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Diversity & Inclusion SIG - July Bi-Monthly

  • 18 Jul 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual - Link will be in confirmation and reminder emails.
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  • This registration type is for members of the Greater Cincinnati chapter. Please contact Betsy Young at for registration code.
  • This registration type is for members of the Greater Cleveland chapter. Please contact LeAnn Snyder at
  • Bring a non-member guest for free!


Come join us for the Bi-Monthly Diversity & Inclusion SIG led by Tori Smart and Mat Stuckey.

Guest Speaker

Marcell A. Crawford Jr., MA, MBA

Marcell is a Culture, Equity and Inclusion Specialist at The Wendy’s Company, where he leverages his extensive experience to foster inclusive and equitable work environments. With a background in strategic DEI initiatives, Marcell specializes in leading data-driven programs that enhance employee experiences and engagement. Marcell has supported Employee Resource Group (ERG) formation, leadership, and expansion in both industry and education settings and has presented on impactful ERG practices at conferences such as the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) and The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA). Marcell holds a Master’s in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Title of the discussion

Employee Resource Groups as Vehicles for Culture Change and Business Success


This presentation will introduce participants to the concepts of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and how they can drive a culture of inclusive excellence within an organization while also supporting key business objectives. Incorporating the perspectives of a variety of ERG leaders and utilizing Robert Rodriguez’s 4C ERG model, the presenter will outline the process of ideating, establishing, and sustaining a new ERG. Conversation will also consider the importance of generating organizational buy-in, securing support from executive leaders, and connecting ERG engagement to broader individual and professional development planning. This presentation has applicability for those whose organizations do not currently have ERGs as well as those who wish to expand the impact of their groups.

SIG Leaders:

Tori Smart

Tori Smart is currently living in Ohio, but has also lived in several states across the country giving her exposure to character building experiences.  As, an instructional designer she is dedicated to elevating talent through providing learners with meaningful educational opportunities. During her career as a leader and patient family advocate, Tori has worked with diverse populations coaching them towards their best outcomes, and enhancing their wellbeing. 

Matt Stucky

Mathew has over 7 years of learning and development experience, most recently as a Trainer for Columbus State Community College (CSCC) with their Organizational Development and People Analytics Team. In addition, he has been an advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues. While at NiSource, Mathew was a founder and President of the LGBTQIA+ ERG, NiPRIDE, implementing a variety of companywide initiatives. Currently, Mathew participates with PRISM, the CSCC LGBTQIA+ ERG. 

About the Diversity and Inclusion SIG:

We provide a forum for COATD members to gain knowledge, learn about best practices, and share resources with one another. In addition, this forum will champion the efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion for talent development professionals to embrace our multicultural workforce.

Tip: Consider blocking your calendar throughout the year by registering for all 5 meetings now. This way you are more likely to attend.

There are more D&I SIGs this year.  Sign up today for all of them to ensure the links are on YOUR calendar!

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1) Open your Confirmation Email.

2) Copy the Zoom link.

3) Paste the link in your own Calendar invite and save it!

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