils provides learning that members can immediately apply. This interactive experience will enable members to increase their knowledge, skills and leadership capability for improving ERG and Council performance.

Attendees will:

  • Develop breakthrough strategies to improve performance and value
  • Incorporate transformative tools to change how you are impacting the workforce, workplace and marketplace
  • Learn some of the latest thinking to increase your capability
  • Get results from the most recent ERG and Council application yielding new insights regarding best practices and the latest thinking on proven strategies that are working
  • Gain tools, techniques and methodologies for addressing critical organizational challenges

Important Registration Information - Must Read

  • Multiple registrations from the same organization may be limited so that other organizations may attend
  • Registration is limited to organizations with individuals involved with employee resource groups or diversity councils
  • Registrations are non-transferable. Attendees are required to register in advance and provide ID for Security access to facility

Program & Presenters

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Employee Resource Groups &

Diversity Councils Forum

Dynamic, intense and interactive session that enhances D&I knowledge and skills while equipping ERG and Diversity Council leaders with tools and competencies necessary to build and sustain momentum and success.

Fernando Serpa
Executive Director,
Assoc. of ERGs & Councils

Linda Stokes
President & CEO, PRISM, Intl.

11:10 a.m. - Noon

Managing Your ERGs as a
Strategic Brand

This session provides strategic insight into Consumer Trends; Innovation; Reinvention. Explore how The Clorox Company has effectively communicated with diverse consumers; leveraged benefits of an inclusive workforce to help identify business growth and innovation opportunities.

Erby Foster
Director of Diversity & Inclusion,
The Clorox Co.
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Complimentary Lunch Included
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Elephant We Can't See

By tackling the "elephant" and confronting the unconscious biases, micro-inequities, and cultural misunderstandings we all carry, we can remove judgments that can hinder or even derail trust, relationships, engagement, leadership and performance.

Michael Fosberg
Author & Actor, Incognito, Inc.

Paul Mottola
Senior Consultant, PRISM, Intl.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Q&A and Closing Activity


Erby Foster
Director - Diversity & Inclusion, The Clorox Company

Erby L. Foster, Jr. is Director, Diversity & Inclusion, for The Clorox Company, where he advises senior management and the board of directors on the Company's diversity strategy, employment-branding initiatives, external partnerships with professional organizations, and supports employee resource groups.

Foster is a CPA with broad experience creating and implementing business strategies that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and expand market share.

Prior to Clorox, Erby served as the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for AAA Chicago.  During his tenure with McDonald's Corporation, he was Senior Finance Director, Great Lakes Division and Director, International Accounting.  He also served as Director, Worldwide Auditing & Consulting with PepsiCo / KFC Corporation.

Fernando Serpa
Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils

Fernando Serpa is the Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

With two decades of diversity and inclusion experience, he draws on his in-depth experience across the public and private sector and excels at building dynamic, cross cultural diversity and inclusion strategies to influence systemic change across organizations.

Fernando has led diversity efforts for such Fortune 100 companies as Agilent Technologies, Symantec, JCPenney and Johnson Controls. His responsibilities have included worldwide diversity recruitment and retention, employee network groups, international programs and diversity and inclusion training.

Linda Stokes
President & CEO, PRISM International, Inc. and the Assoc. of ERGs & Councils

Linda Stokes is President & CEO of PRISM International, Inc., an international consulting and training firm that helps organizations build inclusive and culturally competent teams by providing a comprehensive, strategic, enterprise--relevant diversity and inclusion process that benefits the organization, their employees and their customers. She leads a unique team of dedicated D & I professionals that apply their organizational and business experience, knowledge and passion for creating an inclusive workforce, workplace and marketplace.

Over the past 23 years, Linda has built PRISM into a firm that has served over two million employees in over 270 organizations in 24 countries. In 2005, she was recognized by the Orlando Women's Executive Council and received their Women's Achievement Award for Business. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she is an executive consultant, program developer, writer and contributor to media on matters of organizational strategic and tactical diversity and inclusion. She is the co-author of the groundbreaking Times-Mirror's book Multicultural Customer Service: Providing Outstanding Service Across Cultures. She is the innovative force behind the development of the Association of ERGs & Councils, the ERG & Council Honors Award™ and the ERG & Council Conference™.

Michael Fosberg
Author & Actor, Incognito, Inc.

Chicago native Author, Actor Michael Fosberg has been working to create a national dialogue on race and identity since 2001 when he launched his one-man autobiographical play Incognito.

The author has used the unique presentation, along with engaging interactive training sessions and speeches, to embrace diversity in an effort to change corporate and organization culture.

He has been a frequent guest in the media speaking as an expert on race and identity issues.  His travels have taken him across the country facilitating meaningful conversations at educational institutions, corporations, government agencies and military bases.

Paul Mottola
Senior Consultant, PRISM International, Inc.

Paul is a Senior Facilitator with PRISM International, Inc. He is human resources consultant specializing in managing diversity and equal employment opportunity compliance (EEO).  He has over 25 years of human resource and personnel management experience.  Paul has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Defense, and was the Deputy Director of External Training for the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) in Cocoa Beach, Florida. As a Senior Facilitator with PRISM for 18 years, Paul has worked with clients around the world providing facilitation, consulting and program development.

He developed an international training course in strategic planning and policy writing for equal opportunity programs for the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea and the Republic of South Africa.  Paul designed a two-day senior executive equal opportunity seminar that the Secretary of Defense mandated for all Department of Defense senior executives.  Paul was DEOMI's subject matter expert on affirmative action and gender integration.



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