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Speakers

We are inviting along exemplary leaders from all sectors of society across all continents, who are the living examples of how we can create a world that works.
Let’s open our ears and hearts to their authentic stories!

Jeremy Lent

Author and founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute.

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. (read more)
He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the Earth.

Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He pursued a career in business, eventually founding an internet startup and taking it public.

Beginning around 2005, Lent began an inquiry into the various constructions of meaning formed by cultures around the world and throughout history. His award-winning novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, was published in 2009. His most recent work, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, traces the deep historical foundations of our modern worldview.

Lent is currently working on his next book provisionally entitled The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom, which combines findings in cognitive science, systems theory, and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole.

He holds regular community workshops to explore these topics through contemplative and embodied practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The (He)Art(H) of Response-ability: Wednesday | October 7th | evening

Patrick D. Cowden

The initiator of Beyond Leadership.

Leading with a Spark of Enthusiasm! A wanderer between the worlds: Patrick D. Cowden, an American, has held various management positions at international companies in Germany for more than 25 years. (read more)
As a hands-on person, Patrick D. Cowden is quite familiar with the challenges and opportunities of the German management culture in global comparison. The unconventional manager, entrepeneur, author and lecturer at renowned universities (University of St. Gallen, Mannheim Business School, among others) exudes the enthusiastic energy and charisma of an American entertainer when he presents his ideas of great leadership. There is hardly a manager with more experience in so many company divisions.

After having emigrated to Germany at the age of 20 and climbed ranks from an Aircraft Refueling Operator to General Manager without a university education, who is at home both in IT and the Internet as well as in marketing, sales and content, Patrick D. Cowden knows how to manage people in day-to-day business and at the edge. His mission is an epitome of his biggest strength: leading and carrying people away with authenticity, candor and passion. Under the label “Beyond Leadership”, Cowden faces up to a big task: transforming the management culture in the upper echelons. His goal: achieving a management style that is built on courage and trust, respect and enjoyment.

Response-ability: Growing courage and capacity for wise action in turbulent times: Thursday | October 8th | morning

Violeta Bulc

Former EU Commissioner, Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, innovator, entrepreneur, engineer.

As an expert on balanced sustainable development strategies, organic growth and innovation ecosystems, Violeta Bulc believes in the power of networks, holistic individual, and positive energy. (read more)
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Informatics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, as well as a master’s degree in Information Technology at the Golden Gate University of San Francisco. She then worked from 1991 to 1994 as an expert for wide area networks performance analyses at Dhl Systems of Burlingame, California. In 1994 she returned to the then-independent Slovenia, where she worked as the Manager of Institutional Traffic (until 1997) and then the Director of Carrier Business (till 1999) for Telekom Slovenia. From 1999 to 2000 she was the vice-president of Telemach Ltd, a major telecommunications provider, and from 2000 to 2014 the CEO of Vibacom Ltd, Sustainable Strategies and Innovation Ecosystems. She is a former European Commissioner for Transport from 2014 until 2019.

She has received 8 national awards for business innovations, as well as, together with her clients, 4 national FENIKS Awards for consulting projects (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

Response-ability: Growing courage and capacity for wise action in turbulent times: Thursday | October 8th | morning

Nilima Bhat

Founder of Shakti Fellowship, co-author of ‘Shakti Leadership’, co-author of ‘My Cancer Is Me’.

Nilima Bhat is a thought-leader in the current dialogue on Personal Mastery, Conscious Leadership, Gender and Reconciliation. She is a global keynote speaker, facilitator, coach and an expert in Yoga philosophy and practices. (read more)
Leveraging her multi-national corporate background and her consciousness training, she regularly addresses large audiences in prestigious global events – both on-ground and online. An active supporter of the Conscious Capitalism movement, she works effectively with top leaders and leadership teams, on their transformational change journeys.

Nilima’s vision is to empower 100,000 women change-makers by 2030, who create Peace, Prosperity and Beauty in the world, through the exchange of multiple forms of capital.

With this aim, she has created The Shakti Fellowship, a global 9-month advanced leadership & entrepreneurship program, that is jointly certified with University of San Diego and WIN Conference. Nilima is the co-author of ‘My Cancer Is Me’ and ‘Shakti Leadership’.

Inner leadership for resourcefulness and resilience: Thursday | October 8th | afternoon

Vijay Bhat

Founder of Cancer Awakens, co-author of ‘My Cancer Is Me’.

Vijay Bhat is an Advertising-professional turned Leadership-consultant turned Cancer-coach and social-impact entrepreneur. Vijay calls himself a ‘cancer-thriver’ since facing colon cancer in 2001. (read more)
After successfully applying a Holistic & Integrated healing approach to himself, he is still cancer-free, and a better person than before. “Cancer healed me” he says. Vijay pioneered Cancer Coaching in India and he is currently scaling up with the global vision: “Many millions must survive; One million must thrive.” Since “prevention is better than cure”, he also leads a unique ‘Stress-to-Swaasthya’ program for Workplace Wellbeing, serving progressive organisations, for whom workplace stress and burnout are major concerns. Vijay is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop/ retreat facilitator on the topics of Cancer, Stress-Wellbeing and Leadership Presence. Vijay is the co-author of ‘My Cancer Is Me’.

Inner leadership for resourcefulness and resilience: Thursday | October 8th | afternoon

Juan García-Herreros

Artist, Composer, Producer, Label Director
Snow Owl.

Juan García-Herreros, aka Snow Owl, is a Grammy® nominated artist, composer and producer, who was credited as No. 1 World's Bass Player in 2019. (read more)
His remarkable virtuosity has brought him on stage with numerous Grammy & Oscar winning artists of all genres, such as Hans Zimmer, Lalo Schifrin, Antonio Sanchez, Elton John, Christina Aguilera and many more. Snow Owl’s The Blue Road album received three Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles. As a film director his music videos have been featured by prestigious Film Festivals worldwide including Cannes. He is currently the Creative Director of the Vienna based soundtrack composers collective Totem Warriors.

Inner leadership for resourcefulness and resilience: Thursday | October 8th | afternoon

Milan Hosta

Founder of TEDU, Body and Mind Institute.

A passionate explorer of the human potentials. Inspiring public speaker and experienced life coach using breathwork, sport and philosophy for social cohesion and personal growth. Enjoys leading beyond the circle of authority. Does business playfully and internationally while following the flow.

Inner leadership for resourcefulness and resilience: Thursday | October 8th | afternoon

Katarina Veselko

Psychologist, Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator

Katarina Veselko desires to support genuine change in people, teams and organizations. She works as psychologist, facilitator, trainer and coach in O. K. Consulting. (read more)
Being the first and (so far) the only facilitator of dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead courage building program in Slovenia, she is now on a mission to spread courage through organizational cultures. Her work is often inspired by improvisanational theatre she’s been performing and teaching almost half of her life.

From me to we: Deep experiential dive: Thursday | October 8th | evening

Nuša Romih

First Feldenkrais practitioner in Slovenia

Nuša Romih graduated from the Feldenkrais method studies in 2009 as the first Feldenkrais practitioner in Slovenia. The Feldenkrais Method has been her main occupation ever since. (read more)
Her skills are recognized also abroad; she was a staff member of the Feldenkrais International Training Vienna 7. Nuša is one of the co-founders and the current president of the Slovenian Feldenkrais Teachers Association.

From me to we: Deep experiential dive: Thursday | October 8th | evening

Dejan Turk

CEO A1 Slovenija and Vip mobile.

Dejan Turk is an experienced manager with an international background who always keeps people in the focus of the business. He is a holder of many prestigious awards, also in the field of leadership and corporate social responsibility. (read more)
From March 2007 to February 2014 he was the Chairman of the Management Board of A1 Slovenija. In March 2014 he took over the position of CEO/CMO Vip mobile and was appointed CEO/CMO of the new organizational unit “Serbia& Slovenia” within Telekom Austria Group as of May 2015. In addition, in 2014 he became a member of the Management Board of the NLB Bank Belgrade.
Dejan is the winner of many prestigious awards for the successful management of A1 Slovenija and Vip mobile (Manager of the year in Slovenia 2009, Manager of the year in Serbia 2018, Award for the Top Achievements in Slovenian Business and Economy for 2013). He was also a President of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia and Chairman of the UNICEF Foundation in Slovenia. In March 2015 Dejan was awarded the “Kapetan Miša Anastasijević” recognition for business excellence, leadership, and corporate social responsibility.

Co-creating highest future possibility: From ‘what is’ to ‘what if ’: Friday | October 9th | morning

Nataša Briški

Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief at media network Meta’s list.

A journalist by profession, with strong media credentials and 25 years of experience working for various media – local, national and international. (read more)
Member of an Expert Council on Gender Equality, Commission on Equality in Science and Human Rights Ombudsman’s Counsel for Human Rights. In her previous life Natasha was a Foreign Affairs Correspondent for POP TV, based in Washington D.C., a correspondent for BBC World Report and POP TV anchorwoman.

Co-creating highest future possibility: From ‘what is’ to ‘what if ’: Friday | October 9th | morning

Dr. Nina Meyerhof

Co-founder of One Humanity Institute, founder of Children of the Earth.

Co-founder of the newly founded One Humanity Institute and president and founder of Children of the Earth, a renowned worldwide organization that awakens young people to their inner leadership. Nina is considered a visionary thought leader recognized for a life of advocating for children and youth. (read more)
The co-author of “Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom”, and “Pioneering Spiritual Activism”. Nina’s educational curriculum for peace, multicultural, global and spiritual models have been delivered throughout the world. She has held workshops, seminars, and training sessions on her innovative teaching for youth and adults around the world.
Nina has received awards for her work such as The Mother Theresa Award to the Citizens Department of Peace Award to The International Educators Award for Peace as well as the state of Vermont passed a Resolution honoring her for her life’s work in PEACE, the Sage Award, Seeds of Peace Award and second of recipients for the Public Peace Prize. Presently she is to be awarded The Global Leadership and Lifetime Award as well as is a candidate for the Tallberg -Eliasson Leadership Prize.
Prior to establishing COE, Nina’s work included being a school administrator of 10 schools, with a doctorate in Educational Policy, Research and Administration, 2 Masters and a C.A.G.S. as well as establishing Heart’s Bend, a values-oriented children’s summer camp on her farm that she ran for 30 years.
The Children of the Earth is a UN-NGO for the past 20 years and has been active in all the UN Summits as well as the International Day of Peace activities. The programs were developed to inspire, connect, and empower youth working for peace both locally and globally. This innovative work in peace and sustainability through educational methodologies has reached young people in over 80 countries, and continues to grow. Nina designed a model of learning – Reflect, Connect, Act, which constitutes a process designed to consolidate spiritual growth and societal actions for sacred activism. Nina is recognized among educators for having developed two major constructs called Conflict-Transcendence, which goes beyond conflict resolution and conflict transformation and Lateral Leadership Governance Structure for potential of working in a collaborative group model.

Co-creating highest future possibility: From ‘what is’ to ‘what if ’: Friday | October 9th | morning

Sonja Špoljarić

HR Director at BSH Adriatic East Regions and BSH Home Appliances in Nazarje, Slovenia.

Sonja Špoljarić, a lawyer by profession, has devoted herself to the development of people and HR strategies. She is most passionate about co-creating an environment and an appropriate organizational culture for leadership development. She is pleased to support leaders in their pursuit to be from day to day better leaders for their coworkers. (read more)
Besides being Executive HR Director at BSH Adriatic East Regions and BSH Home Appliances in Nazarje, Slovenia, she also serves as a Chair of the Expert Council on Human Resources at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and as the Member of the Management Board of the Slovenian HR Association. For her achievement in the HR field, she got the HR Manager award in 2013.
She is married, the mother of three adult children and the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.

Co-creating highest future possibility: From ‘what is’ to ‘what if ’: Friday | October 9th | morning

TalentCloud

Platform for talent sharing between companies.

TalentCloud is an emerging platform initiated in Slovenia, for talent sharing between companies of different size, sectors, and one day location. This is a group of enthusiastic people with a common mission: To create a more open space for collaboration and creation in the country. (read more)
Why would we not have sharing talents to be as normal as car sharing or open code systems?

The idea was born on a HR hackathon in 2018, it was brought to life in 2019 by successfully integrating 7 companies from different industries, solving 11 concrete challenges. The group plans to grow the platform in 2020, make it as well digital and more importantly, international! Imagine a world where you can grow your professional skills by sharing knowledge and find solutions even with your competitors.

Why? Because it will create better solutions, faster results and more human interaction.

Who is in the platform, that has been supported by AmCham Slovenia:
Mateja Panjan, Danfoss Trata
Gašper Hren, Danfoss Trata
Brina Tomovič Kandare, AmCham Slovenia
Ana Gabršček, Competo
Nataša Tovornik, Competo
Nataša Mithans, Vareo
Petra Vamberger, Agitavit Solutions
Ina Kukovič Borovnik, BELAVODA

What’s next now: Response-ability in action: Friday | October 9th | afternoon

The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the event program.

Right time to Register is NOW!

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Wednesday, October 7th: Entrance fee to the powerful deep dive into the HeArt(h) of Response-ability;
  • Thursday,  October 8th: Entrance fee to Conference day 1, 2 coffee breaks and 1 lunch break, Special evening event;
  • Friday, October 9th: Entrance fee to Conference day 2, 2 coffee breaks and 1 lunch break, Response-Able Celebration Party.

 

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IMPORTANT INVITATION:

We strongly believe that at the time of crisis we need to practice our ability to respond, so we created a very special FREE online session with one of our speakers - Katarina Veselko, Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator. Now more than ever, we need courageous cultures and brave leaders to address the challenges we are all facing. This is a time of extreme collective vulnerability - and most of us aren't our best selves when vulnerable.

It will happen ONLINE on Wednesday, April 15th 2020, from 6pm onwards. By subscribing to our newsletter, you will receive all the necessary information about the session.

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