By Georgia Champagne, Dot Foods Customer Analyst

Young Professionals, one of Dot's many Employee Resource Groups (ERG), was founded in 2017 at Dot Foods Mt. Sterling and the St. Louis office. The separate locations are driven by independent steering teams.

The ERG was created with the name Young Professionals, with a mission to develop a sustainable and inviting learning environment while seeking new opportunities for professional and personal growth in a fast-paced, inclusive, and diverse workforce.

It will continue to be devoted to helping Dot employees grow their careers through networking, training sessions, and leadership opportunities-but the Mt. Sterling ERG will now be known as "Connect."

"We thought the name 'Connect' was more appropriate for our focus, which remains to help our members grow professionally and personally by connecting them with both their peers and Dot leadership through networking and leadership opportunities," says Megan Greening, Dot supplier marketing specialist, who leads the Mt. Sterling Connect ERG.

The St. Louis outlet of the ERG will continue to use the name "Young Professionals."

Connect ERG will also be experiencing an update to its structure. While previously four sub-committees separated the responsibilities of such things as meeting planning, membership retention, communication, and community outreach, those committees will be dissolving.

Instead, the group plans to change their focus to projects, wherein there will be project leaders and participants.

"This change will allow members to work on the projects that matter most to them and let them turn their ideas into reality. The steering team and I are really excited about this change in focus-we think it will get more people involved and contributing, which will ultimately aid in their development," Greening said.