Today was the first Thought-Leader seminar, in the planed series of three guest lectures this spring.
For today’s event I had invited Michael Alstup, who is the CEO of the famous Danish Brand JBS. JBS is Scandinavia’s largest producer of underwear, and has been for many years. Michael Alstrup spoke about his personal experiences from the very beginning and up until today, where he is the CEO of a successful growing company.
Considered that it was the first time a Thought-Leader seminar were held at the Aarhus University Institute of Business and Technology, the amount of participating students were only a little above expected. However all participating student were very active and interested in the lecture performed by Michael Alstrup.
Michael Alstrup had been asked to answer a question about how he saw the current world situation, which he simply replied to: “Development and Survival is all about taking action.” Here ended his speech with the keyword: “NETWORK,” which was the lecture he urged everyone to understand.
Personally I found the lecture very interesting, and according to the responses from the participating students, I am not alone when I say that Michael Alstup did a great lecture, and were very inspiring. The positive responses have definitely given me additional energy to continue the success with the Though-Leader series.
I did some voluntary work in the planning process of the 6th annual European Young Enterprise Alumni Leadership conference, and by that automatically qualified myself for the conference.
The 60 most engaged JA-YE Alumni’s from across Europe were gathers in Copenhagen for 5 days of non-stop horizontal expanding activities. Everyday doing the conference the base for knowledge were shifting and Danish companies were hosting the activities. Of locations can be mentioned: COWI, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Experimentarium.
The conference had the theme of sustainability, and the following keynote speakers were pushing the limit of sustainable understanding: Martin Pedersen – COWI, Tim Vang – MyC4, Brynhild Vinskel – JA-YE Alumni Europe, Penny Perry – JA-YE, Morten Feld – Novo Nordisk, Skip Bowman – Conmoto A/S, Jesper Vej – Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Peter Schliemann – Green IT, Ministry of Science and Technology of Denmark, Lasse Lorentzen – Innovative Reflections, Espen Sivertsen – Kaouspilot, Tine Tygesen – Managing Director Venture Cup, and Nynne Christiansen – Experimentarium.
Especially Tim Vang from MyC4 challenged all participants and myself included. MyC4 is an online marketplace that connects people from all over the world with African entrepreneurs, who lack capital to develop their businesses. With the internet as a platform, MyC4 bridges the gap between people with needs and people with means. Tim Vang was in general talking about the concept of social entrepreneurship, and how companies should do something to change the world for the better, while making a profit.
The conference helped me expand and strengthen my network, while I expanded my horizon concerning sustainable leadership and business development in general.
Read the full documentation of the conference here