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Should ERG leaders be paid for their extra work?

July 29, 2022

When Nicole Simpson founded Omnicom Health Group’s ERG for Black employees, The Black Collective, two years ago, one of its first priorities was creating a presentation showing the number of “promising Black talent” who left the company along with quotes from a survey of Black employees asking: Do you feel included? Would you recommend this as a place to work for your friends and family? Do you feel like you have a fair path to advancement? 

That presentation led to the creation of a formal sponsorship program, in which Black employees are paired with company leaders. The goal is that the leaders will become the employees’ advocates when relevant managerial positions open. The ERG also created a curriculum to teach members how to network and advocate for themselves.

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