Employer Resource Network® in Johnson County
As a part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative, the Johnson County Community Foundation identified that a workforce development initiative was what was needed to address long-term community development in Johnson County.
With the grants received from GIFT VII, the community foundation launched the Employer Resource Network® (ERN®), a 15-year-old, nationally tested program that places success coaches in the workplace of participating companies.
ERN – Success Coach
The success coach is a confidential resource that employees can access on a predictable, ongoing basis. Success coaches serve as a direct conduit to community resources that provide relief for many issues including reliable transportation, workplace conflict, childcare, housing challenges, family challenges, etc. These services are available to all who work for ERN® member companies.
Programs such as an ERN® will help Johnson County, our companies, and our workforce continue to thrive long into the future.
Meet Nick Burks
Nick serves as the Success Coach for the Johnson County Employer Resource Network®. As a Success Coach, Nick works with employees at local partner companies to address personal challenges through coaching and resource referral. Since he started coaching, Nick has provided services to clients and their families at these member companies including mental health referrals, career counseling, housing and transportation assistance.
Nick’s work experiences include positions in community engagement, mental health counseling, volunteer management and workforce development. He utilizes more than 10 years of nonprofit leadership to ensure partner companies and their employees receive the support required to succeed.
Nick obtained his Executive Coach certification through Coach Training EDU. He earned his Bachelor's degree in religious studies and sociology from Franklin College and Master's degree in philanthropic studies from the IU School of Philanthropy. He resides in Franklin with his wife, Lindsay, and three sons, Grady, Griffin and Dawson.