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Employee resource groups (also known as ERGs, affinity groups, or business network groups) are groups of employees who join together in their workplace based on shared characteristics or life experiences. ERG's are generally based on providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal development in the work environment.
In this episode of Own Your Career, media executive Nicolas Jimenez guides us on how to best leverage today's ERGs. Nicolas Jimenez is a Senior Manager of Political Affairs at Comcast. In this capacity, he helps oversee Comcast’s Political Action Committee (PAC), COMPAC. He also manages a nearly $3 million Matching Gift Program which provides support to over 2,000 charities across the country. Nicolas joined Comcast in 2007 as an Intern in the External Affairs department. Nicolas Jimenez serves as the Founding Lead of UNIDOS, the Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group at Comcast.
Rockers In Recovery Host John Hollis interviews Woody Giessmann of The Del Fuegos.The Del Fuegos were a garage-style pop band in the 1980s with lead singer Dan Zanes, guitarist Warren Zanes (his brother), bassist Tom Lloyd, drummer Steve Morrell, later replaced by Brent "Woody" Giessmann and keyboardist Br. Cleve. The Boston-based band was signed to a series of respected indie labels, was touted by fans such as Tom Petty, starred in a beer commercial, and gained airplay with "Don't Run Wild" and "I Still Want You".
Dan Zanes went on to a solo career and success recording children's music in his band Dan Zanes and Friends and music videos, made popular by heavy airplay on the Disney Channel. In 2007, his album "Catch That Train!" received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.
Brother Warren Zanes went on to earn two Master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Arts. He is also the Vice President of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tom Lloyd went back to college and earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley before earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1999.
In 2003, Woody Giessmann founded Right Turn Addiction Services, a program offering assistance to artists in recovery from drug addiction and other mental health issues.
The Del Fuegos are referenced in The Juliana Hatfield Three's biggest hit, 1993's "My Sister," as well as in the song "Boston, Mass" by The Ergs. Gang Green dedicated a track from their album Another Wasted Night to them.
A reunion concert is advertised to 23 June 2011 at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Mass.