• Weathering the storm: the role of diversity & inclusion

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    Join us for free for Google's #IamRemarkable workshop and for podcasts from all over Central and Eastern Europe! Register your membership here!

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  • Competition vs cooperation:

    brands acting together for social change

    In this together?

    How the pandemic impacts already existing inequalities

    Brands and racial justice

    - silence is not an option

    Hate is the virus:

    the case for improving open workplace culture

    Your Story Counts: how visibility and representation can make a difference

     

    The role of trust in the crisis:

    can companies live up to new expectations?

    Finding synergies together:

    diversity & inclusion in Central Eastern Europe

  • Meetup Days (ONLINE)

    Listen to OPEN Podcasts and be inspired by the shortlisted OPEN Spotlight Award Case Studies

    10 November

    9:00 OPEN Podcast - Finding Synergies Together: Diversity and Inclusion in Central Eastern Europe - FREE, registration is required

     

    OPEN MeetUp - Presenting Shortlisted OPEN Spotlight Award Case Studies

     

    16:00 - 17:00  Engine of Change - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    Stories of people who drove an organization toward greater openness.

     

    17:00 - 18:00 Excellence in Belonging - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    Stories of how creating an open corporate culture contributed to the sense of belonging.

    11 November

    9:00 OPEN Podcast - Finding Synergies Together: Diversity and Inclusion in Central Eastern Europe - FREE, registration is required

     

    OPEN MeetUp - Presenting Shortlisted OPEN Spotlight Award Case Studies

     

    16:00 - 17:00 Innovation through Diversity - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    Stories of how a diverse group leveraged their different background as part of innovating.

     

    17:00 - 18:00 We See You Here - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    Stories of the change that a more realistic representation of people, minorities brought to companies and communities.

  • Conference Day - 12 November (ONLINE)

    The language of the conference is English.
    The program may be subject to change.
    The program on 12 November is available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket only.

    9:30 - 9:40 - Welcome and opening

    Melinda Miklós| CEO | WeAreOpen

     

    9:40 - 10:00 Under pressure: can companies live up to new social expectations?

    coming soon

     

    10:00 - 10:20 How Nudges Can Boost Inclusion in the Workplace

    Helen-Alice Miranda, Director of Strategic Relationships | HUMU
    In this session Humu will share their inclusion model, the Humu Inclusion Blossom™, discuss why it’s so hard to achieve inclusion at scale and talk about how nudges can help to create a workplace where everyone feels heard and valued. When it comes to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, small ongoing efforts matter more than one-time trainings. Nudges can help to create inclusion at every level of the organisation by allowing space for tiny interventions that feel safe, break down barriers and create shared understanding across differences.
     

    10:20-10:25 Q&A

     

    10:25-11:15 The case for fostering diversity & inclusion during a global crisis

    Panel Discussion

    Dinah Spritzer, Journalist | The New York Times, CEO, Founder | Media Confident

    Olga Kozierowska, CEO | Success Written in Lipstick Foundation

    Elzbieta Budzynska | Managing Director | Unilever Food Solutions North Eastern Europe

     

    11:15 - 11:40 Break

     

    11:40 - 12:00 #IamRemarkable - Fostering Allyship through Self-Promotion

     

    Shirley Dloomy | #IamRemarkable Site Lead | Google Israel Ltd.​

    #IamRemarkable is a global Google initiative that strives to empower everyone, particularly women and underrepresented groups, to speak openly about their achievements in the workplace and beyond, and simultaneously foster a mindset of encouraging others to do so as well. The aim is to stimulate workplace diversity through self-promotion, and celebrate the positive impact allyship has on individuals and businesses as a whole.

     

    12:00 - 12:20 Making The Business and Economic Case for LGBT+ Inclusion
    George Perlov, Researcher | Open for business

    In this session George will share the overall research focus of Open For Business' new program in Central and Eastern Europe, which looks at issues of national reputation, innovation and entrepreneurism, as well as the cost of LGBT+ discrimination in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. He will preview some initial findings from the report Open For Business will publish next spring.

     

    12:20-12:30 Q&A

     

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break


     

    14:00-14:50 In this together? How the pandemic impacts already existing inequalities

    Panel Discussion

    Katalin Kappel |Salva Vita
    Bea Sándor | Háttér Society
    Zorigt Burtejin | Amnesty International

    Judit Radnai-Tóth | WeAreOpen

    14:50-15:10 The connection between racism and representation
    Maria Bogdan, Researcher, Heidelberg University
     

    15:10 - 15:30 American Style Diversity: The impossible dream or attainable goal?

    Dinah Spritzer | Journalist | The New York Times | CEO, Founder | Media Confident

    What does diversity mean in terms of population in the United States versus Central and Eastern Europe? Is it about gender, age, ethnicity, disability? How do the populations compare in their diversity? The U.S. business approach to diversity was initially driven by a fear of massive financial losses from class-action lawsuits by women and ethnic minorities Today, however, thanks to studies by renowned research firms like McKinsey, organizations are driven by evidence that a diverse and inclusive workforce is more productive and profitable. Some organizations launch diversity initiatives to improve their reputation, particularly among millennials. But what exactly are these initiatives, are they effective and would they find traction in Central and Eastern Europe? We look at differences in the legal milieu and cultural factors that would affect the implementation of practices such as diversity audits, diversity KPIs, recruitment quotas and 50.50 women in management goals. We will look look at the diversity gold standard set by a firm such as Coca Cola, and debate whether its rules and expectations have a future in our region.​


    15:30-15:40 Q&A

    15:40 - 16:00 Break
     

    16:00-16:20 A company with a cause: why brands can’t afford to ignore social issues

    Gabriel Makki, Central Europe Vice President, Sales | P&G

    We see a growing demand for companies and top brands to react to social issues, and not only have an authentic purpose but also act on that promise. Why should a brand get involved in social issues? What responsibility does a brand have? How can a brand shape the narrative around social issues?

     

    16:20 -16:40 The OPEN Campaign model: why companies should switch competition to cooperation for social change?

    Melinda Miklós | CEO | WeAreOpen

     

    16:40 - 17:00 The Future of Purpose and Brand Activism

    Therese Noorlander, Sustainability Director Europe | The Coca-Cola Company

    According to Edelman Trust Barometer consumers’ expectations of brands are evolving at a high speed, unlike anything we have ever seen before. Consumers today expect—or rather, they demand—that brands step up and address both personal and societal issues.

     

    17:00-17:10 Q&A

     

    17:10 - 18:30 Break

  • OPEN Spotlight Award - Award Giving Ceremony & Networking (ONLINE)

    Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    18:30 Welcome speech by WeAreOpen’s CEO Melinda Miklós

     

    18:45 OPEN Spotlight Award Ceremony

     

    19:30 Online Networking

  • Deep Dive Day - 13 November

    Online Workshops and Deep Dive Discussions

    Free and paid sessions, check below for details.

    ROOM 1

     

    9:00 - 10:30 Words Break Bones - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

     

    Dr. Anna Szilágyi, writer & educator

     

    Dr. Anna Szilágyi is a writer and educator. Her research explores the discourse of discrimination. Her writings have appeared in top international journals and academic books. She has taught at City University of Hong Kong, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Central European University. Her global educational program, “Words Break Bones” provides experts, journalists, professionals, and citizens with crucial linguistic skills to detect and avoid misleading and discriminatory communication practices.

     

    10:30 - 11:00 Break

     

    11:00 - 12:30 Words Break Bones - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

     

    Dr. Anna Szilágyi, writer & educator

     

    Dr. Anna Szilágyi is a writer and educator. Her research explores the discourse of discrimination. Her writings have appeared in top international journals and academic books. She has taught at City University of Hong Kong, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Central European University. Her global educational program, “Words Break Bones” provides experts, journalists, professionals, and citizens with crucial linguistic skills to detect and avoid misleading and discriminatory communication practices.

     

    12:30 - 13:30 Break

     

    13:30 - 15:00 Adapting to Change - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

     

    Andrew Hefler and Declan Hannigan | Grund

     

    2020 has seen us all adapt to changes we could not have imagined before! How did we do it? Can we keep this agile mindset? Can businesses leverage these abilities to expand the pie, be more inclusive and listen to more diverse voices? In this workshop we see how we can identify and develop these skills in a practical way.

     

    Using our method of Applied Improvisation we believe that people improve by doing. Participants come away with a practical toolset they can use in many different settings. We thrive on-stage by being flexible, adaptable, interested, open, communicative and willing to innovate. These are skills that we love to pass on to others.

     

    Andrew Hefler has been designing training based on improvisation techniques for 17 years. He is a director, trainer, working in theatre, music, film and television for nearly thirty years.

    Declan Hannigan has been training in applied improvisation for 12 years and has worked internationally with blue chip companies across the region and beyond. As an actor you can see him on all your streaming platforms with the likes of Charlize Theron and Jared Harris.

    ROOM 2

     

    9:00 - 10:00 Am I an online leader only? Zooming into how to be inclusive also online - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

     

    Jana Tikalová, Founder & CEO, Diversity, equality, inclusion trainer and consultant | OPIM

     

    Inclusive leadership is a key domain for a diversity driven company. In the workshop we will go through some fundamental principles and roles of an inclusive leader. We will focus on the current situation where the world is overwhelmed by online work and being. We will dig deep into how leaders can support their team members during these times and how equitable approach can help to be inclusive. Why is empathy and understanding of individual needs (circumstances) something we need to focus on especially when working remotely with diverse conditions and being socially 'separated'.

     

    10:00 - 11:00 Break

     

    11:00 - 12:30 Building a trans-inclusive workplace - Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

    coming soon

    Employee Resource Group ROOM

    Available with the FULL PROGRAM ticket

     

    9:00-14:00 Design Thinking workshop to support Employee Resource Groups' work in the remote work era

     

    Pavlína Louzenska is a Marketing, Product and Business Consultant with focus on tech and design companies. She is a Lead Mentor in Google for Startups for Europe and Africa, as well as in various other accelerators. She founded #HolkyzMarketingu, a female empowerment community which currently unites 24 000+ women. She is a Transparency International Board member and a Google Certified Trainer for Design Thinking.

     

    Máté Barna, Design Manager at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest and Designer and Trainer at Cellux Csoport. He graduated from the Department of Product Design at MOME. As a designer, he advocates for the power of design research, the approach of thinking in complex systems, a people-oriented attitude and teamwork. He is interested in several social issues and topics related to hard-to-reach stakeholders. Typically, he likes to get to know the people he's designing for, to think with their heads and imagine himself in their position at every stage of the creative process. Besides designing, he also works actively in the field of communication and as a design project manager. As a result, he is at home in the world of agencies, large corporations, various institutions and organizations. He often applies Service Design and Design Thinking methodologies and their various tools in these areas of work as well.

    #IamRemarkable ROOM

    FREE, registration is required

    #IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Learn more at g.co/IamRemarkable
    In this interactive session, you will participate in group discussions and exercises to develop the confidence and skills to promote yourself effectively.

    • During the 90 min #IamRemarkable workshop we will:
    • Share data and research regarding self promotion and unconscious bias
    • Go through the main exercise to help you articulate your achievements and practice self promotion
    • Have a discussion and share take home exercises

    9:00 - 10:30 #IamRemarkable

     

    Judit Radnai-Tóth & Melinda Miklós | WeAreOpen

     

     

    10:30 - 11:00 Break

     

    11:00 - 12:30 #IamRemarkable

     

    Judit Radnai-Tóth & Melinda Miklós | WeAreOpen

     

    12:30 - 13:30 Break

     

    13:30 - 15:00 #IamRemarkable

     

    Judit Radnai-Tóth & Melinda Miklós | WeAreOpen

  • Weathering the storm: the role of diversity & inclusion

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought plenty of new challenges for all of us. Things that seemed so dystopian and distant just a few months ago, now are part of our everyday reality. How can we imagine a post-COVID world and how should we adapt to a whole new realm of work and life?

     

    In these challenging times fostering inclusion and diversity at the workplace can easily be deprioritized, but inclusion and allyship has never been more in the focus of attention.

     

    This pandemic not only introduced a new dynamic into the workplace but it also highlighted already existing inequalities among women, racial and sexual minorities etc. issues that we tend not to talk about that much.

     

    It is time to reflect on where we want to be once this is all behind us. Are we rebuilding the old world, or are we using this critical experience as a chance for transformation?

    This crisis can be a moment to increase our awareness about diversity and inclusion, and companies have an important role in this. Some people expect organizations to step up, raise their voice, use their influence, and take their part in the struggle for positive change.

     

    This year at OPEN Conference our goal is to reflect on what has happened, what effect this pandemic has on disadvantaged groups and our general way of work and life. Furthermore, we would like to show why companies should keep D&I on their agenda, what they can do to foster inclusion and diversity in a crisis and how diverse teams with multiple perspectives can strengthen businesses in these hard times.

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