Joan Koh, Talent Engagement & Development Leader, Asia & Lead, WIN Asia, Nielsen

My experience as an ERG leader at Nielsen has been truly meaningful and enriching. The opportunity to network across markets and countries, driving the common agenda of encouraging our associates to ”’be themselves” at work, has a meaningful purpose. The interactions with the many ERG leaders across the world truly enriches my knowledge, value and belief in the importance of ERGs and the difference it could make to ourselves and to our colleagues around us.

In my role as Women in Nielsen (WIN) and Diversity & Inclusion leader for Asia, learning from the more active ERGs in other parts of the world has really helped. The best-practice sharing and exchanging of thoughts, ideas and learnings have been valuable in driving ERG awareness, involvement and participation in Asia. The passion that many of our ERG leaders exhibit has been contagious! There is a great sense of comradeship and collaboration within the ERG, across ERGs, within market and across geographies.

As an ERG leader, the most memorable experience for me so far was when I attended the 2017 Nielsen ERG Leadership Summit in Chicago. Attendees were from different ERGs across the world—different nationalities, backgrounds, ages, levels, etc. Yet, we all got together for a common purpose—to make a difference in driving a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with our overall company mission, values and goals—so that “you can be you” at Nielsen and be appreciated for that.