• Virtual Conference and meetups - 10 November (online)

    The language of the conference is English.

    The program may be subject to change.

    10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and opening

    Melinda Miklós | CEO WeAreOpen




    10:15 - 10:30 Smartiz Program

    Réka Boros | IT Product Owner (Vice President) at Morgan Stanley


    10:35 - 10:50 LAP: The Allies Toolbox

    Eloisa Romero | Middle East and Africa Cluster Sourcing Manager at Citi


    11:00 - 11:15 Powering Gender Equality

    Agnes Zoller | Public & Government Affairs Manager, Hungary and the Czech Republic, ExxonMobil


    11:20 - 11:35 Making an impact from Local to Global

    Krisztián Zimber | Learning & Development Coordinator at BT (British Telecommunications)


    11:40 - 11:55 Parental Transition Support Program

    Hajnalka Török | HR Project Manager at Morgan Stanley



    12:00 - 14:00 Break



    14:00 - 14:50 Unpacking the impacts of LGBTQ+ discrimination in Hungary and Poland

    Luca Dudits | Communications Officer at Háttér Society

    Miłosz Przepiórkowski | Member of the board at Lambda Warszawa

    Vyacheslav Melnyk | Executive Director at Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH)

    Máté Hegedűs | Press Officer at Budapest Pride

    Ádám Kanicsár | LGBTQ journalist and activist


    14:50 - 15:00 Break


    15:00 - 15:50 Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Debates on Intersectionality

    Katalin Fábián | Professor in the Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College


  • Conference Day - 11 November (BMC Library and live stream)

    The language of the conference is English.

    The program may be subject to change.


    9:30 - 10:00 Registration


    10:00 - 10:15 Opening remarks
    Melinda Miklós |
    CEO WeAreOpen


    10:15 - 10:45 Vulnerability is strength: why holding open conversations about mental health matters

    Pál Bíró | Country Manager at Google


    10:45 - 11:15 ExxonMobil Diversity Report

    Jeroen Kirschbaum | Lead Country Manager Hungary

    Sasha Thomas | Division Manager Controllers


    11:15 - 12:00 Time to listen: How can employers cooperate with NGOs?

    Eszter Nógrádi | Company Fundraiser at BAGázs

    Katalin Vég | CEO at Salva Vita Foundation

    Tamás Dombos | Board Member at Háttér Society

    Szilvia Szénási | CEO Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation


    12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break


    13:00 - 13:15 Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law explained: what’s next for businesses?

    Stefánia Kapronczay | Executive Director at Társaság a Szabadságjogokért - Hungarian Civil Liberties Union


    13:15 - 13:30 Challenging stigma and taboos at the workplace: let’s talk about people living with HIV

    Dániel Waliduda | Coordinator of HIV Peer Support Service at Háttér Society, Hungarian NGO and Editor at Humen Magazine


    13:30 - 13:45 Invisible no more: marginalized people at the workplace in Hungary, novel data offered by OPEN Survey

    Melinda Miklós | CEO WeAreOpen


    13:45 - 14:00 What is pinkwashing & how to avoid it?

    Ádám Kanicsár | LGBTQ journalist and activist


    14:00 - 14:30 A data-driven discussion: quantify and measure the personal experience from retention to performance

    Viola Petra | Sr. Software Engineering Manager - Google Cloud Retail Solutions

    Orsolya Vásárhelyi, PhD | Postdoctoral Researcher at NETI Lab BCE, Data Scientist, Data Driven D&I Expert


    14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break


    15:00 - 15:30 RomaMoMA an imagined and yet real space for Roma arts and artists

    Hajnalka Somogyi | Leader of project at OFF-Biennale

    Nikolett Erőss | Curator, OFF - Biennale


    15:30 - 15:50 Why companies choose to advocate for diversity and inclusion. How does IBM foster meaningful partnerships with LGBTIQ+ initiatives?

    Marijn Pijnenburg | Global Leader Marketplace Diversity | Business Development Executive at IBM


    15:50 - 16:35 Reflections on the state of gender balance in leadership and the potential ways forward

    Eser Sevinc Manav | Vice President Operations and General Manager Central Europe at The Coca-Cola Company

    Veronika Špaňárová | Managing Director and Citi Country Head, Hungary

    Helga Sasdi | CEO, Publicis Groupe Hungary

    Nora Wagner-Varady | Head of Outreach and Partnerships at CEU InnovationsLab


    16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break / Registration for the OSA ceremony





  • Workshops - 12 November (online and in-person)

    The language of the conference is English.

    The program may be subject to change.



    Irányi u. 17, Budapest | 1056 • Hungary


    Registration 8:30 - 9:00


    9:00 - 10:30

    The first steps towards creating a truly inclusive culture

    Judit Radnai - Tóth | Senior Consultant: Employee Experience, Employer Branding, Diversity


    Diversity has been linked to more creativity and innovation in the workplace. When people with different backgrounds and experiences are brought together, it leads to more effective problem-solving. In this workshop, we will talk about the first steps towards building an inclusive company culture, where everyone feels valued and able to contribute their diverse perspectives.


    11:00 - 14:00

    Lépéselőny - Training for challenging gender-based discrimination at the workplace

    Maya Fenyvesi, Anna Végh | Amnesty International


    The Lépéselőny program aims to eliminate gender-based discrimination in the labor market. Within this framework, in close cooperation with employers, employees, and experts, we have developed a training consisting of optional and basic modules that provide participants with knowledge and skills to recognize discrimination at work. As a result, they can develop action plans to reduce it. Through the Lépéselőny project, we are working for equal workforce opportunities for both women and men.




    14:30 - 16:00


    Melinda Miklós | CEO WeAreOpen


    #IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

    Many of us struggle when it comes to talking about our own accomplishments. Cultural and gender modesty norms, as well as impostor syndrome, can prevent anyone from acknowledging their remarkable attributes and expressing their achievements. During the 90 minute workshop, you will learn the importance of self-promotion in your personal and professional life and be equipped with tools to develop this skill. Participants will be invited to challenge the social perception around self-promotion.



    An exact date is TBA at a later point in time for this online workshop.

    D&I in Talent Acquisition

    Nikolett Suha | Human Rights Professional|D&I Strategist|Equality Management in Business


    The overall aim of the workshop is to gather and access with knowledge a group of HR professionals on the basics of D&I in talent acquisition (unconscious bias, discrimination, underrepresented groups, D&I objectives, etc.) To introduce the business reasons of why to hire from a more diverse pool of talents with special attention to Roma candidates (positive changes in the company culture and value, employee retention, recruitment strategy, higher revenue, etc.) To mobilize HR professionals and motivate them to connect to potential sources of diverse talent pools