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:

  • Senior and middle leaders sponsoring Equity, Inclusion and Diversity initiatives
  • Leaders interested in improving their inclusive leadership of individuals and teams
  • COE leads of Talent, leadership development, and D&I as well as HRBPs

Agenda: Coming soon!

Thursday – 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT)
Friday - 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT)

Josefine van Zanten

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IMD
Alyson Meister

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Vanina Farber

elea Professor of Social Innovation



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]