#ChooseToChallenge – Why ERG’s are essential for Business – Facilitated by Sam Cooper-Gray
Who are the most powerful people in your business? Is it your leaders or your people? Employee Resource Groups are volunteer groups of employees who care passionately enough about a certain area of diversity and inclusion to dedicate their free time to making a difference to others, gaining insight and harnessing the experiences and ideas of others. How a business leverages that enthusiasm and insight to improve colleague and customer outcomes alike can differentiate them from their competitors – so the question should probably be – why don’t more companies embrace ERGs and their power? In this webinar Sam will bring her wealth of experience and knowledge to explore this vital questions and showcase why ERG’s are essential for business.
About Sam Cooper-Gray
Head of Commercialisation, Business Banking, HSBC
Global Sponsor HSBC BALANCE Advocates Programme
Non Exec Director, various
Sam Cooper-Gray is the Head of Commercialisation for HSBC Global Business Banking, based in London. Sam was appointed to this role in 2019.
In this role, she is responsible for leading the proposition for Global Business Banking, supporting over 1.3 million customers in 18 markets and territories to access the best products and services for their needs.
In addition to her responsibilities at HSBC Global Business Banking, Sam is the Global Sponsor for HSBC BALANCE Advocates programme and Global Co-Chair for HSBC BALANCE. HSBC BALANCE has over 50,000 members, 220 Executive Leader Ambassadors and 1,000 Advocates across 44 markets and is an employee resource group focussed on ending gender imbalance within the bank and across the industry, by creating an environment where gender balance is the norm. She is also a Board member for Women on the Wharf, leading the creation of the new Beyond Mentoring programme connecting over 550 mentors and mentees across eleven major firms in Canary Wharf, London. In addition to this Sam is a Non Exec Director for a number of firms, advising on diversity and inclusion and is a mentor both internally and externally.
Prior to taking on her current role, Sam was the Global Head of Learning for HSBC Commercial Banking, supporting the development of over 24,000 employees across 53 markets and has held senior positions within HSBC for over 21 years, including roles in Risk, Trade, Leadership and the Chief Operating Office.
Sam holds a Bachelor’s degrees in History and Politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury and in Banking and Finance from the University of Manchester.