On November 23, the third WHU Diversity Day took place on the Vallendar campus of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Although it should be a matter of course in 2018 that in a modern society the equal rights of men and women and the acceptance of minorities in the population are respected and implemented without ifs and buts, the reality often looks different. There are still far fewer women than menon supervisory boards and boards of directors, and many people still experience discrimination based on their origin, religion or sexual identity, both in their private and professional lives.
In workshops in cooperation with Axel Springer, Oliver Wyman, Ernst & Young, and Viessmann, the approximately 60 participants of the WHU Diversity Day had the opportunity to get to know and discuss the implementation of equal diversity using the example of the companies present. In a keynote speech in the evening, Gregory Kochersperger, Senior Partner at Oliver Wyman, presented the diversity program of the strategy consultancy and emphasized, among other things, the importance of clear guidelines and their consistent implementation not only in the company itself but also in cooperation with other companies. Difficulties were to be overcome above all concerning the employment in other countries, in which human rights are partly less respected or also actively hurt.
In the ensuing panel discussion, Kochersperger discussed challenges and opportunities concerning equality and diversity both at work and at university with WHU Associate Dean Professor Dr. Michael Frenkel and WHU Press Officer and Equal Opportunities Officer Jennifer Willms, moderated by Assistent Professor Dr. Lukas Löhlein. The panelists agreed that despite successful measures, such as the WHU Diversity Day initiated and organized by WHU students, there is still much work to be done on the road to full equality for all population groups.
At the final networking round, which took place as part of a wine tasting, the participants eagerly discussed measures and possibilities and exchanged personal experiences.