Achieving Gender Equality through Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace






The world of work is undergoing rapid and profound transformations marked by innovations in information, mobility, and technology. Work, workforces and workplaces are being redefined. It is increasingly recognized that a successful 21st century workplace depends on diversity and inclusion in any organization. We have the opportunity to influence the future of work by positioning women in labour markets in the best ways possible such that 21st century workplaces are diverse, inclusive and gender responsive.

The business case for achieving gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace is clear. Diversity and inclusion policies and practices towards gender equality in the workplace can mean increased productivity, greater innovation, better decision making, and higher employee retention and satisfaction. Companies need to be prepared to adapt to changing demographics and tackle challenges posed by technology and mobility, and to attract talent that is increasingly motivated by gender equality considerations.

The future of work that we are collectively molding should work for all – women and men, gender non-conforming alike. Along with great opportunities, we are also at great risk of further entrenching gender inequality and discrimination against women. Women face new challenges compounded existing ones, such as gender pay gaps, gender-based discrimination in hiring, retention and promotion, differences in training and advancement opportunities, sexual harassment, and lack of adequate childcare support and paid maternity and parental leave, among others.

This webinar will explore how companies are building and improving their diversity and inclusion strategies towards achieving gender equality in the 21st century workplace in the context of the future of work.



Meral Guzel, Women's Empowerment Principles Specialist, WE EMPOWER Programme, UN Women


Tim Rivera, Programs Officer, EU Delegation to the United States


Rohini Anand, Senior Vice-President Corporate Responsibility, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Robert Baker, Senior PartnerLeader of Diversity and Inclusion Consulting for the International Region, Mercer




Tim RiveraPrograms Officer, EU Delegation to the United States

Tim Rivera is a Programs Officer for the EU Delegation to the United States. He manages a portfolio of programs covering the breadth of the transatlantic policy agenda and in support of the European Union's outreach across the US. He also serves as liaison for higher education institutions in the U.S., including a network of European Studies centers. He previously worked at the British Council. You can follow the EU Delegation to the U.S. on Twitter, @EUintheUS.


Rohini Anand, Senior Vice-President Corporate Responsibility, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Dr. Rohini Anand is Global SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexo's integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo's corporate social responsibility and wellness strategies. Dr. Anand is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services.

She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors including the Mosaic Woman Leadership Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award, the MarylandInternational Business Leadership Award, the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Individual Leader Award, Webster University’s Women of Influence Award, the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award (WWAAC) and Ascend’s inauguralExcellence in Diversity & Inclusion award.

Dr. Anand received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She chairs the Catalyst Board of Advisors and serves on the boards of several organizations including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Community Wealth Partners, the National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) and Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation. She also serves on the Charter Communications External Diversity and Inclusion Council


Robert Baker, Senior Partner,Leader of Diversity and Inclusion Consulting for the International Region, Mercer

Robert (Rob) Baker is the Leader of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region at Mercer, the leading global human resources consulting firm.

Based in London, but part of a global team, he and his colleagues help organisations build the diverse and inclusive cultures, workplaces and workforces they need to meet the key business challenges of disruption, innovation and growth. Rob is a thought leader on diversity & inclusion and on engaging men to support gender equality: at work, at home and in all aspects of life. 

In recognition of his achievements in supporting women in the workplace, he was named an Agent of Change 2019 by Management Today.

Rob is past Co-President of PWN Global, a major global women’s network. In this role he shared the leadership of the Global Board and worked with global partners and local PWN City Networks to help drive gender balance. Rob has spoken at numerous conferences and has contributed to many publications and blogs on the importance of balanced leadership. Rob also speaks widely on talent trends, innovation and the future of work, including the importance of engaging all employees in the workplace and getting the best from the multi-generational workforce. 



The webinar is organized by WE EMPOWER - G7 Programme Team. 

Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work through Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries (WE EMPOWER Programme) is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Over the next two years, the WE EMPOWER Programme will convene stakeholders dialogues in the EU, Canada, Japan and the US to exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the context of the changing world of work. 

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