• Program of OPEN Conference 2017

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


    10 November, 2017: Conference Day @ Budapest Music Center

    9 November, 2017: 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, 2017 - Conference Day

    Venue: Budapest Music Center

    Main Stage: GET INSPIRED by Role Models

    8:30-9:15 Registration & 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
    • Richard Jacobs, EMEA President, Eaton
    Moderator: Csaba Faix, co-founder of Prompt Media communications agency, former PR manager for Prezi
     
    11:20-11:35 Break (coffee, tea, snacks) - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!
     
    11:35-12:35 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
     
    12:35-13:00 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
     
    13:00-14:00 Lunch
     
    14:00-14:30 Marketing Keynote: Creating ads that support diversity is both a market decision and a moral urge. 
    by Malgorzata Rokita, Marketing Director, Brands Operations Central Europe, P&G; P&G Polska Board Member
     
    14:30-15:00 The visible Stranger - Roma inclusion and modern racism
    by Maria Bogdan, Media Theorist

    15:00-15:25 "Why out? Why now?"
    by Reinhard Nissl, Director of HR Management, Central and Eastern Europe, Microsoft
     
    15:25-15:45 Break (coffee, tea, snacks) - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!
     
    15:45-16:10 A woman leader's route: Crossing the borders between Western and Central Europe
    by Melanie Seier Larsen, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group
     
    16:10-16:40 'Engineering' diversity: what a diversity leader learned from trying measure the unmeasurable
    by Chuck Stephens, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA, Google
     
    16:40-17:05 Diversity Matters II - The introduction of McKinsey & Company's latest report
    by Eleonora Bacso, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
     
    17:05-17:40 Improvisational actors on stage - Forum theatre
    by Grund Theatre
     
    17:40-19:00 Networking

    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.

     

     

    9:40-10:30 DISCUSS: How are you? A learning by sharing session for Employee Resource Groups and their supporters.

    • Agnes Kerek, Women's Network Leader, GE
    • Peter Sarkozi, Co-Chair BP Pride Hungary
    • You, as the audience, will have two seats on the stage to take whenever you want to join the conversation with our panelists. Come prepared with your own insights or questions!

    Facilitator: Andras Szabadi, Marketing Coordinator, The Boston Consulting Group

     

     

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

    • Klara Tatar-Kiss, CE5 Cluster HR Head (CHRO, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria), Citi
    • Judit Hannak, HR Project Manager, Leader of the Accessibility Group, BP
    • You, as the audience, will have two seats on the stage to take whenever you want to join the conversation with our panelists. Come prepared with your own insights or questions!

    Facilitator: Liz Grant, Diversity expert

     

     

    11:15-11:30 Break (coffee, tea, snacks) - Immerse yourself in the work of contemporary artists with OPEN pop-up exhibition!


     

    11:30-11:55 LEARN: Challenging the best practices

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

     

     

    11:55-12:20 LEARN: The Inclusion Imperative: building diversity through role models, by global initiative, OUTStanding

    by Ori Chandler, Managing Director, OUTStanding -- learn more about OUTStanding

     

     

    12:20-12:45 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 and Minahil Qasim, Corporate Affairs at Mol Pakistan

     

     

    12:45-13:10 LEARN: Best practices on how to build leadership accountability on Diversity and Inclusion

    by Gabriella Babel, Enterprise Lead, Microsoft

     

     

    13:10-14:00 Lunch

     

     

    14:00-15:00 DISCUSS: Good mother, good father, good employee?

    • Eva Marton, Europe Travel Operations Manager, GE, Leader of GE Working Parents Program
    • Katalin Miskolci, Senior Implementation Leader, McKinsey & Company
    • You, as the audience, will have two seats on the stage to take whenever you want to join the conversation with our panelists. Come prepared with your own insights or questions!

    Facilitator: Anna Rez, Üvegplafon (Glass Ceiling) Founder, Researcher

     

     

    15:10-16:00 DISCUSS: How to hire and retain more Roma people?​

    • Maria Bogdan, Media Theorist
    • Bela Varadi, Budapest Bank, HR Manager
    • You, as the audience, will have two seats on the stage to take whenever you want to join the conversation with our panelists. Come prepared with your own insights or questions!

    Facilitator: Csaba Faix, co-founder of Prompt Media communications agency, former PR manager for Prezi

     

    Networking

    Meet, learn and laugh.

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

     

  • November 9, 2017 - Workshop Day

    Venue: Google Ground

    11:30-12:00 Arrival, registration

     

    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 Andrew Hefler, Chief Trainer, Dramatrix