The Rise of Diversity
Redesigning the workplace culture
The Professional Women’s Group of Zürich is organizing a FULL DAY CONFERENCE in partnership with Tamedia. JOIN US!
Diversity is a proven investment in a company’s success. International research concludes that diversity is not simply an issue of fairness, but rather a real driver of business performance.
But how can organizations craft better inclusion & diversity strategies for a competitive edge?
Join over 200 participants at this full day conference to explore ways to rethink and reshape the corporate culture.
Discover how leading companies have successfully leveraged the potential of diversity to help accomplishing their growth objectives and learn how YOU can implement hands-on solutions in the workplace.
The conference will include Keynote Speakers, Panel discussions, Interactive workshops and Facilitated networking.
Saturday, 30th March 2019
Unconscious bias: the hidden hurdle
Unconscious bias is an inescapable part of working culture. It helps us make quick decisions and creates strong team bonds. But it also limits the way we think about recruitment and blinds us to exciting talents and new ideas. Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander talks about how you can recognise your own biases and those of your organisation, how small changes in the way you think can lead to big improvements in the way your company operates, and how you can overcome your biases to become a better team member – and a better leader.
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander, Director for ” Diversity and Management Programmes”, University of St. Gallen
Wearing Different Hats? Finding Compatibility between various Life Roles
We all have multiple roles, or wear different hats, in our lives. We are career professionals, parents, spouses, volunteers, daughters/sons, part of a community or association/club… It is not always easy to juggle the multiple roles and expectations in one day, one week, one year or even one life. In this panel discussion we will hear first-hand from our panelist about finding compatibility between the different roles at a personal and organizational level. We will learn about the tactics and strategies that our panelists use in their personal life to balance their various roles. We will also explore examples from their organizations of how they support their people to manage the demands and challenges of managing multiple roles.
- – Patricia Widmer, Programme Head “Women Back to Business”, University of St Gallen
- – Barbara Rijntjes-Besancon – Leadership and Culture Leader, Deloitte
- – Helene Westerlind , Global Head of International Programs , Zurich Insurance GrouP
- – Panel Moderator: Jane Piper, Pipsy GmbH
Develop new skills and build the career you want. Choose one of the following workshops:
1. The only way is up… isn’t it? Career paths in 21 century
Workshop with Jane Piper
The traditional career path was seen as a climbing your way steadily up the corporate ladder. The world of work is changing fast and our view of careers also needs to change too. Predictions now say that 50% of jobs will be automated in 20 years, and the skills you are using now are likely to be obsolete in 10 years’ time. Freelancing, virtual working, entrepreneurship, contracting and a side hustle are all options available today that were seldom heard of 10 years ago. In this workshop we look at how to develop a career in the 21st century to maximize your opportunities to achieve your professional goals.
2. Performance or Happiness? Success requires both
Workshop with Aurelie Litynski
Who does not want to be happier at work? What company does not seek to improve performance? Well, guess what… Success requires both! Having happier employees benefits the entire organization on many levels. But how do we bring more happiness into the workplace? You will leave this workshop with lots of new ideas and inspiration on how you and your colleagues can foster a culture of trust, engagement and productivity. Key Takeaways: (1) Awareness and knowledge about the importance of happiness at work / (2) Discover the interdependence of performance & happiness at work and learn how to manage it sustainably / (3) Hands-on solutions that you can easily implement tomorrow in order to bring more happiness into your working environment. Get inspired and take action!
3. Speak up – be heard! How to build diversity with your communication style
Workshop with Barbara Stupp
You will leave this interactive workshop with one applicable technique to enhance your communication with people who think and act differently to you. You will experience how your perception shapes your speaking and listening. Dare to broaden your communication style and build broader bridges with people. Feel it – understand it – believe it – play with it – apply it – reflect about it.
4. Understanding your customers
Workshop with Franziska Haemmerle, Google
In this 45 minute presentation, Google User Experience Researcher Franziska Haemmerle will walk us through some of the principles and methodology of user research and design. Using examples from her time with the Google Flights and Travel team, Franziska will demonstrate how user-centered design can be applied to any organization working with customers, to keep customer needs and use cases front of mind to build a better product. You will also learn about how to get involved in the Google user research program here in Zurich.
5. Navigate the corporate world – how to recognize traps and handle them
Workshop with Anne Halbritter & Alkistis Petropaki
In a male dominated corporate world women still fall into traps that stop them from effectively progressing in their career and building a sustainable work-life framework. In this workshop we will look into typical challenges that women face and discuss how we can react better in those challenging situations in the future. In this hands-on workshop we will detect the open and often hidden challenges for business women to advance.
We will trace down patterns in the corporate world that block our path to growth, we will share experiences and leave with practical ideas and tools that we can use already next day at the office. To take the maximum out of the discussion, please share with us concrete real life situations and use the workshop resources to find new options and perspectives for you. Looking forward to inspiring discussions!
Men as Catalyst of Change
How champions of inclusion behave? / What barriers may get in the way of men being champions? / What can all do to foster partnership on inclusion?
Speaker: Jorge A. ORTIZ, Director at Catalyst Europe
Achieving diversity at the top
What are the real challenges when it comes to developing and retaining a diverse management team? A panel discussion where we hear from executives about their personal stories on key diversity challenges in getting to the top. They also will share how today they make diversity a part of the culture in their organizations.
- – Bea Knecht, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Zattoo
- – Martin Grieder, Vice President , CMO Sonova Group
- – Margherita Fontana – Commercial Director Dow Construction Chemicals-EMEAI
- – Panel Moderator: Barbara Stupp
A strong network helps you build a strong career. In this facilitated networking session you’ll discover the techniques you need to discover and access a network that will help you advance your career.
Cécile Bastian Remy, Public Speaking Jedi – Trainer – Speaker, SPEAK4IMPACT
Meet the Speakers:
Senior UX Researcher at Google
Cécile Bastien Remy
Public Speaking Jedi | Trainer | Keynote Speaker on Resilience
Creator of focused and engaged teams
Ph.D. is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the University of St.Gallen
Jorge A. Ortiz
Director at Catalyst Europe
Dr. Margherita Fontana
Commercial Director Dow Construction Chemical
Sonova Group, Vice President - CMO
Business administration at the University of Zurich with an emphasis on banking and finance
Master of Ceremony
Chairman of the Board zattoo.com
Global Head of International Programs - Commercial Insurance Zurich Insurance Group
Aurelie Litynski is a Chief Happiness Officer and the Founder of Happitude at work.
She is a partner at Hoeschgasse Consultants Zurich and since 2011 manages her own company Mensch-Team-Organisation GmbH.
Barbara is the Leadership and Culture Leader at Deloitte driving topics like Inclusive leadership, Wellbeing and building a thriving culture. Barbara started her career in Consulting and was a Partner in AEF in the Netherlands before she moved to Zurich and became an entrepreneur in the field of wellbeing. She has built the successful company Mom in Balance Switzerland as well as BOOST, a company dedicated to bring more energy into corporate life with tailor made corporate wellbeing programs. Barbara is a passionate runner, an optimist and a driver for change. Helping others thrive is her motto. By the way, recently Barbara was being featured by CNN Switzerland talking about her passion for bringing more energy in people's lives check it out on https://www.cnnmoney.ch/shows/feeling-good/videos/realize-your-full-potential-barbara-rijntjes-founder-boostingnow