Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

Employee Resource Groups and Why They Matter
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern
Communication and Personnel Management
Event Description
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) offer staff a way to connect with other staff members across their organization that share similar identities, backgrounds, or life experiences. Not only can ERGs provide support and resources to their members, they can serve as a collective voice to communicate changes or areas that need additional support within the organization. This webinar will discuss building an ERG that aligns with the goals of the organization and supports staff both in the group and in the organization.
Learning Objectives:
  • How to differentiate between affinity groups and employee resource groups and determine what works best for your organization.
  • How to build an ERG that aligns with the goals of the organization and supports staff both in the group and in the organization.
  • Discuss how to keep the momentum going and encourage engagement with the groups.


Kristy Lorenz is an Information Services Specialist with Columbus Metropolitan Library at the new Reynoldsburg location. She has been with the organization since 2016, primarily working in Public Services. In 2021, Kristy accepted a temporary assignment with the Marketing & Communications team in preparation for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Sesquicentennial. In this capacity, Kristy orchestrated a series of large-scale events and campaigns, enhancing the library's engagement across its main hub and 22 branches. In 2020, Columbus Metropolitan Library began creating the infrastructure for employee resource groups to further the organization’s DEI goals. Kristy was one of the founding members for the employee resource group initiative and served as one of the first leaders of the Working Caregivers group.
Online via Zoom
Contact Person
Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in learning about employee resource groups
Competency:  Communication and Personnel Management

Non-Member Cost:      $40
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $24
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:   FREE
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Member Cost:  $20

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