FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT'S A FAITH-BASED EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUP?
Employee resource groups (or “workplace affinity groups”) grew in popularity in the United States in the 1960s to address racial tension and workplace discrimination prevalent in that era. Joseph Wilson, former CEO of Xerox, is regarded as one of the early supporters of employee resource groups when his black employees launched the National Black Employees Caucus.
Employee resource groups (ERG) are unique from informal employee-led gatherings in that they receive executive sponsorship, funding and other official forms of support from the company to execute on programs that empower employees to bring their whole selves to work to positively impact the business. Today, many large companies have ERGs typically centered around race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. A growing number of companies now also have ERGs centered around faith.
In Silicon Valley, faith-based ERGs have quietly been around for decades and are growing in visibility. Examples include the Intuit Christian Action Network founded in the late 2000s and more recently the Google Inter Belief Network.
WHAT'S THE WORK & FAITH WORKSHOP?
The Work & Faith Workshop aims to serve local faith-driven individuals who currently work at companies that do not yet have a formal faith-based ERG. The workshop will enable participants to:
Envision what a faith-based ERG could look like at their company
Prepare an action plan with goals and immediate next steps
Discuss legal, HR and other key considerations
Gain best practices and support from other experienced leaders
WHO IS THE WORKSHOP DESIGNED FOR?
Faith-driven employees at any level who currently work at Silicon Valley companies that do not yet have a formal faith-based ERG
Students or local community leaders interested in learning more about faith-based ERGs in Silicon Valley
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