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Solvay Conference : Diversity in organizations Exploring new horizons together

Publié le 17 octobre 2019 Mis à jour le 25 octobre 2019

What diversity dimensions are relevant at the workplace? How do organizations manage diversity and inclusion, and how are they perceived internally and externally?

Do various employees truly embrace a culture of inclusion and fully understand what diversity & inclusion means? What organizational processes might unintentionally hamper inclusion? What can your managers do to more effectively manage team diversity and reap its benefits?

These and other questions will be discussed within the context of scientific research and practitioners’ experience. Our aim is cross-fertilization. The program of the conference is rich, combining the academic evidence on organizational diversity (through scientific lectures and poster sessions) with practitioners’ testimonials about their concrete reality of diversity. In addition, if you want to learn how to concretely set up a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, please join our workshop, animated by experienced diversity experts.

This conference will provide the opportunity to network and collaborate with attendees. Our aim is to build bridges, not only between academics, but also between practitioners and academics, as we believe that only together we can bring about change that truly matters.

This two-day conference will take place on November 14 & 15 2019 at Brussels School of Economics and Management. Registration on Eventbrite.




9:00 - 9:15
Welcome Coffee / Tea


09:30 - 10:30
Academic Session 1
Seval Gundemir (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
"Motivated Whispers: Antecedents and Consequences of Negative Gossip About Female Leaders"
Colette Van Laar (University of Leuven)
"Understanding In- and Exclusion: A Social Psychological Approach to Inequality"
Anette Risberg (Copenhagen Business School)
"Norms, diversity and inclusion at the workplace – when the normal is at risk"

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30
Academic Session 2
Astrid Homan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
"The crucial role of leaders in managing team diversity"
David Bourguignon (Université de Lorraine)
"Affirmative action policies: support from others and impact on the judgement of persons with disability"

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch & Poster session 1

13:30 - 14:30
Academic Session 3
Elena Doldor (School of Business and Management Queen Mary London)
"Statesmen or cheerleaders? Gender bias in developmental feedback provided to leaders"
Kim Sun Young (UCL School of Management)
"How Diverse Groups Change our Perceptions of Reality"

14:30 – 15:30
Practitioners Session 1
David Ducheyne (Founder of Otolith)
"Customizing work as a lever for inclusion and diversity"
Tamara Eelsing (Diversity Manager STIB-MIVB)
"First steps towards an anti-sexism campaign"

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00
Practitioners Session 2
Sebastian Hamers (Partner at Human Insight)
"Always change a winning team. Leveraging strategic diversity"
Pascal Tisserant (Université de Lorraine)
"Managing Equality & Diversity in French higher education institution : the case of the University of Lorraine"

18:00 - 19:00
Special Event
Auditoire K.1.105
Katherine Phillips (Columbia Business School)
"How diversity makes us smarter"

19:00 - 20:00


9:00 - 10:00
Practitioners Session 3
Cedric Velghe (Founder of The Vigor Unit)
"Beyond the moral obligation. How well does science support the business case for diversity and inclusion in organizations? "
Veerle Vanderleen (Diversity Manager at Actiris)
"Diversity and inclusion in the region of Brussels capital: policy and concrete examples"

10:00- 11:00
Round table
Bridging the gap between Academics & Practitioners
(moderated by Cedric Velghe -Founder of The Vigor Unit)

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30
Develop you D&I action plan
Workshop by Claire Godding - Senior Expert à FEBELFIN for Diversity, Inclusion & societal needs
Part 1

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch & Poster session 2

13:30 - 14:30
Develop you D&I action plan
Workshop by Claire Godding - Senior Expert à FEBELFIN for Diversity, Inclusion & societal needs
Part 2

14:30 – 15:30
Academic Session 4
Katherine Phillips (Columbia Business School)
"From Tolerance to Inclusion to...? The Case for Shared Impact"
Franciska Krings (Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) Lausanne)
"Of age and wrinkles: Age diversity at employment"

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00
Academic Session 5
Claudia Toma (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)
"From fairness to integration: How diversity policies impact organizational justice?"
Michael Bender (Tilburg University)
"Social Support Benefits Psychological Adjustment: Meta-analytic Evidence and Suggestions for Organizations"

17:30 - 18:30
Closure and Discussion
Du 14 novembre 2019 au 15 novembre 2019
Campus du Solbosch

Bâtiment R42