Agenda : 10th Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

On Thursday 23rd of February, iCON Group Present

10th Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

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*Please note the Swiss Focus Agenda Day is brought to you in collaboration with the Kanton Zürich and will be conducted in German

Swiss Focus Agenda

Day 1


08:15 – 08:45Welcome Coffee & Registration

08:45 – 09:00
Chair Introduction
Dr. Monique Valcour

Dr. Monique Valcour
Executive Coach
Speaker &
Management Professor

09:00 – 09:40
Liz Bingham OBE

Liz Bingham OBE
Managing Partner
D&I Ambassador
Ernst & Young

Diversity & Inclusion in a disrupted world

  • Back to the future – 2020
  • Today’s reality – 2017
  • Business Imperatives
  • Talent acquisition & engagement
  • Navigate disruption
  • Innovation, growth & legacy
  • Conscious Decision Making When to do it
  • How to do it
  • How to measure it

09:40 – 10:20
Robert Robottom

Robert Robottom
Global Head of D&I

Driving industry innovation through D&I

As Global Head of D&I for Novartis, Robert Robottom discusses their innovative global journey with a spotlight on Patient Diversity


10:20 – 10:50Networking break with tea & coffee

10:50 – 11:30
Petra Hesser

Petra Hesser
Global Head of Group HR
IKEA Group

IKEA Group Diversity & Inclusion Approach & Journey

  • IKEA Group Diversity & inclusion Approach and journey
  • Gender Equality at IKEA Group ( highlighting why DI and GE in particular are good for busines
  • Our inclusion model
  • The business case for Gender Equality – sharing examples from different IKEA Group Retail markets

11:30 – 12:10
Monika Buzasy

Monika Buzasy
Head of Talent
Proctor & Gamble

Gender Equality Organization. Partnership for results

Monika will talk about the journey Procter&Gamble embarked on to create a gender equal European organization.

She will share experiences, insights and pragmatic approaches on leveraging organization data analytics, engaging men in gender equality and integrating equality in corporate systems.

12:10- 12:20Stop & think (10 minute break)

12:20 – 13:10
Michele Mees

Michele Mees
Centre For Balanced


What’s The Big Deal?

Inspiring men and women to change corporate culture by becoming
Balanced, Inclusive and Gender intelligent

Discover how the combination of balanced leadership, gender intelligence and inclusive behaviors create a powerful BIG bang and the lasting results that everyone is looking for. Real change requires a cultural shift. It takes balanced leaders and a balance of corporate cultures (integrating masculine and feminine qualities) to create sustainable results. During this presentation/workshop you’ll discover your own balance of masculine and feminine qualities and play the Balanced Leader Game to assess corporate culture.
Building Inclusive and Diverse Companies is a BIG Deal!

13:10 – 14:30Networking lunch

14:30 – 15:05

Track A


Tunde Ogungbesan

Tunde Ogungbesan
Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Disability & Inclusion

This session aims to challenge the current thinking of the participants on disability and adjustments in the work place.

It will also involve best practice sharing in creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.




14:30 – 15:05

Track B


David Pollard

David Pollard
Executive Director
Workplace Pride Foundation

Identifying corporate challenges in a changing world

This panel discussion will tackle the current LGBT issues that large organisations face in making it a business imperative.


Liz Bingham OBE / EY
Vinay Kapoor / BNP Paribas
Miguel Castro / SAP
Marijn Pijnenburg / IBM

15:10 – 15:45

Track A


Candice Morgan

Candice Morgan
Head of Diversity
& Inclusion

Building the Future of Work

Pinterest’s Head of Diversity, Candice Morgan, will talk about her journey to Silicon Valley and the lessons she’s learned while building a diversity and inclusion program from the ground up.

She’ll share insights on recruiting underrepresented talent in a competitive market, creating a sense of belonging on teams and influencing decision-making.

15:10 – 15:45

Track B


Tanya Odom

Tanya Odom
Diversity, Inclusion
& Well-being Expert

Dialogue Across Differences
– Coming Together in Uncertain Times

The goal of this session is to equip us with communications strategies to better communicate with those who may have different views. CEOs deciding whether to send out a message after racial incidents, or after the Elections.

CDOs working on bringing groups together, coaching CEOS, and Executives trying to decide when do you respond, to what do you respond.

15:45 – 16:15Networking Break with tea & coffee courtesy of HILTIHilti Logo

Live Video Broadcast Presentation
16:15 – 17:00
Dr. Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel
Global Expert on Gender Equality

The Gender Equality Advantage

Dr. Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities.

Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.

This session will be a live stream with Michael from New York

17:00 – 17:45

What have we learned?

What are the lessons learned from Day 1. Here our moderator will raise the HOT Issues and highlight the main takeaways through discussion and questions with the panel and the delegate floor.

Moderated By: Dr. Monique Valcour / Executive Coach, Speaker and Management Professor
Liz Bingham OBE / EY
Petra Hesser / IKEA GROUP
Tunde Ogungbesan / BBC


Dr. Monique Valcour
Executive Coach, Speaker &
Management Professor

Liz Bingham OBE

Liz Bingham OBE


Petra Hesser - IKEA Group

Petra Hesser
Global Head of
Group HR
IKEA Group

Tunde Ogungbesan -BBC

Tunde Ogungbesan
Head of Diversity
& Inclusion

17:50End of Day 1

Evening Cocktail Reception


invite you to join your fellow attendees for a relaxing cocktail at their reception in the meeting room foyer area.

19:30Evening Networking Dinner

Day 2


08:45 – 09:15Morning Coffee

09:15 – 09:30Chair’s observations / Morning exercise

09:30 – 10:20
Dr. Jacqui Grey

Dr. Jacqui Grey
Managing Director Europe
Neuro Leadership Institute

Build a More Connected, Creative & Collaborative Workforce

Empower managers and employees to dramatically improve their interactions, foster stronger working relationships and find novel ways to tackle difficult challenges, in real time.



10:20 – 10:40Networking Break with tea & coffee

10:40 – 11:30
Stephane Reboud

Stephane Reboud
VP Service Sales EMEA

How to Engage Men into Gender Diversity

Stéphane is one of the founders of (Men Advocating Real Change) program within Dell across EMEA. After many years of initiatives within the female community about gender diversity, this initiative focuses on onboarding men into the diversity conversation & journey.

This program is now fully operating within EMEA across all geographies; Dell’s entire leadership plus 2/3rds of managers have taken part over the last 2 years. It has expanded well beyond gender discussion to include all aspects of diversity while helping to create a much more inclusive working environment. Stéphane will share practical experience on how it spread and why it succeeded.

11:30 – 12:10
Vinay Kapoor

Vinay Kapoor
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
BNP Paribas

Examining Male Privilege

This session will cover topics around Male Privilege. For example, what is it and how does it manifest itself both in the workplace and wider society? This thought-provoking session will provide you with an understanding on this often overlooked topic, and how it influences the wider Diversity & Inclusion dialogue.

12:10 – 12:20Stop & think (10 minute break)

12:20 – 13:00
Kate Bravery

Kate Bravery
Global Solutions Leader

Mandy Schreuder

Mandy Schreuder
Business Leader D&I Europe

Strategies For a Thriving Workforce

Most well intentioned organizations have embraced the business case for diversity and inclusion – but the strategies that have been adopted so far have led to increasing levels of ‘diversity fatigue’.

Mercer will share insights from its 2017 Talent trends report and a new research study into what it takes for diverse populations to thrive.

It will point to systemic choke points in organizations and suggest programs, practices and culture that can lead to the growth of a thriving workforce.



13:00 – 13:05Enei Partner Introduction by Dan RobertsonEnei Logo

13:05 – 14:10Networking Lunch

14:20 – 15:40

Track A

(Additional Seminar Feature)

Engaging Male Colleagues = Making Gender Balance Happen

PWN Global provide a platform for organisations to come together, to share insights and discuss key themes related to advancing gender balance. They have hosted several Diversity Labs in different countries across Europe, and are empowered by the rich content and solutions to continue engaging organisations globally.

A Diversity Lab is a hands-on workshop, giving the latest and greatest in thought leadership and best practices. The focus is on sharing with like-minded professionals from other companies and industries, to gain knowledge that can support your organisation advance gender balance.

You Will:

  1. Learn about the latest insights and thought leadership on engaging men
  2. Share your successes and challenges to engaging male colleagues with other organisations
  3. Leave with new knowledge, insight, connections and solutions to engaging your entire organization, males included, on advancing balanced leadership.
Sonya Richardson - Professional Women's Network

Sonya Richardson
PWN Gobal

Robert Baker - Mercer

Robert Baker
Global Client Director

** This Lab is an additional Add-on to the registration fee. Please select when registering if you wish to attend

14:20 – 14:55

Track B


Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson
Inclusion and Gender
Balance Consultant

The Alternative 30% Club

An Inclusive culture in Operations (manufacturing and supply chain) improves employee safety, machine performance, quality and working conditions (notably absenteeism) by up to 30% where Inclusive leadership practices exist on the shopfloor.

With 10% of the global workforce employed in Operations, these are compelling reasons to engage Operations leaders on why Inclusion and Diversity is good for their business.

Sue will share the practical steps on how to engage the Operations community to embrace Inclusion, and how to sustainably embed an Inclusive way of working in the Operations culture.

15:00 – 15:35

Track B


Sarah Bond

Sarah Bond
For Business Sake

The Business Benefits of Refugee Inclusion

There are over 21 million refugees worldwide. With this figure showing no sign of decreasing, and 6% of the world’s displaced people hosted in Europe, this panel asks how European businesses are responding to the refugee crisis.

You’ll have an opportunity to discuss what refugee inclusion mean in practice for employers, and to hear about the practical steps that employers are taking to contribute solutions inside and outside the workplace.

Kirsten Sanchez Marin / Henkel
Miguel Castro / SAP

Kirsten Sanchez Marin

Kirsten Sanchez Marin
Corporate Director
Global D&I

Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro
Senior Director
for Culture & Identity


15:35 – 16:00Networking Break with tea & coffee

16:00 – 16:40
Alexandra Kalev

Alexandra Kalev
Associate Prof. Sociology
& Anthropology
Tel Aviv University

Evidence Based Diversity Management:
Why Diversity Programs Fail & What Can We Do About It

Key events in 2016 have shown that advancing diversity and equality at work and society has become ever more urgent. Corporations seem well equipped for the task yet, equality isn’t improving. Glass ceilings haven’t been shattered and discrimination lawsuits continue to cost corporate leaders. The reason is simple: most diversity programs don’t increase diversity.

My talk will show which diversity programs work to increase workforce diversity in good jobs in over 800 U.S. corporations, and which fail to do so and even harm diversity. I will describe common features of diversity programs and use social science to explain why they don’t work. I will also describe the features of successful programs. At the end of the talk the audience will have a clear and concise list of principles for building an effective diversity program.

16:40 – 17:15

Best & “NEXT” Practice…!

In this final session our Monique Valcour, will highlight the biggest takeaways and compile a HOT POINT Report, from the event as a whole and a group table discussion around the coming 12 months and what topics we can expect to tackle.


17:20Seminar Close

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