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Annual Study Trip 2016: Copenhagen

Annual Report: Copenhagen 2016

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

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HUMAN, the movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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.

Copenhagen Engaging Diversity as a Vector for Change on October 12, 2015

Conference album

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.

Annual Study Trip 2018: Copenhagen The Gender Journal, on 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, in 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 on January 10, 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", in December 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 on October 9, 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?" on June 16, 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 

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 March 2014

The Chair supported the ESSEC Handi-Capabilities 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.