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Solving Business Problems Through Creative Partnerships

  1. 2. Solving Business Problems Through Creative Partnerships
  2. 3. Trudy Bourgeois CEO & President The Center for Workforce Excellence Mary Smaragdis [email_address] Leadership Council Sr. Director, Sun Foundation Sun Microsystems Jude Medeiros District Manager - Mid Atlantic Area Sodexho, Inc.
  3. 4. Trudy Bourgeois CEO & President The Center for Workforce Excellence
  4. 5. Mary Smaragdis is the Executive Director of the Sun Foundation and a Sun Foundation Ambassador. She works on initiatives that bring to life Sun's cause -- to eliminate the digital divide. Mary has been a strategic contributor to Marketing functions at Sun Microsystems for more than a decade, having played principal roles in Brand, eMarketing, Lifecycle and Audience Marketing, Web, PR, Executive Communications, and other functions. She has a background in journalism, having spent five years at USA Today. Her blog -- MaryMaryQuiteContrary -- has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Financial Times Germany, CMO Magazine and other publications. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University.
  5. 6. Jude Medeiros has worked in the foodservice business since her first job in 1976 as a grill cook. In 2002, Jude brought her skills to Sodexho when she became a District Manager for Corporate Services in the Mid-Atlantic Area. Jude has proven herself to be a results oriented individual with a record of driving both revenue and customer satisfaction, winning the District Manager of the Year award in 2004. Her commitment to diversity has been actively demonstrated as one of the founding members of Sodexho’s PRIDE network group. PRIDE – which stands for “People Respecting Individuality Diversity & Equality” – is now entering its third successful year with Jude as the Member-at-Large Chair. Their work focuses on making a more welcoming and equal workplace for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. Jude was born and raised in Westchester County, NY, and currently resides in Sterling, VA. She enjoys the performing arts, travel, and developing her repertoire in cooking regional Italian cuisines. Jude recently became a featured food writer for Jane & Jane magazine, a publication dedicated to home and culture issues for lesbian readers.
  6. 7. The Evolution of Employee Resource Groups <ul><li>Future & Beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated into diversity strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Added value to new business development </li></ul><ul><li>Internal consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic focus/tactical activities </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul><ul><li>From </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Event/Tactical </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistent advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate based </li></ul><ul><li>To </li></ul><ul><li>Official organization recognition </li></ul><ul><li>More of a strategic focus </li></ul><ul><li>Broader participation (remote) </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>By 2009, 85% of new entrants into the labor force will be minorities and women (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) </li></ul><ul><li>Best companies for Minorities outperformed the S&P 500 over a 5 year period (Fortune Magazine) </li></ul><ul><li>Growth rates 28% higher for companies CEO cited women and minority management representation a high priority (Fortune Magazine) </li></ul>Interesting Facts <ul><li>Employee Resource Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Aid in the attraction, recruiting process for new hires </li></ul><ul><li>Help to send the signal to the world that the organization values inclusivity which leads to innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a workforce that mirrors the face of the consumer accelerates business results; where people feel welcomed and valued they engage at a higher level </li></ul>
  8. 9. Employee Resource Group-A Case Study <ul><li>ABC Manufacturing company establishes a Women’s Leadership Forum and builds an aggressive strategy focused on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Development - Business Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Enrichment - Communications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABC Retailer company wants to build a women’s resource </li></ul><ul><li>ABC Manufacturer reaches out to ABC Retailer and shares best practices which results in the creation of a Women of Excellence Group </li></ul><ul><li>ABC Retailer invites ABC Manufacturer to a senior executive meeting where ABC Manufacturer was previously left out. In this meeting ABC Manufacturer learns how to obtain new levels of distributions resulting in incremental sales activities. </li></ul><ul><li>The point-ERG’s can and do add value to the bottom line </li></ul>
  9. 10. Critical Success Factors-Key Take Aways <ul><li>» Establish the business case for forming the group </li></ul><ul><li>» Solicit a senior advisor to help promote the validity of the effort </li></ul><ul><li>» Approach the strategy with a business mindset (look to jump the circle) </li></ul><ul><li>» Benchmark </li></ul><ul><li>» Create small “wins” through programming that supports leadership development </li></ul><ul><li>» Explore ways to add “value” to the business </li></ul><ul><li>» Communicate your successes-link everything to the business </li></ul><ul><li>» Look for links to the community </li></ul><ul><li>» Celebrate successes </li></ul><ul><li>» “Be the change that you wish to see” Gandhi </li></ul>

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