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Webinar: Closing the Gap: City Leadership on Employment and Workforce Diversity
November 23, 2011
Like any well-run organization, city governments need smart strategies to effectively recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce to remain competitive in the marketplace and be reflective of the constituencies they serve.
Learn about employment strategies from two municipalities, Hamburg and Copenhagen, who have built a strong campaign and delivered results in their commitment to workforce diversity. International presenters from Hamburg and Copenhagen. This webinar is co-hosted with Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe Project.
Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Anna Mee Allerslev, Mayor of Integration and Employment, City of Copenhagen, Stefan Müller, Project Manager “We are Hamburg! Won’t you join us?”, Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Authority for Staff Matters, Centre for Education and Further Training, Germany, and Nazia Hussain, Director, Open Society Foundations, At Home in Europe project.
In Copenhagen: the City Council is pursuing a Engaging in Copenhagen, new policy of inclusion and diversity aimed at closing the diversity gap in city government. Key to its success is engaging local businesses and NGOs in its efforts to end discrimination and provide equal opportunities for all. To do this, the City Council has developed a diversity charter and founded a diversity board representing major companies, educational institutions and cultural organizations. Watch the Video Presentation.
Anna Mee Allerslev, Mayor of Integration and Employment, City of Copenhagen
Anne Mee Allerslev is the Mayor of Employment and Integration at the City of Copenhagen. She was the former President of DJØF Studerende at The Danish Association of Lawyers and Economists (DJØF) and Member of the Board at The Social Liberal Party of Denmark. She has served as the AGA-Consultant for the Local Government Denmark (March 2007 – September 2008) and the PA for Margrethe Vestager, the leader of The Social Liberal Party of Denmark. She was the Vice President of The Social Liberal Youth from 2006 to 2007. She has a degree in political science and law from the Københavns Universitet. Stefan Müller, Project Manager “We are Hamburg! Won’t you join us?”, Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Authority for Staff Matters, Centre for Education and Further Training, Germany
Stefan Müller, who holds a degree in public management from the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Hamburg, is responsible for the conception and leading of marketing tasks as well as selection procedures aiming at trainees’ recruitment in terms of training programs and studies. Furthermore he is the project manager of the umbrella campaign “We are Hamburg! Won’t you join us?” starting in 2006, when the Hamburg Senate agreed a package of measures to raise the proportion of migrant-origin youngsters training for the Hamburg public service (general administration, tax authority, judicial authorities, authorities for the execution of criminal sentences, police and fire brigade) to a target of 20 per cent by 2011.
Nazia Hussain, Director, Open Society Foundations, At Home in Europe project
As part of the Open Society Foundations on-going work on minority rights and non-discrimination in Europe, Nazia is directing research and leading advocacy efforts on integration policies/practices in various EU cities and the impact of these policies on identity and belonging.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Nazia worked for over eight years in various post-conflict countries. She was deployed as a human rights officer with the United Nations in Afghanistan, with the OSCE in Kosovo and Croatia and the EU Monitoring Mission in Macedonia. She also worked for a number of years at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International as their researcher on Afghanistan. Nazia holds an MSc in political theory and political sociology and a BA (honours) in English literature.