Acclaimed expert on diversity Gary Baker to visit Estonia

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Estonia is undergoing a demographic and social change unprecedented in the country’s history. Declining birth rates, immigration crisis, rise of xenophobia and intolerance have all a vast impact on companies. Unfortunately, this impact is often underestimated in the context of business and management. In response, Estonia’s business community will need to adjust to a new situation in which companies must reconsider the value of addressing diversity – in the markets they serve, in the communities where they operate and in the workplace. Is there a real benefit in addressing diversity issues and managing diversity?

Internationally acclaimed diversity expert, Gary Baker who is an Executive Director with EY’s sustainability services based in Stockholm and also serves as Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, will address these issues in Tallinn on April 13th. It is also the day when Estonia celebrates annual Diversity Day. Baker’s speech is followed by the signing ceremony of the Estonian Diversity Charter.

The seminar is organized in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Tallinn and it is free of charge. 

Program of the seminar “Does diversity bring real business benefits?”

Venue: Viru Conference Centre (Viru väljak 4, Tallinn), room Grande 3

14.30-15.00 Registration and snacks

15.00-15.15 Welcoming words

Kelly Grossthal, Estonian Human Rights Centre / Estonian Diversity Charter
Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr U.S. Embassy Tallinn

15.15-16.15 Presentation by Gary Baker

Gary Baker is an Executive Director with EY’s sustainability services based in Stockholm who also serves as Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden (AmCham). During the ’90s he started departments at two California banks focused entirely on multicultural markets and discrimination in consumer credit, later becoming a consultant at Deloitte & Touche. Between 1999-2002 he served as Deloitte Sweden’s Director of Marketing & Communications, where he came to understand the rapid demographic and regulatory changes sweeping across the EU. 

He has worked with leadership groups and offered training at dozens of Swedish companies so that they might recognize the many business opportunities associated with understanding diversity – if approached strategically from market-driven perspectives. Gary is a co-founder of the new int’Link pilot program in Sweden to introduce immigrant-owned businesses into the supply chains of large corporations and has written three diversity management handbooks. He has is a dual US-Swedish citizen, and has visited Estonia many times during the 17 years he has lived in Stockholm.

16.15-17.00 Signing Ceremony of the Estonian Diversity Charter