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Monday, November 18th, 2019

Arrivals and accreditations at the hotel

Game-Changers and Mentors: The Mentoring Programme

Welcome reception at the National Museum
Fresh Finnish bites, dress code smart casual


Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Forum will be moderated by André Noël Chaker and the New Leaders participants, the game-changers, will be present throughout the programme.  Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated.


9:00 Grand Opening at the Helsinki City Hall
President of the Finnish Olympic Committee, Mr Timo Ritakallio and Game-changer Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (Finland)


09:05-9:25 Opening words by President of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Champion and #HeForShe Champion, Mr Thomas Bach
IOC President Thomas Bach explains why he believes that advancing gender equality is an asset for the Sport Movement. Furthermore, he explains why the IOC decided to publish the IOC Gender Equality Review Project and what the IOC aims to achieve with the recommendations. Being HeForShe Champion, President Bach describes why gender equality is not just women’s issue, but rather our issue, and this issue can be solved by us all.


9:25-9:40 Opening Dialogue Between IOC Women and Sport World Trophy Winner Ms Birgitta Kervinen and
Deputy Mayor of Helsinki for Culture and Leisure Ms Nasima Razmyar
The dialogue between Ms Birgitta Kervinen and Ms Nasima Razmyar looks back the road travelled when promoting gender equality within the world of sport. Why the same questions are still asked, why the same topics remains unsolved, and why now really is the time to walk the talk.


9:40-10:00 Keynote: Understanding the Business Case for Gender Equality
Based on facts, the presentation will guide through why inclusive organisations benefit economically, socially and lead to better results. In addition, the speaker unveils the secret to change perspectives of other people to understand the real opportunities of the inclusive organisation.


10:00-10:30 European Sports: 2020 and Beyond
Ms Sarah Keane, Chair, EOC Gender Equality Commission President of the Olympic Council of Ireland
Drawing the picture of the current status quo, Ms Sarah Keane guides the audience to think about the current situation in gender equality in Europe. Then, real data will be shared from the recent studies to present the actual situation in Europe and in the world. Furthermore, Ms Keane will present the strategy of the European Olympic Committees to tackle the situation and invites all NOCs to start acting behind shared goals and the common vision.


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


11:00-11:30 How to Change the Game: Four Action Plans by Game-changers:
Mr Daniele Fachinetti (Italy) with his mentor Ms Maria Grazia di Valerio, the World Skate the International Federation of Roller Sports
Ms Marieke van der Plas (the Netherlands)
Ms Stephanie Wheeler (Cyprus)
Mr Pedro Dias (Portugal)
During the New Leaders workshops the Game-Changers have drafted action plans on how to implement the IOC gender equality recommendations into reality. Four presentations will show how goal setting, sharing your vision with the right people and a concrete action plan will make miracles happen. If these Game-Changers can change the game, anyone can if they really want.


11:30-12:15 PANEL: Affecting Change: A Team Effort, Good Practices to Address the Gender Gap
Ms Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of FIS
Ms Katie Sadleir, General Manager World Rugby
Mr Antti Pihlakoski, IAAF and European Athletics board member
Ms Ivana Pranjic (Croatia), Game-changer
The panellists in this panel argument why they believe that gender balance is worth aiming for. World Rugby has initiated governance leadership development and presents ‘Balancing the Board’. FIS has systematic approach in advancing the topic of equality. IAAF believe that gender balance is imperative and uses quota in boards. In addition, the session answers the question: how these decisions have been moved forward and what have been the biggest challenges for blocking the change?


12:15-12:30 KEYNOTE: Gameplan for the future
Ms Lydia Nsekera, IOC Member, Chair of the IOC Women in Sport Commission
Sport movement has the responsibility to act. Ms Lydia Nsekera explores the options of how the sport movement will look like 5 years from now, if we all start to act. One can lead, but with a team we can win.


12:30-14:00 Lunch Club – Active Networking Lunch


14:00-15:30 Break-Out Sessions (described more in detail on the last pages of the brochure)

Session 1.
Prevention of harassment and abuse in sport: How to Develop Policies and Procedures

Session 2.
Balanced Leadership, Better Leadership, Better Governance

Session 3.
Tackling Gender Bias in the Portrayal of Athletes

Session 4.
How to build an Inclusive Organisation and What Diversity Means in Everyday Work Life?


15:30-16:00 Coffee break


16:00-16:45 Conclusions from the day 1: We All Need to Start Acting Now!
European Olympic Committees together with the game-changers will draw together the promises, opportunities and new openings that equal and responsible actions offer for the sport movement. A draft legacy statement of the Forum will be presented.


19:00 Evening Reception
Dinner at the Hotel Scandic Park


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

9:00-9:20 Opening of the Second Day: Looking Beyond 2020
Mr Janez Kocijančič, President of the European Olympic Committees Ms Sari Essayah, IOC Member
Mr Tuomo Puumala, Secretary of State
An opening dialogue will address the importance of the sport political and EU level cooperation. Many of the sport related policies are drafted and adopted by both sectors, allowing different decision makers to work together. Both EU’s Strategic Actions on Gender Equality in Sport and Olympic Agenda 2020 come to an end in 2020. What can be done to en- sure that the political level in Europe is committed to enhance the sport equality work from 2020 on?


9:20-9:50 PANEL: Mentoring and Sponsoring as a Tool for Positive Change Two New Leaders Mentor-Mentee pairs:
Game-changer Ms Anunciata Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein) with her Mentor HRH Prince
Feisal Al Hussein, IOC Member Other Mentor-Mentee pair TBC
Tomorrow’s sports culture is defined by the leaders of sport. By connecting potential future leaders with experienced leader champions, experience will be shared, and new ideas will be unleashed – shaping the future of sport. The mentor-mentee pairs will tell their sides
of the mentoring journey. What were the benefits of mentoring? What were the concrete actions done together? Why mentoring is worth trying and why no new leader should be left without a support from a champion?


9:50-10:20 PANEL: Youth Perspective: The Change We Want Ms Virginie Faivre, President of the Lausanne YOG
Ms Jenni Sunqvist, United Nations Youth Delegate of Finland Ms Ugne Chmeliauskaite, Engso Youth Chair
In the world where we live, where the sport movement lives, the pace of change is faster than ever before. The younger generation often adopts new changes quickly. They see the world through different eyes. The future they want is worth hearing. In this session the floor is given to the youth who are key influencers, game-changers and future leaders in Europe, and in the world. What is it that the new generation thinks about equality and diversity, good governance and responsibility?


10:20-10:45 KEYNOTE: Reshaping the Future of Leadership
Mr Sami Itani, PhD, Reshaping the future of work at The Adecco Group, President of the Finnish Athletics Federation
Old occupations are vanishing, and it is evident that the way we work and lead will change. How is the sports sector keeping up with the rapidly changing world? How does the leadership look like in the future? What kind leaders do we need? In the future, will sport continue to play a big role in societies? What will be the key values and actions in the future? Based on research and current trends, the speech will guide through how the future leaders will be like.


10:45-11:15 Coffee Break


11:15-11:45 PANEL: The Power of Networks
EOC Vice-President Mr Nils Nygaard IOC Member TBC
UEFA Vice-President Karl-Erik Nilsson
Over the years, the sport movement has published several declarations, recommendations and policies globally and in Europe. Progress has been made, but not as fast as many have wished. The session will share lessons learned and put together concrete actions on how to move to the next level – together.


11:45-12:15 Ready, Steady, Action!
3 x Game-Changers from the New Leaders Programme
The floor will be given to the New Leaders Game-Changers. Videos and achievement will be shown, demonstrating how one can take the lead and motivate others behind the shared goal: one can lead, but with a team you can win. Examples will highlight how one idea can be turned into an action plan and to concrete actions.


12:15-12:45 Closing Remarks: Legacy of the New Leaders Forum
Mr Janez Kocijančič, President of the European Olympic Committees
Ms Sarah Keane, Chair of the EOC Gender Equality Commission and President of the Irish Olympic Committee or some else from the EOC Executive Board
Mr Mikko Salonen, Secretary General and CEO of the Finnish Olympic Committee
Closing words and Call to Action by NOC of Finland and EOC Gender Equality Commission.


Download the programme here!


This Forum is by invitation only event and seats are limited. The registration link will be sent to the invited guests.