Speakers for your Employee Resource Group Event (Part 2)

As companies work to create and support diverse workplaces, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are becoming more important than ever. Our speakers can support ERGs with their expertise, personal stories, and allyship.

Neurodiversity and Disability Employee Resource Group


Emily Ladau: Disability rights activist, writer, and speaker

  • Addressing how to be a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people and how you can help make the company a more accessible, inclusive place
  • Exploring how the implicit and explicit biases we hold can disempower the disability community, and reframing our thinking and actions to ensure our work uplifts intersectional disability perspectives

Sara Hendren: Design researcher and author of What Can A Body Do?

  • Examining the lack of accommodation in current tools, furniture, and our environment
  • Helping organizations understand universal design and reframing their accessibility work to better serve their employees, clients, and communities

Steve Silberman: Award-winning science writer and New York Times-bestselling author of NeuroTribes

  • Exploring the long misunderstood history of autism and the vital role its played in shaping our modern world
  • Advocating that society should honor and nurture neurodiversity and help individuals make the most of their native strengths and special interests

John Hendrickson: Atlantic Reporter and author of Life on Delay

  • Speaks on overcoming the societal and mental health issues faced by those who stutter
  • The evolution of speech therapy and the self-help movement within the stuttering community

Parenting and Caregiving Employee Resource Group

Parenting ERG

Eve Rodsky: New York Times-bestselling author and creative leadership expert

  • Creating a time-management system to help working parents rebalance family responsibilities and “invisible work”
  • Fostering a gender equality company culture to  helps attract and retain top talent

Lauren Smith Brody: Author of The Fifth Trimester

  • Preventing discrimination and keeping women and parents in the pipeline to leadership
  • How to design the future of work for caregiving employees

Dr. Dana Suskind: Pediatric physician and author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain and Parent Nation

  • Outlining how companies can and should help families meet the developmental needs of their children
  •  How to use science and the tools of public health to ensure all children reach their full potential

Indigenous Heritage Employee Resource Group

Indigenous ERG

D.J. Vanas: Member of the Ottawa Tribe, author of The Tiny Warrior and host of the PBS special Discovering Your Warrior Spirit

  • Warrior Spirit in Leadership
  • How to navigate change with confidence and clarity, continue serving well, maintain perspective, health (and a sense of humor)

David Treuer: Author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee and Rez Life

  • Speaking with depth and insight about the effects of multiculturalism, education, and assimilation
  • Exploring the intense struggles to preserve Native identity and tells an essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.

Tommy Orange: Award-winning author of There, There

  • The urban Indigenous experience
  • Showcasing the identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people

Mental Health Employee Resource Group

Mental Health ERG

Dr. Thomas Insel: Neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology

  • Speaking on the recent progress in the use of technology to diagnose mental health conditions and deliver mental health care
  • Exploring what we need to do to ensure that innovation delivers on its promise to transform mental health

James Hatch: Retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group, author of Touching the Dragon, and founder of Spike’s K9 Fund

  • Eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and sharing how recovery is a team effort
  • Empowering those who are struggling to reach out to their own support networks and ask for help

Robert Kolker: Award-winning journalist and instant #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road

  • Speaking about the importance of destigmatizing mental illness and bringing awareness to the patient experience through the story of the Galvin family
  • Deconstructing the tangled history of mental health treatment in America and exploring the promise of future breakthroughs in treatment, prediction, and even prevention of schizophrenia