Latin America Diversity Network Meeting

Latin America Diversity & Inclusion Network

November 28-30, 2018
Virtual Meeting


DRAFT Agenda
*Subject to Change*
Latin America Diversity Forum
28 – 30 November, 2018
From the Supplier to the Consumer: Integrating D&I Through the Value Chain

Day 1: Wednesday, November 28th  

Time (EST) Session
9:00 – 9:45

Introductions & Agenda Walk-through [English]
Luna Corbetta, Partner, D&I Latin America Network Chair, Mercer
9:45 – 10:45 An Interview with Rich Donovan [English]
Rich Donovan, Author of Unleash Different
Rich will discuss the business opportunity for organizations ready to look at disability as a virtually untapped market that can help us streamline processes and innovate for the benefit of everyone.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Webinars – Pick your Adventure
Option 1: The Future of Work [English]
Julie van Waveren, Multinational Client Group NA Career Lead
Julie will engage in a discussion around the Future of Work, unpacking how diversity and inclusion are imperatives for businesses that want to thrive amid digital disruption and stay competitive as talent trends evolve.
Option 2: D&I Governance [English]
Pam Jeffords, Partner and Global Leader of Mercer’s When Women Thrive
Based on insights from our network members, consulting experience across industries, and empirical studies, Pam will break down the elements of organization design that can be used to create a sustainable D&I effort – from developing linking mechanisms to conducting impact analysis.
Option 3: LGBTQ Inclusion Diagnosis [Spanish]
Cesar Casas Ferrer, President & Founder, Mexican Federation of LGBT Business
Cesar will discuss his experiences developing LGBT-friendly businesses in Mexico, understanding the LGBTQ market opportunity and developing innovative approaches that directly respond to the community’s unique demands. 
12:00 – 1:00 Coaching Moments [English & Spanish Sessions]
Open to Latin America D&I network members, first come, first served.
During this interactive session, we will break into small groups of up to 5 people and use the “see, say, do” approach to think about moments when you felt that diversity or inclusion were breaking down in your organization. Get ready to move out of your comfort zone and learn from your peers in this divergent thinking exercise.

Day 2: Thursday, November 29th
Time (EST) Session
9:00 – 10:00  Recap & Agenda for the day
Luna Corbetta, Partner, D&I Latin America Network Chair, Mercer

10:00 – 11:00
Webinars – Pick your Adventure
Option 1: EDGE Certification [English]
Carole Jackson, Leader, When Women Thrive Research & Products, Mercer
EDGE certified organizations
‘What gets measured gets done’ is a common saying, but does it still apply in the world of diversity and inclusion? In this webinar, Carole will interview organizations that have completed the EDGE Certification process, the leading global assessment and business certification for gender equality, to understand what they measure and how they use the results.
Option 2: The Gender Gap Life Cycle, Brazil [English]
Laura Maconi, Principal, Oliver Wyman, Brazil
Marina Hellmeister, Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman, Brazil
Rick Guzzo, Partner, Workforce Sciences Institute, Mercer
Laura and Marina will share the results of their research “The Gender Gap Lifecycle: Evidence from the financial services and public sectors in Brazil.” From social and cultural norms to career progression, they suggest actions that companies and public entities can take to create positive change toward gender equity. Rick will add to the discussion, describing how workforce analytics can help us set realistic targets and monitor progress.
Option 3: Generational Diversity [Spanish]
Panelists representing various generations
Are millennials and Gen X-ers really that different? In this intimate panel we’ll delve into the unique needs, working styles, and expectations of different generations.
11:00 – 12:30 Building a ‘no-excuses’ organization in the #metoo era [English]
Kelly Thoerig, Employment Practices Insurance Lawyer, Marsh
Marcelo Modica, Chief People Officer, Mercer
Nuria Serra, Country HR Head, Merck Mexico
Pam Jeffords, Partner and Global Leader of Mercer’s When Women Thrive
Pam will moderate a panel discussion around the impact of sexual harassment on business outcomes – how organizations can mitigate the risks of workplace discrimination by proactively establishing policies and processes that put employees first.
12:30 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Design Thinking: Personas and Problem Statements [English]
Limited spots, first come, first served; Latin America D&I Network members prioritized.
Pat Milligan, Senior Partner & Global Leader, Mercer’s Multinational Client Group
Patty Sung, Senior Principal, Mercer's Global Innovation Hub
Julie van Waveren, Multinational Client Group NA Career Lead
In this interactive session, participants will learn the basics of design thinking – from empathizing with the end-user to arriving at innovative solutions to their problems. Participants will break into groups to develop personas, prioritize their pain points, and ideate to generate divergent thinking.
2:30 – 3:00 Design Thinking Report Out [English]
Break out groups will come together and share their early concepts with all network members.

Day 3: Friday, November 30th
Time (EST) Session
10:00 – 10:45  Recap & Agenda for the day [English]
Luna Corbetta, Partner, D&I Latin America Network Chair, Mercer
10:45 – 12:00 Action Planning & Key Commitments [English]
Luna Corbetta, Partner, D&I Latin America Network Chair, Mercer
Participants will convene and brainstorm to determine organizational and individual commitments for integrating D&I through the entire value chain.


For any questions, please contact Colleen Cox at +1 708-655-2155.


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