• Program of OPEN Conference

    Delivered by role models and international diversity experts from Fortune 500 companies, startups, and global initiatives.


    10 November: Conference Day @ Budapest Music Center

    9 November: Workshop Day @ Google Ground

     

    The program may be subject to change.

  • Main Stage: GET INSPIRED

    Role models from around the globe.

    Networking

    Meet, talk and laugh.

    Breakout: LEARN

    Best practice sharing.

    Breakout: DISCUSS

    Unconference-style discussions.

    Workshop: EXPERIENCE

  • 10 November - Conference Day

    Venue: Budapest Music Center

    Main Stage: GET INSPIRED by Role Models

    8:45-9:15 Warming up: coffee and tea to start the day

     

    9:25-9:30 Opening remarks by the organizers: Melinda Miklos, WeAreOpen, CEO

     
    9:30-10:10 Diversity Keynote: Confessions of a Diversity Leader
    by Jonathan McBride, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, BlackRock
     
    10:10-10:40 Leadership Keynote: Corporate leadership beyond classic corporate roles: How an executive's engagement changed the climate of a corporate culture and could set an example for others.
    by Benny Higgins, Chief Executive of Tesco Bank, Group Strategy Director for Tesco PLC, Member of the Tesco Executive Committee
     
    10:40-11:20 Panel: Why did CEOs go to Pride?
    • Alexandre Froment-Curtil CEO of Vodafone Hungary;
    • Edina Heal Google Country Director;
    • Kevin A. Murray CEO for Central-Europe and Country Head for Hungary; Member of the Board of Directors, WeAreOpen
    • Melanie Seymour, Head of BlackRock Budapest
     
    11:20-11:35 Break - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!
     
    11:35-12:30 Debate: What do companies have to work for, freedom of speech or safe spaces?​
    • Jonathan McBride, Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, BlackRock;
    • Chuck Stephens, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA, Google;
    • Maria Bogdan, Media Theorist
    • Csaba Pleh, Cognitive Psychologist, Linguist; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Central European University, fellow to Stanford, and Collegium de Lyon
    Questions from Miklos Ban, WeAreOpen co-founder and Board Member, espell CEO
     
    12:30-13:30 Lunch
     
    13:30-14:00 Marketing trend analysis - details to be announced
     
    14:00-14:30 Marketing Keynote: Creating ads that support diversity is both a market decision and a moral urge.​
    by Malgosia Rokita, Marketing Director, Brands Operations Central Europe, P&G; P&G DS Polska Board Member
     
    14:30-15:00 A woman leader's route: Crossing the borders between Western and Central Europe.
    by Melanie Seier Larsen, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group
     
    15:00-15:20 Break - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!
     
    15:20-15:50 The visible Stranger - Roma inclusion and modern racism
    by Maria Bogdan, Media Theorist
     
    15:50-16:20 What a Paralympian and top business consultant learned about disability inclusion.
    by Claire Harvey, Paralympian, CEO of Diversity Role Models; former Senior Consultant on Inclusive Leadership at KPMG
     
    16:20-16:50 'Engineering' diversity: what a diversity leader learned from trying measure the unmeasurable
    by Chuck Stephens, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA, Google
     
    16:50-17:10 to be announced
     
    17:10-17:50 Improvisational actors on stage - Forum theatre
     
    17:50-19:00 Networking & Surprise

    Breakout: DISCUSS & LEARN Stage

    LEARN from best practices and DISCUSS in unconference style

    At DISCUSS sessions we invite the members of the audience too to take a seat onstage and actively participate.

     

    9:30-10:30 DISCUSS: How are you? A learning by sharing session for Employee Resource Groups.

    by to be announced

     

    10:30-11:15 DISCUSS: Are the current HR processes truly inclusive?

    by Klara Tatar-Kiss, CE5 Cluster HR Head (CHRO, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria), Citi

    and to be announced

     

    11:15-11:30 Break - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!


    11:30-11:50 LEARN: Challenging best practices

    by to be announced

     

    11:50-12:10 LEARN: The OUTStanding model of working for diversity, by global initiative, OUTStanding

    by Ori Chandler, Managing Director, OUTStanding

     

    12:10-12:30 LEARN: Hiring women in Pakistan - and how it can be relevant in Central Eastern Europe too.

    by Zdravka Demeter Bubalo, Human Resources Vice President, MOL Group

     

    12:30-13:30 Lunch

     

    13:30-14:15 DISCUSS: Good mother, good father, good employee?

    by Eva Marton, Europe Travel Operations Manager, GE, Leader of GE Working Parents Program

    Kata Klementz, CEO and co-founder, Loffice

    and to be announced

     

    14:15-15:00 DISCUSS: How to hire and retain more Roma people?​

    by to be announced

     

    15:00-15:20 Break - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!

     

    15:20-16:15 DISCUSS: Do people care about diversity in ads in Central Eastern Europe? 

    Are companies louder than traditional influencers?

    by to be announced

     

    16:15-17:10 to be announced

    Networking

    Meet, learn and laugh.

    A few surprises await you, so stay tuned for more information!

     

  • November 9 - Workshop Day

    Venue: Google Ground

    9:30-11:30 Recognizing multiple identities at the same time: Thinking about eg. Roma women, LGBTQ people with disabilities. Intersectionality in practice.

    by Roianne Nedd, Head of Programmes and Research, OUTStanding, global initiative

     

    11:30-12:00 Break: refreshment, sandwich

     

    12:00-14:00 What comes after physical accessibility? Real inclusion for people with disabilities.

    by Claire Harvey, Paralympian, CEO of Diversity Role Models; former Senior Consultant on Inclusive Leadership at KPMG

     

    14:00-14:15 Break

     

    14:15-17:15 Learn to handle difficult discussion: Improvisational actors will be there to help you try and understand.

    by to be announced