The Network serves as an invaluable professional resource where members can rely on each other for input and guidance to address their own critical issues as they emerge, at sessions and throughout the year. 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 three times per year in the United States on the East and West Coast. Agendas comprise discussions facilitated by members, Mercer subject matter experts and outside speakers, and address key issues related to diversity and inclusion and EEO Affirmative Action Compliance. In addition to the formal discussions, each meeting includes a Mercer hosted group reception allowing members to network in a more relaxed setting.
Members form the nucleus for the group’s activities. All Network activities – sessions, ad hoc 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 senior D&I and Compliance leaders. Titles of members include: Chief Diversity Officer, Head AA/EEO, Director of Affirmative Action/Compliance, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Talent and Workforce Planning, Senior Vice President, Vice President, or comparable title.
Upon joining the Network, members will pay an annual fee to participate (January 1 – December 31, 2018).
The membership fee covers:
Three sessions in the United States
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
Fees are pro-rated for organizations joining mid-way through the year.
Alina Polonskaia, Principal, Mercer – D&I lead US Workforce Opportunity Network and D&I co-lead Global Diversity Forum
Additional Mercer D&I Networks
GLOBAL DIVERSITY FORUM
Established in 2004 for senior diversity and talent managers with global responsibility for their organisations' Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategies.
LATIN AMERICA NETWORK
Will begin in January 2018 with a focus on strategies for large organizations with operations in Latin America.
THE VANGUARD NETWORK
Established in 1991 for senior diversity and talent managers in private sector organisations operating in the UK and Europe.