AmCham Slovakia

Talentism is the Future Conference

Talentism is the Future Conference

Thursday, Apr 21, 2022 From 11:30 to 18:00

Jurkovičova Tepláreň, Bottova 1, Bratislava

Finding top talent through gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.


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Ageing population, constant migration flows, and global war for talent are some of the key challenges, changing the way we think about work, career, business, and the well-being of our society. At this conference we will look at the potential and opportunities that new developments in tech and innovation offer us when gender equality, inclusion, and diversity become the foundations on which we build a more inclusive and fair future for all. 


11:30 Lunch

12:00 Opening

12:05 Welcome

  • Ronald Blaško, Executive Director AmCham Slovakia

12:10 Chat: How can we integrate Ukrainian refugees into the Slovak economy and address Slovakia's brain drain?

What will be the consequences of the war in Ukraine on Slovak job market? How can we best integrate refugees in a way that is beneficial to both countries? What adjustments in our legal and educational systems are necessary to make this process easier?

  • Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Michaela Pobudová, Co-founder and Director of Mareena

Moderator: Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová

12:40 Panel Discussion I: Let women shape a future which benefits all

Even though women make up half of the population and around 60% of university graduates and many companies have already reached gender parity of employees, women are still underrepresented in leadership roles. How can we support and encourage women to “break the glass ceiling” so that women can co-shape and co-create a future, which meets society’s needs? What role should men play in efforts to support women so that they do not feel threatened but instead become allies? What practical steps should businesses and institutions take to ensure fair representation of women and minorities in data and therefore support better overall solutions?


  • Ľubica Lacinová, Professor at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Vladimír Šucha, Head of Representation of the European Commission to Slovak Republic
  • Ľubica Gubová, Country Lead Slovakia, Visa
  • Barbora Paulovič Deckerová, Vice President Partner Ecosystem Sales CEE, IBM

Moderator: Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová

13:50 Interview

  • Guido Longhitano, Managing Director Expandtech, author of About the future: 51 príbehov žien pre budúcnosť zdravotníctva

14:00 Panel Discussion II: How data can help us spot, develop, and remunerate talent transparently and fairly

Borge Brende, the president of World Economic Forum, has termed the current decade to be one of “talentism,” rather than capitalism. The success of companies will now depend upon how much talent they can attract, develop, and retain. Unconscious biases, stereotypes, or ingrained visions of an ideal employee – oftentimes reflected in hiring algorithms, can keep companies from hiring the best talent. What should employers look for when searching for the top talent – what should the balance between skills, potential, searching for “a good fit”, and data-backed decisions be? How can we attract talent from abroad and what role do educational system and academia play? How should employers change their approach in order to better spot and support the best talent?


  • Lucia Šicková, Impact Manager and Co-Founder, Pixel Federation
  • Pavel Hrica, Director, Cesta von
  • Veronika Hudzíková, Product Developer, Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions
  • Viera Pejchal, Human Rights Officer, United Nations

Moderator: Ivan Tomko, Talent Transformation Lead, IBM

15:00 Chat: Shaping an Inclusive Digital Future for All

Building more diverse and inclusive communities is a powerful source of competitive advantage for companies and industries, and the only way how to bridge the talent gap. It requires looking to untapped pools of outstanding talent – including women, 50+ workers and younger generations. What are the success factors for building an inclusive digital ecosystem for a better future?

  • Violeta Luca, General Manager, Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia

15:15 Coffee Break

15:45 Panel Discussion III: Diversity, inclusion, and inclusive design as the virtuous cycle for prosperity and wellbeing

The benefits of diversity and inclusion are well known – e.g. improved financial performance, increased revenues, greater adaptability and agility – everything a company could wish for. Furthermore, diversity and inclusion within a company have great impact on society in general through inclusive design - products and services which meet the needs of the entire society, not just its part. What specific challenges do sectors like pharmaceutical, technology, or consulting have to overcome? What initiatives or steps are companies taking to support greater diversity within their workforce and more inclusive design? What is the role of the public sector in promoting and implementing inclusive solutions?


  • Suzana Šaćirović, General Manager, Novartis Pharma Slovakia
  • Petra Matoušková, Sr. Director Global Accounts Payable, Dell Technologies
  • Richard Hargaš, Local Geography Technology Lead and Pride Network Co-Lead, Accenture Slovensko
  • Martina Sokolíková, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Government Office of Slovak Republic
Moderator: Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová

16:50 Wine Talk: Foreigners Working in Slovakia - Real People, Real Experiences 
  • Moderated by Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, Member of the European Parliament
  • Naomi Catherine Grega, Project Manager, Deutsche Telekom IT Solutions
  • Daren Wilson, General Manager, Roche Slovensko
  • Soňa Roventa-Hakszer, Safety and Industrial Channel Leader for East Europe Region, 3M

In case you wish to register for the event, please send an e-mail to
Please, make sure to specify whether you would like to attend online or in person. The seats are limited.


Documents to download

June 30, 2022

Connection magazine report

Format: .pdf, size: 1.14MB

May 25, 2022

WIB2022_Executive Summary

Format: .pdf, size: 0.86MB

April 20, 2022


Format: .pdf, size: 0.91MB

February 18, 2022


Format: .pdf, size: 0.47MB


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