Monday, 12th SEPTEMBER

When exclusion benefits inclusion

To truly move the needle on workplace diversity and inclusion, might we have to exclude (some) to include (most)? 

If so, how can we identify excluders, prevent hiring excluders in the first place, and effectively deal with the excluders who are already employed? 

Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor | English



“Unconscious bias” and “inclusive leadership” are today’s D&I buzzwords. But what should companies do about those who continue to show conscious bias? These are the “excluders,” who despite various corporate interventions, still treat specific groups of people differently than others. 

In this talk, we’ll discuss how excluders might be a key reason for the recent stagnation of D&I progress in organizations, while also exploring some evidence-based best practices to identify, prevent, and deal with excluders. 


What are the fields of tension between authenticity and a professional understanding of roles? To what extent can the concepts be fruitful as normative concepts but also for coping with stress? 

Dr. Florian Krause | English



When are we perceived as authentic? Under what conditions should we be authentic? In general, ʺbeing authenticʺ is considered a desirable character trait in professional and private contexts. Acting in harmony with ourselves is commonly seen as a desirable and ethically valuable goal. 

But how can our understanding of multiple roles that we take and discard on a daily basis be reconciled with an emphasis on authenticity? And doesn’t our very ability to develop roles and perform well in roles not only represent an essential competence to act in the professional positions assigned to us, but rather still an important protective function against stress and frustration? Can a reference to authenticity justify questionable actions in roles? 

The better choice


Do women and underrepresented groups need different structures?

How does a culture become more inclusive?

Cultures and structures that fit instead of forcing employees into unsuitable systems.

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander | German 



Corporate cultures and organisational structures evolve around certain needs depending on power relations. The systems tailored to the male sole breadwinner do not fit for many others. Instead of finding “special arrangements” for groups that do not fit into this full-time culture and the corresponding structures, we should think critically about how we can make changes so that more groups feel included and can contribute their full potential. In doing so, it is important to look more deeply at long-term effects and shifts in power. Menstrual Fridays are certainly the wrong way to go.

Tuesday, 13th SEPTEMBER


What is inclusive leadership? 

What can I do to (successfully) lead inclusively? 

What measures are there that can be implemented quickly, easily and practically in everyday (work) life? 


Prof. Dr. Stephan Alexander Böhm, Nicola Glumann & Simon Huber | German



Various factors are relevant for a successful inclusion. However, leaders – in their role as role models and multipliers – play a particularly important role: To promote inclusion through leadership, knowledge, empathy and commitment are required. But even short “bites” can be effective: Changes that are often not visible at first glance can make all the difference in the long run! So what can we do concretely to promote inclusion in organizations? 

During our session, we will present a training that uses short, effective “inclusion bites” to promote inclusive leadership. Using this practical example, we would like to shed light on how inclusion can be implemented, promoted and made measurable in everyday work. 

Our session will consist of an introduction on the current state of research (Prof. Dr. Stephan Böhm), insights from our own data (Nicola Glumann, M.Sc.) and the perspective from practice (Simon Huber, M.Sc., Swiss Post). Finally, there will be time for a Q&A. 


The Gender Intelligence Report (GIR) has been designed as a guide to support companies with actionable key performance indicators (KPIs) and concrete recommendations on how to optimize their gender diversity and inclusion programs.

This annual report also includes a selection of best practices that have proven to work in Advance member companies and provide inspiration for impactful initiatives.


For the first time, the report 2022 shines a light on how different industries are faring in terms of gender diversity. Data will tell the story sector-by-sector along the talent pipeline from entry level to the top. – We are expecting interesting insights through this new lens


Wednesday, 14th SEPTEMBER


What can (male) managers do to foster equal opportunities in their company?
How can these “silent” changes promote a cultural change that is conducive to equal opportunities in the company?

Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich & Dr. Gabriele Schambach | German



Equal opportunities are relying on the commitment of managers – and that is particularly a commitment of men in the company. Even if this may involve highly visible appearances and activities by “male champions,” it is mostly about the less visible things that shape everyday practices. If leaders can develop and implement gender-inclusive leadership practices here, a great potential for fostering change opens up for them. In our study “Leaders for Equality: The Gender Equality Commitment of Male Leaders”, we showed that men are motivated and in many cases already active. At the same time, however, there is often still a lack of hands-on knowledge and good examples of how gender-inclusive leadership can look like. In this online session, we will present the most important gender-inclusive leadership practices and elaborate on

In dieser Online-Session werden wir die wichtigsten Genderinklusiven Führungspraktiken mit konkreten Fallbeispielen vorstellen. Der systematische Überblick über die verschiedenen Handlungsmöglichkeiten im konkreten Führungsalltag unterstützt Führungskräfte, in relevanten Alltagssituationen gleichstellungsorientiert zu handeln und damit die Gleichstellungskultur im Unternehmen zu befördern. Wir freuen uns auf den Austausch mit den Teilnehmenden über ihre dabei bereits erlebten Erfolge, aber auch die bestehenden Herausforderungen. concrete examples. The systematic overview of the various possibilities for action in everyday leadership situations supports managers in acting in a gender-inclusive manner and thus promotes the company’s equal opportunities culture.

We are looking forward to discussing with participants about already experienced successes, but also the existing challenges.

D&I in your supply chain

What is Supplier Diversity / Inclusive Sourcing?
Why do companies do inclusive sourcing / supplier diversity?

Andrea Fimian | English 



Diversity and inclusion don’t end with the workforce of a company. This Online-Session discusses the topic of diversity & inclusion in the supply chain. Diversity & Inclusion in the supply chain is an extension of companies’ diversity & inclusion programs in their supply chain. This involves ensuring that there is supplier diversity within the company. With the increasing focus on ESG issues (Economical Social Governance) and the UN SDGs (, companies are increasingly looking to make their supply chains more diverse.

You will learn what supply chain diversity & inclusion programs are and why they help companies increase revenue.


This talk addresses two interdependent logics that produce an unsustainable inclusion of Black women and other racially minoritized groups in European higher education. Racial burden, on one hand, designates the labor surplus that racially minoritized people must accomplish to “fit” in an institution that is historically not meant for them. Tokenism, on the other hand, relates to the way institutions instrumentalize Black and racially minoritized presence for the fabric of their own progressive image. By means of Black feminist modes of critique, such as experiential storytelling and fabulation, I expose the effects of racial burden and tokenism on Black women and dream about higher education institutions centered on care. 

Thursday, 15th SEPTEMBER

Wage transparency: what works?

How is wage transparency practiced in Swiss companies? What are the benefits of wage transparency? What are the challenges of different systems of wage transparency?

Martina Egli, Theresa Goop, René HeizManuel Wiesner | German



At the latest since the revised Gender Equality Act, a central topic in the field of D&I has been the subject of much discussion: where does Switzerland stand in terms of equal pay? With the equal pay analysis, companies have brought visibility to their pay data and now know where they stand. Employees and companies have become more sensitive to this issue. This is also accompanied by the desire for pay transparency on the part of employees.

What is wage transparency?

Salary transparency can mean openly communicating the results of salary analyses, clearly defining salary systems or even completely disclosing all salaries. One thing is clear: in Switzerland, wages are predominantly a taboo subject. Companies that implement wage transparency are important role models to counteract this taboo culture.

For what reasons do companies disclose wages or even let the team itself set the wages? In the panel, representatives of Swiss companies tell us how they implement wage transparency. We want to know what challenges they have to overcome, which systems work and which do not.

Intelligence - implications for diversity & inclusion

In which manner has intelligence research historically contributed to excluding social groups? 

How do implicit ascriptions of intelligence today serve to exclude people with certain “diversity characteristics” and how can intelligence research contribute to inclusion? 

Dr. Anna-Katrin Heydenreich | English



This session sheds light on how intelligence research has historically contributed to creating and sustaining the idea of human hierarchies and the invention of human “races”. Research on intelligence has served as a scientific explanation for the exclusion of people due to their supposed “race”, their social class or their gender. Until today we tend to associate intelligence with certain diversity characteristics. Ascriptions of intelligence hence still play a role in processes of exclusion. Today, contrary to its harmful consequences in the past, research on intelligence can be used to question those deeply held implicit assumptions. Thus, contrasting implicit ascriptions of intelligence with a contemporary scientific understanding of intelligence could counteract these exclusionary social processes and thereby foster the inclusion of traditionally excluded social groups. 

Friday, 16th SEPTEMBER

When many do something together... or how a diversity council can advance equality in the company

How can the commitment of male managers to gender equality be anchored in the company structure?

How can a “Diversity Council” be profitably introduced and effectively used?

Manuela Bärtsch Forster, Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich & Dr. Gabriele Schambach 

German | St. Gallen


The study of the project “Leaders for Equality: On the Commitment of Male Managers to Gender Equality” has shown that men are motivated to commit themselves to gender equality and are already active in many cases.

So far, however, many companies lack structured processes to sustainably anchor this commitment. The establishment of a “Diversity Council” is a good way to go about this. In the council, men and women from different areas and hierarchical levels come together to discuss important equality and diversity issues with each other, make concrete recommendations to the company management, and initiate tangible measures that are then implemented.

Together we initiated a Diversity Council at Helvetia Insurance Switzerland last year. In this session, we will firstly present the conceptual approach of this form of structural anchoring of gender equality engagement and participation. Secondly, we will present the work of the Diversity Council at Helvetia and its initial successes and challenges.

Together with the experiences of the participants, we would like to discuss the advantages as well as the difficulties of these forms of work – and look forward to further suggestions.

D&I Journey - with an impact

What steps support organizations in implementing a successful D&I engagement?

How can resources be used in a targeted way to achieve progress?

Dr. Ines Hartmann, Nicole Niedermann, Renée Rädler & Melissa Schenk 

German | St. Gallen


The topic of Diversity & Inclusion is broad. Organisations address various challenges with countless measures. But how can companies ensure that they target their most significant need for action? How can a targeted use of resources support companies to make progress on their journey to become more diverse and inclusive organisations?

The “D&I Journey – with an Impact” is an approach to support companies in implementing a systematic way to achieve a more significant impact.

In this session, we will discuss, in connection with Hexagon and using real-life examples, the steps that will support your organisation in ensuring sustainable change and a positive impact on D&I. Hexagon is an exemplary company for the D&I Journey, ideal for taking away concrete implementation ideas and further developing their D&I strategy within the company.



Women, leadership, well-being: how to achieve psychological sustainability

What is sustainable self-leadership? How does sustainable self-leadership change leadership practices?

Dr. Nilima Chowdhury

German | St. Gallen


Sexism and gender-based marginalization in the workplace are often subtle and therefore remain invisible. Yet they have an effect: they can undermine women’s sense of self-worth and belonging in the long term. Studies show that they often respond to these experiences with increased self- and emotion management, which is not only psychologically stressful, but also maintains the status quo.

In this workshop we look at the basics of sustainable self-leadership. We identify typical problem situations and deal with the question of what inclusion/exclusion looks like on the psychological level. Which expectations and ideals do we try to fulfill? Which needs fall by the wayside, which parts of the self remain unheard? Together, we will develop strategies and solutions a) for dealing with the challenges and stresses of your daily work in a psychologically sustainable way, and b) for implementing these as part of your leadership practice.