Diversity and inclusion are core values of the UNDP and as such, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises to “leave no one behind”.
In September 2015, Romania joined the other 193 UN Member States at the Summit on Sustainable Development and as such, pledged to fulfil the 17 SDGs from the 2030 Agenda. In this case, the inclusion of people with disabilities, young people and women in development policies is a major focus in Romania’s strategy.
At corporate level, a diverse, inclusive work environment drives business growth. Bringing together people from different backgrounds, with different skills and experiences can boost innovation and creativity, not to mention that all employees will feel more secure and happier knowing that they are accepted and understood, which in turn will make them more productive and confident. After all, it is a well-known fact that happiness is at the base of success, not the other way round.
The future is green, digital and human. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition and brought major changes for the companies’ organizational architecture. The inevitable transition towards a circular, climate neutral economy will further push companies to change their business model and strengthen their organizational culture.
In such conditions, in order to understand the role of D&I tomorrow, we have to know where it stands today. Join the “Diversity and Inclusion in 2022” to find out the current approach and initiatives of organizations, as well as the direction in which they are moving towards the future.
Title: Chief Executive Officer at Light into Europe Charity
At the age of 42, I embarked myself on the third career, graduating from Essex University with a bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy and Disability Management and returned to Romania to implement some ground breaking services for the Romanian living with sight or hearing loss: the first Romanian sign language training programme, the Orientation and Mobility and accessibility and the first guide dogs for the Blind programme.
I like to use Stephen Hawking as an example to explain why I do the work I do. One of the only reasons we know of Stephen Hawking is because of the accessibility and technology solutions that enabled him to achieve the profound insights he did. Would we have known he was perhaps the cleverest person in the world if he did not have access to this support?
How many geniuses like Stephen Hawking have been born around the world, who did not have access to this support and who the world did not get to directly benefit from their profound wisdom?
My daily mission is to empower Deaf or Blind young people seeking employment, as well as to educate other organizations and equip them with the knowledge they need to give people with disabilities the fair opportunities they deserve.
Subject covered: Implementing Readiness for employment programme for young people with sight loss or hearing loss.
Title: Managing Director DHL Express Romania from July 2020.
For 21 years professionally associated with DHL Express. For 8 years Operations Director for DHL Express Poland.
Having wide experience in managing international logistics, operations and customs process.
She considers as a success building a strong and committed International Team at DHL. Mature manager, with extensive experience in team management, building partnerships and building employee engagement.
At DHL Express, she is the facilitator and coach of the Certified International Manager development program. Strong supporter of programs DHL4HER and DHL4ALL.
Certified Mentor and Coach associated with Women in Leadership Foundation and Vital Voices in Poland.
She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics and the SWPS University in Warsaw.
Privately, she loves long and short journeys to various parts of the world, which she captures in photographs. She likes to spend free time reading a good book, as well as playing sports. Her hobbies are also decoration and interior design. She is a theater lover.
Carmen-Daniela Micu, MBA, MEng
Title: Chair Of The Board Of Directors, IASE International | CEO&Board Member, ENVISIA-Boards of Elite (IASE: International Association for Sustainable Economy)
Carmen is Founder and Board Member of ENVISIA-Boards of Elite, the first Business School in Romania for Board Directors. She is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in general management and in marketing & communication, having held local, regional and global assignments, in companies such as Beiersdorf AG Hamburg, Wella AG and Omnicom Media Group, and covering an array of industries from FMCG to Pharma and Media & Advertising. Strong business development professional, Carmen holds two masters degrees and is an alumna from prestigious schools: IESE Business School, Wharton University, Kellogg School of Management- Northwestern University, ASEBUSS, University Of Washington. She holds a certification in Hogan psychological evaluation and is a member of “Independent Directors’ Association” (AAI).
Carmen has been a member of PWN Romania from its very inception in November 2011, currently is Board Vice-President Membership Experience PWN Romania and since 2019 she is Chair of the Global Nomination Committee Professional Women‘s Networks. She has been nominated PWN Global Member of the Year in 2019.
Subject covered: Diversity and inclusion impact on business performance.