ERIE’s African American Affinity Network, Dignity & Respect Affinity Network and VP & Branch Manager Fred Johnson were all honored by the Global ERG Network
ERIE, Pa., October 6, 2021 – Erie Insurance (ERIE) has earned three 2021 Diversity Impact Awards from the Global ERG Network, the world’s largest network of employee resource groups (ERGs), business resource groups (BRGs) and diversity councils dedicated to making measurable progress on diversity, equity and inclusion.
ERIE’s African American Affinity Network and the company’s Dignity & Respect Affinity Network were both named Top 25 ERG Diversity Impact Award recipients by the organization.
Fred Johnson, vice president and Wisconsin branch manager, was also one of five recipients ofDiversity Impact Executive Sponsor of the Year honors. Johnson is the executive sponsor of ERIE’s African American Affinity Network.
Johnson and other ERIE affinity network leaders were recognized in September at an awards ceremony held during the 2021 ERG & Council Conference.
“The work led by ERIE’s affinity networks is important to the sustainability of our organization. Educating, raising awareness and celebrating our diverse cultures is important to creating inclusive workplaces,” said Christina Marsh, ERIE’s chief diversity and community development officer. “I was pleased to see this well-deserved national recognition for these two affinity networks and Fred Johnson, given the deep commitments each has to advancing DEI here at ERIE.”
While Erie Insurance has had a formal commitment to diversity and inclusion for more than 10 years, this national recognition also comes at a time when the company is enhancing and elevating its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts under the leadership of Marsh, who reports to ERIE President and CEO Tim NeCastro.
“Treating others with dignity and respect has been at the heart of ERIE’s values for nearly a century — and we’ve had a team dedicated to supporting and celebrating diversity and inclusion as an insurer, employer and community partner for more than a decade.” NeCastro said. “By bringing our DEI, community outreach and economic development teams together under Chris Marsh’s capable leadership, we can align our priorities and expand our efforts in these critical areas. This ultimately paves the way for greater progress in the DEI space and a more significant impact on the diverse communities and people we serve.”
ERIE is also a signatory member of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the nation’s largest CEO-driven business commitment to drive measurable action and meaningful change in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
The 2021 Diversity Impact Awards leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model called The Impact Model™, developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, senior affiliate research scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations and CEO of eePulse. In addition to the recognition, organizations that participate annually in the Diversity Impact Awards process receive benchmarking data to measure their own progress over time.
“As we continue our DEI journey, this recognition and these insights will allow us to build upon this strong foundation,” Marsh added.
"We were inspired by the initiatives outlined in the many applications we received this year. They were all exceptional, but this incredible group really did stand out for their sacrifices and level of dedication to keeping people connected during the most trying of times,” said Cile Johnson, principal and chief business officer at Talent Dimensions. “We're so proud to honor these groups and individuals who sacrificed to keep this important work moving forward, and still are."