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Finding top talent through Diversity

Talentism in the Future. Women in business. Gender equality, inclusion, and diversity as s foundations on which we build a more inclusive and fair future for all.



MENITY joins the conference to discuss important topics shaping the talent landscape. An aging population, constant migration flows, and a global war for talent are some of the key challenges changing the way we think about work, career, business, and the well-being of our society. At this conference, interesting speakers shared the potential and opportunities that new developments in tech and innovation offer us when gender equality, inclusion, and diversity become the foundations on which we build a more inclusive and fair future for all.



How can we integrate Ukrainian refugees into the Slovak economy and address Slovakia's brain drain?

What will be the consequences of the war in Ukraine on Slovak job market? How can we best integrate refugees in a way that is beneficial to both countries? What adjustments in our legal and educational systems are necessary to make this process easier?

  • Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Michaela Pobudová, Co-founder and Director of Mareena


Panel Discussion I: Let women shape a future which benefits all

Even though women make up half of the population and around 60% of university graduates, and many companies have already reached gender parity of employees, women are still underrepresented in leadership roles. How can we support and encourage women to "break the glass ceiling" so that women can co-shape and co-create a future which meets society's needs? What role should men play in efforts to support women so that they do not feel threatened but instead become allies? What practical steps should businesses and institutions take to ensure fair representation of women and minorities in data and therefore support better overall solutions?

Panelists:

  • Ľubica Lacinová, Professor at the Slovak Academy of Sciences

  • Vladimír Šucha, Head of Representation of the European Commission to Slovak Republic

  • Ľubica Gubová, Country Lead Slovakia, Visa

  • Barbora Paulovič Deckerová, Vice President Partner Ecosystem Sales CEE, IBM




Panel Discussion II: How data can help us spot, develop, and remunerate talent transparently and fairly

Borge Brende, the president of the World Economic Forum, has termed the current decade to be one of "talentism," rather than capitalism. The success of companies will now depend upon how much talent they can attract, develop, and retain. Unconscious biases, stereotypes, or ingrained visions of an ideal employee – oftentimes reflected in hiring algorithms, can keep companies from hiring the best talent. What should employers look for when searching for the top talent – what should the balance between skills, potential, searching for "a good fit," and data-backed decisions be? How can we attract talent from abroad, and what role do the educational system and academia play? How should employers change their approach to better spot and support the best talent?

Panelists:

  • Lucia Šicková, Impact Manager and Co-Founder, Pixel Federation

  • Pavel Hrica, Director, Cesta von

  • Veronika Hudzíková, Product Developer, Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions

  • Viera Pejchal, Human Rights Officer, United Nations



Panel Discussion III: Diversity, inclusion, and inclusive design as the virtuous cycle for prosperity and wellbeing

The benefits of diversity and inclusion are well known – e.g., improved financial performance, increased revenues, greater adaptability, and agility – everything a company could wish for. Furthermore, diversity and inclusion within a company greatly impact society in general through inclusive design - products and services that meet the entire society's needs, not just its part. What specific challenges do pharmaceutical, technology, or consulting sectors have to overcome? What initiatives or steps are companies taking to support greater diversity within their workforce and more inclusive design? What is the role of the public sector in promoting and implementing inclusive solutions?


Panelists:

  • Suzana Šaćirović, General Manager, Novartis Pharma Slovakia

  • Petra Matoušková, Sr. Director Global Accounts Payable, Dell Technologies

  • Richard Hargaš, Local Geography Technology Lead and Pride Network Co-Lead, Accenture Slovensko

  • Martina Sokolíková, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Government Office of Slovak Republic



Credits: American Chamber of Commerce, Slovakia