• Welcome

    The Elevate's national signature event convenes Employee Resource Group leaders, champions and sponsors, as well as diversity advocates from major organizations to share and learn best practices in talent development and business development.

    This year’s National ERG Summit theme is “Strategize: ERGs Shaping the Future of Leadership” and will be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel (San Diego, CA) on June 4 & 5, 2015.


    Beginning in 2014, Upward Synergy’s National ERG Summit is pleased to announce that it will be merging with the Elevate Forum. This merger with the Elevate Forum further strengthens our initiatives to provide global leadership and learning media.

    The Elevate Forum

    In partnership with University of California–San Diego, University of California–Riverside and California State University–Fullerton, this leadership event features over 20 senior executives sharing their best insights in Leadership Lightning Talks before an audience of leaders and over 60 executives. Our upcoming Elevate Forum will be Friday, June 4, 2015 in La Jolla, CA. This is how the Elevate Forum works:

    1. Envision two-dozen senior executive speakers spotlighted to share their single best practice on a selected leadership theme.

    2. Feature them before a live audience of over 150 of their peers and passionate leaders thirsty for this talent development showcase.

    3. Picture engaging these executives in an intimate group facilitation with the audience.

    4. Share these insights and leadership personal brands through our multimedia delivery to over 100,000 professionals. This is the Elevate Forum.

    2015 National ERG Summit Speakers

    Past speakers from our National ERG Summit include the following:

    2014 National ERG Summit Speakers

    Past speakers from our National ERG Summit include the following:

    June 2014 Elevate Forum Speakers

    Past speakers from our National ERG Summit include the following:

    2013 National ERG Summit Speakers

    • Marcela Aldaz-Matos | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, MassMutual Financial Group
    • John Basile | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
    • Anthony P. Carter | Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson
    • Kieth Cockrell | Initiative Portfolio Executive, Bank of America
    • Thomas Culligan | Senior Vice President, Business Development, CEO of Raytheon International, Raytheon Company
    • Ralph de Chabert  | Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Brown-Forman Corp.
    • Daryl Dixon | Chief Diversity & Equity Officer at Multnomah County, Owner at Diversity Resource Group
    • Manny Espinoza | CEO, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting)
    • Laurie Garrett | Associate Vice President, Human Resources, ARAMARK
    • Veronica Gutierrez | Vice President, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison
    • Christopher Henry | Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development, MGM Resorts International
    • Torrance Hucks | Talent Management - Diversity & Inclusion, Fannie Mae
    • Tisa Jackson | Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank
    • Audria P. Lee | Associate Director Diversity and WorkLife, FINRA – Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
    • Dr. Andrea Lewis | Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, BAE Systems, Inc.
    • Jen E. Mahone | Corporate Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, New York Life Insurance Company
    • Kathryn M. Medina | Executive Director, Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, United States Office of Personnel Management
    • Sylvester Mendoza, Jr. | Corporate Director for Strategic Alliances & Global Diversity, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Angela Morris | Vice President, Manager of External Branding & Sponsorships, Bank of America
    • Neddy Perez | Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Ingersoll Rand
    • Sandra Quince | Global Program Manager for Employee Networks, Diversity & Inclusion Organization, Bank of America
    • Ralph D. Reid | Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sprint
    • Ed Robinson | Principal Manager of Strategic Engagement, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison (SCE)
    • Lorie Valle-Yanez | Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, MassMutual Financial Group
    • Veronica Villalobos | Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
    • Nadine Vogel | Founder and President, Springboard Consulting LLC
    • Scott D. Welles | Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Past speakers from our National ERG Summit include the following:

    2012 National ERG Summit Speakers

    • Sharon Orlopp | Global Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President of Corporate People, Wal-Mart
    • Iesha O'Deneal | Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, Consulting and Internal Initiatives Executive, Bank of America
    • Sandi Karrmann | Chief People Officer, Yum! Restaurants International
    • Donna Johnson | Chief Diversity Officer, Master Card Worldwide
    • Mark Welch | Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Northern Trust
    • David Hinson | National Director, United States Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce
    • Sonya Gong Jent | Vice President, Operations of Multicultural Business Development, State Farm
    • Joyce E. Tucker | Vice President, Global Diversity & Employee Rights, The Boeing Company
    • Sandra Evers-Manly | Corporate Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & President of Northrop Grumman Foundation, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Bill He | Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Global Procurement, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    • Tisa Jackson | Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank
    • Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale | President, Leading from the Heart Consulting
    • Jae Junkunc | Vice President & Head of Strategic Risk, Mass Mutual
    • Daphne Kwok | Executive Director, Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California
    • Dr. Adam Arroyos | President, ALPFA Institute
    • Gerry Fernandez | President, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance
    • Sharon Wong | Deputy Director of Diversity and Inclusion, White House Office of Personnel Management
    • Kenneth J. Barrett | Chief Diversity Officer, General Motors
    • Ken Bouyer | Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ernst & Young
    • Chris Crespo | Inclusiveness Director, Ernst & Young
    • Wesley J. Hom | Former IBM Vice President and Managing Director; National Board Member and Officer, Ascend

    2013 Regional ERG Summit

    The 2013 Regional ERG Summit, “Propel: Accelerate & Innovate Through ERGs” was held on the campus of University of California, Riverside, on July 26, 2013.

    Our confirmed speakers included the following:

    2013 Regional ERG Summit Speakers

    • Susana Escalante | Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon
    • Manny Espinoza | CEO, ALPFA (Assoc. for Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting)
    • Brad Furukawa | Vice President & CTO, Enterprise Shared Services, Northrop Grumman
    • Sean H. Gil | Director, Career Center, UC Riverside
    • Tisa Jackson | Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank
    • Bryce Nakamori | Manager, International Strategy & Supply Chain Capture & Proposal Execution, Space & Airborne Systems, Raytheon
    • Vu H. Pham, Ph.D. | Managing Partner, Spectrum Knowledge, Inc.
    • Mark D. Settles | Executive Coach, Former Diversity Recruiting Executive, JPMorgan Chase
    • Michael T. Spies | Program Director, Common PDM program, Space and Airborne Systems, Raytheon
    • Suri Surinder | Chief Operating Officer, ALPFA Institute

    Find out more about our 2013 Regional ERG Summit at ERGSummit.com/Regional/

    About Upward Synergy

    Upward Synergy’s mission is to align ERGs to augment their organization’s business ROI. Through our innovative marketing, training, research and our esteemed Executive Advisors from leading Fortune 500-level companies, we work to increase measureable business outcomes and added value for our partners. Visit us at www.UpwardSynergy.com.

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    2015 Sponsors


    Partners & Advisory Board

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  • Advisory Board

    Companies of our founding Executive Advisory Board participants:
    • Ernst & Young
    • Farmers Insurance
    • McDonald’s
    • Northern Trust
    • Northrop Grumman
    • Raytheon
    • SAIC
    • State Farm
    • Tosoh America
    • Verizon
    • Wells Fargo