The International Education Sustainable Foundation acts as a convener, uniting Policymakers, government institutions, large corporations, startups/scale-ups, Investors, and Diversity & Inclusion Experts. Our events are focused on advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Driving change, and knowledge sharing.

World Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference 2022

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The yearly diversity and inclusion conference is where each of our focus pillars; Workplace, Supplier engagement, Products & Services & Investment choices, is amplified, broken down, and dissected. We bring together experts of D&I and senior leaders who will go into a deep dive and share knowledge on how each pillar can be transformed to be more diverse and inclusive, provide industry knowledge and updates. In addition, we have a series of interactive workshops specific to each pillar to provide the tools and implementation programs, and technologies necessary to realize sustainable D&I efforts.

The conference is established to allow all leaders to gain knowledge and perspective on the various areas of D&I all from one platform, have oversight on implementation plans and programs that work, access to technologies, and how technology can advance D&I. The conference also provides an opportunity for all entities to network, build partnerships and collaborate under the commitment of creating a diverse and inclusive economy. In this way, we will be making a global community of businesses, leaders, organizations, policymakers who want to change the way business collectively is being done, create opportunities and access for companies and people from underrepresented backgrounds to be seen, accessed, and be accessible within their industries.

The conference will allow participants to receive a World Diversity and Inclusion certification of completion of the workshops and attendance of the conference that is valid for one year. The certificate will work on a tiered process from Foundational, Essential, Advanced, Superior, Expert. Each stage or tier represents the micro action and pledge of commitment to make an actionable change. An entity will only receive a certificate from two pillars in one year and only advance one tier at a time.

What to Expect

A theme for the year across all pillars will be established and will determine sub-themes for the seminars, workshops, and declarations at the end.
Every year will begin with a standard analysis of the past year, industry trends, and learnings. Then, look to the future of how D&I should look like for the coming year (general overview/ point of departure).

D&I in the Workplace D&I in product & service D&I in supplier engagement D&I in Investment
Multiple Experts providing discussions and keynote presentations on sub-themes. Multiple Experts providing discussions and keynote presentations on sub-themes. Multiple Experts providing discussions and keynote presentations on sub-themes. Multiple Experts providing discussions and keynote presentations on sub-themes.
Networking Networking Networking Networking
Multiple Experts providing interactive workshops and Demonstrations. Multiple Experts providing interactive workshops and Demonstrations. Multiple Experts providing interactive workshops and Demonstrations. Multiple Experts providing interactive workshops and Demonstrations.
Networking Networking Networking Networking
Declarations: Certificates Declarations: Certificates Declarations: Certificates Declarations: Certificates

Conference Outcomes

  • A space where attendees can engage with D&I issues within each pillar and encourage/examine promising practices to address them
  • Increase knowledge, understanding, and confidence in governments, startups, investors, corporations to undertake positive action initiatives to tackle underrepresentation and exclusion within the investment, supply chain, products and services, and the workplace.
  • Improve institutional capacity to make an actionable change on D&I on all levels
  • Engage with experts, leaders, policymakers, and businesses to foster conversation on finding strategic approaches and workable and practical solutions
  • implementation programs to Diversity and Inequality.

Certification

The certification is developed to enable entities to move beyond one-time commitments and statements and address Diversity and Inclusion comprehensively. The World Diversity and Inclusion Forum certification will ensure that the pillars of diversity and inclusion: Workplace, Supplier engagement, Products and Services, and Investment.

The conference will allow participants to receive a World Diversity and Inclusion Forum certification of completion of the workshops and attendance of the conference that is valid for one year. The certificate will work on a tiered process from Foundational, Essential, Advanced, Superior & Expert. Each stage or tier will represent the micro action and pledge of commitment to make an actionable change. An entity will only receive a certificate from two pillars in one year and only advance one tier at a time.

What are entities committing to

Entities in attendance and those who want to make the commitment are pledging each year to implement rigorous plans and policies to implement Diversity and inclusion within their entities.

  • Attendees will be required to meet 80% of each pillar's requirements to receive a certificate. Conditions being that one has to attend a certain number of talks and workshops.
  • The certificate is proof of having attended the event and commitment to implement D&I programs/ plans.
  • The certificate will work on a tier system; each tier will have its commitment requirements and implementation standards that a company is committing to enforce.
  • Each pillar will have its certificate with specialized D&I commitments and pledges.

Bridging The Gap

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Under the theme of “Partnerships for Accessibility and Inclusivity” We bring together the startups and scaleups from all sectors to connect with Investors, government, SME’s and large corporations all under one roof. For mentorship and meaningful networking, to share industry knowledge and build lasting partnerships.

Startups are the future companies and are instrumental in the economic recovery and sustainability of communities. When looking at Diversity & Inclusion, we need to be proactive instead of reactive in establishing diverse businesses and practices including providing support and opportunity for startups and scale-ups that will ensure a soft landing.

How it works

The community is a safe space built on the foundations of amplifying Diversity and Inclusion. All are welcome and made to feel and treated in the same manner, regardless of background, race, religion, gender.

To further stimulate the environment where people can converse with one another, understand each other and create the space of belonging and minimize fractions of exclusionary groups from forming. Every event will begin with an Ice Breaker. We will have a continuous trail of networking tables where every attendee will start. Each networking table will have two persons. Each meeting will be 5 min where both parties share their “elevator pitch” to get to know one another and establish an opportunity quickly. At the end of the 5 min, you move on to the next person until you have met as many people in the room. This gives everyone a chance to speak to as many people as possible, present their elevator pitch and distinguish between opportunities to work with one another. After a few rounds of Speed networking, most people in the room would’ve contacted each other and then decide if they would like to continue the conversation or move on to another person.

Each month will revolve around a focus theme to help tackle issues that startups and scale-ups face in their journey. The theme will be unpacked, relevant resources or tools will be provided, and knowledge will be exchanged.

Dance for Good - Dance for Youth 2022

Date: 15th January 2022

Dance for Good will serve as a fundraiser for the Zwart Academy program, taking place in Nigeria, Nicaragua and the Netherlands. This event will be held on the 15th of January 2022 conducted as a dance competition with employees from different businesses and government entities as participants. Participants will have the opportunity to dance, or compete, in elimination rounds, where they will have a brief period of time to fight for their spot in the next round, until there is a winner and two runner-ups. The employer of each participant will sponsor the event through tickets corresponding to their level which is reliant on the size of the enterprise, and in turn are able to choose one employee to represent their company. This event will bring together start ups, scale ups, large corporates and government entities through a fun event with an important social objective as other employees are welcome as guests of each sponsor. In addition to the competition itself, the event will be concluded with a gala where all the attendees will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy each other’s company and engage in networking opportunities. In doing so, we plan to raise €1,500,000, where the cost of the foundation will break even at a sum of €1,200,000 while the remaining €300,000 will go towards production costs. Although the ticket price is subject to the participants’ corporation size, they are all able to get tax benefits from this sponsorship, as it is a charitable donation under Dutch law.

Sponsors also benefit from

In achieving its fundraising goal, this event will help spread Zwart Academy’s vision, and fulfill its mission of helping youth from low-income families to achieve job opportunities through receiving proper education and training. Through the Zwart Academy programme, the educational inequality largely affected by race and socio-economic status, as well as the gender inequality affecting this same right, are able to be addressed. In turn, these gaps are bridged through the programme. This moves the youth one step closer to solving national and regional economic inequalities and providing a material opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, whilst solving the issue of scarcity of IT professionals in the West. Through solving such inequalities locally, and providing opportunities for the Academy trainees, socio-economic development of their respective communities will have the opportunity to progress, and so will the national economy. Thus further reducing the global gap, a step in a complex and long-term journey.