Deepening Roots: Addressing the Great Resignation by Creating Belonging

  • May 04, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom (meeting link in confirmation email)


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With over 4 million resignations per month in the last 4 months, companies are beginning to feel the pain of an empowered workforce. Companies are losing legacy knowledge, understaffed to support customers or drive production, and burning out the team members who stayed with overwork. While the media and many organizations are looking to increasing pay as a solution, which is long overdue in many segments, an MIT report revealed something different. After examining 1.4 million Glassdoor reviews to identify the top predictors of departures, they found that "corporate culture is a much more reliable predictor of industry-adjusted attrition than how employees assess their compensation." In fact, their research showed that employees are 10.4X more likely to quit if their workplace has a toxic culture.

In this event, we bring together two experts on employee retention and engagement to share their insights about increasing retention through culture, namely creating belonging. Dr. Allessandria Polizzi, CEO of Verdant Consulting, will provide an overview of trends and approaches and will be accompanied by Rodney Sigler, Manager of Inclusive Resource Groups for National Instruments, who will share his experience creating connection.



Dr. Allessandria Polizzi, CEO of Verdant Consulting

Allessandria brings two decades of human capital executive experience, as well as the latest in resiliency-building, burnout hazard reduction and post-pandemic workplace strategies.

Rodney L. Sigler, HR Business Process Professional, Culture Architect & DEIB Strategist at National Instruments

Rodney focuses on being a trusted advisor to senior leaders, coach to managers, and an advocate for employees. 

Rod also has proven skill in all HR functions with specialized knowledge in organization development/design, project management, talent acquisition, engagement, and employee relations. With experience in the private and public sector, he worked close to four years at the City of Austin’s Talent Acquisition (HRD) including work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Training and Town Hall moderating. 


Rod is also a veteran of the US Army and focuses on his “Faith, Family and Fitness”. As a UIL certified official, he is highly committed to public education and various recreation groups in helping to build strong kids, families, and communities. He and his wife have 2 boys. 


Rodney is a certified Professional in Human Resources from HRCI (HR Certification Institute), holds a Masters degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Irving, Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Tyler, as well as a Veterans at Work certificate from SHRM (Society of HR Management). He is currently the Manager of Inclusion Resource Groups at NI, a global tech company based out of Austin, Texas.

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