Objectives of the Chair:

The Chair has two objectives:
  • To create a center of expertise on different aspects of diversity and the role they play in developing sustainable leadership. Beyond legal obligations, we focus on how the integration of diversity in management practices can be a vector of individual and organizational performance (e.g. making companies and individuals more responsible, developing creativity, innovation, and company reputation).
  • To offer specialized teaching to about twenty Chair students each year in order to prepare the leaders of tomorrow to deal with the complexity of organizations and their environments through the diversity lens.
Research activities:

The aim of the ESSEC Chair of Leadership and Diversity is to develop knowledge, relevant to both managerial and academic audiences, through research related to the theory and practice of diversity and its relationship to leadership, taking into account the different perspectives of stakeholders.
  • Exploring the meaning and conceptualization of diversity within an organizational or managerial context.
  • Exploring the role of diversity in developing new approaches to leadership.
  • Examining interrelations between different diversity elements such as gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, cultural and age diversity and organizational practices and outcomes.
  • Examining institutional and legal contexts, their evolution and impact on diversity and leadership in firms.
  • Dissemination of this knowledge to a wide audience including ESSEC students, managers, firms and public institutions.

Total duration of Academic program

6 months, January to June



  • 1 UV: Chair Seminar MGTM 31407
  • 1 UV: MGTM 31233 - Diversity and Inclusion or MGTP31201 - Personality Theory or MGTP31203 - Intercultural Management
  • Chair Project
  • 2 UV: 2 elective courses (those mentioned above or from subjects relevant to the content of the chair) can be taken based on student’s personal interest in T2 or T3 or later
  • Chair Project (continues)


None provided as part of the chair


Students from Master of Science in Management (MSc – Grande École)
Specialized Master, 4th Year BBA

Career opportunities

We have alumni working in consulting, politics, entrepreneurship, marketing, HR, etc



Leadership workshops focusing on 5 key takeaways.

  1. Getting to know yourself
  2. Understanding how others perceive you and other perspectives
  3. Intercultural leadership
  4. Sponsored Leadership workshop at Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Individual leadership journey
  6. Opportunity to participate in “One Young World Summit”

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