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2020 Edition introduction & Theme reveal:10 September - 5 PM

Dear Students,
In 2020, more than ever we seek for change.Change for more inclusion, change for more rights, change in fighting discrimination! On September 10th at 5PM CET, Jean-Claude LE GRAND – L’Oréal Executive Vice- President – and Sylviane BALUSTRE – L’Oréal Fund for Women, Fondation L’Oréal & Inclusive Beauty Program Director – will open the 2020 Edition of ESSEC Leadership & Diversity Chair

Want to be part of the movement? Register to the live event
Join us to discover the theme of this brand new edition and all the steps to apply!

Chair Seminar: Paul Brouard from digital UZIK Agency: 5th March, 2020

Paul Brouard is the Senior Account Manager at UZIK, a digital design and brand experience Agency. As someone who developed an intrapreneurial project, he explained to the chair members the four main steps for success:

1. Identify four fields of action, not forty 

2. Contact providers and select one, not forty

3. Get that provider to work on the project 4. If it goes well, extend to the entire agency.The most important message was "dream big but [aim] quick wins". 

Gender Research at Essec: 4th March, 2020

Gender research at Essec March 2020

ESSEC students, staff and faculty attended the Celebrating Gender Research event at ESSEC on March 4th, 2020 at lunchtime which was organized by the Leadership and Diversity Chair and facilitated by Professor Junko Takagi. This event is organized annually in March to honor International Women’s Day and showcases the wealth of research on gender-related issues carried out by ESSEC faculty from diverse academic disciplines. This year, Professor Radu Vranceanu from the Economics department and Professor François Longin from the Finance department shared their research based on data gathered from ESSEC students (link:

Professor François Longin presented his research, co-authored with Professor Estefania Santacreu-Vasut, on stock market reaction to CEO appointments at the Celebrating Gender Research ESSEC event. Their findings from a lab experiment using the SimTrade (link: simulation platform show that while there are no significant differences in participants’ reaction to male or female CEO appointments, when they differentiate for participant gender, male participants are more likely to buy stocks for male CEO appointments and sell for female CEO appointments while female participants do the opposite. Such a behavior is consistent with gender homophily. Professors Santacreu-Vasut and Longin suggest a market bias against female CEOs which may be overcome by increasing the gender diversity in the finance industry. Their research paper can be downloaded from the Gender & Finance (link: website.   

Professor Radu Vranceanu presented his research, co-authored with Professor Karine Lamiraud, on the impact of the gender composition of business teams on their competitive performance at the Celebrating Gender Research at ESSEC event.  They found that teams composed of four women and one man outperformed all other 5-person team gender compositions including all male and all female teams. This finding was correlated with more risk taking behaviors such as launching new products and investing in R&D.  

Chair Seminar: Alexandra PALT Executive Vice President, CSR: 6 February 2020

Chair Seminar : Alexandra Palt from L'Oréal

L'Oreal always think ahead and make each aspects excellent.
This seminar is so inspiring that as individuals we can commit small things like reduce shower time, eat less meat to make contribution for climate change. 
The main take-away from the seminar is that always thinking and dare to speak when you think something needs change.

Chair KICK OFF: 23rd January 2020 at L'OREAL

KICK OFF 23 January 2020

We are glad to see how L'Oreal respect and cherish young generation's idea and always expect to make positive change.
L'Oreal 's Diversity and Inclusion strategy gives us insights that how it respect and care about its employees and customers.
We really appreciated that L'Oreal always focus on sustainable and humanism issues and try to take corporate social responsibility making a positive impact.

Annual Study Trip 2019: Brussels

Contact Trip: Brussels 2019

The Leadership & Diversity Chair organized its 6th Annual Study trip 
to Brussels in March.

The three key words related to diversity and inclusion that summarize this year’s study trip to Brussels were: Targets, Parenthood, and Flexibility.

Unlike France, Belgium does not have legal diversity quotas. However, at the three firms that we visited, representatives of Accenture, BNP Paribas Fortis, and L’Oreal Benelux all talked about measuring diversity and inclusion through setting targets and following the progress. For all three firms, setting realistic targets and measuring the progress helps the common understanding of collaborators around diversity issues and to move their firms towards a more inclusive workplace with these topics at the centre. More Info.

Event on Gender issues in Management Research; 13 March, 2019

Event on Gender issues in Management Research; 13 March, 2019

The Centre of Excellence for Management & Society (CEMAS) organized a round table on Gender issues in Management ResearchESSEC professors shared their reflections on their ongoing research in the field.
Panel included Professors Annick Ancelin-Bourguignon, Fabrice Cavaretta, Laurent Bibard, Cristina Terra and doctoral student Nina Schirrmacher. Professor Junko Takagi moderated for the panel. The presentations will be:
 Business Masculinities and the Managerial Press (Annick Ancelin-Bourguignon)
 Why are they stuck? Women’s underrepresentation at executive levels: Contributing factors from kindergarten through their early careers (Nina Schirrmacher and Fabrice Cavaretta)
 Gender inequality in the Brazilian labor market (Cristina Terra)
 Understanding the gender issue in the context of the whole picture : towards a phenomenology of sexualities (Laurent Bibard)

What’s behind the label? : Integrating Refugees; March 7, 2019

What's behind the label?: Roundtable discussion

Adel AlBaghdadi - 2018 One Young World speaker, Founder of WE Organization, Syrian Refugee

Wintegreat - Student association working with refugees at ESSEC

Tony Cocoual, Talent Acquisition Director and Laura Eickert Talent Acquisition Manager - Recruitment L'OREAL

Roundtable: LGBTQ+ at Workplace; 14 Feb, 2019

Roundtable: LGBTQ+ at Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion forum at L’Oreal on December 7, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion forum at L’Oreal on December 7, 2018

Extending the dialogue of diversity & inclusion, our students attended the Diversity & Inclusion forum at L'Oreal to discover their different initiatives from around the world. It was very impressive, how deeply L’Oreal values diversity in the workplace and sees it as a strength for the company and as a duty to society. The students also identified some initiated that spoke to them a little more than the others and made their individual pledges at the same time.

French-Japanese debates on diversity

The Franco-Japanese debate on the theme of diversity was organized from 9 to 12 June 2018 in Tokyo and Sapporo in the presence of Catherine Tripon, spokesperson of the association for the promotion of rights LGBT The Other Circle. Junko Takagi, Chair of the Chair diversity of ESSEC, invited on this occasion by the French Embassy of France / French Institute.

Annual Study Trip 2018: Copenhagen

Annual Study Trip

The Leadership & Diversity Chair organized its 6th Annual Study trip 
to Copenhagen, Denmark between March 15th & March 18th. 

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ESSEC leadership & Diversity Chair along with Melt invite you to: 

The International Seminar of Professional Development in France. 

April 5th at "Le Club" N231, ESSEC Business School from 4:30PM onwards

Divercity ESSEC and the Leadership and Diversity Chair invite you to:

LGBTQ+ in the Workplace Roundtable and Workshop

March 1, 2018

Learning-Lab, Cergy Campus

12:00-13:00 Introduction to LGBTQ+ issues in the Workplace

16:30-19:00 Roundtable and Workshop on “LGBTQ+ Best Practices” with representatives from BCG, GE, and other firms.


Come Tuesday, February 13th at 8pm, Les Mardis will welcome 

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L'Oréal, 

in the grand amphithéâtre of ESSEC Business School, in Cergy.

For this special event (which is free and open to all), the debate will be in English.

More information in the link below:


Coming into your Own
3 June 2017

A female leadership workshop organized by the chair.

Copenhagen 2016-2017

Annual Site Visit Report 2017: Copenhagen
16-19 March 2017

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Coursera, Feb 2017

Diversity is a fact. It is also paradoxical. We need to be capable of seeing and hearing differences in order to reap the benefits of diversity. But seeing and hearing differences hone our discriminating reflexes and can also lead to discrimination. If you take this MOOC, you will: 1. understand this paradox, 
2. understand its dynamics, and 
3. identify ways to manage it so that you can better channel the diversity potential in the workplace for greater performance and innovation.

Annual Report: Copenhagen 2016

Annual Site Visit Report 2016: Copenhagen
15-17 April 2016 

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What makes us HUMAN? Have you ever asked yourself this question?
9 Feb 2016

Through Human, Yann Arthus-Bertrand offers us an immersion to the core of what it means to be human in order to embrace the human condition and reflect upon our inherent diversity. Through these stories full of happiness, hope, love, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN bring us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. Wars, Terrorism, LGBT issues, the meaning of life, death, love, sex and other subjects are addressed in this movie by people from all around the world, sharing a rare sincerity. The movie is a great opportunity to underline our dark side but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal.

Conference album
Engaging Diversity as a Vector for Change
12th October 2015

There is increased awareness of the importance of diversity in our daily reality in business and in education. Organizations are developing best practices to address diversity issues not only to reduce discrimination in the workplace but to promote inclusion and innovation. We need to look at the impact of these practices on the social environment, and how they are contributed to changes in perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. To kick-off the lunchtime conferences of the Semaine d’Engagement, we invited Chea Lun, Director of Solidarity Sourcing at L’Oréal, and Pascal Picq, a paleoanthropologist at the College de France, to join us to share their thoughts on diversity and driving change.

The Gender Journal
March 17, 2015
Do women have different career aspirations than men? Are women not using the same strategies as men? These were some of the questions addressed by the “Gender Journey”, an event organized by the ESSEC Leadership and Diversity Chair to heighten awareness of gender issues in the workplace that attracted over 50 participants on March 17, 2015. The lunchtime panel discussion with Pascale Marcou of Catalyst Europe , and Chantal Do of Women’Up-La Fusee, an association founded by former L&D chair students, focused on the Gen Y perspective to gender issues and the expectations and opportunities for women and men of this generation. In order to prepare students to be gender inclusive, three interactive and experiential workshops were organized in the afternoon in the K-lab by Chair students and Women’Up members around coaching, networking and work-life balance.

Semaine Handicap et Talent: 
March 2015

During the first week of March 2015, the leadership and diversity chair, in collaboration with Handi-Move and ESSEClive, organized workshops and testimonials to raise awareness about “Handicap and Talent”. The workshops allowed students to discover the world of disability in an interactive and instructive way. Cabinet Ability presented a workshop on how to include Handicap in the workplace. The week ended with a testimony held by Josef Schovanec, an autistic philosopher, and author of « Je suis à l’Est ». 

The Workshop: MBTI /Team building
10 January 2015

1. MBTI – Understanding yourself
The MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) questionnaire provides a highly insightful framework for individual and group development, provoking self-awareness by looking at how a person perceives the world and how they prefer to interact with others. It is the most widely used personality assessment worldwide used in various fields including professional self-fulfillment, team building, identification of individual leadership and communication styles, or conflict management within a team. The MBTI workshop is held at the beginning of the chair program in January and is used for team-building and personal and professional 
2. Leadership workshop – Understanding others
This workshop, given by Junko Takagi, has been conceived exclusively for our chair students to develop their leadership and communication skills. It is complementary to the MBTI seminar and focuses on understanding oneself in relation to others including colleagues, employees, clients etc. In this workshop, students are introduced to the leadership model developed by Donoxti Baylon and Junko Takagi and become familiar with concepts associated with leadership. Students also experience a number of self-assessment tools, as well as receiving feedback from their peers on their work and interaction styles. Based on this exchange of information, students hone their awareness.

"Face Cachée Seminar Series"
Dec 2014

Chair professor, Junko Takagi, was invited to talk about the "Face Cachée Seminar Series" organized by the Edgar Morin Complexity Chair in December 2014. She discussed the Complex identity issues experienced by multicultural and how these complexities embody both opportunities and challenges for multiculturalism in the workplace.

Diversité® trophies
9 October 2014

Since 2006, the consulting firm RH Diversity Conseil has been organizing the Diversité® trophies, which reward companies that embrace diversity at the heart of their growth, their HR issues and their managerial mode. The jury, which will again be attended by Professor Junko Takagi, will nominate the 8 winners at the ceremony held on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Conference: "What future for education?"
16 June 2014

Campus ESSEC Management Education, CNIT, La Défense 
An unprecedented conference organized by One Young World and the Leadership & Diversity Chair: Microsoft, Our Neighborhoods have the Talent and the Institute of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship of ESSEC will interact to exchange their vision of the education of tomorrow. Register here.

Annual Site Visit: Copenhagen
4-5 April 2014

Our chair students were welcomed in French and Danish companies located in Copenhagen. The Copenhagen study trip allowed students to compare some of the Chair seminar themes - diversity and brand image, diversity within CSR policies and gender issues - cross-culturally in their visit to Danish firms. Many thanks to Carlson Wagonlit, Thalès, Missionpharma and Carlsberg for providing us with such interesting discussions!

On Saturday, our Chair students and 12 students from Copenhagen Business School with different educational backgrounds and nationalities attended the workshop “A Leadership Voyage” that was specially developed by Chair Professor Junko Takagi for this joint workshop at the Studio at CBS.

"WHO AM I AS A LEADER? Leadership in stories" 
March 19th, 2014
ESSEC Campus in Cergy, F36 

The Leadership & Diversity Chair is organizing a Leadership Workshop run by Judith Black who is a professional storyteller in the U.S. ( She also works with organizations through storytelling. She is visiting France in March and we have taken the opportunity to bring her in!

Semaine et Label Handi-capacités
10-14 mars 2014 

The Chair supported the ESSEC Handi-lCapabilities Week that took place from March 10 to 14 on the ESSEC Campus in Cergy. The week was a great success with 86 ESSEC students validating and receiving the Handi-Capacité certificate.