Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Series #4: U.S. vs France

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Series #4: U.S. vs France

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join us on April 28th at 12pm EST for the fourth event of FACCNE’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion series. This event will be focused on “Creating Meaningful and Impactful DEI Practices for Global Businesses.” We’ll be joined by speakers Hélène Sancerres (CiscoSystems France), Khady Gaye (United Airlines), Régis Mulot (Ipsen), and moderated by Mariam Huss (Axxum Consulting).

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors IPSEN and EY for supporting FACCNE’s newest event series. We know that diversity and inclusion are key priorities for Ipsen & EY. It is core to who they are and how they work.

We are also pleased to partner for this event with the American Chamber of Commerce in France, as well as the French-American Chambers of Commerce Atlanta and  Chicago. 












Hélène Sancerres, Director of Change Management and CSR at Cisco France

Hélène Sancerres began her career in 1985 in communications agencies (Publicis/Extension, Franklin Partners) before taking charge of the communications department of a human resources consulting firm from 1989 to 1993. She then joined Zenith Data Systems as Communications Director before joining Cisco France in 1996 to create the Communications Department. For 14 years, she managed press relations, public relations, advertising, partner and customer training, events, internal communications and the development of the company’s corporate image.
As a member of the Cisco France Management Committee, Hélène Sancerres took over the Change Management Department in 2010 to support the company’s transformation and the resulting change in behavior. Since 2014, she has been leading and implementing the ambitious and unique program signed with the French government to accelerate the country’s digital transformation. With an initial training as a speech therapist and several coaching certifications, Hélène Sancerres is responsible for a managerial support program and intervenes as an internal coach. Hélène Sancerres also coordinates Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities in France. She is also a lecturer in the Master II coaching program at the University of Assas Paris II.











Khady Gaye, Manager HR – Corporate, United Airlines

Khady is a global, multi-lingual HR leader with over 20+ years’ experience.  She has been working for multiple organizations, in a variety of sectors, at local and international levels. Her travels to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and more have enabled her to develop a strong cultural awareness.

At present, she is based in Chicago acting as Manager HR for the commercial division and involved in DEI related projects. In addition to her role, she is an active board member at the Illinois Diversity Council as Education Co-Chair. Passionate, I&D being part of her DNA, she gets her energy from people. She has been previously described as a natural relationship builder. Authentic storyteller, she also thrives by empowering people to accept and appreciate who they are or want to become.

Her mantra “Inclusion is the solution to exclusion”.










Régis Mulot, EVP & Chief HR Officer at Ipsen

Régis Mulot joined Ipsen in March 2018 as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer to support, alongside his teams, Ipsen’s 5700 employees in 40 countries, based in Paris. Régis is particularly interested in matters related to supporting managers during transformation periods, talent development and employee engagement. He is also passionate about the development of Ipsen’s corporate culture around the themes of purpose, learning, trust, collaboration and responsibility.

Régis has more than 30 years of multicultural HR experience, both at global and local levels. He joined Ipsen from Staples Inc (retail and e-commerce) where he was Chief Human Resources Officer, based in MA. Prior to joining Staples (2009-18), Régis Mulot held HR management positions in other industries (apparel – Levi Strauss, telecom – Broadnet, IT – Gtech and postal – Chronopost/IPC). His various positions led him to live for more than 25 years in different European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain) and several years in the United States before returning to France to join Ipsen.

 Regis holds a DESS Entreprises Publiques (Master in Public Administration) from Paris XI-Sud in partnership with Paris IX-Dauphine and Institut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP). He also holds a Maîtrise Droit Public (Bachelor of Law) from Paris II–Panthéon-Assas and is a Beta Gamma Sigma honoree from the Simmons College Chapter.











Mariam Huss, Founder & Managing Director at Axxum Consulting

Mariam Huss is the Founder of Axxum Consulting, a Chicago-based management consulting firm that offers Human Capital, Operations and Strategy services. She has nearly 20 years of experience of professional services on global projects for Fortune 500 companies. 

Prior to her own practice, she held senior positions at IBM, EY and KPMG. She holds an MBA from Université Laval (Canada), is certified PMP (Project Management Institute) and Prosci (Change Management). 

Involved in the community, she seats on the Board of the French American Chamber of Commerce, the OD Network of Chicago, Women’s Global Education Project and she was named Emerging Leader in 2020 from the Chicago Council of Global Affairs.



April 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm