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Employee resource groups help connect workers, community

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In celebration of Pride Month, Cincinnati Bell’s Studio and Pride employee resource groups partnered with Cincinnati Pride to support a free tie-dye activity at Pride Movie Night at Washington Park on June 23. The Studio group is for individuals who express themselves through various forms of the arts.

Employee resource groups at two large Cincinnati area companies are finding ways to promote inclusion and keep employees connected, even as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most workers stuck at home

The resource groups or ERGs are company-sponsored, volunteer-led organizations that form around a common interest, identity or profession and provide members with a personal and professional support network.

“When you think about diversity, it has to represent the communities and environments that you’re part of,” said Joe Allen, chief diversity officer at GE Aviation, the Evendale-based subsidiary of General Electric Co.

“We’re continuously focused on making sure that we have representation of our community, that we actually continue to improve upon that representation every year,” Allen said, adding the company’s resource groups are a key piece of that focus. 

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