Magazine article Working Mother

The ERG Factor

Magazine article Working Mother

The ERG Factor

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Rosa Bravo

Business Development Director, Accenture

National Co-Lead, Hispanic-American ERG

"Foster an environment of inclusion for each other."

Her Story: When her son was 6 weeks old, this single mom with an aerospace engineering background started a new career in technology at Andersen Consulting, which eventually became Accenture. As the first person in her family to attend college, and a Latina in a white male-dominated field, she found that joining industry groups was key to learning and building connections. Twelve years ago, she attended a conference sponsored by the Hispanic-American ERG, and was "blown away" by the talent and leadership. "It was an important moment for me. I began to discover what my roots really are," she recalls. Her family was from Ecuador, but she grew up in Los Angeles without a big emphasis on being part of the Hispanic community. She's also been involved with the women's ERG.

What She's Learned: "The ERGs helped me see how who we are impacts our decision-making and our diversity of thought," she says. The group enables her to "open doors for people." The Hispanic-American ERG has become a key part of her life. "We refer to each other as familia."

Advice for Multicultural Women: "Foster an environment of inclusion for each other through the ERG. It's important to be supportive and share our backgrounds so we can all do better."

"You become the face of 'Yes, you can do this too.'"

Tamberlin (Tammy) Golden

Plant Manager, Warren, OH

Transmission Operations Leader, U.S. GM Women's Network

Her Story: Early in her career, involvement in the U.S. GM Women's Network and the GM African Ancestry Network helped her make connections with women and people of color and understand what opportunities were available. Tammy recalls that her GM co-workers and ERG members were useful when she was pregnant and her children were young. "They provided great advice regarding prioritizing your family and the things that are important in your kids' lives."

What She's Learned: "I've also grown in my knowledge and have had an opportunity to serve in different capacities, participate in meaningful conversations and make a real impact."

Advice to Multicultural Women: "You become the face of 'Yes, you can do this too.' New hires should join ERGs and seek to develop positive relationships.

"The emphasis on having an inclusive culture helps people feel comfortable being themselves at work. …

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