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Amplifying ERGs with iO: Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement 


In today’s diverse and dynamic workplaces, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have emerged as powerful tools for driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Also known as affinity groups or employee networks, ERGs are typically voluntary, employee-led organizations that bring together individuals with shared characteristics, interests, or experiences. ERGs play a crucial role in creating inclusive and equitable work environments. iO offers programming and space to make your ERG thrive.

Thoughtful Leadership

While ERGs can be led by volunteers within the company- hiring a professional to lead your Employee Resource Group (ERG) can significantly enhance its effectiveness and impact within the organization. iO offers dedicated leaders to provide strategic direction, organizational support, and accountability to ensure that the group’s goals are achieved and its members are empowered to drive meaningful change. 

Hiring a dedicated ERG leader demonstrates the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and provides the necessary resources and support to ensure the group’s success.Managing an ERG involves coordinating various activities, events, and initiatives, as well as facilitating meetings and discussions among members. A dedicated ERG leader can take on these responsibilities, ensuring that meetings run smoothly, communication channels are open and effective, and members are engaged and motivated to participate. 

iO offers professional development and skill-building in a different environment. Whether attending workshops, training sessions, or guest speaker events at our venues, members can gain new insights, perspectives, and knowledge that enhance their personal and professional growth.

An Environment to Grow

While the office environment may be suitable for certain types of meetings, gathering outside the office can provide a change of scenery and offer unique opportunities for connection, collaboration, and personal development. iO offers spaces that can act as a neutral and informal setting to encourage open dialogue, creativity, and collaboration among ERG members. By stepping away from the formalities of the workplace, members may feel more relaxed and comfortable expressing themselves, sharing experiences, and engaging in discussions on sensitive topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Hosting ERG meetings outside the office can provide opportunities for networking and relationship-building among members in a more relaxed and social setting. 

With iO’s variety of larger and more intimate spaces throughout the venue we’re able to accommodate networking events to incorporate other specialty interest groups or one-off offerings, host speakers, and throw celebratory parties- especially during important times of year like AAPI month, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, and Cinco De Mayo. 

iO is fully ADA compliant, hosts shows and activities centered around diverse groups, and offers catering and AV support. All of these come together to create a unique and supportive space for your ERG to do, and connect, more without the burden of extra planning or work!

Improv As a Tool for Connection and Learning

Besides the leadership opportunities and space iO offers- the very foundation of what we do is based in connection and learning. Through proven improv techniques we foster community, communication, and collaboration on stage and off.

Improv is renowned for its ability to improve communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills—all of which are essential for the success of ERGs. By participating in improv workshops, exercises and even by seeing shows- ERG members can enhance their active listening, empathy, and adaptability, enabling them to engage more effectively with colleagues, allies, and stakeholders. Improv also encourages participants to think on their feet, embrace uncertainty, and respond creatively to unexpected challenges—a mindset that is invaluable for navigating the complexities of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

By incorporating improv techniques into brainstorming sessions, strategy workshops, or problem-solving exercises, ERGs can unlock the creative potential of their members and develop innovative solutions to address systemic issues and barriers to inclusion.

ERGs are more than just affinity groups; they are communities where employees come together to support each other, share experiences, and drive change. Improv fosters a sense of camaraderie and belonging by creating opportunities for ERG members to connect, bond, and have fun together. Through laughter, shared experiences, and collaborative storytelling, members can strengthen their relationships, build trust, and increase engagement within the group. This sense of belonging not only enhances the effectiveness of ERGs but also contributes to a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture overall.


In conclusion, Employee Resource Groups are invaluable assets for organizations committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. By providing a platform, space, and dedicated leader for employees to advocate for change, ERGs contribute to a workplace culture where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to thrive. 

As organizations continue to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation, engagement, and performance, ERGs will remain essential vehicles for creating more equitable and inclusive workplaces for all.

But you don’t need to do it alone- iO is here to offer support. Our dedicated training, techniques, and spaces provide an easy solution to enhance and support your ERG group without putting the extra burden on them.  Contact Maureen Nolan at to get started today!

Client Testimonials

“This is the first year we have had this type of entertainment, but it won’t be the last!”

Abbott Laboratories

“Every office is buzzing about the improv part of the meeting. People are raving about how much fun they had in the exercises. They actually learned something from doing them and hearing the instructors talk about how they relate back to business skills was great. What a blast!”

Chicago Sun-Times

“Thank you so much for the wonderful event. I now have 50 managers at meetings saying ‘yes, and…’ Very powerful, well-organized, safe and fun.”


“The end of the program had a number of us on stage and I was literally crying from laughter so hard that I couldn’t sputter out my lines when it was my turn. The event was exactly what we had hoped for and I received only positive feedback from the team. It was an awesome team-building event and I would recommend it to anyone.”

CIC Plus, Inc.

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