Podcast Ep. 113: Unleash the Magical Momentum of Group Mentoring Circles to Reinvigorate ERGs

Mar 9, 2023

Are your Employee Resource Groups losing steam? Research shows mentoring is a proven solution for the advancement and retention of top talent. Many organizations do not have enough mentors to meet the requests. More hybrid and remote work environments make it more difficult for employees to find mentors and find the time to connect.

Join us to learn how group mentoring circles can allow you to scale your mentoring efforts, maximize your reach, excite your mentors, ignite peer mentoring, and save your mentors time.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how group mentoring can be easily scaled within an ERG to spark deeper connections and a sense of community and belonging.
  • Learn how to launch and sustain momentum with budget-friendly resources to increase executive leadership and employee engagement.
  • Gain ideas on how to provide equitable access to mentoring and potential sponsorship as you grow the program.

Lisa Ong

Lisa M. Ong, PCC, CPA, President and Founder of Wishing Out Loud LLC. She is an award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) +Belonging (DEIB) strategy consultant, speaker, and professional certified executive coach. As a widely-known “talent gardener” and “inclusion connector,” CEOs and CHROs hire her to co-create their DEIB strategy to cultivate inclusive cultures as great places to work. She enjoys coaching and mentoring DEIB leaders to strategically position their work to capture impact in measuring progress and KPIs. She sees how DEIB intersects with employee engagement, well-being, and increased reporting in ESG disclosures.

Before launching Wishing Out Loud LLC, Lisa was a national diversity director in PwC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an H.R. director, and a financial audit senior manager. She designed strategies to retain, develop and advance diverse talent. She focused on Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), mentoring, national sponsorships, multicultural employee talent retention and advancement efforts, and growing inclusive leaders at all levels.

Lisa helps individuals and organizations achieve goals, emphasizing inclusive leadership skills for meaningful relationships. She shares her coaching approach with her clients to discover their strengths, dream big and keep strategically “wishing out loud®” to create opportunities to shine and be their best.

Lisa is a seasoned business executive with a background in audits and senior human capital roles. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Management degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Texas Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by The International Coach Federation.

Lisa’s clients hire her to engage everyone in the DEIB journey as inclusive leaders. She coaches executives and DEI leaders on accelerating momentum and maximizing the ROI of DEIB beyond traditional Return on Investment to also measure DEIB as ROI(Relationships. Outcomes. Impact)™.

D CEO magazine named her to their 2020 and 2021 editions of The Dallas 500 Directory as “one of the most powerful business leaders in DFW.” Dallas Business Journal also recognized her with a 2022 Award as one of their Leaders in Diversity and a 2017 Minority Business Leaders Award for her leadership.

Lisa serves as an executive coach for Ascend Leadership and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). She is a member of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding Workplace Programs Advisory Council, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington’s Diversity, Race, Equity, Inclusion Council, The Univ. of Texas at Dallas Graduate Accounting Advisory Council, and Board of The Texas Society of CPAs.

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