One of the most impressive things I've seen with the ERGs is the evolution. At first they were individually focused, taking into consideration the members they served. Now, through the ERG Leadership Forum, we’ve become more of a collective force that is starting to make progress towards creating an inclusive culture at Altria.
I see a much more engaged organization because of the ERGs. With Sí for example, only a third of our members are Hispanic. That means our programming is having an impact and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds. It really helps us to embrace all employees and harness the talent that we spend so much time recruiting. When people feel like they can be themselves, that they can bring their whole selves to work and contribute without fear, then those employees are much more productive, much more engaged and will be the success that leads us forward as a company.