According to Diversity Inc., Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), originally called Workplace Affinity Groups, began in the 1960s in response to racial tensions in the United States. In 1964 along with the company’s Black employees, Joseph Wilson, the former CEO of Xerox, came up with the approach in response to race riots that occurred in Rochester, New York, where Xerox was headquartered. These groups have roots in the desire to advocate for employees and give them a space at work to be their best authentic selves. ERGs have become a powerful resource for facilitating discussions and providing networks for professionals based on shared identities, shared experiences, collaboration and allyship. But to what extent are ERGs making a difference in benefiting employees, their employers, and the many stakeholders engaged with organizations, including patients?
Our discussion panel of Amgen employees is led by Movement is Life member Rev. Willis Steele, and features Patrick Hylton, Nada Obeid, Mike Edmondson, and Jennifer Vasquez.