Employee Resource Groups

Viewed as more than a social group, our seven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) were formed to serve as a resource to both its members and the organization. They are our subject matter experts and provide key insight to help us recruit, retain, educate and develop our diverse workforce.

All Equal - LGBTQ+

Executive Sponsor

Denise Zabawski
VP & Chief Information Officer

Mission

Empower, engage and inspire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer employees, their advocates and their allies and in addition provide a forum to interact and enhance professional relationships through networking, support, education and career development.

Vision

Provide a safe environment for open exchange and dialogue amongst Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer employees and their advocates and allies. Create a visible presence at Nationwide Children›s Hospital to emphasize hospital’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Offer and disseminate education on LGBTQ needs and issues, with a particular focus on LGBTQ cultural competency. Increase Nationwide Children›s Hospital's visibility in the LGBTQ community.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Coming Out in the Workplace panel discussion
  • Casual Conversation. Informal gathering where employees are able to meet in a safe space to talk off campus.
  • Dispelling Myths in the LGBTQ+ Community panel discussion
  • Monthly Meetings with Presentation from Local LGBTQ+ Communities

APAN - Asian-Pacific American

Executive Sponsor

Dr. Simon Lin
Chief Research Information Officer

Mission

Foster partnerships to create a great place for Asian Pacific American (APA) employees to work and grow their careers while building a sustainable competitive advantage for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Vision

To provide full inclusion and participation of APA employees through networking, mentoring, career development and education programs; To achieve best outcomes for our patients and communities through service and outreach; To advance our clinical service, global growth, research and diversity agendas.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in Leadership panel discussion
  • Cultural Celebrations (Diwali, Lantern Festival)
  • Lunch & Lunch Summer Series with Asian American Community Leaders

CapABLE - Disability

Executive Sponsor

Valerie Ruddock
VP of Operations

Mission

To foster an environment of understanding, acceptance, inclusion and continued support for our employees who have a disability, the coworkers of individuals with a disability, the employees who, outside of work, provide care for an individual with a disability, and our employees who treat and serve patients with disabilities.

Vision

Establish a network that will help ensure NCH continues to foster a culture of respect and inclusion of people with disabilities and their families. We will create a work environment that recognizes people of all abilities, and the impact a disability or disabilities can have on an individual’s life, health, family and community.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Project Search Employment Partnership
  • Disability Awareness Fair (2018 keynote address by Rob Snow)
  • Serving the Deaf Community in the Healthcare Setting
  • History of Disability Employment: An Overview of Strides Made Towards Inclusion
  • Disability Inclusion Digital Campaign

Connect with Us - Black and Multiracial

Executive Sponsor

Okey Eneli
VP of Construction

Mission

To engage, support and provide resources which lead to recruitment, talent retention and career development for employees who self-identify as Black, African, African-American, West Indian, African descent, Biracial or Multiracial.

Vision

Engage our employees in NCH, and their supporters through cultural awareness, networking, professional development and community involvement.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Juneteenth Celebration
  • National African American Male Wellness Initiative
  • Black History Celebration
    • Black Migration Storytelling & Shared Experiences (2019)
    • African Americans in Times of War Panel Discussion (2018)
  • Family Reunion Membership Engagement Event

HOLA - Hispanic/Latino

Executive Sponsor

Marta Quinones
Corporate Audit Officer

Mission

HOLA is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated and celebrated.

Vision

Be a model Hispanic Program in preparing staff to participate in a global and diverse environment and to develop and nurture the intellectual leadership of our Hispanic community in order to maximize our contribution within Nationwide Children’s Hospital to drive innovation while achieving our own professional growth.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Food Insecurity in Hispanic Community
  • Minority Suicide with Dr. Ortiz
  • Festival Latino Co-Sponsors of Children’s Area

L.E.A.D. - Professional

Executive Sponsor

Donna Teach
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Mission

To create avenues that will allow our members to be intimately connected and engaged with the Journey to Best Outcomes through opportunities related to Leadership, Engagement, and Development.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Meet & Greet Leadership Lunch Series
  • RMH Volunteer
  • Financial Wellness/NCH Growth Lunch & Learn

Military / Veterans

Executive Sponsor

Lee Ann Wallace, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services

Mission

We serve as a valuable asset to NCH by implementing initiatives that offer meaningful support to faculty and staff who currently serve or have served in the Armed Forces. We implement initiatives that raise awareness and support for spouses and family members of military personnel as well as our patients who have a parent/guardian deployed during their hospitalization.

Selected Highlights and Events

  • Annual Veterans Celebration
  • Lt. Dan
  • Ohio Veterans CEO Challenge
  • Ongoing Self-ID Campaign Efforts
  • Military Monday in partnership with our recruitment team
  • Central Ohio Veterans Consortium
  • Partnering with Human Resources to Develop a strategic hiring plan with targeted job functions for veterans at NCH