GIOF Annual Meeting • May 19–26, 2022
Best global DEI case studies
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Keynotes

May, 19 10:30 AM CET
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Overcoming Cultural Stigmas in Disability Inclusion: An Asian Perspective

Since inclusivity is about working with other humans, there are countless attitudes, perceptions and behaviours that combine to make each interaction a new chance: every moment is a chance to change your reaction, change your perception, treat someone differently. This keynote will focus on how to use this attitude to address cultural and psychological stigmas against those with disabilities. I will draw on my experiences facilitating such mindset change (into a "human-first" mindset) in an Asian context (in particular, in Hong Kong and India).
Speakers
Faridé Shroff Founder and Director at SENsational Foundation Ltd
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May, 19 10:30 AM CET
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Polarity management of being helpful

When Russia invaded Ukraine this was the time to become helpful. To help refugees at the border, to support Ukraininans who decided or were forced to stay in their country or to build sustainable processes which will be helpful in the long term perspective.
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Michalina Konkel Director, DEI Organisational Development at Diversity Hub
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May, 19 11:00 AM CET
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Fostering inclusive design in employee’s mindset: a universal challenge

Research reported that the scarcity of awareness of inclusive design is correlated with a systemic lack of perceived value of the benefits of designing inclusively. Matteo will highlight how companies can foster inclusive design in employee’s mindsets with the Inclusive Design Canvas and will share some tips on how inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility can become part of the daily routine.
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Matteo Zallio Senior research associate at University of Cambridge
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May, 19 11:00 AM CET
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Employability as a key to refugee inclusion. How to design and implement a long-lasting and impactful program.

Refugees face many barriers when they arrive in a new host country, including not knowing the local language, unfamiliarity with the culture, and limited opportunities to connect with the local neighborhood. This makes it even harder to integrate — which reinforces any negative misconceptions about them and makes businesses reluctant to give them employment opportunities. This needs to change. We know that refugees bring skills, diversity, and a different perspective to our business.

Refugee employability means refugee inclusion. Refugee inclusion means the long-lasting prosperity of our societies.

Speakers
Susanna Romantsova Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IKEA Retail Poland
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May, 19 11:30 AM CET
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Corporate programs of inclusion for youth with disabilities

Young people with disabilities are often forgotten when it comes to transitioning to the workforce. It is important that they receive meaningful opportunities and education to prepare themselves for a career. Starting a paid internship at age 14 ½ is key.
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Cindy Montgomery Co-Founder at TeachAbility
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May, 19 11:30 AM CET
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How organizations can integrate refugees into the workforce

As the shocking war in Ukraine continues to escalate, EY’s priority continues to be the safety of our people in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and across the region, and actively supporting those impacted. In this session, we offer a behind-the-scenes look at the EY initiatives at EY Germany focused on supporting our colleagues from Ukraine with financial support, relocation, integration in the workplace, and providing psychological safety.

Speakers
Snjezana Ana Billian Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Lead at EY Germany
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May, 19 12:00 PM CET
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How to organise recruitment and empowerment for neurodivergent people in a big corporate workplace

Companies do not understand the importance of recruitment and empowerment of Neurodivergent and Disabled Talent.  As a Consultant, Sydney helps companies understand the importance of creating more inclusive and accessible hiring practices, and policies and procedures. Attendees will learn how in the Corporate world these companies have started implementing more inclusive hiring practices and policies and procedures.
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Sydney Elaine Butler Founder at Accessible Creates
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May, 19 12:30 PM CET
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. What's wrong with percentages?

The percentage of women, black people and other discriminated minorities has been widely used by global corporations as their key indicator of diversity, equity and inclusion. In his keynote speech Kostiantyn Gridin, founder of the Global Inclusion Online Forum, will discuss ways of assessing progress and improving implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Speakers
Kostiantyn Gridin Big Idea Officer at GIOF
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May, 19 1:30 PM CET
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Driving global inclusion with local cultural insights (L’Occitane global case study)

L’Occitane is a leading global manufacturer and retailer of natural cosmetics and well-being products. In 2021, they developed an internal HR strategy aimed to raise awareness and promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at all layers of the organisation worldwide, which involved launching an employee-wide survey to gauge the current sentiments towards DEI within the organisation.
Speakers
Mélanie Chevalier CEO and Founder at Creative Culture
Aurélie Uricher Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager at L’OCCITANE Group
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May, 19 3:30 PM CET
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Employee Benefits Equity as retention factor

Employee Benefits can be a key deciding factor for potential employees who are choosing their next workplace and a morale booster for existing employees, especially those who identify as Black, Indigeious and People of Color (BIPOC) and within other underrepresented communities. However, organizations that do not provide equity and education through benefits offerings, will fall short of decreasing the disparity of health outcomes for marginalized employees and their families.
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Cassandra Rose Partner at Meritarc
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May, 19 4:00 PM CET
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Building and Developing Inclusive Ecosystems

Many people with disabilities are never enrolled into the school, there are many different factors for having their families making this decision. For this reason, it is hard for them to find a formal job where they can boost their potential and build an independent life. Walmart México and Central America is leading the inclusion of People with Disabilities creating inclusive ecosystems across region. By the end of 2021, more than 6,000 people with disabilities were included on the workforce of the company.
Speakers
Roberto Lopez Head of Culture and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Mexico and Central America) at Walmart
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May, 19 4:00 PM CET
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Changing policies and culture for all white leadership organizations

After the atrocity of the murder of George Floyd, many organizations struggled to find ways to respond and take action to become an anti-racist organization. See how an organization diversified their all-white leadership team by 20% and took action towards systems changes through culture and policy to combat systemic barriers.

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Kim "Kimfer" Flanery-Rye Founder at MyKimisms, LLC
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May, 19 4:30 PM CET
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AI assistant for inclusive communications with candidates and employees

AI is being applied to various DEI use-cases that help companies move their degree of inclusion. We are witnessing an influx of AI assistants that help you auto-generate copy, fix your grammar and tone of voice, and assist you in creating inclusive communications with feedback and recommendations.


Speakers
Kesavan Kanchi Kandadai Co-Founder & CEO at ishield.ai.
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May, 19 4:30 PM CET
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Setting a context for change - how to work with leaders who do not buy into the diversity equity and inclusion agenda

In this session the speaker will talk about:
  • The barriers to the DE&I agenda.
  • Why leadership matters to DE&I thriving.
  • Strategies when working with leaders who do not buy into the DE&I agenda.
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Quinton Pretorius Director and founder of Cultural Intelligence Africa
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May, 19 5:00 PM CET
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The missing link of creating a really inclusive workplace for employee’s retention.

In this keynote Valentina Kordi will address why, although so many organizations are nowadays willing to embrace inclusivity as part of their culture that will increase employee retention and engagement, it still hasn’t been effectively integrated and successfully achieved and how it can turn into an ordinary behavior in the workplace, in practice.
Speakers
Valentina Kordi Founder of Valentina Kordi Mindset & High-Performance Executive and Business Coach
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May, 19 5:00 PM CET
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Analysis of Cultural Diversity in Different Countries Using Data Driven Methodologies

The concepts of diversity and mutuality remain difficult to define and are thus difficult to manage, improve or measure. As a result, the effects of a diverse workforce on improving business performance have been understudied and are not well understood outside of professional business contexts. This keynote aims to bring to light data driven solutions to this problem.
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Rezza Moieni Chief Technology Officer Cultural Infusion
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May, 20 3:30 PM CET
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Improving racial and ethnic inclusion in a large health care organization

Inclusion when channelled and appreciated can bring new ideas and approaches. This is not about losing power. It's about making powerful changes. We can't avoid the debate, we still see glass ceilings for women, lack of access to service for people with disabilities, ongoing discrimination of people in the LBGTQ+ community and under representation of people of colour in senor positions.
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Dudley Sawyerr HealthCare Consultant and Business Strategist at People Care Services
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May, 20 4:00 PM CET
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Queer today, gone tomorrow: How can ED&I professionals stay attuned to the lives, lived experiences and language of all LGBTQ+ communities?

This keynote explores both the nuances and the outright disagreements about the language of the LGBTQ+ crowds. From a younger generation who have embraced the word 'queer', to older who find it abhorrent. From an older White generation who might find the term 'elders' irksome, to those from Asian and Black families and groups who might find it a term of endearing respect.

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Asad Dhunna Founder and CEO at The Unmistakables
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May, 20 4:30 PM CET
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The potential and power of inclusive and gender-neutral communication

Our computers have faster and more reliable connections than ever before. But how are the connections between us, human beings? Unfortunately, when we go digital, we lose quite a slice of non-verbal communication that helps us empathize and understand each other.
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Akira Ahola Head of Marketing & Communications at Wunder
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May, 20 5:00 PM CET
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Achieving parity in traditionally male-dominated areas in the international NGO sector

From Afghanistan to Somalia and Yemen, UNOPS works on the frontlines in some of the world's most challenging and traditionally male-dominated contexts, in fields such as engineering, infrastructure, and peacekeeping. Elyse will present how, despite these challenges, and amid a global pandemic, UNOPS achieved gender parity in its 5000 workforce.
Speakers
Elyse Ruest-Archambault Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at UNOPS
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May, 20 5:30 PM CET
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How to ensure leadership programmes deliver on expectations

In this case study, the speaker will share:

  • The ingredients required to develop the 3 Cs
  • The measurable impact of implementing the 4 building blocks: redefining success, engaging participants' managers, individual coaching and facilitating 3-way meetings
  • The contrasting outcomes between leadership programmes with and without the building blocks


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Natalie Wilkins co-CEO of Thriving Talent
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May, 20 7:30 PM CET
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Implementing DEI principles in an agile organization

Are agile organisations really inclusive? Surely, given the fundamental principle of “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” and the fact that almost every agile approach embeds collaborative practices, the answer should be yes. And yet, the lived experience of many people contradicts this. Putting these assumptions and hypotheses to the test, the Business Agility Institute undertook an ambitious, year-long, research project and heard from 500 people globally.

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Ashay Saxena Product Owner at IBM
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May, 20 8:30 PM CET
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Why saying "No" is empowering to thrive in hybrid-working environment

The presentation will be on workplace boundaries and the blur that has been caused by working from home and hybrid-working.
Speakers
Ekua Cant Career Coach & Wellbeing Specialist
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May, 20 9:00 PM CET
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Workplace -Induced Trauma - Building a trauma-informed organization

The main 3 Things Attendees Will Learn in This Session.
  • Discover what it means to be a Trauma-informed Organization
  • Learn about the SAMHSA four R's rubric to describe a “trauma-informed” organization, program, or system.
  • Adopt the four-phase model for trauma-informed care.
Speakers
Hakemia Jackson Founder at Divinely Powered, Global Executive Coach, & Mental Health Advocate
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May, 20 9:30 PM CET
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Feelings Are Not a Liability i: Emotional Safety in theWorkplace

The shift to a hybrid workplace has upended our understanding of how employees should share emotions at work. In this environment, feelings can no longer be filed away under “personal life” or “work-life” — they have become one life. Emotional safety is key to building a hybrid workplace where connection thrives.
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Marie Roker-Jones co-founder at Essteem
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May, 20 10:00 PM CET
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Managing Mental Health at Work Long-Term: Navigating Uncertainty, Ambiguity, & Learned Helplessness

In this interactive digital fireside interview, CFC Big Ideas will interview Melissa Doman about the latest trends in the World of Work and how the mental health at work conversation has grown & shifted since the pandemic began.
Speakers
Melissa Doman Organizational Psychologist, Former Clinical Mental Health Therapist, & Author
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May, 20 10:30 PM CET
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Mental Health as a DEI Priority: Stories & Strategies from the Field

The mental health crisis we’re facing is affecting individuals and organizations in detrimental ways. Uncertainty and frequent changes have increased fear, stress, and anxiety. Supporting employees’ well-being during a racialized pandemic then requires a bit more creativity. Come learn practical and effective strategies to address mental health challenges in the workplace!
Speakers
Chou Hallegra Founder & CEO at Grace & Hope Consulting, LLC
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