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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace:Toxic Workplaces, Leadership and Mental Health

May 29 @ 13:00 - 15:00 CEST

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is imperative for a sustainable, competitive and innovative company and society at large. Diversity also goes beyond the outward perception of a company – it includes how the internal structures work and signal the value systems of an organization’s management or leadership team.

This series is designed by Diversify to center Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. We look forward to seeing you! In May, we will be discussing about Toxic Workplaces, Leadership and Mental Health in our monthly Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace session.

This event is FREE to attend and will be held digitally. Please register below to receive the Zoom link.

About the speakers:

Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

A seasoned Economist and three-time founder, brings over 14 years of leadership experience, driving organizational change and sustainable impact. With a global perspective from working in seven countries across three continents, she excels in uncertain environments. Collaborating with entities like the European Commission and The United Nations, she is adept at building relationships with diverse stakeholders. As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, she spearheads the development of sustainable Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) strategies for companies, governments, and civil society. Notably, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit in 2022, a significant conference advancing DEIB in the Nordics. Chisom’s commitment to inclusivity extends to HerSpace, a co-creation community, and HerTech, a Women in Tech incubator launched in 2022, prioritizing diversity in leadership. A thought leader in DEIB and advocate for mental health, her writings on these topics, featured in Forbes, underscore her influence.

Astrid Sundberg (She/Her)

Astrid is presently the Director of Impact Partnerships at The Conduit, a collaborative community of changemakers, driving groundbreaking ideas that can lead to transformative social impact. Astrid Sundberg is a future-focused Leader and champion for change, with 25 years’ experience delivering value to start-up and scale up organizations. Working in a highly collaborative capacity, she’s best known for her achievements in the corporate sector, through the building and growth of workplace communities and teams, while driving organisational change and transformation. With a fervent belief in Inclusive Leadership, Astrid’s delivered multiple impact-driven initiatives and campaigns, while leading cross-functional teams, stakeholders and project groups. Adaptable and co-creative, she likes to nerd out on topics such as workplace culture and wellbeing, as well as being deeply devoted to how compassionate leadership cultivates a sense of belonging in the workplace. With expertise from STEM, Consultancy, Retail, Hospitality and Sustainability, she’s previously implemented a high-impact Inclusive Leadership programme for several hundred employees, where her work was recognised with 3 national awards.

Ama Afrifa-Tchie (She/Her)

Ama Afrifa-Tchie is Global DEI Lead and Specialist Adviser for NRC, a valiant cultural builder, her  specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives. She works with senior leadership, management teams, and employee engagement to embed and integrate organisational culture through behaviour, processes and systems, and seeks to promote a positive, inclusive, supportive work environment and company culture by developing and evolving programmes and initiatives that support the organisation’s mission and values. As Global DEI Lead and Specialist Adviser for NRC, she is responsible for leading NRC’s work to become an even more inclusive and diverse organisation and is responsible for defining and implementing policies and measures to promote and embed an organisational culture that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in NRC.

Stine Rebekka Aksnes (She/Her)

Stine Aksnes

Stine is a Leader in Sustainability, DEIB & ESG. As the former Director of Sustainability at Sopra Steria, Stine had the responsibility for the development, implementation and reporting of the company’s overall sustainability strategy. She hold several Boards positions including Oslo Venstre, and Oslo Inklusive, whose mission is to foster inclusive cultural spaces to drive social impact in local communities.

Previous positions includes Consultancy and Managerial roles within Sustainability and Corporate Communications at firms such as Grant Thornton, Telenor Norge, First House, Eksfin, Gambit Hill & Knowlton, Finans Norge etc . Her solid expertise lies in the intersection between sustainability, strategy and corporate communications.

Sofie Staal (She/Her)

Sofie Staal imageSofie Staal is a UX Lead at Innovation Norway, an organization supporting companies to grow sustainably by providing access to competence, capital and networks.She brings 8 years’ experience as a Designer, following her graduation from Kristiania College in Oslo, where she has also taught Interaction Design. Sofie has worked on a range of service and design products that are widely used across Norway, taking pride in delivering design initiatives based on data driven decisions. She thrives in tackling challenging projects that require a people centric approach and solutions-oriented lens. Sofie is a dabhand at home restoration, furniture renovation and textiles having renovated several homes and created a range of clothing that have been lovingly sewn by hand. She is proudly neuro-diverse, speaking openly about her ADHD diagnosis being one of her hidden super powers.

Sofie has recently become an unexpected part of a media storm here in Norway after speaking out about her experiences of surviving workplace sexual abuse and harassment.


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May 29
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  • 3 course meal;
  • 3 glasses of wine;
  • Coupon for 20% discount for cloth rental for this gala from Fjong;

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