25 January 16:00 - 19:00Fabriken Event, Stockholm

Defining serious employers: Leaders of Diversity

Our survey of non-EU talent facing deportation for minor errors (kompetensutvisning) has  been published over 30 times in the last year, including internationally. Rules designed to protect labor standards from non-serious employers, started to affect great employers as well - often for mistakes made in the past from others. 

So, at the end of our survey which has over 600 respondents, there is an optional question :

"We have learned that many 'kompetensutvisade' have employers that really help - is your current employer someone who helps you with this situation? Do you want to nominate them for an Award?"

65+ employers were nominated, by foreign talent.  

These are all success stories  of how normal HR Managers, CEO's, Mobility Specialists showed a commitment as not only serious employers - but genuine leaders of diversity. 

This event is for everyone who needs some good news on diversity in Sweden. Employer, worker, Swedish, foreigner - all are welcome. Come celebrate great people at great organizations, 'doing it right'  when it comes to diversity, talent and work permits in Sweden. 

This is a charity celebration,  and part of a non-profit, non-partisan initiative for inclusion in Sweden. No politics, tack - this is about people. 

The winner is decided by an independent, balanced Evaluation Committee representing all perspectives of diversity and inclusion at work,  including Kompetensutvisning survivors. See how it works here.

Evaluation Committee

Nina Falkstrand
Head of Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Scania

Nina is  the real deal. Originally from Södertälje, Nina went around the world before coming back to build a veteran career in HR at Scania. Nina is a trailblazer with several different programs, methods and volunteer organizations that progress women's and minority engagement at the workplace at Scania and others. This is probably why Scania was nominated (twice) for an Award - which was traded to be the Head of our Evaluation Committee. 

Monika Wirkkala
Head of Talent Attraction at Swedish Institute

Lisa Pelling
Chief Analyst at Arena Idé

Mia Rolf
Director, Ideon Science Park

Rafiqul Islam
Kompetensutvisning Survivor & Co-Founder, Work Permit Holders Association

Ali Omumi
Chief Kompetensutvisning Survivor & Specialist at ABB

Keynotes

Saeid Esmaeilzadeh
Co-Founder at Serendipity Group

Serial-entrepreneur and proud Co-Founder of the Serendipty Group. Established and managed a range of research-intensive companies in various industries. Hold several executive and non-executive board positions at Swedish and international companies within industries such as; MedTech, BioTech, Advanced materials and CleanTech. Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Stockholm University. 

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Nina Falkstrand
Head of Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Scania

Nina is  the real deal. Originally from Södertälje, Nina went around the world before coming back to build a veteran career in HR at Scania. Nina is a trailblazer with several different programs, methods and volunteer organizations that progress women's and minority engagement at the workplace at Scania and others. This is probably why Scania was nominated (twice) for an Award - which was traded to be the Head of our Evaluation Committee. 

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Patrick Hamilton Walsh
Growth Strategist at Invest Stockholm

Originally from N. Ireland, Patrick grew up in a conflict-zone. When he was 16 he wrote down 3 different objectives to get himself out, and then did them. This includes a career in finance, various executive positions, and leadership. Then he sold everything, traveled the world, and wrote a book about it where all proceeds go to charity. In between his coaching and charity activities he's helping Stockholm develop the city's first talent attraction strategy. 

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Agenda

Doors Open

Arrive early, grab a cup of coffee and mingle with heroes of diversity.

30min

Introduction: Welcome to Leaders of Diversity Award

30min

Fireside chat: A personal approach to diversity for innovation

Building a billion dollar business in Sweden  - diversity as a driver of innovation and growth.

30min

Inspiration: Building Silicon Valley of the North

Attracting talent - global lessons learned from the man who wrote the strategy for Stockholm.

30min

Panel of Success: Lessons learned from 65 leaders

A conversation with the Evaluation Committee - sharing tips, trends and inspiration from the nominees.

30min

Celebration and mingle

Like it's 1999. Food and drinks beers will be served.

60min

Presentation of the award

The finalists will be announced and the winner celebrated.

15min

Closing: Keeping Sweden open for talent

Diversify's COO summarizes the last years, the event and gets the party started.

15min

Continued mingle

45min

Doors close

All you need to know

The event will take place after work on Friday, August 28th.

Venue: Fabriken Event – a top-notch event space in an old factory.
Drinks: Brewing Költur, co-owned by a kompetensutvisad brewer
Food: Sopköket – sustainably sourced food with a cause

Starting with inspirational keynotes, moving into food, mingle and music and ending with the crescendo of an award ceremony to celebrate Sweden's Leaders of Diversity.

Emcees

Matt Kriteman
"MC Green Chile Bagel," COO, Diversify Foundation

Originally from New Mexico (USA) Matt worked for the US Congress (Democrat) as a Labor Adviser and received a scholarship from the Swedish Government to study the Swedish Model and social trust at Uppsala University. He's survived kompetensutvisning twice, and designed Diversify's survey, communications strategy, and outreach to foreign talent. Other experiences include Civil Rights Defenders, FCG International, Democratic Institute for Human Rights, the UNDP, UBI Global, Connect Sverige,  and is the host of the Dearly Deported podcast. He's also the Founder of Yogis Utan Gränser #yogatillfolket

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Per Clingweld
"MC Dad-Bod," Chairman, Diversify Foundation

Per is the Chairman of the Diversify Foundation and a relentless volunteer for outreach into the tech/innovation sector, in addition to his role as Business Lead at Prototyp and being a dad of two small kids! You have to click his Linkedin about 8 times to see all he's done in startups, tech, and impact investment. Highlights include Nova, Vinnova, World Values Day, Startup Grind, Konungens Stiftelse Ungt Ledarska, and even the Swedish Armed Forces. 

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Organized by

Diversify Foundation @diversify_org info@diversifyfoundation.org

We’re a non-political, non-profit foundation dedicated to keeping Sweden open for talent.