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

Disrupt Unconscious Bias and Improve Your Workplace Culture

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  • Be ready to consider different perspectives and viewpoints
  • Be prepared for note-taking and reflective exercises
  • Come forward with an open mind to explore challenging scenarios


Unconscious bias is a widespread phenomenon impacting all organizations in every industry. This issue is top of mind for every workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). If you are a manager you are probably looking for ways to address bias immediately and effectively. If you are an employee at a company, you’re likely wanting to learn more about how to navigate bias or prevent it in your own work. Any student who takes this course will be exposed to the latest concepts of unconscious bias and how to apply it effectively to your own environment, which in turn will impact greater societal change.

As a DEI practitioner, author, and consultant with over 20 years of experience, I share ideas and best practices from my client work with a wide range of organizations. These tools and strategies are effective in addressing bias in a practical and straightforward way. You will see shifts in how you perceive situations and interact with others, as well as a new look at how to reduce bias in workplace processes. In this course you will see how our decisions, behaviors, and communication with others create greater impact.

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In this course you will work on the following activities to help you reflect on unconscious bias in the workplace and develop strategies for detecting and overcoming it:

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Taking this course, “Disrupt Unconscious Bias and Improve Your Workplace Culture”, is an important step in the journey of creating awareness of bias in our perceptions and interactions with others, as well as within organizational processes. By reducing bias, we can positively impact the workplace – and ultimately transform society overall.

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