Concurrent 5C | Championing Diversity: Establishing a Successful & Purposeful LGBTQ ERG

Wednesday, April 25
1:30 PM–2:30 PM

Location: Congress Room

Hashtag: #DEAM18

Session Topic: Recruitment
Session Type: Concurrent C; Concurrent (all)
Days: Wednesday, 25 April

About This Session
Ingalls Shipbuilding had no idea that when they started their LGBTQ employee resource group (ERG) in 2016 that it would lead them to be recognized as South Mississippi's Industrial Champion for LGBTQ ERGs. In the beginning, Ingalls was new to the LGBTQ initiative, and reached out to companies with strong ERGs and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for support. By working with fellow employers with similar initiatives, Ingalls has developed a successful and purposeful initiative. Join Leah Biggs and Robin Decker of Ingalls Shipbuilding as they discuss how they overcame the hurdles of establishing such a program and sought to align with other ERGs through joint volunteer/career development events to build authenticity and program credibility. In addition to sharing their story, they will share the inspiring realistic vision of what it takes to implement an LGBTQ ERG, as well discuss recruiting strategies to help you reach this diverse talent pool.