Promoting Diversity And Inclusion With Employee Leaders

At Nielsen (No. 41 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), its employee resource groups (ERGs) play a crucial role in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. And with more than 100 ERG chapters in 70 percent of the countries where the company operates and more than 8,000 associates belonging to an ERG, they have a big effect.These groups are catalysts to cultivating an inclusive environment where employees create, innovate and provide useful solutions that connect fellow colleagues, clients, consumers and communities.


For the ninth year in a row, Nielsen hosted an annual ERG Leadership Summit to support ERG leaders and showcase the importance of having associates of diverse backgrounds recognized and included for the overall success of the company. At this year’s two-day conference, diversity best practices, professional development, and goal-setting were front and center.

During the event, sessions covered a range of topics from business updates to leadership and career development. In a c-suite interview session moderated by Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson, Nielsen CEO Mitch Barns and CFO Jamere Jackson discussed the importance of ERGs to Nielsen and its business.

Both Mitch and Jamere shared a mix of personal reflections and notes on the state of the business, as well as a call to action for our employees to continue to connect the ERGs to their everyday roles. This session proved to be an attendee favorite, with ERG leaders sharing they felt connected to the c-suite afterwards. Client panelists from across Nielsen’s practice areas also attended the event and shared their companies’ diversity and inclusion best practices with attendees.

“ERGs are an integral part of our overall D&I [diversity and inclusion) strategy,” said Sherri Dublin, Vice President, Diversity Programs. “These groups are an important resource to leverage and drive innovation, as well as support our business through talent engagement.”

During the summit, MOSAIC (Multinational Organization Supporting an Inclusive Culture), which launched this month in the U.K., made its formal debut to the Nielsen ERG family as part of a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Also, the SABLE (Sustaining Active Black Leadership and Engagement) and PRIDE (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies) ERGs each celebrated their 10-year anniversaries as Nielsen ERGs. (HOLA [Hispanic Organization of Leaders in Action] is the oldest ERG and celebrated 10 years in 2016.)

Learn more about Nielsen’s ERGs and other diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Latest News

woke politics

Republicans Launch a War on ‘Woke’ Politics in Hopes of Big Legislative Wins in 2022

In 2020, former President Barack Obama warned that the phrase “Defund the Police” could become a dangerous rallying cry for the conservative right. But now, Republicans have apparently taken that warning one step further, declaring war on all things “woke.” Allan Smith and Sahil Kapur of NBC News wrote that…

women in politics

Women Remain Vastly Underrepresented in Local Government, Despite Conventional Wisdom Suggesting Otherwise

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sat behind President Biden during his first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28 — representing the first time two women held such important and high-ranking political offices. Even after such a historic moment, the reality…

voter restriction

Florida Follows Georgia’s Lead, Approves Racist Anti-Voter Restrictions Aimed Primarily at Democrats and People of Color

Not content with letting Georgia be the only state in the South demonized for its bigoted and racist attacks on voter rights, Florida has jumped into the fray in issuing its own series of new and highly controversial “Jim Crow-esque” anti-voting restrictions aimed specifically at disenfranchising Democrats and voters of…

Kentucky Derby

Inspired by Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death, Humana and Kentucky Derby Festival Launch Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Louisville

Ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1, Kentucky Derby officials and Humana (No. 25 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020) have announced a new equity initiative meant to make the race more accessible and welcoming to everyone, regardless of race, gender, age…

crimes against human ity

‘Crime Against Humanity’; Global Report Says the US Should Be Prosecuted in International Criminal Court for Ongoing Police Murders of Black Americans

In what has been described as a “devastating” report, human rights experts and lawyers have investigated and released a 188-page analysis of the ongoing police brutality and killing of Black Americans in the U.S. Their verdict: the country is guilty of “crimes against humanity” and should be prosecuted for its…

Tokyo, Olympics

Tokyo Olympics to Encourage Significant Increase in Gender Equality Among Event’s Corporate Sponsors

Besides simply being a showcase for some of the most talented and athletic men and women on the planet, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are hoping their event this summer can also help promote significant change in corporate culture, both in Japan and around the globe. Bloomberg’s Ayai Tomisawa…