Come CloSeR Show 2018

People and enterprises are strong in diversity – Come CloSeR (Show) 2018

People inspire one another with their diversity. The more open we are to others, the more worth we have as human beings.

This year’s edition of the Come CloSeR Show will be filled with interesting presentations and panel discussions focusing on diversity and offering a good opportunity to meet others who think about diversity along the same lines. The world develops thanks to open-minded people . Join us. Join a unique meeting of those who appreciate diversity and wish to support it.

The Come CloSeR Show will be held at the Qubus Hotel at 6 Nadwiślańska St in Cracow. The venue has a great view on the Vistula River and interiors full of soothing greenery. To ensure that you find the event even more attractive, we have prepared a rich cultural offer. We are convinced that together with an exciting agenda, it will facilitate the great ambience the Show is famous for.


Fee and how to register

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Thursday – 10 May


Welcome to the Come CloSer Show 2018 – Let’s meet!

We are proud of the third edition of the Come CloSeR Show to be dedicated to reflection on diversity and social inclusion in the company of art, good ambience and networking. As always, all this over great coffee and tasty regional cuisine.

We will be kicking off already late on 10 May with an informal meet-up. This is your opportunity to use the casual atmosphere and meet other event participants over a glass of good wine, establish interesting contacts, meet our panellists and enjoy fascinating conversations. Then you can have a walk along the Vistula embankment and succumb to the charm of the place so that full of energy the following day you can join a debate on urgent social issues, also important for you and the company you work for.


Friday – 11


     Opening of the Come CloSeR Show 2018 – Ireneusz Białek, MOFFIN with event partners.


     Panel discussion: ‘The beauty of diversity: Enrichment or Utopia?’ (details)

11:00 – 12:00

     Networking, coffee and cake

12:00 – 14:00

     Parallel sessions (details)

14:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:00

     Summing up of the Come CloSeR Show 2018. Draw of prizes, group photos against artistic backgrounds.

Networking. Talking about art. Stands with examples of visual art adaptations for persons with disabilities – adaptations and paintings by Lech Kolasiński.


     Back to art – Grzegorz Dowgiałło’s performance – ‘Strange Is This World’

This talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricists will sing several numbers for us, both very well and less known, all equally stunning.


     A feast with local delicacies, very diverse, of course, so everyone will find a tasty bit to chew on.


Detailed agenda


Panel discussion: ‘The beauty of diversity: Enrichment or Utopia?’



Prof. Janina Filek

Vice rector of the Cracow School of Economics in charge of Communication and Cooperation and the School’s Disability Officer, an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility



Maciej Borkowski

Vice president of the Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland (ABSL), Chief Risk Office Head at Credit Suisse.



Karolina Długosz

CSR manager at Capgemini Polska, author of the programme ‘Inclusion and Innovation. Win with Capgemini’



Jacek Purski

Ashoka Fellow 2017, president of the Institute of Social Safety dealing with radicalisation prevention in Poland



Aga Zaryan

Artist and eminent jazz singer. Recipient of the title ‘charity star’ awarded by the Responsible Business Forum for her support of equality of LGBT persons in social life



Piotr Płóciennik

Chairman of the Board, Salesberry.




Ireneusz Białek

MOFFIN and Ashoka Fellow 2017, promoter of inclusive education and the notion of the Manager of the Future, author of a blog about diversity Polish saudade.

The panel format envisages participation of members of the audience so everyone will have a chance to speak, enter into discussion with the panellists, ask them questions and share their views on the richness or utopian nature of diversity with other participants of the Come CloSeR Show 2018. The hopefully electrifying debate is to generate answers to the question whether and how to implement the principles of ‘diversity and inclusion’ so as to avoid making the notion into yet another dummy but one having a true impact on social inclusion.


Photo: A debate during the Come CloSeR Show 2017


Parallel sessions

Session 2 (with translation): Małgorzata Perdeus-Białek, MOFFIN, Konrad Rychlewski, Google:

Diversity is inside

When it comes to employing persons with disabilities, one typically thinks of outsiders who are yet to join the enterprise. However, can we not see that with age, illnesses and accidents disability is already there in the company’s daily life and we are unable to address it effectively?

Gosia’s workshop will offer you knowledge about disability generated at work and ways to fine-tune appropriate adaptations in order to stop affected staff from leaving. A large section of the workshop will be devoted to hidden and ‘shameful’ disabilities that we do not talk about yet that are often present in employees, including mental-health difficulties.

Given the above, Gosia will also discuss the image of persons with disabilities in society, with special focus on education, employment and the media. Maybe this will help formulate an answer to the question how together we can change that image so that disability becomes just a norm in diversity.