EDGE Strategy, a global leader in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) measurement, management and certification, has announced a new four-year partnership with the St Gallen Symposium to promote the benefits of cross-generational dialogue and support generational fairness in the workplace of the future.
The St Gallen Symposium was created more than 50 years ago with a vision to lead with the next generation in mind, and a mission that by creating cross-generational dialogue organizations benefit from enhanced decision making. EDGE Strategy similarly has a vision and a mission that a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous society can be achieved by gender and intersectional equity in the workplace.
In becoming a St Gallen Symposium partner, EDGE Strategy will contribute at a senior level to promoting why diversity matters within an organization and what actions organizations can take to leverage the unique potential of cross-generational teams, and how best to measure the outcomes.
EDGE Strategy will have a voice in promoting gender and intersectional equity to the global CEOs and world leaders who attend a series of events, not only through the symposium but also through the Global Leadership Challenge (GLC). The GLC is a joint initiative between the St Gallen Symposium and the University of Oxford to empower the next generation of leaders through a responsible leadership framework.
As a Challenge partner, EDGE Strategy will work specifically with the University and others on its thematic focus on Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equity, and other dimensions of intersectionality harnessing the vast experience of its senior team to help mentor and support emerging young leaders from around the world – people under 30 motivated to use their careers for greater gender equity and inclusion.
Simona Scarpaleggia, a Board Member of EDGE Strategy, says the new partnership will help advance the real-world benefits of gender equity, but more specifically intersectional equity when it comes to cross-generational leadership:“We know from the organizations we work with that there is an unprecedented span of generations working in today’s workforce. People are living and working for longer which means that organizations can have up to five generations with completely different life experiences, beliefs and traits co-existing in the workplace. A huge opportunity, if managed wisely and proactively.” she says.
“By championing diversity with a cross-generational mindset, we can enrich the experience not only for the organization but also for the individual concerned.”
The new four-year partnership was formally announced at the 51st St Gallen Symposium on 6 May 2022.
About – the St Gallen Symposium
The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiatives for cross-generational dialogue on economic, political and social themes and developments. For 50 years, established leaders and visionaries have been brought together with extraordinary young talents in St. Gallen and at global locations, as well as in digital formats. Together, they address the chances and challenges of our time and work on finding solutions. The St. Gallen Symposium is a student initiative. Under the strategic guidance of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, the International ‘Students’ Committee – a team comprised of about 30 students from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) – organises internationally important events to promote dialogue between the generations. During the symposium, 500 HSG students are supporting. Past formats of the St. Gallen Symposium have been enriched by the participation of figures like Christine Lagarde (European Central Bank), Christian Mumenthaler (Swiss Re), Jack Ma (Alibaba Group), Prof. Niall Ferguson (Stanford University), Kersti Kaljulaid (President of Estonia), Sigmar Gabriel (former German Vice-Chancellor) or Anders Fogh Rasmussen (NATO), as well as at least one Federal Councillor every year.