Launched in 2022, the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce LGBT ERG Council creates connection, learning, and community for LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups through networking and programming. The program was developed to facilitate engagement and learning between Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders and others who are a part of their companies' diversity equity & inclusion initiatives.
Council meetings provide varied opportunities for leaders to share best practices and support the launch, growth, and sustainability of LGBTQ+ Employee/Business Resource Groups and support companies launching LGBTQ+ inclusion initiatives.
The Chamber program also:
- Supports employee engagement to help retain and attract the best possible LGBTQ+ talent.
- Drives high quality learning opportunities for LGBTQ+ ERG leaders, executive sponsors, and DEI professionals within companies to access education, content, and trainers focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
- Promotes LGBTQ+-owned businesses and LGBTQ+ community organizations to create intentional connection and mutually beneficial opportunities with local, regional and statewide Employee Resource Groups.
The LGBT ERG Council is geared to support partners that are committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion/DEI goals through intentional collaboration. The program is open to seasoned companies that are engaged in LGBTQ+ inclusion as well as those companies just getting started on their LGBTQ+ inclusion journeys.
The North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, as an organization at the intersection of business and community, is in a unique position to offer connection, expertise and resources to help companies with their LGBTQ+ inclusion journey. The Chamber helps support LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups at private and public sector companies throughout the North Texas region and statewide and serves as a catalyst and convener for LGBTQ+ ERGs to support LGBTQ+ and Allied employees and help them connect, share and ultimately thrive.
We will use the first quarter meeting to do a needs assessment of the participants, help plan the remainder of the year, and introduce the Chamber's legislative advocate partners at McGuireWoods Group. We encourage our members to attend in person, but we will provide a link to join remotely.