European Diversity and Inclusion Congress (EDIC) – Call for speakers

Call for Speakers

Diversity Leadership

European Diversity and Inclusion Congress (EDIC)
High-­?level international forum for business executives, media and research institutions Vienna, 1st – 2nd March 2012Dear D&I Experts, Practitioners, Researchers etc.!

The European Diversity and Inclusion Congress –EDIC 2012 is happy to announce its call for speakers!
EDIC is a high-ranking international gathering of senior corporate managers, HR and CSR managers, diversity and inclusion experts and practitioners, government and non-government organization (NGO) officials, academics etc. focusing on the complex challenges and opportunities related to global diversity management.

EDIC provides its attendees with a two days of very unique, intensive and interactive experience, exposing them to a refreshing combination of cutting-edge tools and opportunities on the one hand and groundbreaking, trendsetting innovative research findings in the field of Diversity and Inclusion from both a European and global perspectives on the other hand.

Whereas day one is focusing on marketing diversity for business results, comparative advantages of flexible working arrangements both for companies and employees, taping into the pipeline of women and minorities, setting and managing diversity targets in an ever-changing workforce, day two is committed to Inclusion management, Innovative research findings, career development and human networks, diversity charters, employee engagement and satisfaction, placing a special focus on how companies and D&I experts can overcome challenges and create new opportunities in emerging workforces.

Exact conference location will be communicated shortly!

Submission and deadline

Interested speakers are kindly invited to take a close look at our agenda online by clicking on for our 2012 agenda, and to kindly select the topic/panel most suitable to their expertise.
Complete requests for speaking engagement should be sent to us via mail to preferably in word document form. Please make sure to include the following to make your submission complete:

An abstract with no more than 400 words briefly describing your input/approach to the chosen panel
Short bio with no more than 150 words clearly stating your expertise on the chosen panel/topic
1 printable photograph, no less than 300 DPI, for our Congress Journal
For the purpose of quick handling we encourage you to submit your complete registration no later than Monday 30th November 2011.The D&I Congress enjoys a high demand of speaking engagements from extremely high-profile leaders from around the globe. Speakers will therefore be considered depending on availability of speaking opportunities. Selected speaker will receive a notice with our speaker’s commitment form and an invitation to proceed to official online registration.Target audience of EDIC

The EDIC is an ideal Forum for Business and the public sector, leaders and decision-makers seeking insight, expertise and solutions on how to stay competitive and successful in today’s rapidly changing workforces and marketplaces.

Our target audiences include high-profile international diversity and inclusion experts, CEOs, academia, D&I practitioners, authors, journalists etc, seeking to share their insights, strategies, benefits, challenges, opportunities on how today’s businesses can best manage and profit from inclusive diversity.

EDIC is an excellent training and learning place for organisational development specialists, diversity, minority and gender trainers and coaches, policy-makers and anyone interested in diversity and inclusion and seeking maximum output at the lowest cost.

EDIC’s setting and selected topics are most carefully designed to meet the needs of companies and D&I mangers with little money, seeking to improve their company D&I profile and reputation.

Expected number of participants

Each of our past diversity leadership conferences has attracted over 230 participants from all over the world. However, for the purpose of interactively and intensively engaging and taping into the expertise and biographies of both our speakers and attendees we are consciously limiting the maximum number our participants for 2012 to 200.

Congress language

The Congress will be held both in English and German according to speaker’s preference. Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided in both languages as needed.

Visit our website for any further information.

It is our duty and pleasure to assist you through a smooth and quick registration procedure, so feel free to contact us for any assistance. You can reach us by phone +43 9660 11 969 115 or by email:

I personally look forward to welcoming you on board our high profile speakers’ community, to Vienna in and to EDIC 2012.

Let the sun shine!

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Beatrice Achaleke
CEO Diversity Leadership
EDIC Founder & Congress Manager

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Black European Women’s Council Elects its Management Board



Beatrice Achaleke, President elect of the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC)
BEWC Secretariat details:
Telephone ++43 1 9660 425

Black European Women’s Council Elects its Management Board

Vienna, Austria, 14 April 2009

The third Europe-wide meeting of the Black European Women’s Council – BEWC took place in
Soesterberg/Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 9th-11th of April 2009.

This meeting brought together 31 member organisations of the BEWC from 12 EU Member States. The opening session of the meeting focused on a Capacity Building Conference for BEWC Member Organisations coming from Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The conference started with the development of the BEWC Mission Statement.

“BEWC was defined as a vehicle for the recognition and the visibility of Black Women in Europe, through which they can reach their optimum potential.”

During BEWC General Assembly, participants jointly developed a BEWC strategic plan consisting of a BEWC “elevator pitch” (a focused message concise enough to get across in the length of an elevator ride); funding proposals for a BEWC implementation programme; specific commitments of the working groups; a schedule for the adoption of proposals, resolutions and the election of the Management Board.

On the second day of the BEWC General Assembly, participants and delegates elected the Management Board of BEWC, their alternates. 9 EU Member States are represented on the Management Board of the BEWC.

The first Management Board meeting that followed the elections appointed the Executive team as follows:

President: Beatrice Achaleke (Austria), Vice President: Yvette Jarvis (Greece), Treasurer: Hellen Felter (The Netherlands) and the Secretary: Sandrine Joseph (France).

In her first speech as the newly-elected president, Beatrice Achaleke, reminded BEWC members of the distance the organization had come since the first Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna in 2007, organized in the framework of the EU Year of Equal Opportunities for All. In 2008 during the EU Year Intercultural Dialog, the strategic meeting of the BEWC was also hosted in Vienna, focusing on developing goals and establishing a constitution. That same year, the group officially launched the BEWC in Brussels in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee.

“Today,” Achaleke said, “we have shown our determination and capacity to stand up for the rights of, the recognition and full inclusion of Black Women in their diversity in European debates. The journey within the European Union framework and/or European Commission institutions is still very long, but I am more than convinced, we are ready for the challenge.”

The General Assembly came to a close with a priority plan of action focusing on institutionalising the BEWC in Brussels and defining areas of work for the next few years.

The priorities include:
• Setting up its headquarters equipped with the needed staff in Brussels;
• Capacity building;
• Female empowerment;
• Youth leadership/empowerment strategies;
• Women’s health issues.

Annual reports and data on the situation of Black Women and Communities in Europe. The BEWC intends to achieve these priorities within existing EU and national legal frameworks and programs combined with effective networking, lobbying and partnership with EU institutions and other European and international networks.

The BEWC General Assembly furthermore passed a Resolution with regards to the ongoing European Women’s Lobby’s 50/50 campaign, urging the campaign to take into consideration the diversity of Europe, with particular reference on visible minorities.

Also inline with the Vienna Declaration of Black European Women, a letter of support was drafted to the main opposition political party Fine Gael in Ireland. The BEWC letter of support is in favour of Ms. Benedicta Attoh’s candidate to the upcoming municipal elections in Ireland.

The Black European Women’s Council, BEWC, is a European-wide Umbrella Organisation of Black European Women. Initiated by AFRA and co-organised by TIYE International, the 1st Black European Women’s Congress took in the Framework of the European Year of Equal Opportunities 2007.

The founding partners are:
AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives in Austria
TIYE International, the platform umbrella NGO of National organisations of Black, Migrant and Refugee Women in The Netherlands.

For additional information on the BEWC contact:
Ms. Beatrice Achaleke
BEWC President elect

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Don’t Forget Your Nomination For The 100 Black European Women in Leadership Book and Award

Get your nomination form:

Call for Nomination for the book “100 Black European Women in Leadership” and the “Black European Leadership Award – BELA 2009”

The need to highlight, raise awareness on and to celebrate achievements and successes of Black European Women from a self-empowerment perspective has been repeated on several occasions.

It is a fact that there are many Black European Women in decision-making and leadership positions in different Member States of the European Union. However, their contributions and achievements still remain largely invisible. Therefore, AFRA and its partners think that it is high time to pick up this challenge from a self-empowerment perspective and focus on this aspect within the framework of the European Year on Innovation and Creativity 2009.

For this reason we are currently working on our next book with the title: “100 Black European Women in Leadership”. This project aims at gathering data on 100 Black European Women in leadership and decision-making positions in Europe under the following categories: Social and Humanitarian engagements, Politics, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Research, Arts and Culture, Sports and Media. The selected 100 women shall be published as an attempt to honor these Black European role models (in all their rich diversity) for their leadership activities on the one hand, and on the other hand to encourage and promote the younger generations to go even further.

We therefore would very much appreciate it if you could recommend and/or help passing on this call to Black European Women around you, whom you think definitely deserve this honor. The deadline for nominations is 20th of March 2009. An international jury is going to decide upon the 100 Black European Women to be considered in the book and the BELA Award 2009.

AFRA and its partners are organising the “European Diversity, Innovation and Creativity Week 2009” from 13th-16th October 2009 in Brussels, within the framework of the European Year 2009 on Innovation and Creativity. A high level gala evening is planned during this week to officially present the book “100 Black European Women in Leadership” and to honor selected personalities (for the first time) with the “Black European Leadership Award (BELA 2009)”- for their contributions to the promotion of the cause of Black European Women.

The “Global Diversity Award Europe 2009 2009 (GDA-EU)” takes place on the same evening after the BELA.
For further information we gladly will be at your service and are looking forward to getting in personal contact with you.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve
been waiting for. We are the change that we seek
.” (Barack Obama 2008)

Let us make a change together!

Beatrice Achaleke (Executive Director AFRA)
– AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008
Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767

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Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009


*Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009.
*President elect BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION act On the 20th of January 2009.

Following the Historical victory of President elect Barack Obama Various
NGOs and Black communities based in Austria are coming together to
celebrate change in the spirit of Obama.We are seizing this moment to
question, encourage and promote political participation of migrants in

This event will be held at the Amerika *Haus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Vienna* and is supported by the US Embassy in Austria.
*The event starts at 4:OO pm*.

This event offers the floor and a unique opportunity for Leading opinion
leaders, politicians, diplomats and representatives from different
Austrian communities to make a commitment for change in the European
Year of innovation and creativity 2009.

We hereby kindly invite you to join us on this day to stand up and
celebrate the spirit of change we strongly believe in.

Participation is free of charge upon registration under

For further information and program contact:

On behalf of the team of change.
*Beatrice Achaleke, Simon Inou, Alexis Neuberg*

ps: please feel free to pass on this invitation to your friends and
whoever may interested!

*AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
Radio Afrika TV

*Project partners:
-Tres Monos
-Ossiri’s Lernakademie
-Schwarze Frauen Community
-Afrikanische Frauenorganisation
-Association for Democracy in Africa
-Chiala Afriquas Graz
-Black Community Linz
-Prinz Zeka

Beatrice Achaleke
– Executive Director
– AFRA — International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008

Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767

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