early Career ERG


The Early Career ERG helps foster a community of inclusion and belonging for all early career employees at Berkeley Lab to support their professional growth and development. By partnering across the lab, we will increase accountability to empower early career employees to achieve their fullest potential. The Early Career ERG priorities are to:

  • Empower and inspire all Early Career employees to achieve their fullest potential

  • Develop a community inclusive of all Early Career employees across Berkeley Lab

  • Attract, retain, and support all Early Career employees across the spectrum of employment opportunities at Berkeley Lab

  • Provide & share opportunities for professional growth, networking, and mentorship to enhance the environment for all Early Career employees


  • Hosting early career talks with senior leaders and subject matter experts

  • Collaborating on volunteer opportunities with the K-12 STEM Education and Outreach Program office

  • Providing & promoting professional networking and development opportunities

  • Advocating for policy changes and transparency to support early career employees' interests

Define "Early Career"

Berkeley Lab IDEA defines "early career" as someone with 0-10 years of professional experience in a particular field, regardless of the level of experience they may have cultivated in other/previous fields. This definition is age-agnostic and inclusive of career-switchers, recent graduates from different types of training programs, and individuals acquiring experience after receiving a terminal degree.

The ERG is welcome to all who identify as Early Career or who are interested in supporting early career employees throughout the Lab.


Early Career Council

ECERG Council

Executive Sponsor

Natalie Roe, Associate Laboratory Director, Physical Sciences Area

Michelle Lee, Chief Human Resources Officer

Contact Information


  • Outreach/Education subcommittee: ecerg-outreach@lbl.gov

  • Events subcommittee: ecerg-events@lbl.gov

  • Policy/Networking subcommittee: ecerg-policy@lbl.gov

Upcoming events:

LinkedIn Learning Clubs

When? TBD, October launch

Details: Early Career ERG is organizing LinkedIn Learning Clubs (like a book club, but based on material from LinkedIn Learning) led by the Events & Networking subcommittee. DIVE into free LinkedIn Learning courses with small groups to cover topics of broad interest. Course offerings are curated specifically for us by EC-ERG member and Berkeley Lab LinkedIn Learning administrator, Joanna Martinez, based on what you want to learn. Join us to connect with your colleagues through learning new skills and engaging discussions on putting them into action!

How to Sign-Up: Interest Survey