Eastman employee resource groups - diverse team members

Employee Resource Groups

Realizing the full potential of our diverse workforce

Eastman Resource Groups help build awareness and understanding of the value and unique qualities of diverse team member populations. They are vital to achieving our I&D strategic pillars and creating an inclusive culture. They also help Eastman’s underrepresented workforce grow professionally, network with colleagues and maximize their business contributions. 

Our ERGs

Apex ERG asian and pacific island community
Equality ERG LGBTQ+ community
Catalysts ERG community of women
EVETS ERG community of troops and veterans
Connect ERG african american and black community
Mosaic ERG latino and hispanic community

Hear from ERG team members

"ERGs are open to everybody at Eastman, 

not just, for example, Mosaic being just for Hispanics or Latinos or Catalyst being just for women or Connect being just for African Americans. Anyone can be a part. You come. You listen to your fellow team members, and you learn about them. You learn about different perspectives. The next time you're working with someone, you might have a better understanding of where they're coming from and why they make the decisions they do."

Edgar Trejo, Mosaic ERG, Texas

Edgar Trejo, Mosaic ERG, Texas
Tanya Foreman, Connect ERG, Tennessee

"I grew up in a rural town in Virginia and am a first-generation college graduate.

Through the help of many allies, mentors and sponsors, I’m proud to have built a successful 32-year career at Eastman in the face of the false limitations that society many times imposes on black women. I’ve seen positive change in opportunities for people who look like me during my years at Eastman, and it’s inspiring. Today, I lead the Connect Black/African American Eastman Resource Group to continue paving the way for diverse talent to grow and thrive. I believe in this company and its commitment to inclusion and diversity and am excited to be part of the change we continue to see.” 

Tanya Foreman, Connect ERG, Tennessee

"As a pricing manager, I set commercial strategies,

negotiate contracts, and work with customers to ensure we deliver what they need to run their businesses safely and reliably. To do that, I have to consider customer requirements, market dynamics and a host of other factors. There are many aspects to the job, and the results can have a significant impact.

I was out when I joined the company eight years ago, and I've stayed here because I have felt welcome and have seen an increasing level of support for the LGBTQ community. Simply put, Eastman's executive team values outcomes and abilities, not the mold you fit. This is a highly competitive industry that demands excellence and innovation. We need to continually evolve and bring out the best in every team member—or we will be left behind."

Whitney Holt, Equality ERG, Tennessee

Whitney Holt, Equality ERG, Tennessee
Ylona van Hemert, Catalyst ERG, Netherlands

"Equality, balance, diversity and inclusion

are just four terms that come to mind that are highly important in today's landscape. These terms were also emphasized during the third edition of the Women in Leadership training at the Erasmus University Rotterdam that I participated in last year. This training showed that there are still so many unknowns and unconscious biases out there. As a result, my passion and commitment to create an equal, diverse and inclusive workplace increased dramatically, which I didn't realize was possible."

Ylona van Hemert, Catalyst ERG, The Netherlands

"EVETS is an opportunity to provide leaders with insights

on our veteran population and what they can bring to the company. And we need to create an environment that enables everyone to contribute to their fullest potential, one where unique expertise and insights can be leveraged to achieve our transformation. I believe that veterans can play a critical role in helping us get there. Through translating skills obtained in the military, we can seek to fill additional roles within the company with previously unrecognized talent."

Brandon Horne, EVETS ERG, Tennessee

Brandon Horne, EVETS ERG, Tennessee