Discovery Event

Discovery Event

Discovery Event

September 2-3, 2021
IMD NEXUS members only
The Future of D&I
Enhancing inclusive leadership for busy managers: how to foster allyship and advocacy in different contexts and why it matters

This two-day Discovery Event will tackle the challenges posed by biases, stereotypes and micro-inequities when it comes to mental health and access to financing. It will also address how leaders can step up by being visible allies and vocal advocates when it matters most.  

This virtual event will be delivered by Alyson Meister, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, and Vanina Farber, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with IMD’s Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer Josefine van Zanten.

On the first day, Professor Alyson Meister will address the challenges posed by chronic illness and issues of wellbeing, exploring what advocacy and allyship is needed during today’s mental health crisis.

On the second day, Professor Vanina Farber will focus on gender equity and access to financing, as well as social justice investing. She will examine how data can support the road to equity and give specific examples of the type of allyship and advocacy that is helpful.

Both sessions will focus on tangible steps busy managers can adopt to foster advocacy and allyship, as well as ways to enhance their own inclusive leadership in different contexts.


  • Refresh on our biases, stereotypes, micro-inequities and their impact on decision making
  • Understand the difference between allyship and advocacy and their importance for inclusion
  • Able to hear best practices to tackle biases at an organizational, team and individual level
  • Participate in peer to peer conversations about the many ways in which allyship and advocacy are fostered
  • Provide tangible steps to assist busy managers to deconstruct their biases and adopt advocacy

Target Audience:

  • Caters to sponsors for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity initiatives, from executive to senior to middle management, including HR, Talent, Leadership and beyond


Day 1, Thursday – 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT):

9 am to 12 noon

09:00-09:15 Context setting, ice breaker        Josefine van Zanten/Alyson Meister

Allyship and advocacy - context of Mental health 

Alyson Meister, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer at Holcim, Patricia Humbert, Talent Acquisitions & Development Specialist, Marco Mullers, VP for Learning & Development at DSM, Joachim Meister, Senior Vice President Global Power & New Energy

10:30-11:00 Work Groups        Participants
11:00-11:15 Break  
11:15-11:45    Panel – work group input                 
Alyson Meister/all
11:45-12:00  Closure including recommended steps  Josefine van Zanten


Day 2,
Friday - 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT):

9 am to 12 noon

09:00-09:15  Recap, context setting, ice breaker    Josefine van Zanten/Vanina Farber
Allyship and advocacy – context gender equity and access to financing
Vanina Farber
09:45-10:30      Panel conversation with guest speakers    Vanina Farber, Kristin Hull is founder and CEO of Nia Impact Capital, Dr. Amelia U. Santos-Paulino is Chief of the Investment Issues and Analysis Section at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),Tim Radjy, Chairman, AlphaMundi Group Ltd, TBA, Joshua Amponsem, environmental and climate activist.
10:30-11:00 Work Groups  Participants
11:00-11:15  Break  
11:15-11:45   Panel – group work input      Vanina Farber/all
11:45-12:00  Closure including recommended steps    Josefine van Zanten



After several facilitated debates and challenging conversations during the two ½ days, we aim to move beyond raising awareness of what allyship and advocacy is in different contexts. Our goal is to see all participants leave the virtual room, inspired, and motivated be an informed ally and advocate, to keep accessing opposing views and alternative opinions, especially from people and organizations they wouldn’t naturally encounter. We encourage them to step up to continue the conversation about visible and vocal allyship and practice the many steps and actions that will be recommended as an output of the facilitated panel and work groups, regardless of the context they may operate in.

Meet the speakers

Josefine van Zanten

Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer, IMD
Alyson Meister

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Vanina Farber

elea Professor of Social Innovation; Dean of the Executive MBA



Thursday, September 2, 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021




*This event is reserved for members of IMD NEXUS and is credited as part of the organizations’ membership.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IMD NEXUS team:

Email: [email protected]