ERG International Fall 2022 Symposium

Two ways to join us to collaborate and ally

In person on October 21, 2022

at Amazon Headquarters in Seattle

Virtually on November 17, 2022

complete do over via Zoom

Register for In Person
(October in Seattle)
Register for Do Over
(Virtual in November)

What’s the ERG International Symposium?

Fall 2022 will mark ELA's 4th event bringing together ERG champions from all-sized companies, academia and non-profits based all over the world. 

Join fellow diversity champions as they share and co-create best practices that are actively building stronger, more sustainable employee groups. 

LIVE! In Person or Virtual Do Over?

You choose! We know these days not everyone can or wants to attend an in-person event. However, rather than do another hybrid event, we want to give you the opportunity to join others onsite or virtually so everyone has the same, optimized user experience.

Who attends the ERG Symposium?

  • Leaders of individual employee groups
  • Program managers who oversee multiple ERGs
  • Executive sponsors and allies working with ERGs
  • Other members of the HR and DE&I community who are involved in diversity and inclusion efforts–including, but not limited to employee resource group initiatives

Program Highlights

  • Expert panel Discussions on To Pay or Not Pay ERG Leaders and Getting "Day Job" Managers to Support ERG Involvement featuring experts from Intuit, CDW, Bright Horizons, Mailchimp, OpenTable and The State of Oregon
  • Morning and afternoon workshops aligned to support your leadership needs
    • LAUNCH: Building Out a Great Leadership Team and What to Ask and Expect Your Exec. Sponsors to Do
    • GROW: Creating a Communication Plan that engages members and other stakeholders and Reporting ERG Metrics – What & How to Measure
    • THRIVE: Leveraging Allies for Greater ERG Impact and Developing Your Multi-Year Plan
    • PROGRAM MANAGERS: How to Elevate the Visibility of ERGs in your Organization and How to Manage Disengaged or Defiant ERG Leaders
  • Uniquely interactive sessions and facilitated networking with top ERG doers and thinkers
  • Hear the latest ERG trends, case studies and real-world solutions that help you and your team work most effectively and efficiently
  • Optional pre-event ERG Leader Bootcamps for each stage of ERG growth (1/2 day live onsite; additional cost applies); ERG leaders walk away with clear ideas of what work they need to do and how to get it done.
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& Bootcamp Details

Registration Details

In-person registration for the Fall ERG International Symposium has limited capacity.  Ticket sales will close once capacity is reached or at midnight PT on Sunday, October 16th, 2022 - whichever happens first.

Virtual registration is not capacity restricted, but ticket sales will end will close at midnight ET on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022.


  • In person: Amazon headquarters in Seattle, WA, October 19-21, 2022
  • Virtual: November 17, 2022 on Zoom

Hotel Accommodations

A discount room block is available for attendees at the Hyatt at Olive 8. Click here for rates and reservations.


If you are bringing >5 people to the Symposium and/or Bootcamps, contact us for group ticket pricing.

Refund & Ticket Change Policy

You may convert your ticket type (in-person to virtual do over or vice versa provided there is availability) until midnight ET on October 10th, 2022 by emailing us

Tickets for the live event may be refunded up until midnight ET on September 18, 2022. Virtual tickets may be refunded until midnight ET on October 16, 2022. 

Disability Access

We will arrange any accessibility accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials if you contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the event. 

What’s Included?

Symposia LIVE! tickets include pre-event reception, day of event light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and all-day beverages.

Both LIVE! and the Virtual Do Over! events include Master Trainer-led workshops and facilitated networking.

Onsite expert-led ERG Leader Bootcamps (Launch, Grow and Thrive) each require separate tickets.


  • Onsite LIVE or Virtual Do Over Symposia: $695 
  • Each ERG Leader Bootcamp: $695
  • Click here to contact us for group pricing
See the Full Agenda
Register for In Person
(October in Seattle)
Register for Do Over
(Virtual in November)

Fall 2022 Symposium Panelists

Morning Panel: To Pay or Not Pay ERG Leaders?

Mayra Archilla-Barton

Inclusion Manager

Jason Mak

State of Oregon Department of Human Services
Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Naomi Garvin

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Afternoon Panel: Getting "Day Job" Managers to Support ERG Involvement

Cecilia Persson-Ramos

DEI Employee Resource Group Leader 

Maceo Owens

KAYAK and OpenTable
Community Manager, Employee Resource Groups

Jamie Kirkland

Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Past Symposia Panelists

Omar Velaochaga

Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Marinda Monfilston

Yale University
Senior Diversity Coordinator

Cecilia Persson-Ramos

DEI Employee Resource Group Leader 


Read the 2022 Spring Symposium Executive Summary


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Feedback from past events

Martina Hranova 

Inclusion and Diversity Champion at NortonLifeLock

"It was amazing! Thank you! I have to say I was skeptical - some of these forums are nice to have, but you don’t walk away with much more than an uplifting feeling that lasts one day. I loved the participants and the takeaways!"

Marinda Monfilston

Diversity Program Coordinator at Yale University

"As someone that attended this event in person the last time it was offered, I still walked away feeling inspired and revitalized virtually. This was my first hybrid conference and it was absolutely amazing, and engaging. And I’m so thankful for our leaders having an opportunity to have this experience as well, to be reminded about the important work we are doing, and that they are not alone."

Ninh Nguyen

DEI Program Manager at Foursquare

"I learned so much in how to engage executive sponsors, and I’m super excited about implementing some of the things I learned today into our ERG programming for 2022. You and your team were able to secure a great lineup of speakers."

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