Industries & Functions

St. Galler Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Platform for Information and Exchange with Practitioners


Programme Description

What are the benefits of diversity? What big challenges lie ahead? Who should be included and how? What makes sense from a business and socio-political view?

This conference is for executives, HR managers, diversity experts, equal opportunities officers and other interested parties, who wish to update their knowledge in this field. 

The St.Galler Diversity & Inclusion Conference will be held in cooperation with Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI an der FIM-HSG)Center for Disability and Integration (CDI-HSG)Lehrstuhl für Organisationspsychologie (OPSY-HSG)Schweizer Institut für empirische Wirtschaftsforschung (SEW-HSG)Fachbereich Gender und Diversity (SHSS-HSG)Servicezentrum Chancengleichheitdem Forschungsinstitut für Arbeit und Arbeitswelten (FAA-HSG) and the Executive School for Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG).

Target Audience

This conference is for executives, HR managers, diversity experts, equal opportunities officers and other interested parties.


Start Dates
1 Day
Application Deadline
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
Programme Type
CHF 450.-
Special Discounts
Discount for companies sending 3 or more participants and company packages available upon request to
Executive Campus of the University of St.Gallen
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


In times of globalisation and migration, demographic change as well as changing income and family patterns, the successful handling of diversity and inclusion has become a decisive core competence for companies.

At the University of St.Gallen, numerous research centres and institutes are dealing with this highly relevant topic. The aim of this conference is to discuss newly gained insights with practitioners in the field. 

Programme Benefits

  • Get in touch with researchers who have been dealing with diversity and inclusion for years. 
  • Share your practical experience and initiate new research projects together. 
  • Connect with people who are also concerned with this topic.
  • Enjoy the day in an inspiring environment.

Course Structure

Current research findings of the University of St.Gallen will be presented in joint sessions, each consisting of a short lecture by a HSG-researcher and a corresponding contribution from a practitioner representing a company, public administration or non-profit organisation. Each session will conclude with a moderated Q&A session. The focus of the Q&A session is on implementation models and experience. A panel discussion on “Migration, Refugees and Labour Market” as well as a keynote speech from research will offer additional new perspectives on this topic.

Content & Faculty


9:00 - 9:30 am Opening and introduction (Prof. Winfried Ruigrok PhD; moderator Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander)

9:30 - 10:30 am Joint Session 1: Age Diversity and Disability (Prof. Dr. Stephan Alexander Böhm with Victoria Broscheit and Thomas Kienast, AUDI; moderator Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander)

10:30 - 11:00 am Coffee break & networking

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Joint Session 2: Unconscious Bias and Excellence (Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich with Stefanie Brander, Uni Lausanne; moderator Dr. Tina Maria Sturm)

12:00 - 13:30 pm Lunch break

13:30 - 14:00 pm Do we Need Official Genders? (Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser; moderator Dr. Christa Binswanger)

14:00 - 15:00 pm Panel discussion on Migration (Arijana Buljubasic, Baugewerbliche Berufsschulen Zürich; Prof. Dr. Christoph Frei, University of St.Gallen; Heinz Gehrig, Projekt Riesco; Lorenz Isler, IKEA Schweiz; Dr. Ines Kappert, Gunda-Werner-Institut; Dr. Simone Prodolliet, Eidgenössische Migrationskommission; moderator Dr. Claudia Franziska Brühwiler)

15:00 - 15:30 pm Coffee break & networking

15:30 - 16:30 pm Joint Session 3: How to Measure Success in D&I? (Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander with Michael Federer, Raiffeisen Schweiz; moderators Dr. Regula Dietsche and Dr. Gloria Warmuth)

16:30 - 17:15 pm Final Keynote (Prof. Dr. Franz Schultheis in conversation with Dr. Christa Binswanger)


  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Alexander Böhm, University of St.Gallen
  • Stefanie Brander, lic. phil I, University of Lausanne
  • Victoria Broscheit, AUDI
  • Michael Federer, Raiffeisen Schweiz
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. h.c. Thomas Geiser, University of St.Gallen
  • Thomas Kienast, AUDI
  • Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich, University of St.Gallen
  • Prof. Winfried Ruigrok, PhD, University of St.Gallen
  • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander, University of St.Gallen
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schultheis, University of St.Gallen

Guests at panel discussion

  • Arijana Buljubasic, lic. phil I, Baugewerbliche Berufsschulen Zürich
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Frei, University of St.Gallen
  • Heinz Gerig, Project RIESCO
  • Lorenz Isler, IKEA Schweiz
  • Dr. Ines Kappert, Gunda-Werner-Institut
  • Dr. Simone Prodolliet, Eidgenössische Migrationskommission


  • Dr. Christa Binswanger, University of St.Gallen
  • Dr. Claudia Franziska Brühwiler, University of St.Gallen
  • Dr. Regula Dietsche, University of St.Gallen
  • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander, University of St.Gallen
  • Dr. Tina Maria Sturm, University of St.Gallen 
  • Dr. Gloria Warmuth, University of St.Gallen 

How to apply

Your Application

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Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured.