WOK Increasingly Adds Value to the Business
Women of Kellogg (WOK), Kellogg’s largest Employee Resource Group (ERG), has long provided female employees with a wide range of networking and career development opportunities.
“For me personally, when I joined Kellogg, WOK was a fantastic way for me to build my network,” said Krissy Glass, Vice President, Customer Supply Chain. “It has enabled me to interact with other Kellogg employees at all levels, in all corporate functions. It’s a great opportunity.”
Increasingly, the group is also finding ways to be a resource for the company.
In late 2015, for example, WOK partnered with the Special K® brand marketing team to provide feedback on a proposed brand relaunch. “Partnering with WOK allowed us to quickly survey all 1,500 WOK members to gain broader perspectives on key topics for the brand,” said Sara S., Senior Manager, U.S. Insights and Planning.
WOK also sponsored additional phases of its job shadowing program in 2015, through which more than 100 WOK members spent a day following employees in other functions and roles. “Job shadowing is a great personal development tool,” said Krissy, “yet it also benefits the business, as it enables employees to identify roles that may be a good fit for their skill set and future interests, while helping build bench strength within the organization.”
WOK is the company’s first truly global ERG, with chapters in every Kellogg region. As such, the group’s events are often made available globally through video conferencing. In 2015, the group sponsored several WOK Talks events, for example, that saw participation by Kellogg employees worldwide via video link. Recent WOK talks have featured Kellogg Board Members Cynthia Milligan, Ann McLaughlin Korologos and Gordon Gund.