Closing Ceremony 2022
June 28th @ 5:00 pm - L'Oréal Headquarters
15 years later, the chair continues its mission to cultivate the talent of tomorrow. Merging academia, practical business implementation, and a continuous loop of feedback, our student's final presentations made manifest our beliefs in how leadership and diversity are inextricably linked. Our students persuasively expressed the social and business case for moving the needle on DEI.
Congratulations to all our chair members for addressing your topics with clarity and grace. You supported each other through the intense process of synthesizing solutions to incredibly complex problems. As a group, our cohort this year ruthlessly pursued creating substantive, long-term strategies for YSL Beauty on the topics of LGBTQ+, Inclusion vs Exclusion, Representation, Ageism, and East vs West.
Brilliance, intention, and a resolute disposition. These are the characteristics of the 2021/22 cohort of Leadership and Diversity Chair students!
Feedback Session #4
June 13th @ 5.30 PM - L'Oréal Headquarters
In our last feedback session, the students continued to synthesize their findings to unlock actionable and relevant solutions for inclusive beauty. Internal L’Oréal experts Veronica Lalov, Antoine Le Quinquis and Stephanie Messner were joined by our alumni Bradley Smith, Aurélie Jeanvoine, Peiao Yang, and Krishnav Roy.
Their insights are helping guide the students' final steps before the presentations on the 28th of June. Streamlining and simplifying a large amount of research and insights to present a clear and succinct solution, all of the students are incorporating the feedback provided. See you all at the final presentation!
Feedback Session #2
April 25th @ 5.30 PM - L'Oréal Headquarters
After several weeks of building the foundations of their final projects, our students met on-site with L'Oréal team representatives to refine their work.
With the constructive feedback students received about their second project manifestation, they will move toward a refined and penultimate version. In the next feedback session, students will solidify their concepts for final review before presenting in June.
Thank you to the L'Oréal representatives who provided outstanding suggestions in this review period!
Mentoring and LGBTQ@Work RECAP
Thank you to our speakers, who gave a thoughtful account of how one's professional life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community unfolds. At the event, industry veterans discussed some of the challenges as a community member within heteronormative work environments and some recommended ways to strategically navigate.
Students walked away with concrete actions to implement as they progress in their professional careers.
Mentoring and LGBTQ@Work
April 12th, 2022 at 18:00-19:30 CET
Chair Seminar with Diane Leger
International Marketing Director Kérastase
Our chair had the joy of meeting Diane and learning more about how Kérastase became the world leader in professional haircare thanks to its unique positioning and pioneering innovation. She illuminated to our group how a brand contends with innovating whilst not compromising on its DNA and its rich history. Introducing us to the launch of the brands' curly hair care product line, Curl Manifesto, the students were able to understand how addressing a need is core to business savvy.
March 28th, 2022 at 4:30 PM
Chair Seminar with Axelle Hallu
L'Oreal Solidarity Sourcing Director
Our chair was joined by Axelle Hallu to learn more about solidarity sourcing methodologies at L'Oreal and the importance of their impact in changing the industry's infrastructure and ecosystem. A program that started in 2010, L'Oreal's "Solidarity Sourcing" program directs a proportion of global purchases to suppliers who employ people from vulnerable communities to allow them to have durable access to work and income.
March 21st, 2022 at 5 PM
Chair Seminar with Alexandra Palt
Chief CSR Officer & CEO of the L'Oreal Foundation
The Leadership & Diversity Chair was joined by the Circular Economy Chair students to understand better where individual leaders and organizations can impact sustainability and societal equity. Alexandra answered an assortment of questions from our students ranging from current events and the intersection of historically held belief systems to defining equity and outlining how businesses must remain accountable for meeting and setting resilient KPIs.
Our students were left with a resounding message to build a backbone of values and to defend them whilst also remaining receptive, adaptive, and pragmatic!
March 7th, 2022 at 5 PM
CONFERENCE by Yann ANDREA
International General Manager PRADA BEAUTY
January 25th, 2022 from 4 PM to 5 PM in the Grand Amphi.
2022 L&D Chair Kick-off
Facilitated by Junko Takagi, Essec, Veronica Lalov & Antoine Le Quinquis, L'Oréal
On January 17th, we launched the 2022 edition of the ESSEC Leadership and Diversity Chair sponsored by L'Oréal. The event's guest speakers were Margaret Johnston-Clarke, Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer L'Oréal Group, who introduced us to the L'Oréal DEI strategy, and Stephan Bezy, International General Manager at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté - L'Oreal, who gave us his personal vision of the YSL brand and DEI issues. We were also joined by Stefanie Messner, Talent Acquisition Director of L'Oréal France.
Alumni Cocktail Party: 4 December, 2021
On Friday at 6pm, our chair alumni and the new cohort attended the cocktail party, exchanging ideas on the topic this year and sharing previous experiences in the chair.
L’Oréal x ESSEC Keynote: 22 September, 2021
On Wednesday at 6pm, L’Oréal hosted a Keynote both on campus in the Grand Amphi and remotely to present the L’Oréal Group and all the opportunities for ESSEC Students, notably the 2 Chairs:
Chair Forum: 14th September, 2021
On Tuesday, chair alumni from the cohort 2020-2021 attended the Chair Forum, sharing their experiences and answering questions to new students who are interested in the Leadership and Diversity Chair, as well as discussing the topic this year: Inclusive Beauty.
Les Mardis with Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO of L'Oréal Group: 15th June, 2021
LGBTQ+ in Finance, Challenges and Best Practices
Handicap and Talent Conference - What's allyship? : 6th April, 2021
On April 6th, the Leadership and Diversity Chair participated in the Handicap and Talent Certificate. Professor Junko Takagi did an online conference on "What's allyship: The role of allies in the process of inclusion".
Celebrating Gender Research at ESSEC: 9th March, 2021
2020 Edition introduction & Theme reveal: 10th September - 5pm
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!
Gender Research at ESSEC: 4th March, 2020
Chair KICK OFF: 23rd January 2020 at L'Oréal
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 Research. ESSEC professors shared their reflections on their ongoing research in the field. The 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 under-representation at executive levels: Contributing factors from kindergarten through their early careers (Nina Schirrmacher and Fabrice Cavaretta); Gender inequality in the Brazilian labour 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
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'Oréal
Roundtable: LGBTQ+ at Workplace; 14 Feb, 2019