It was a pleasure to speak with Ms. Katelyn Sypher about Protiviti's innovative initiative, one that is becoming evidently important in today's business world. It is not a product, but rather a part of their business operation. They have incorporated a set of initiatives within their company for diversity and inclusion through internal communities called employee network groups. They are local "grass-roots" groups that organise in-person and online to focus on promoting diversity initiatives within the company. At the moment, there are six employee network groups; iGROWW, Experienced Hire Network, Protiviti Parents Network, ProLGBTA, US. Veterans Networking Group, and the Multicultural Employee Network.
iGROWW is a unified internal women's network group that focuses on the recruiting, mentoring, growth, and retention of women at work. They host forums, networking events, and community service projects such as the Dress for Success initiative, where members collect clothes for women going into professional environments who cannot afford them, and the iGROWW Annual Dinner where Protiviti's offices around the globe meet to discuss women's professional concerns relevant to each location. Ms. Sypher is a member of the group, and shared with me how great it feels to talk to managing directors locally, and around the world. "It makes me feel empowered...seeing the people that I recruit from campuses looking up to them and joining the employee network groups...they are empowered to ask questions and to help out, and they realize the difference of feeling pride versus the feeling of being able to lead on the team."
The Experienced Hire Network is a network for experienced employees to mentor and help new employees transition into Protiviti, providing them with resources for a successful start into the firm. The Parents Network is a community for working parents at the company. Ms. Sypher stated that, "Through the network, we empower working parents to share successes, exchange information, support transitions, and tackle challenges together." The ProLGBTA is a national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance network. It is open to all employees, and they regularly create newsletters focusing on advice for an inclusive workforce for employees, as well as engaging in forums with other members.
The Veteran Employee Network's purpose is to have a positive impact on careers of employees with prior and ongoing military service, while also seeking to improve Protiviti's ability to attract and retain a unique talent pool. It offers an excellent program for employees who are on reserve because they have an opportunity to serve their country and continue to be a part of Protiviti when they return. Lastly, there is the Multicultural Employee Network Group, which was founded within the past year.