Solutions for Change: Inside Day 2 Of The Equality Lounge @ Davos 2018

The “Power of Connections” panel, featuring Lauren Flaherty, Olga Miller, Nicola Mendelsohn, Alicia Hatch, Bozoma Saint John, Peggy Johnson, and Joy Robbins.

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Christine Lagarde kicked off a panel with her fellow Davos co-chairs (all of whom are women) yesterday with this quote from Leonard Cohen. She set a markedly different tone than the WEF of years past, going on to ask the panelists to identify the cracks that they see—and how to fix them.

Janet Foutty

Day two in the Equality Lounge was also focused on solutions for change. Taking Lagarde’s lead, Joy Robins (Chief Revenue Officer at Quartz) ended the panel she moderated on mentorship by asking panelists to identify the cracks they see in their own worlds, and what they think needs to happen to transform culture and help drive equality.

For some, it started with having the bravery to share their stories. For example, Janet Foutty, Chairman and CEO of Deloitte US Consulting, shared a story about a boss who asked her to keep her breast cancer diagnosis a secret at the risk of seeming weak. Her courage in deciding to share that story—both professionally and in the lounge—evoked the key mission of the Equality Lounge: to rewrite the rules of work and leadership by speaking up and demanding change.

Below are a few more of the important takeaways on how to make this happen from day two in the Equality Lounge:

“You can’t just think about what you’re going to say, you have to think about how what you say is going to land.”

– Amy Bernstein, Editor, Harvard Business Review

“Diversity and inclusion matter, and there’s no room for discrimination. Those are fundamental citizen rights. We need to provide a safe space for that within our company. These issues aren’t red and blue. They’re red, white, and blue.”

– Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

Carolyn Everson

“It’s critical to change corporate culture so that you can be a real human being and still achieve extraordinary results.”

– Carolyn Everson, VP, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

“An important skill is learning how to present the business case for a social idea.”

– Amanda Gardiner, VP Sustainability and Social Innovation, Pearson

“It’s not about changing your values. It’s about re-articulating and re-prioritizing what’s already there.”

– Jo Confino, Executive Editor, Impact & Innovation, The Huffington Post 

 “Engagements and storytelling move mountains…We all want to be moved.”

– Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media

“It’s not anger that can change a situation. If I can bring the divine into the picture, then my own response is going to be filled with influence and love.”

Jamie Dimon

– Sister Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris, and Founder, World Spiritual University 

“We need to put policies in place that support feminists, not just women.”

– Simona Scarpaleggia, Chief Executive Officer, IKEA Switzerland

“If there’s constant trust and respect, people of all types will surface.”

– Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase

“Find someone to mentor who looks nothing like you.”

– Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber

To see more of what the amazing panelists had to say about affecting change—and to get inspiration on how you can help make an impact in your own workplace—check out the video sessions on our Facebook page.