CHAIR SEMINAR KICK OFF : 12 JAN 2017

Kick Off 12 Jan 2017


Digital Disruption in 3 minutes

Prof. Junko Takagi of ESSEC Business School shares compelling insights into the diversity issue and the benefits of disruption for both companies and employees. 


Founded by Kate Robinson and David Jones in 2010, the One Young World is a non-governmental organization that brings together like-minded people from 189 countries to discuss, share and learn within a positive safe space. The OYW is an environment of people that aim is to better the world. For 3 entire days at least, that is the message and the goal the 1300 of us have embraced. The summit is filled with conferences, panel discussions, and talks from well known and yet to be known leaders that embark us to a journey of self-empowerment and self-sustainabilityAs a member of the Leadership and Diversity Chair, students have the possibility of participating in the French team at the One Young World summits.This year we selected the best project group of our Leadership and  Diversity Chair to attend OYW Summit in Ottawa, Canada, from September 28th to October 1st, 2016. 

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Come and Join us in the Adventure !
The Leadership and Diversity Chair is addressed to all students who aspire to become global leaders. It will bring a strong contribution to those who want to know how to tackle issues regarding the expansion of companies in the world but also to those who are thinking of working in HR. Obviously, the chair will also help you broaden your knowledge of different aspects of diversity (gender, LGBT, ethnicity, age, etc.) and their global perceptions. The chair is sponsored by L'Oréal, and the participants will have the opportunity to work on projects given by L'Oréal on the chair theme. It is concretely about spending 6 months with students from all over the world with the same interests as you and sharing moments together like a family. The chair will take you to Copenhagen, in Denmark, a country known to be the happiest one in the world! Come and join us in the adventure!".

The Leadership and Diversity Chair is an active partner of the " Trophées de la Diversité" organized by Diversity Conseil. 
Applications are now open for the 2016 11th edition. 

Leadership And Diversity Chair Annual Conference
13 June 2016

Annual Conference 13 June 2016

The Leadership and Diversity Chair Annual Conference was held this year on Monday, June 13th at the L’Oréal Luxe at Levallois in the presence of Jean-Claude Legrand, Senior VP Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer at L'Oréal. It was attended by L’Oréal managers, ESSEC administration, and Chair alumni and friends. This year’s students collectively presented the Diversity and Inclusion MOOC that they have been creating as their group project in a very dynamic Quiz Show format. The presentation was conceived to represent the MOOC experience. The Diversity and Inclusion MOOC will be launched in October 2016, and is particularly targeted to graduating students and young professionals. "

Annual Study Trip Report
15-17 April 2016

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All Different All The Same

All Different All The Same

Annual Conference 13 June 2016
Annual Conference 13 June 2016

                                           Religion in the Workplace - May 2016

Trip to Copenhagen - 14th to 17th April 2016

Copenhagen 'Trip

Ethnic and Social Diversity April 2016

Multigenerational Day March 2016


What makes us Human? Have you ever asked yourself this question?

Through Human Yann Arthus-Bertrand offers us an immersion to the core of what it means to be human in order to embrace the human condition and reflect upon our inherent diversity.

Through these stories full of happiness, hope, love, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN bring us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. Wars, Terrorism, LGBT issues, meaning of life, death, love, sex and other subjects are addressed in this movie by people from all around the world, sharing a rare sincerity. The movie is a great opportunity to underline our dark side but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal.

Testimony by Liza TAJFEL
"The six months during which the Chair lasted were particularly intense: the Chair seminars that took place each week on various Diversity topics, added to the Management classes tailored to the topics of Leadership and Diversity, and the meetings that aimed to make us progress on the professional project we worked on, created a comprehensive environment in which we thrived. In addition to this environment, making good friends and building a strong professional network within the Chair was unexpected and was one of the best parts ! These aspects really made us learn and think about Diversity in a thorough way, making us better equipped to manage Diversity in the future !"


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Engaging Diversity as a Vector for Change
12th October, 2015

Engaging Diversity as a Vector For Change

There is increased awareness of the importance of diversity in our daily reality in business and in education. Organisations are developing best practices to address diversity issues not only to reduce discrimination in the workplace, but to promote inclusion and innovation.  We need to look at the impact of these practices on the social environment, and how they are contributed to changes in perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. To kick-off the lunchtime conferences of the Semaine d’Engagement, we  invited Chea Lun, Director of Solidarity Sourcing at L’Oréal, and Pascal Picq, paleoanthropologist at the College de France, to join us to share their thoughts on diversity and driving change. 

Trip to Copenhagen - 16th to 19th April 2015

COPENHAGEN TRIP 16-19 April 2015

The Leadership and Diversity Chair organized its annual trip to Copenhagen from the 16th to the 19th of April 2015. Twenty students of the chair coming from all over the world participated.

Diversity in L'Oreal's Copenhagen office:

The students started off the day on Friday the 17th by visiting L’Oréal’s office in the Danish town of Glostrup on the outskirts of Copenhagen. A team from the HR department presented students with diversity topics faced in the Nordic business region and students got a taste of a different approach to tackling diversity issues.


Diversity in a different industry: Kruger Veolia

We next visited the headquarters of Kruger Veolia, the world leader in water treatment. The head of HR and communications department, Anne Abraham, lead students through the company’s diversity map and illustrated the different actions undertaken to tackle diversity locally and internationally. Interesting topics were raised: what are the diversity challenges faced by Denmark? How does the company deal with the different age groups in its workforce and promote a culture of inclusion? What best practices are used? For Kruger Veolia, diversity is at its core business strategy because it creates solutions and multiplies ideas in a very complex and innovative industry.




Novo Nordisk visit:

For the last visit of the day, the students of the Chair headed to the Novo Nordisk offices, one of the leading firms of the pharmaceutical industry in Denmark. They were welcomed in a very recent and impressive building inaugurated one year ago, the design of which was inspired by the insulin molecule. Caroline Bloch Poulsen-Hansen, in charge of talent attraction, and Maria Bukh Almstrup who was the Diveristy representative, were present to introduce students to the company, their ambitious growth strategy and their Diversity and Inclusion approach.


Saturday Workshop: A Global Leadership Voyage 

On Saturday, April 18th, the students participated in a Global Leadership Voyage Workshop with students from the Copenhagen Business School. The workshop took students through a voyage mobilizing artistically influenced experiences to collectively reflect on what meaningful leadership is and how it is embodied in different cultural contexts. Fairytales and folktales from all around the world raging from France’s famous blue beard to China’s San Sheng Mu were shared between students who later on had to reflect on and act out a “new global fairytale”. 


Discovering the city

Students spent their last day together discovering some of Copenhagen’s beautiful attractions: the little mermaid, the round tower, and the Christianborg Palace. Inspired by a firm where employees used the expression of “throwing a pineapple at someone” to highlight a stereotypical comment, students chose to continue the tradition. What first started out as a joke amongst students turned into a serious matter:  the pineapple was crowned mascot of the chair and followed students throughout the trip. 

The Gender Journey - March 17th 2015

Gender Journey

Do women have different career aspirations than men? Are women not using the same strategies as men? These were some of the questions addressed by the “Gender Journey”, an event organized by the ESSEC Leadership and Diversity Chair to heighten awareness of gender issues in the workplace that attracted over 50 participants on March 17, 2015. The lunchtime panel discussion with Pascale Marcou of Catalyst Europe (, and Chantal Do of 
Women’Up-La Fusee (, an association founded by former L&D chair students, focused on the Gen Y perspective to gender issues and the expectations and opportunities for women and men of this generation. In order to prepare students to be gender inclusive, three interactive and experiential workshops were organized in the afternoon in the K-lab by Chair students and Women’Up members around coaching, networking and work-life balance.