D&I: why is it more important now than ever? Learn from others
“D&I: why is it more important now than ever? Learn from others”
On Wednesday, April 28th, we will talk about D&I and why now, during COVID-19 and the new hybrid way of working, this concept is important more than ever: how we respond to this current global crisis will shape our society for generations to come.
During this panel discussion, we will explore the benefits of inclusion, equality and diversity with four D&I practitioners, focusing on what companies are doing to include and engage employees and how progress towards equality has been affected by COVID-19. These and many other key initiatives will be discussed during this inspiring round table with our four distinguished corporate representatives, who will share their own D&I Journey and the Best Practices they have learned along the way.
About the Speakers
Kristen Anderson is currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. Kristen reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 key countries and 2 external advisors.
Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore. She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.
After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen joined Kraft Foods R&D in Chicago, where she spent 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in various roles.
In 1999, she relocated to Melbourne, Australia to assume the leadership of the R&D organization for Kraft Australia/NZ. After 3 years, she moved to Munich, Germany to manage R&D for the Kraft EU Food Categories. In 2007, she joined the Coca Cola Company and transferred to Shanghai, China to lead the building of the Global Innovation and Technology Center and the expansion of the R&D organization’s capabilities.
Denise Hottmann as head of Diversity & Inclusion in Germany at Boehringer Ingelheim is responsible for local strategy, conceptual development and implementation of Diversity & Inclusion for all affiliated companies in Germany (approx. 16.000 employees). She is successfully leading large scope German wide initiatives regarding Diversity & Inclusion for the further cultural and societal development, creating a framework that meets legal and contractual requirements, specific qualification on Diversity & Inclusion dimensions, supporting that Boehringer Ingelheim is regarded as attractive employer internally and externally.
She has been member of the German sustainable development initiative at Boehringer Ingelheim since 2018 and is currently acting as global pillar lead for “More Potential” topics in Germany.
Since 2017, she has been member of the board of the German Diversity Charter, an initiative for more diversity & inclusion at work in Germany with more than 3.800 organisations having signed the charter, representing more than 14 million of German employees (25 %).
Dorothea Schmidt is a Financial Services Partner at Deloitte Consulting. She studied economics in Saarbrücken and France. Dorothea became partner 2008 and was the first female Consulting partner at Deloitte Consulting in Germany. She leads the Investment Management Industry sector, is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deloitte Consulting GmbH and leads the Diversity & Inclusion activities at Deloitte Consulting. Dorothea is married and a mother of a daughter.
Mara Zavagno –Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer / Vice President –Talent, Engagement and Rewards-Konecranes
Member of Board of trustee - ISD Dusseldorf
Mara ilives in Düsseldorf and has 23 years of experience in Human Resources, built in multinational companies Sanitec, Terex and currently Konecranes. She has International experience in HR Field, with broad competencies in Operational and Business Partner HR, cultural change, Talent processes and Diversity and Inclusion. Mara holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science, a Master in Business Coach, Executive Leadership training for Board Members with Henley Business School, and ongoing with EWOB. She has been Speaker note on Diversity and Inclusion in many International forums. Mara has passion for art, being the daughter of an artist in painting and mosaic.
Mara Zavagno is married and she has two children of 16 and 11 years old.