Award FAQs, Purpose, Background & Application Process 

Application FAQs

Please read the Application FAQs prior to starting the Application.

Award Purpose

The ERG & Council Honors Award™ is the premier annual national award that recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils. These groups lead the diversity and inclusion process within their organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.

Recipients of the award set the standards of excellence for Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Councils in the U.S. The TOP 25 recipients will be recognized at the annual ERG & Council Honors Award™ Ceremony during the 2019 ERG & Council Conference at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando, Florida, May 1st-3rd, 2019.

Visit 2017 ERG & Council Honors Award™ to view photos, videos and to read about previous TOP 25 recipients.

Award Background

In its tenth year, the ERG & Council Honors Award™ was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of D&I consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc. Linda Stokes, former President & CEO of PRISM stated, "Our firm assisted many organizations with their diversity and inclusion initiatives. We recognized the important contributions and impact that ERGs and Diversity Councils had on their organizations; yet, for all their great efforts there was little national recognition. We wanted that to change." PRISM created its specialized practice group - the Association of ERGs & Councils – to be the premier resource for ERG and Diversity Council professionals. Fernando Serpa, Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils said, "Our intent is to enable ERGs and Diversity Councils to use this application as a valuable assessment tool to learn what they are doing well and to improve their impact on their organization."

Award Application Process
  • The application process opens September 12, 2018 and closes December 31, 2018 at 9pm ET.
  • There is no charge or obligation to apply. Membership with the Association of ERGs & Councils is not required.
  • ERGs and Diversity Councils complete and submit an online application of 50 questions that evaluates their impact on their organization during 2018. Award applicants are evaluated on contributions and achievements in these four categories: 
    1. Demonstrated Results
    2. Demonstrated Management Commitment
    3. Measurement and Accountability
    4. Communication and Education