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The ERG Economy

E·R·G Econ·o·my  \ˈē -är-ˈjē i-ˈkä-nə-mē\

  • The flow (concentration and distribution) and management of resources within a community—in this case, ERGs and related stakeholders.
  • The production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services of ERGs.


As an Elevate initiative, The ERG Economy convenes cross-industry stakeholders of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) to share and co-create innovative, leading-edge insights that benefit the overall ecosystem and economy of ERGs.


To achieve our vision, The Elevate ERG Economy Initiative co-creates:

  • Strategies and solutions to maximize ERG impact, development, and innovation
  • Practical tools, such as our signature ToolBooks and other publications
  • Research on ERGs that leverage shared information and insights from many stakeholders
  • Communities of Practice to jointly forge innovative solutions and share best practices

We aren’t a one-stop-shop. We are a hub. We are a hub that convenes cross-industry stakeholders, collects shared insights, and co-creates thought leadership.

A stop ceases. A hub continues. Join our hub and continue to evolve and Elevate your ERGs with a holistic hub of partners.

The ERG Economy is an initiative of Elevate.

About Us

Elevate is a partnership of the University of California, Irvine’s Merage School of Business, University of California—Riverside, California State University—Fullerton, Spectrum Knowledge, and the University of California Office of the President—MESA. One unified phrase embodies both our mission and vision: PURPOSE + PEOPLE = PURPLE™

Elevate helps you define, refine, and align your purpose with your organization’s purpose.




The ERG Economy challenged me to continue building collaborative ERG organizations and harness their creative energy to support our organizational objectives.

Ondra BerrySenior Vice President, Talent and Performance, MGM Resorts International

The ERG Economy training is the best I’ve seen in my career as a D&I professional. The training is fun and interactive and provides a host of valuable tools for ERGs to reach the next level.

Sarah HelmHead of Diversity and Inclusion, Discover Financial Services

The ERG Economy provides GPS-like guidance to move you from merely sustaining to success as an ERG leader or Diversity professional.

Emanuel Brady Jr.Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, The Raytheon Company

ERGs can be a lightning rod for recruiting, retaining and energizing company employees. The thoughts and ideas by the ERG Economy provide you with leading practices to ensure your ERG is the lightning rod for company and personal success.

Larry HarringtonVice President Internal Audit (Retired), The Raytheon Company

The ERG Economy is an essential read and a key tool that all forward-thinking ERG leaders should use. If you want to grow and your ERGs to thrive, this is the book for you!

Wil LewisChief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, Experian

For anyone leading a people-powered organization, The ERG Economy is an essential read.

Sean GilDirector, Career Center, University of California, Riverside

For more information, contact us at [email protected]