2021 DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy

DiversityFIRST™ Virtual Suite

The mission of the DiversityFIRST™ ERG Academy is to be a resource to both individuals and organizations seeking to start, grow or fully utilize their employee resource groups. The virtual academy blends theory and practice over a 6-hour interactive curriculum, with the development of an action plan to effectively lead ERGs for greatest business impact and sustainability.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Registration Closed
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Upon completion of the academy, participants will:

  • Articulate the compelling business case for ERGs
  • Gain the most current knowledge and trends related to ERGs
  • Identify the mechanics for successful formation and nurturing of ERGs based upon a wide range of best practices
  • Understand how to work effectively with diversity councils, HR leadership, and various ERGs within the organization and across industries
  • Apply the competencies needed for successful ERG leadership within various roles including ERG leaders, ERG executive sponsors, and HR practitioners charged with ERG efforts
  • Develop an action plan with strategies and tactics for ERGs, including metrics to measure effectiveness
Non-Partner (For-Profit): $799
Non-Partner (Non-Profit): $759
Partner: $599 to $719
Registration Closed

Stan Kimer

Stan Kimer

Stan C. Kimer, founder and president of Total Engagement Consulting, and National Diversity Council consultant and trainer, is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career mapping, workplace diversity (all areas but with deep specialization in LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Transgender), and organization effectiveness/leadership development. Stan formed his own consultancy around these areas in 2010 following a 31-year successful diverse, multi-functional career at IBM.

While at IBM as Director of Global Sales Operations for IBM’s consulting practice, Stan served as the executive sponsor overseeing career development for IBM’s 3,000 Sales Operations employees. He has now executed his unique innovative career mapping approach which he launched at IBM, with clients ranging from major corporations to church denominations to professional organizations. During his four years on IBM’s global corporate diversity staff, Stan led IBM into industry leadership in LGBT diversity and established IBM’s procedures for supporting transgender employees and assisting with case management of employees undergoing gender transition while in the workplace.

Since forming his own consulting practice, Stan has trained or spoken in over 100 venues reaching over 7,500 professionals, and has provided diversity and career development consulting and training to dozens of clients, small and large, across multiple industries. He is a certified Out and Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Trainer and a certified Training Management Corp / Berlitz Cultural Competency Trainer / Practitioner. Within the transgender arena, Stan has provided training to client employee and HR teams and has assisted with case management of gender transitions in the workplace.

In 2019, Stan was appointed the part time role of the National Diversity Council’s Vice President of Training. In this role, he serves on the National Diversity Council’s DiversityFIRST Certification Program faculty, and has designed and facilitates their Employee Resource Group Academy, Unconscious Bias, LGBTQ and Inclusive Recruiting training programs. In addition, he provides diversity strategy consulting and diversity training services to the NDC’s clients across several areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Stan received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BS in Management Science from Georgia Tech. In his spare time, Stan trains as a competitive adult figure skater.