The Network serves as an invaluable practical and thought provoking forum providing leading edge thinking on D&I. The sessions offer high-level discussion following the roundtable format with ample sharing of information, experiences and best practices. The group adheres to a strict policy of confidentiality, thereby creating a bond of trust among members and fostering strong camaraderie.
The Forum meets on a quarterly basis with 2 meetings held in the US and two meetings held in Europe. Agendas comprise topical sessions and practical break out discussions facilitated by network leaders who are D&I subject matter experts. Leading outside speakers and other experts, address key issues related to diversity and inclusion in a global context. In addition to the formal discussions, the quarterly meetings include a Mercer hosted group dinner and topical speaker the evening prior to the full day session allowing members to network in a more relaxed setting.
Members form the nucleus for the group’s activities. All Network activities – sessions, surveys and updates are driven by members’ input regarding their most pressing challenges. The member surveys are conducted on an ad hoc basis when in need of immediate input from trusted peers, with a quick turnaround time. Topical webcasts, e-news service, and updates are offered as a means of keeping members current and ahead of impending challenges and future opportunities.
Who Should Participate
The primary member is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer or the senior D&I leader. Titles of members include: Chief Diversity Officer, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Talent and Workforce Planning, or comparable title.
Upon joining the Network, members will pay an annual fee to participate (January 1 – December 31, 2018).
The membership fee covers
Four sessions with a hosted networking dinner/presentation
Mercer’s D&I information service summarising key news and latest research on diversity and inclusion, compliance, and talent management
Between-meeting rapid benchmarking pulse surveys
Access to webinars
Special discounts on an electronic multicultural calendar
Alina Polonskaia, Principal, Mercer – D&I co-lead Global Diversity Forum, D&I lead US Workforce Opportunity Network
Deirdre Golden, Principal, Mercer – D&I co-lead Global Diversity Forum, D&I lead UK Vanguard Network
Additional Mercer D&I Networks
LATIN AMERICA NETWORK
Will begin in January 2018 with a focus on strategies for large organizations with operations in Latin America.
US WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITY NETWORK
Established in 1962 as a cross-industry network for leaders of diversity initiatives and HR/EEOcompliance initiatives in the US.
THE VANGUARD NETWORK
Established in 1991 for senior diversity and talent managers in private sector organisations operating in the UK and Europe.