Annual D&I Corporate Forum Geneva 2017

Creating an Inclusive Organization 

Innovation & Inclusion in Action 

Thomson Reuters, Geneva - 30 March


Join corporate leaders, organizations and experts in a fascinating exploration of how we can create inclusive organizations where people thrive and businesses flourish.


As we lead and work in a global environment of unprecedented change, we find many new challenges. What does today’s technology innovations, socio-eco-politico changes and women’s marches (to name only a few) mean for business? In light of these developments, we explore what we need to do and who we need to become, in order to create the organization of the future. We discuss what an organization would feel and look like if everyone felt valued and contributed with their very best to something that truly matters.


We also ask, would a more inclusive organization foster greater innovation? And what could this look like? What would it mean to and for business and society?


We will learn, hear and share experiences on how we can connect to new thought ideas embrace diversity, create common ground and grow environments of inclusion in order to facilitate better and faster innovation leaps.


This event iWIN’s Annual Corporate Forum on women’s leadership, inclusion and innovation. It is relevant and open to everyone excited about a thriving future, conscious business, inclusion, diversity, gender matters, women in leadership, strategy and talent management. This event will enrich your business and yourself. 




9.30 Sign-in and Welcome Coffee


10:00 Welcome and Introduction

What is going on? How do changes in our environment impact our strategy making? Let’s consider whether an inclusive organization can foster innovation? Let’s also look at how we go about creating an inclusive organization? Finally, let’s build the relationships for it, beginning now.

Kristin Engvig, Norwegian, CEO & Founder, WIN


10.45 Key Note Address

What does the research say about the environments in which women thrive? In which contexts, do they feel included? How does an inclusive organization make it easier to not only innovate but also accelerate women to the top? And what are the consequences of not having an inclusive environment?

Paul Vanderbroeck, Dutch/Swiss, Leadership Expert, PVDB Consulting


11.15   Coffee Break



11.45 Corporate Panel: Creating an Innovative and Inclusive Organization

Corporate leaders, passionate about the topic of inclusion share their D&I practices from their organizations. We will explore what works and what doesn’t. They will also speak of the practical tools that they have implemented in the attempt to attain/create an inclusive organization. We will hear their thoughts and experiences on culture, in particularly an inclusive culture where innovation and creativity occurs. Ultimately, how can we move forward from a place of separation to one of inclusion and integration with unyielding, meaningful innovation?

Adam Travis, Dutch, Senior Advisor, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Shell

Fabrice Spenninck, French, Vice President HR & Com, Honeywell Technologies Sarl

Fiona Pattiselanno, Dutch/Swiss, Director Brand, Marketing Communications and Conventions EMEA, Medtronic International

Hulya Kurt, Swiss/Turkish, Business Strategy Implementation Manager, Thomson Reuters

Sonia Studer, Swiss/German/Algerian, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Nestle

Tarun Sarwal, British, Innovation Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

13.15 Lunch



14.30 Forum Discussion & Group Work

It is clear that gender balance is good for business and we will look at how to make this happen. We will also look at the role of collaboration in accelerating progress. Ultimately it is about creating good relationships and so we right there and then extend our important network of influence.


With the theme of the day in mind, we will explore what works and what doesn’t when it comes to governance, talent management, mentoring, women’s networks and more. How can we use governance, talent management, mentoring and sponsorship (to name only a few) to move us from a place of separation to one of inclusion, integration and better innovation? What would this mean for the organisation at large? What would such an organization look like, feel like and be like? Would this be the Future Company?


15.15   Return to Plenary for final sharing


16.15   The End



Paul Vanderbroeck, Dutch/Swiss, Leadership Expert, PVDB Consulting

Dr Paul Vanderbroeck is an international Leadership Expert specialized in the success of women leaders in complex organizations and the success of such organizations by leveraging female talent. Through research and experience he has identified four obstacles to gender diversity at board level and developed a set of methods to remove these. He frequently publishes on the subject of gender and leadership. He is the author of "Leadership Strategies for Women: Lessons from Four Queens on Leadership and Career Development".  Paul believes in the importance of a solid diagnosis, followed by clear and ambitious objectives. He thrives on the success of the women and men he accompanies. He coaches at IMD and INSEAD. Previously he has held senior level positions in HR with several blue chip multinationals, where he has designed a number of gender diversity strategies. Paul is married to Joëlle, who has her own successful leadership career as a senior civil servant. He is father of two children.

Fabrice Spenninck, French, Vice President HR & Com, Honeywell Technologies Sarl 

Vice President, HR and Com for Honeywell Transportation Systems. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President, Human Resources, E&ES for Honeywell Automation & Control Solutions. He joined Sperian in 2005, which was acquired by Honeywell in 2011 and became One Honeywell HR Country Manager for France and North Africa. In 2014, he became Vice President, LER, for EMEA, where he managed all transition and transformation plans for its 18 businesses, covering 41 countries. He held various HR roles with L’OREAL from 1995, including serving as a lawyer and director of HR. He has held positions with the French Embassy in Mexico, and Dell. Throughout his career, Fabrice gained valuable expertise in leading global teams, staffing, coaching, development, the creation and implementation of HR processes. He earned a degree in labor relations and HR from the University of Warwick in the UK and a master’s degree from the University of Montpellier. Fabrice is fluent in French, English and Spanish.


Sonia Studer, Swiss/German/Algerian, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Nestlé

Sonia Studer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Nestle International. Over 14 years’ experience in Human Resources Management in large organisation in Switzerland and abroad: Nestle International, Nestle Suisse, Nespresso, Nestle Purina Petcare Europe, Credit Suisse, DHL. Held various functions as HR Director and senior manager. Holds a master Degree in Business Administration of University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Works in English, French and German. I m passionate about people and I looking forward to be inspired, network and exchange at WIN.


Fiona Pattiselanno, Dutch/Swiss, Director Brand, Marketing Communications and Conventions EMEA, Medtronic International

In her current role, Fiona has responsibility for the Medtronic brand in the EMEA region and manages a team of convention and marketing communications experts. She is also a member of the Global Brand team and is works on global brand and corporate initiatives. Fiona is a strong believer in gender balance and is a steering committee member of the Medtronic European Women's Network Group as well as the hub leader for the EMEA Head office in Switzerland. She is a passionate communications professional who enjoys travelling, reading and family quality time.  Fiona has dual Dutch/Swiss nationality and lives in Switzerland with her husband and 8-year old daughter.


Adam Travis, Dutch, Senior Advisor, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Shell

Adam has more than 15 years HR experience and his last role was as Senior HR Business Partner with Aon Hewitt based in London. Prior to that, Adam was HR Director Global Diversity & Inclusion with Nokia Corporation, where he led a significant programme to further develop retail sales channels for female customers as well as leading initiatives on change management and building high performing teams. Prior to Nokia, Adam was Vice President, Talent Management for ABN AMRO Bank and before that he was Head of D&I at TNT. Adam has a passion for helping business grow profitably by developing talent and building cultures that promote diversity and inclusion. Adam holds a Bachelor of Business degree with a focus on HR, Psychology, and Marketing from Swinburne University in Australia and has also completed post graduate studies. He thoroughly enjoys travelling and has lived in multiple countries over the course of his career.

Hulya Kurt, Swiss/Turkish, Business Strategy Implementation Manager, Thomson Reuters

Grown up in Germany, origin Turkish. Started career in exReuters as a sales secretary and became Business Admin Manager looking after Turkey and Israel prior accepting the offer to move to Geneva as a Team Manager for Customer Admin looking after 80 countries in 2005. After 3 years in same position, moved to project Management. Currently I am Business Strategy Implementation Manager and responsible of several global projects. Supporting Innovation events and initiatives and fostering continuous improvement ideas throughout the organization.  Being an innovator myself looking forward to this event. I have been recently elected as the C-Chair for our Global Women@Thomson Reuters Steering committee. Personal level : Mum of a big son. Love dancing , sports and all sorts of outgoing events. In addition, I am executive VP for OWIT ( Organization Women International Trade).

Tarun Sarwal, British, Innovation Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

Tarun Sarwal is currently head of the Innovation Initiative at the ICRC where he practices and tried to spread his mantra that diversity leads to innovation. Prior to working with ICRC, Tarun worked in the UK NGO sector and with the British Red Cross, and previously in a variety of positions with Oxfam.  ‘What I find most fulfilling is supporting people to push through their internal and external barriers, and try to discover themselves as they change the world around them. The innovation initiative that supports ICRC innovators to develop, test and scale their ideas, gives me the perfect platform to do so’.

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