• Build Competitiveness Through Openness

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

     

    The two-day program brings to you the latest trends, inspires positive changes, and equips you with best practices.

     

    The program may be subject to change.

  • Plenary sessions

    Global perspective, role models, and data you can rely on.

    Breakouts

    WAR FOR TALENTS

    or

    WAR FOR CUSTOMERS

     

    and

     

    BUILD FROM SCRATCH

    or

    LEAD BY EXAMPLE

    Deep Dive Day

    Focus on gender equality, LGBTQ inclusion, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities in the workplaces.

    Networking

    Meet, talk and laugh with over 200 business leaders from Europe and beyond.

    Special CEO session

    with global impact

    The learnings of the session will be presented together with the UN at a prominent global event in 2019.

    WeAreOpen's

    5th Birthday!

    WeAreOpen is the organization behind OPEN Conference. It was founded by Prezi, espell, and Google, and currently it is a community of over 1,000 companies and organizations.

  • 14 November 2018 - Conference Day

    Venue: Budapest Music Center

    Main Stage: Global perspective

    9:00-9:30 Registration & warming up: coffee and tea to start the day

     

    9:30-9:40 Opening remarks by the organizers: Melinda Miklos, WeAreOpen, CEO

     
    9:40-10:10 Keynote: Data-driven Diversity
    • David Pearson, Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG
     
    10:10-10:30 Global human capital trends in 2018
    • Martin Csepai, HR Director & HR Consulting Leader, Deloitte Hungary
     
    10:30-10:50 A glimpse into the future: Visual messages that stick
    • Helga Sasdi, Managing Director, Saatchi & Saatchi and 
    • Vilmos Farkas, Creative Director, Publicis One Group

     

    10:50-11:10 Break (coffee, tea, snacks)

    Breakout: War for talents

    Join us in the Library

    11:10-11:50 DISCUSS: Employer branding beyond words: Creativity- and credibility-fueled employer branding campaigns focusing on open corporate culture.

    • Bea Dorogi, HR Manager for Hungary, Microsoft
    • Krisztina Horvath, HR Manager, SAP Hungary

    Facilitator: Zita Kulcsar Co-Founder, Employer Branding and Talent Strategist, Worki

     

    11:50-12:30 DISCUSS: Building belonging: One step forward - what comes after having a diverse workforce?

    • Melanie Seymour, Head of BlackRock Budapest
    • Eva Virag Uzsak, Market Lead, Aon Hungary
    • Julian Scott, Co-CEO, Shaw + Scott

    Facilitator: Miklos Ban, CEO, espell; co-founder and Board Member of WeAreOpen

     

    12:30-13:30 Lunch

    Breakout

    Join us in the Loft

    11:10-11:50 GET INSPIRED: Changing customer expectations? A trend on the rise: unbiasing ads

    • Helga Sasdi, Managing Director, Saatchi & Saatchi
    • Edina Heal, Founder of Egyenlito, COO of Republic Group
    • Melinda Miklos, WeAreOpen, CEO
    • Andrea Kincses, Marketing Executive, Magnet Bank

     

    11:50-12:30 GET INSPIRED - Think Global, Act Local: Creating a Diversity Assessment Framework across Countries and Cultures

    • Jennie King, Director Culture and Education, British Council

    15:00-17:00 CEO session: Contributing to a research to be presented in front of a global audience in 2019

    - Separate registration required; limited availability for the 2 hours long discussion: info@weareopen.hu -

    In partnership with Open for Business, a global organization promoting inclusion at the workplaces.

     

    How can the private sector advance diversity and LGBT+ inclusion in societies across Central and Eastern Europe? The UN Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle LGBT+ discrimination says that companies have a responsibility to act in the public sphere – but what does that mean? And what has been done in Central and Eastern Europe so far that can inspire corporations in other regions? This session for C-suite representatives will examine ways in which companies can work together to create more diverse and inclusive environment. It will also discuss the economic and business case for doing so.

     

    The outcome of this session will go to a global audience and inform 100+ global companies’ decisions when they work on how they can act in the public sphere to promote diversity and inclusion.
    The learnings of the session will be presented as a WeAreOpen - Open for Business co-authored segment of Open for Business’ global research that is to be published together with the UN at a prominent global event in 2019.

    Main stage: Get inspired

    13:30-14:00 Dare to be you

    • Claire Harvey, Paralympian; CEO of Diversity Role Models


    14:00-14:45 What to get prepared for? - A panel discussion with the Advisory Committee Members of WeAreOpen, the organization behind OPEN Conference

    • Zdravka Demeter Bubalo, HR Vice President, MOL Group
    • Dr. Jane Ellis, Regional Head (EMEA) of Citi Shared Services (CSS), Enterprise Supply Chain (ESC) and Head of Budapest Service Centre, Citi
    • Laszlo Hajdu-Nemeth, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
    • Melanie Seymour, Head of BlackRock Budapest
    • Csaba Szende, EMEA BSC Site Leader / Managing Director, Eaton

    Moderator: Miklos Ban, CEO, espell; co-founder and Board Member of WeAreOpen

     

    14:45-15:05 Trans@Google: Supporting Transgender Employees in the Workplace

    • Eli Stevens, Senior Site Reliability Engineer, Google

     

    15:05-15:25 Challenging the buzzwords

    • Vladimira Mesko Briestenska, Inclusion Advisor at Anthemis; Founder at Timber Foundation

     

    15:25-15:40 Break (coffee, tea, snacks)

    Breakout: Build from scratch

    Join us in the Library

    15:40-16:20 GET INSPIRED: Developing the business case for your company: How to find the number and build the argument that can drive positive change.

    • Zdravka Demeter Bubalo, HR Vice President, MOL Group

     

    16:20-16:50 ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing the Gemius x WeAreOpen national research about gender equality at the workplaces

    • Borbala Baittrok, Head of Research Department, Gemius Hungary
    • Csaba Faix, WeAreOpen, Partnership Lead

     

    16:50-17:30 DISCUSS: The first steps: Introducing frameworks to build on. Cross-industry panel discussion and debate about the top 10 things on your todo list when you organization's start working for diversity and inclusion.

    • Ivan Vondra, Erste Bank, CFO
    • Vladimira Mesko Briestenska, Inclusion Advisor at Anthemis; Founder at Timber Foundation
    • Rita Bocsi, HR Manager, Auchan
    • Jennie King, Director Culture and Education, British Council

    Facilitator: Csaba Faix, Partnership Lead, WeAreOpen

    Lead by example

    Join us in the Loft

    15:40-16:10 DISCUSS: Driving positive changes

    • Camelia Ene, Country Chairman & CEO, MOL Romania
    • Edina Heal, Founder of Egyenlito, COO of Republic Group

     

    16:10-16:25 GET INSPIRED: The Future? - With AI for a diverse workforce

    • Krisztina Horvath, HR Manager, SAP Hungary

     

    17:30-21:00

    Celebrate WeAreOpen's 5th birthday with us!

    17:30-19:00

    Reception

     

    19:00-20:00

    Surprise

    Talk show

    WeAreOpen 2019

     

    20:00-

    Meet the openness-championing business community, influencers, representatives of organizations and nonprofits.

     

    Five years went by quickly; we have worked together with over 1,000 organizations, hundreds of individuals, to show millions: it is worth being open.

    This evening we will remember what we achieved together and more importantly, look into what comes next and how far we can come with the openness-championing business community.

  • 15 November 2018 - Deep Dive Day

    Venue: WeAreOpen Partner Companies

    In a set of workshops and deep dive discussions, OPEN Conference will give you the opportunity to learn from best practices and share yours.

    Meet at Citi's HQ

    9:30-10:00 Arrival, registration Please do not forget to bring your ID card with you.

     

    10:00-10:45 Best practice sharing by Klara Tatar-Kis CE5 Cluster HR Head (CHRO, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria) at Citi

     

    10:45-11:45 Building inclusion - A business imperative. A panel discussion about diversity, LGBTQ inclusion in companies and LGBTQ businesses.

    • by Vera Budway, Group Diversity Manager, Erste Group Bank AG
    • and Pavel Šubrt, Co-founder, East meets West

     

    11:45-12:30 Break, snacks

     

    12:30-14:30 Integrate diversity into your organization's employer brand communication

    • by Judit Radnai-Toth, Co-Founder at Worki, Employer Branding and Employee Experience Strategist
    • and Zita Kulcsar, Co-Founder at Worki, Employer Branding and Talent Strategist

    14:30-16:00 Workshop on Roma inclusion with Integrom

    by Kornelia Magyar, Program Manager, Integrom

    Meet at Eaton's HQ

    CHANGE in the schedule **Sorry for the inconvenience it may cause, the reason for the change is an unexpected fire alarm test in the building where Eaton operates. You see below the updated schedule. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.**

     

    Instead of 9:30-10:00 the arrival and registration are between 10:15-10:30. Please do not forget to bring your ID card with you.

     

    10:45-12:45 Workshop with Claire Harvey, Paralympian, CEO of Diversity Role Models

     

    12:45-13:15 Lunch and Learn: Best practice sharing by Eaton

    • Eaton and SSC Introduction by Csaba Szende, EMEA BSC Site Leader / Managing Director, Eaton
    • Best Practice, I&D at Eaton and Disable Program by Krisztina Pusztai, HR Manager BSC EMEA, and Anita Szabó, Transition Project Manager

    13:15-15:15 Learn to handle difficult discussion by Andrew Hefler, Chief Trainer, Dramatrix