Creating Affinity: A Look at How a Fortune 500 Company Fosters Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workforce
Treating others with dignity and respect has been at the heart of ERIE's values for nearly a century, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) has been a formal department at ERIE for more than a decade. The DEI team is dedicated to fostering inclusive and equitable practices in our workplace and in our business. We celebrate and support the unique qualities of employees, agents, and customers through various programs at ERIE. Erie Insurance African American Affinity Network is a part of a larger group of nine employee Affinity Networks that provide a platform for Employees to celebrate, educate, and build acceptance for various dimensions of diversity, including: African American, Asian Pacific, Dignity & Respect, enABLEd (neurodiversity), Generation Connection, Hispanic American, Pride Alliance, Veterans, and Women. In this presentation, Erie Insurance representatives Lyn Twillie-Darby and Regina Gaston will touch on the different Affinity Networks that Erie Insurance has, then dive deep into the African American Affinity Network that they are both very instrumental in.
Location: Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT)—650 East Ave. Suite 120, Erie, PA 16503.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 23 @ 7 p.m.
Parking: lot at 7th street entrance, 7th street street parking
Lyn Twillie-Darby, CIC, AU, AIS, CPIW., a longtime Erie resident, has served on multiple boards and is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the Erie chapter of the NAACP. Her career started at Erie Insurance 30 years ago as a commercial lines underwriter trainee. She has since been promoted several times, and now works as a commercial underwriting consultant. She is a graduate of Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications. She is a former Who’s Who Among American College & University Students, former First Alternate Miss Knoxville College, and Erie County Young Democrat of the Year nominee. Other accolades include the Humanitarian Award from the Bayfront NATO, Inc., Martin Luther King Center; YMCA Black Achiever Award and she was recognized for “Service Above Self” with the GECAC Paul P. Martin Community Service Award. Ms. Twillie-Darby was also awarded a Women’s Empowerment Award from Her P.O.W.E.R in March 2022. Further, she was recently featured in the February 22, 2022, edition of the Erie Times-News. The article was titled “Black History Month – A Great Migration. Lyn is married to James Darby and has two children, Tony and Nia, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Regina Gaston, P.M.P., is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She has 18 years of IT and business experience. As an employee of Erie Insurance, she is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader, as she is involved in the nine Affinity Networks, particularly the African American Affinity Network. She enjoys teaching problem skills to inner city youth, bridging the technology gap for senior citizens, and teaching choir. She is a proud resident of Erie, where she lives with her family.