Oslo Pride Business Forum 2024

June 25th - 09:00-16:00

Clarion Hotel Oslo, Bjørvika

Diversity and Diversion - Working towards a commonal in a polarized world

Oslo Pride Business Forum 2024

Welcome to Oslo Pride Business Forum 2024. This years event includes top leaders, academics and experts, politicians and minority activists to discuss why and how to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment. We promise meaningful conversations, stimulating debates and high quality drag performance on stage.


09:15-10:00 - CEO of DNB Bank ASA Kjerstin Braathen and Henrik Asheim, Member of Parliament and Deputy Party Leader, The Conservative Party of Norway:

In an era marked by deeper societal divisions, the discourse on diversity and inclusion within businesses takes on a paramount significance. Today, we convene to delve into the intricate dynamics of navigating diversity and inclusion initiatives amidst a polarized world. As globalization intertwines cultures and perspectives, businesses face the imperative to foster environments where every voice is heard and every identity respected. However, this noble pursuit encounters multifaceted challenges, from reconciling differing viewpoints to addressing systemic biases. Through this debate, we aim to illuminate pathways for businesses to authentically engage with diversity and inclusion, ultimately forging a more equitable future. 

10:00 - 10:45 - Laura Liswood:

With a career marked by a steadfast commitment to diversity and equity, Laura Liswood has emerged as a beacon of inspiration for leaders across the globe. From her transformative work at the United Nations to her groundbreaking contributions as Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, Laura's journey offers invaluable lessons on the power of inclusive leadership to drive organizational success and societal progress. Join us as we delve into the depths of her wisdom, exploring the strategies, challenges, and triumphs that define her remarkable legacy in making inclusive cultures not just a goal, but a reality.

10:45 - 11:30 - Panel debate; Moderated by Kimiya Sajjadi

We will explore how to foster inclusive cultures within the corporate landscape. As businesses strive to champion diversity, the question of effective measures emerges as a beacon guiding our discussion today. In a world where inclusion is not just a moral imperative but a strategic necessity, our panel convenes to dissect the strategies, policies, and practices that truly catalyze cultural transformation.

11:30 - 12:30 - LUNCH

12:30 - 12:45 - Entertainment

12:45 - 13:15 Kjetil Smette, Mathias Holst

With the Director of Strategy from Thon Hotels, we will reflect on a pivotal moment in their journey towards inclusivity. In June 2023, Thon Hotels found themselves embroiled in controversy when their initial decision to prohibit the raising of the rainbow flag in their establishments sparked widespread criticism and condemnation. Today, we have the privilege of hearing directly from a representative who witnessed firsthand the repercussions of this decision and the ensuing journey towards reconciliation. As we delve into this narrative, we confront the complexities of navigating corporate responsibility, public perception, and LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the modern era.

13:15 - 14:00 - Panel debate; Moderated by Chisom Udeze

We will be exploring how companies navigate the delicate balance between authenticity and risk aversion in their pursuit of inclusion.

This panel will have a dialogue on the intersection of inclusive business cultures and the specter of cancel culture. In an era marked by heightened social consciousness and digital scrutiny, businesses grapple not only with the imperative to foster inclusivity but also with the palpable fear of being canceled for missteps or perceived insensitivity

14:00 - 14:20 BREAK

14:20 - 14:35 Oslo Pride Rapport

Oslo Pride has paired up with Equality Check to create a data generated report about queer peoples experiences in the workplace in Norway. The report is finalized in June and we are looking forward to presenting the results. CEO of Equality Check, Marie Louise Sunde, and Leader of Oslo Pride, will present.

14:35 - 14:50 Attensi

2023 Oslo Pride and Attensi created a digital e-learning platform called Pride Awareness. We are looking forward to show you more of our popular e-learning game, that has already gained popularity nationally and internationally. Representatives from Attensi are looking forward to show you more of what we have created.

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