Inspire - Implement - Impact
At the University of St. Gallen
21. - 22. November 2018
About the IGNITE Conference
Our Vision - Drawing a path towards a more meaningful business world.
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Inspirational Leadership: How to become an inspired and inspirational leader? How to create a common vision in your organization that everyone can live by?
Strong Company Culture: How to create a strong company culture and values that enable the team members to become and active part of the organization? How to support each other to best realize individual and collective potential? How to create accountability?
Positive Impact on Society: How to reinforce society through business? How to combine profit and positive impact?
People just like you are already loving IGNITE
It gives me great pleasure and much hope to see university students devote their time and energy towards making the case for a world in which companies strive to give people purpose in work and life. These students represent our future as societies and I am hopeful they will ignite a more humane and sustainable view of work with their fellow students and many more. IGNITE is a source of great personal inspiration for me.
I strongly believe in the power of inspirational leadership to engage people towards addressing seemingly insurmountable challenges. IGNITE Conference sheds light on underlying key factors, that align corporate culture with a common purpose and vision reaching towards serving the well-being of humanity. IGNITE has therefore my full support.
An inspirational workplace, where employees follow a common purpose, helps to create a positive working environment internally and an attractive corporate face externally. Employer branding needs to be based upon authentic values that people live by. The IGNITE conference demonstrates the potential of common values and a strong corporate culture for establishing a positive brand - therefore I support it.
IGNITE! It was such a joy to see the young leaders and the business elite taking the lead driving the world to bring purpose in businesses.
About the Speakers
Speakers of the IGNITE Conference 2018
The upcoming Conference will host successful business leaders who are as diverse as the industries they work in and countries they come from. Their valuable inputs on the topic of purpose-driven business combined with their impressive personal and practical experience makes each of our speakers an indispensable actor of the IGNITE Movement. Check them out by yourself. Stay tuned for more inspiring speakers!
Reto Schmid & Stephanie Escher
SBB CFF FFS
Agile Island inside a Sea of Hierarchy
Apply what you have learned in practice! A company every Swiss is familiar with comes to campus to get your opinion on a vital issue.
Serving more than 1.2 million passengers a day, coordinating more than 33 thousand employees all while maintaining the high standards of punctuality and service sum up to quite the challenge. Add to this the need to constantly innovate and keep up with the ever increasing demands of the transportation industry and you are faced with a herculean task. What may seem impossible is achieved by the SBB on a daily basis with the help of a concept known as agility. Agile organizations are more flexible, responsive to customer needs and thrive on new technologies in their field rather than perishing from them. Exactly what you need to survive in the age of disruption!
The workshop will be highly interactive and require a great input from the participants. The giant of the public services will show us how agile leadership can be integrated in a large state-owned structure.
Frank Van Massenhove
Chairmen of Belgian Federal Public Service for Social Security
“This new structure allows you to find things that you can truly be good at.”
Frank Van Massenhove is the chairman of the Belgian Federal Public Service for Social Security and a star of its own kind in his country. When he was elected to his position, he promised not to change absolutely anything in the department. Well, he did not quite keep his promise. In fact, he did exactly the opposite. By introducing the model of Industrial Democracy to the public sector, the Social Service did not only greatly improve its efficiency, but became one of the most desirable employers in Belgium.
CEO at UniComs
“Why I don’t give up despite the difficulties: I saw with my own eyes how people in my company changed. Freedom ignited their passion for working. Passion is what makes people capable and talented”
The road to corporate freedom makes up for an exciting story to tell. It is filled with enough tales of difficulties, successes and good lessons to fill up a novel. When Damyan Damyanov, the CEO of the Bulgarian company Unicoms decided to implement a democratic model of management in his firm, he had hardly expected how challenging, but also how positive this radically major change was going to be. From the initial resistance to the surprising successes, the keynote of Damyan can offer anyone an important lesson of leadership.
Author and Founder of How to Build a Happy Sandpit
“What makes the employee an engaged member of the team is the feeling of growing and becoming constantly better at what you do”
Universally known as “The Culture Guy”, Colin helps companies increase employee engagement, performance and loyalty. He is the author of How to Build a Happy Sandpit. A ground-breaking book based on several years of research with more than 60 South African businesses. Now he would like to bring to Switzerland the numerous lesson and experiences he has gathered in this very interesting and entrepreneurial part of the world.
Global Experiential Leadership Trainer & Behavior-Based Executive Coach
“Leading dynamically is accepting an event or situation rather than resisting it”
Patrick Ghielmetti is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual global leader who is hugely passionate about “changing the world – one leader at a time.”
Born in Switzerland, Patrick knew – at age seven – that he was meant for a career in hotels. He realized this dream in 30+ years of diverse hotel experience – prior to establishing Ghielmetti & Associates. This included working on four continents, primarily with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. His 25 years in operations culminated in two RVP roles, along with 5 years as VP HR Asia Pacific and Global Leadership Trainer.
He has experience in 20+ countries as a facilitator of dynamic, transformational, experiential leadership programs and as a behavior-based executive coach.
One of the many testimonials of his clients: “Just out of a two-day training with Patrick. He was stellar and created magic in the room: pretty awesome.”
RVP & General Manager
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, Maldives
Prepare yourself to be completely blown away by Patrick’s energy and passion on the 21st and 22nd November.
Author of CLARITY, coach and consultant
“Your understanding of how life works has more influence than any other factor over your experience of life, and the results you get.”
The famous British author, Jamie Smart knows a thing or two about psychology and the human mind. His passion is the positive mindset. With two bestselling books behind his back: “CLARITY: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results” and “Little Book of Clarity” he provided an insight into the mystery of how our thinking functions. His idea is that if you know more about this process, you can steer it into the right direction and achieve a superior level of clarity and mindset. His workshop is a must for you, if you wish to learn how to avoid being controlled and slowed down by your own thoughts.
Chairman and Co-founder of Haufe-Umantis
“It’s not that we want to change – we must change. Change is the basis of progress. And progress should happen at every single workplace. The future lies in decentralized and agile solutions, right down to the smallest unit.”
A lot is written and taught and even more spoken about good leadership. The building block of modern organizations, however revolves more around followership than leadership.
Hermann Arnold sees himself as researcher and encourager of innovation in organizations. He studied at the University of St. Gallen, and was shaped by the understanding of companies as „productive, social systems”. He is co-founder and chairman of Haufe-umantis AG, a leading provider of expertise and software for talent management. Together with his colleagues, he experiments with leadership elections, team recruiting, spiral careers, crowd strategising and other ways of innovating collaboration in organizations.
IGNITE in numbers
Two intense days, all about a more meaningful business world
Company and Student-Participants
Speakers from all over the World
Engaged Employees in Switzerland
About the Program
The topic of this year's conference is "Taking the drivers seat". During the various keynotes, the participants will gain precious insights in different purpose-driven businesses. The traditional view of doing business will be confronted with the experiences of business leaders who, through their work, will show new and disruptive ways that business can be done. In addition to the keynotes, the interactive workshops will allow the participants not only to be spectators of the IGNITE Movement but to actually take part in it.
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21 - 22. November 2018
at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Thank you to all our partners who share IGNITE's believe in the positive power of business
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Our vision partners share the vision IGNITE stands for. They inspire us, support us in many ways and have showed us some of the best-practices that prove that many purpose-driven businesses are very successful. Besides that, they are also participants at our conference, take part in the workshops and keynotes and give us an additional perspective in our discussions.
Our corporate partners are companies that can relate to the topics of IGNITE and share similar values with us. They see the challenges today’s businesses face first-hand and agree with us on how business should be done. Besides their important financial support, they are participants at our conference, take part in the workshops and keynotes and allow us to create meaningful interactions between students and corporate representatives.
Our collaborators are companies and organizations that support IGNITE with different services and help the movement grow. They allow us to share the insights of the IGNITE Movement with the best tools, such as an updated web page or by connecting IGNITE with other students and universities.
Supported in kind
Our various supporters and sponsors of food and beverages allow us to offer caterings to all of our participants. Through their products and services, we can guarantee a delightful and pleasing experience and provide refreshing drinks and delicious snacks for the attendees of the conference.
Why the University of St.Gallen
The HSG is deeply involved in the surrounding community, with faculty personally supporting roughly 300 businesses in the region. Passionate and excellence-driven culture makes the HSG a suitable location for our conference.
Join the movement.
We have many events, we share knowledge and we discuss. All about purpose-driven business and like-minded people! Together we make a change. Currently we are setting up the community round the topic with practical initiatives, like IGNITE Connect and the Community Exchange Platform. Sign up for the newsletter to not miss any updates and events!