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Dear all,


The Leadership and Diversity Chair in association with UNITE of ESSEC is organizing a roundtable discussion and workshop on:

“LGBTQ+ in Finance, Challenges and best practices"

Tuesday 18 May at 18:00 on line


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Chair Seminar: Axelle Venot-Halle, Solidarity Sourcing: 18 March 2021
On March 18th, we had the honor to invite ESSEC Alumni, Axelle Venot-Halle, L’Oréal Solidarity Sourcing Director, as our speaker. After greeting everyone, she shared her life story with us and proved that it’s possible to balance family life and professionally life. Then she talked about how L’Oréal is carrying out solidarity sourcing by focusing on every stage of the supply chain, making sure Diversity & Inclusion is passed on to the extended eco-system. Afterwards, she shared her experience in China as L'Oréal Global Category Manager and how she helped the female workers
in Guangzhou by relocating the factories to rural areas. After speaking about several projects managed by her, she posed a question that sparked insightful discussions among students.

Chair Seminar: Trevor SHAH, Corporate Responsibility Manager: 11 March 2021
The session begins with Trevor Shah, the Corporate Responsibility Manager at L’Oréal, giving a brief introduction about his background and work. Next, he gives us an insight into the sustainability and social programme – L’Oréal for the future
, which focuses on 4 key areas: Climate, Water, Biodiversity & Resources. Then he dives into the definition of a Brand Cause, and how it differs from Brand Purpose. He goes on with the description of the process that various L’Oréal brands follow to decide what cause or issue they want to towards. Then we get an elaborate explanation about L’Oréal’s recent International Women’s Day campaign called #StandUp, a programme that provides trainings for both women and men to combat street sexual harassment they witness. The last part of the presentation shows how various brands across product lines have partnered with various NGOs and non-profits across the world to work on issues and causes that make sense for the brand. These issues vary from country to country. The floor was then opened to the students of the Chair to ask questions, and Trevor answered them, giving more insights on how the company tracks progress of all its initiatives, what KPIs they use for the same, and potential collaborations.

Celebrating Gender Research at ESSEC: 9th March, 2021

Chair Seminar: Sylviane BALUSTRE Executive Vice President, CSR: 4th March February 2021
On March 4
th, we were honored to have our old friend Sylviane BALUSTRE-d'ERNEVILLE (L'Oréal Fund for Women Director, L’Oréal Foundation AVP Inclusive Beauty program, Executive Coach (ICF and Activision ACTP certification), French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEF), Administrator) as a speaker. She began with an introduction of herself and her inspiring career path, especially her experiences as a human resource director in Kenya and her story with a team previously working for Yves-Saint-Laurent. Then she answered questions from chair students about the integration with the YSL team, criteria of Fund for Women organization of, and how to ensure inclusivity while using beauty to empower women. In the ensure, she introduced one of the pillars of the L’Oréal foundation: Women in Sciences.

Chair Seminar: Alexandra PALT Executive Vice President, CSR: 11th February 2021
Alexandra Palt (Executive Vice-President Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer of L'Oréal and Executive Vice-President of the Foundation L'Oréal) first introduced herself, which includes her background and her experiences in the fight for human rights, especially on the issues of violence
against women and women in prison. Then she focused primarily on Corporate Social Responsibility - what L’Oréal is doing on that frontier. Later discussions also centred on environmental sustainability, SDGs, and how corporations need to take into account the environmental footprint of their products and services. In the next part of her talk concerning how L’Oréal can tackle the issue of systemic racism, which is the main topic of the chair this year, she shed light on the initiatives being taken internally within the company in terms of recruitment, promotion and training. She also expressed her views on how and when corporations and brands can or should express their standpoints on major social issues happening in the world, especially those affecting their consumers, and how to be prepared for backlashes from certain sections of society at the same time. She ended the session with her vision of what Leadership today in society means - Corporate leaders that we need - people who are sincere, authentic and connected with society.

Chair Seminar: Angela GUY, Chief D&I Officer: 6th February 2021

Conference with Marie Cau, the first transgender woman elected mayor in France

Organized by the Leadership & Diversity chair and the Unite association, a conference with Marie Cau took place on Thursday evening the 19th!
Marie Cau, known to be the first transgender woman elected mayor in France, is also a business leader, an experienced engineer and a mother of three children. This multiple vision provided her the tools that she passed on to us during the meeting to deal with this increasingly complex world.
What impressed me about Marie Cau, apart from her fascinating career, is her frankness. This frankness sometimes led her to proposals that did not necessarily correspond to "main-streaming" ideas. However, this is the synonym, for me, of true diversity: differences make ideas meet, and these meetings will generate a kaleidoscopic and diverse world. (thoughts by Peiao Yang) 

2020 Edition introduction & Theme reveal: 10th September - 5pm

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 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: 6th 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 International Seminar - Professional development in France 

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


LGBTQ+ in the Workplace - Roundtable and Workshop on March 1, 2018

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.

Les Mardis welcome Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L'Oréal on February 13, 2018                                                                                       

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:

Female leadership workshop on June 3, 2017


Coming into your Own
3 June 2017

A female leadership workshop organized by the chair.


    Annual Study Trip 2017: Copenhagen 

Copenhagen 2016-2017

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

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    MOOC on Coursera: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

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.

                Before 2016