The Power of Employee Resource Groups

By Farzana Nayani

Paperback   $22.95
ISBN 9781523001248

Looking to establish or enhance an Employee Resource Group (ERG) program? Our comprehensive guide provides practical advice, best practices, and real-world examples from successful companies. Learn how ERGs can benefit your organization by increasing engagement, retention, and productivity. This essential resource will help you create a workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion and foster true belonging. Order your copy of the first authoritative book on ERGs today!


This is the first authoritative book on building employee resource groups (ERGs) to empower underrepresented employees and positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within organizations and in society at large.

In existence for decades, ERGs originated out of affirmative action policies and have evolved into powerful sources of employee activity and engagement. Organizations can leverage ERGs to support business goals, but ERGs can also play a critical role in creating a more inclusive work environment for marginalized individuals. ERGs represent a balance of serving company interests and empowering employees, offering the opportunity for innovative leadership within organizations.

This book is a practical guide on how to manage ERGs effectively and how they inspire a deeper connection between employees and companies while helping us progress toward the DEI goals that we aim to accomplish. Participating in an ERG can help professionals of color and other historically excluded groups advance their careers, thereby increasing diverse representation in leadership. Farzana Nayani provides foundational tools for starting ERGs and outlines the five Ps—purpose, people, processes, planning, and priorities—needed to successfully operate them. 

Unlike other ERG handbooks, this book is people-centric and socially conscious and thoughtfully takes into account the experiences of employees and leaders during current times. It also serves as a deeper call to action around how ERGs can foster authentic change within organizations, creating transformative impact in the surrounding world. 


Paperback | $22.95
Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Jun 07, 2022 | 168 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781523001248


“ERGs have become ubiquitous within modern organizations, but many companies are unsure how to effectively start or leverage them. This book is full of great practical tips for getting ERGs off the ground successfully – and for ensuring they have long-lasting impact in organizations.”
—Katina Sawyer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, George Washington University

“In The Power of Employee Resource Groups Farzana shares her vast experience as a distinguished Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant, writing a definitive book on ERGs. Each chapter is relatable, filled with practical guidance and resources to progress ERGs through stages of development. This book is a must read for any ERG leader or DEI professional – it will supercharge your ERG’s strategy, operations, and impact across your organization.”
—Brian Pang, Product Development Director, EA SPORTSGlobal Board Chair, ASPIRE ERG (Asian, Native Hawai’ian, and Pacific Islander), and Lead, Indigenous Solidarity Affinity Group, Electronic Arts

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