To reflect Houston's unique position as the most diverse city in the nation, the Partnership is hosting a new event, Houston NEXT: An ERG Summit, that will bring together talent, community and business leaders to grow diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), also known as affinity groups or business network groups, align with organizations' missions and are comprised of individuals who gather together based on common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors.

Thursday, October 4, 2018
7:15 - 8:30 a.m. - Full-day Registration, Resource Marketplace and Networking Cafe
8:30 - 9:45 a.m. - ERG Best Practices Panel
10:00 - 11: 15 a.m. - Break Outs (Discussion Groups)
11:15 a.m. - Noon - Luncheon Registration, Resource Marketplace and Networking Cafe 
11:30 a.m. - VIP Reception
Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

The ERG Best Practices panelists include:
  • Natacha Buchanan, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Phillips66
  • Dustin Ruffatto, Southwest Region Inclusiveness & Flexibility Leader, Ernst & Young

Maximize your time and attend our Connection Zone. This pre function is open to all future and current members wanting more information about engaging in the Partnership.

Have questions?
Contact Casey Schrade at 713-844-3687 or

Ready to gain additional visibility?  Become a sponsor by contacting Terry Leibowitz at or 713-844-3644.

Interested in sponsoring the Houston NEXT: An ERG Summit ?
Thursday, October 4, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Opening Plenary, Panel and Break Outs (Discussion Groups) |
11:30 a.m. - Networking Cafe | Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Marriott Marquis Houston 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Tx 77010

Individual Tickets

Individual Luncheon Tickets - Members $90
Individual Luncheon Tickets - Non-members $135

Individual Tickets - Full Admission Members $175
Individual Tickets - Full Admission Non-members $250

Tables of Ten

ERG Team Rate Full day + Reserved Luncheon Table Members $1,400
ERG Team Rate Full day + Luncheon Table Non-members $2,000

Luncheon Table of 10 Members $1,100
Luncheon Table of 10 Non-members $1,500

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