WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In an effort to expand professional development and mentoring opportunities, the Navy is reviving the Chief of Naval Personnel's women's employee resource group (ERG).
The purpose of the group is to help foster an inclusive culture at the Navy Annex by representing uniformed, civilian and contractor female employees within the N1 organization. The ERG held a kickoff meeting Sept. 30 to welcome new members to the group and to outline the organization's objectives.
Steffanie Easter, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education, explained how the women's ERGs can benefit the N1 organization.
"There's an opportunity to take this organization to another level - in the development of our people, the training of our people, the camaraderie of our people, and their professional development across the board," said Easter. "Those things are very important to me, and I think the ERGs are the groups that can help make that happen."
ERGs are widely recognized by many "Top 50" companies as groups that can be mutually beneficial to both employees and the organization. ERGs can enhance organizations' strategy and their efforts to retain talented employees, while engaging company leadership. At the same time, they can provide opportunities for employees' professional development, networking, mentoring, and knowledge sharing.
In addition to the women's ERG, the N1 organization supports a Hispanic ERG, an Asian Pacific Islander ERG, and an African American ERG. While these groups focus on encouraging employees who are diverse to participate, all employees are encouraged to attend. The inclusiveness of the ERGs is stressed because the issues they address affect every member of the command and their primary goal is to focus on professional development and mentoring.
"What I hope to do is to get all ERGs working at a level where we can collaborate and work across the board to make this organization one that you are proud to be a part of," said Easter. "We want you to tell your friends and coworkers, 'You need to work for N1 because that's the place to be.'"
In addition to expanding its membership base, the newly revitalized ERG hopes to increase its professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, and community service participation.
Lt. Michele Ewing, lead for the women's ERG, explained that member involvement in the group is key to its success.
"We want to get you emotionally involved," said Ewing. "Rational involvement gets the job done every day, but not at its peak. When people are emotionally involved, they give it their 110 percent. And that's what we want here. We want your 110 percent."
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