The League of Leading Ladies (LLL) is a business club for female business owners and c-level ladies of global enterprises.
It was founded by Swiss serial entrepreneur Sandra-Stella Triebl in 2004. It is accessible by invitation only.
At present we have 52 full members of this outstanding business club.
Instead of a „normal“ yearly get-together for members, Sandra-Stella decided to create a international and English speaking Conference and make it accessible to non-members, men and women alike. That’s how it started. The Conference in 2019 will be the fifth edition.
Up to now 600 leading ladies and gentlemen attended our Conference.
We face a tremendous loss of trust in almost everything and everybody. We lost trust in governments, states, the politics and politicians, in science, in organizations, in our financial systems, in our communities and so on…
We event lost our trust in Facebook since „Cambridge Analytica“! So…in what do we trust? In Artificial Intelligence? Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies? In Algorithms and Coding? This all means: in non-personal entities?
If you pin it down, what is happening all around us with all these disruptive tendencies, it is a question of trust. Trust is key. Without trust people will not follow your lead. Customers won’t buy your product or use your service. And in a society without trust, people suffer from all kinds of anxieties. If we strive for a change we must first create trust.
We will give you deep insights about the logic of trust, about loosing, gaining, maintaining trust and how you can use this knowledge in your personal journey and in your professional life as a leader, shaper and change maker.
Our vision is to create a get together of thinkers with female and male attendees being highly committed, with a participative content and the number of seats limited to 150. If you’re interested in being part of a community sharing wisdom and knowledge, you’re welcome to register. Further more we love to bring together our rational and our spiritual heart. That’s why we offer keynotes and workshops from the more spiritual to the more „brainy“ side in ourselves.
So let’s get inspired!
Award-winning software focusing and improving aviation security and passenger identity through multi-patented tech with blockchain and machine learning. Working with airlines and government agencies, including world’s third largest airline group – IAG – owner of British Airways. Irra has repeatedly created start-up businesses, thinking about innovation in everything she does. A self-confessed ‚Risk taker‘, her ethos of ‚Feel the fear and do it anyway‘ understanding how to get best of both corporate/entrepreneurial worlds and ‚Disruption and innovation‘ an entrepreneurs experience means inherent vulnerability and risk, is apparent in every aspect of the business.
Overcoming a difficult childhood as a daughter of a single mother, who had a psychological illness and did not feel emotion, Irra struggled to learn how to build trust and relationships. She has since triumphed in becoming a highly educated woman, fluently speaking 9 languages, achieving a 1st class masters from Oxford, securing multiple patents for Vchain, and co-founding 3 previous startups (tech/media/data). She now lives in London with her partner and 3 children.
We see VChain 5 years from now being the International Trust 3.0 and air travel of the future. Realising identity is the new money and how trusting in ourselves is our best bet is what Irra will explore in her keynote.
Find out more about Irra’s company vchain in London: www.vchain.com
I have posed this topic as a question to provoke thinking here. Have you ever spoken or interacted with Robot Vera, a bot used by HR from companies to interact with you as a potential candidate for employment? https://ai.robotvera.com/static/newrobot_en/index.html
Algorithms strictly defined, are a set of rules or processes to be executed by a computer. Who creates these algorithms and for what purpose? Can we recognize and respond to the notion of cognitive bias [after all we are all infected]? What happens when we implement algorithms that are combined with AI to profile YOU without your knowledge? Or more dynamically, do you want to interact with bots like Vera? What is “trust” under this context and who is accountable? When should the human be in the loop ?
As President, Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, I am focused on the areas specifically to the ethical use of technology and where the human being should be put in the center of this universe and not the object. It does not take much negative use of technology, to taint a company brand: in the end, we are all responsible.
“In Innovation We Trust”
Keynote by Clare Jones, CCO what3words (GB)
what3words is the world’s first addressing system designed for voice – every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3 word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and is being adopted by governments all around the world as an official addressing system. Its investors include Daimler, Intel Capital, Aramex and Deutsche Bahn.
Clare is the Chief Commercial Officer at what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She studied for an undergraduate degree in English, with her graduate degree in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable sex workers in South London.
The innovation process requires considerable amounts of trust. Without it, the process is unlikely to produce much more than incremental innovation. Further more innovation is often linked with high risks. So how did what3words create trust in their product, how did they bring on board all their investors? – And how did the founders create trust among their employees? Clare will share all these insights with us during her keynote.
Dr. Deborah Heifetz is a Mediator, certified Y.P.O. Forum Facilitator and Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.) who holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, an M.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Genetics. She is a Chevening Scholar (University of Manchester and Cambridge University) and brings over 30 years experience as a peace activist, social scientist and somatic educator working at the nexus of inner and outer peace.
Heifetz has served as a special advisor to the Crisis Management Team of the Israeli Police, developed the concept “non-mediated peacekeeping’ from her ethnographic study of gender and Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation during the Oslo years (1994-2000) and has acted in Track II Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. She co-founded the peace-building and community development NGO – HiMaT – with projects in Pakistan and engaged in the international grassroots movement known as the Transition Network, where she co-founded the Israeli Hub and served as a mediator.
In 2005, after 12 years on the faculty at Haifa University’s dance/movement therapy program, Dr. Heifetz joined Tel Aviv University where she integrated her diverse background and training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Laban Movement Analysis to educate graduate students of International Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Culture, Conflict and Community Development.
In 2014, Dr. Heifetz moved from Israel to Germany, where she co-created the Embodied Leadership Training, an intensive training in embodied self-awareness and effective communication under conflict that empowers personal leadership under challenging change processes. Her approach weaves cognitive, experiential and action learning with core principles of mindfulness, trauma healing and social theory. Elements of this program also form the core of the course she presently teaches at the faculty of Philosophy, Art and Social Entrepreneurship at Alanus University, in Bonn, as well as the retreats she is leads for groups of CEOs from the Young President Organization.
Deborah will share her knowledge and experience in a keynote speech about „Trust, Boundaries & Beliefs“.
Learn more about Debora’s outstanding work: elt.bravehearts-institute.org
Nataly Kogan came to the US as a refugee at the age of 13 and grit and hard work became her trusted allies on her way from living on welfare and foods tamps to an incredibly successful career as a tech executive, investor, and entrepreneur. But the grit she came to rely on to help her succeed brought her to the brink of losing everything she valued, including her family and her company. Through a difficult personal journey, Nataly discovered an unexpected ingredient she had been missing and one that, once she began to practice it along with her hard work and grit, helped to finally truly thrive in all areas of her life. The unexpected ingredient? Self-compassion. Nataly has since become one of the leading experts on emotional well-being and has taught science-backed skills — including self-compassion and compassion — to hundreds of thousands of people, including employees and leaders and dozens of organizations, to help them maximize their potential and live more fulfilling, meaningful lives.
Since then, Happier’s online courses, Happier @ WorkTM training programs, book, and the Happier app have helped more than a million people live their best life.
Nataly is a sought-out keynote and TEDx speaker and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.
She is also a self-taught abstract artist, a devoted yogi, and lover of all things striped. But what brings her the greatest joy is spending time with her family, including her husband Avi and daughter Mia. Together they live outside of Boston, although Nataly will always be a New Yorker at heart.
In her keynote, Nataly will share her personal journey, scientific research, and tangible practices and takeaways that members in the audience can use to practice compassion and self-compassion to build the foundation of their emotional health and thrive in their careers and personal lives.
Learn more about Nataly: www.happier.com
Publication: Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) was published in May, 2018!
Burkhard Varnholt is Chief Investment Officer of the Swiss Universal of Credit Suisse and Vice-Chairman of the Global Investment Committee.
Burkhard has more than twenty years of investment management- and leadership experience, more than ten of which he served at Credit Suisse. He ran large portfolios for private- and institutional investors around the globe. Prior to his current role at Credit Suisse, Burkhard was a member of the Executive Board and Chief Investment Officer of Bank Julius Bär and equally so of Bank J. SafraSarasin. Burkhard gained his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen, taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Stern School of Business, New York University.
In 2004, Burkhard founded the charity ‘Kids of Africa’, which runs an orphanage for homeless children in Uganda (www.kids-of-africa.com). In 2006 he was awarded the Swiss Re Civilian Services Prize.
In his keynote, Burkhard will share his experience with the audience and discuss how the world has changed rapidly – and how we can handle the speed of change as our lives will not slow down in the future.
But how can we look and think forward to the future without dwelling on the past? How can we make smart decisions when we do not know what will happen tomorrow?
How can we create economic growth and hedge against fluctuations? – If one of Switzerland’s top bankers does not have the answers, who else will?
There is no other discipline in which the art of leading has been developed, taught and driven to perfection in such a consistent way as in a symphony orchestra. For centuries musicians and conductors have been thriving for perfection and excellence, always aiming high to bring to life the vision of a piece of music.
Both tradition and knowledge of this relationship between a leader and his team in a symphony orchestra and many years of economic experience (Florian built up and run two companies), and collaboration with outstanding leadership personalities in both worlds on the other hand are the basis of the successful work of Florian Schönwiese, orchestra musician, entrepreneur and leadership expert.
As a true intermediary between classical music and the business world he shows his knowledge and observations in highly inspiring and vivid presentations, hands-on seminars and leadership-development programs to push leadership-skills and therefore team-performance and power of innovation to a new level of excellence incomparably fast!
The aim of this engagement is to provide the participants of the League of Leading Ladies Conference 2019 the following:
Few reach the top, but if you do you had better know what you want and what you stand for. Features like authenticity, trust, followership and character are highly undervalued in most careers until you stand at the helm – then they are more than just competitive advantages, they are essentials that make or break success at the top.
In this workshop you learn the traits of a true leader and become an “urban guru” – a human being that shines, leads and serves and thereby creates committed followers.
Christina Kuenzle is an experienced executive and business coach based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her comprehensive expertise is founded on career management, launching and developing new businesses, accompanying change processes, enhancing leadership effectiveness, achieving results and creating value. Before founding her own company, Choice Ltd., she was a Member of the Executive Committee of Sulzer Ltd., where she was responsible for corporate development. She has worked in a variety of industries including consultancy (HR, strategic and scientific), engineering, petroleum and travel. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Zurich and a mentor at the University of St. Gallen. As a member of the Global Leadership Centre of INSEAD, she is regularly invited to work as a coach in executive development programmes. She was also on the Board of the “Swiss Code of Ethics”. Christina Kuenzle holds a BA in Economics, an MBA from INSEAD and an MS in Coaching and Consulting for Change from HEC and co-founder of Urban Gurus.
Christian Haas is Managing Partner Haas Associates and co-founder of Urban Gurus. Haas Associates is a search boutique firm specializing in Asset Management, and functioning in a strategic advisory capacity for Human Capital interests.
For Forbes 30 under 30 DACH honoree Melanie it’s all about the people we meet and the things we create together. Melanie is the founder and CEO of Master21, the first Coding Bootcamps and Code Weeks in Switzerland.
Master21’s purpose it to equip professionals with the skills, tools and mindsets to thrive in the digital world. In intense learning experiences they teach business professionals who work with IT specialists to speak tech.
Deloitte among others booked inhouse trainings and CNN etc. reported about them.
Prior to Master21, Melanie worked as a client partner at the web agency Ginetta where she felt the need to better communicate with developers and learnt to code.
Melanie holds degrees in International Management and Requirements Engineering.
In 2018, she won the Female Innovation Recognition Award with Master21.
To date, she has facilitated several educational programs such as Startup Weekend,
the Aspire Accelerator & Mentorship Program, TEDxZurich, UX workshops and coding bootcamps for managers.
During her workshop you learn to understand what „computational thinking“ really means and hopefully you will „speak tech“ after 120 intensive minutes with Melanie. This workshop will be supported by our keynote speaker Monique Morrow.
In this workshop it is all about bringing your mental power to a higher and conscious level.
As long as you’re running in a “normal” state or your life flows “as usual”, we all can normally handle our job pretty well. But what happens if we face a sudden challenge, a change we could not prepare for? The crucial thing here is not to concentrate too much on your anxiety. In this workshop you learn the most effective techniques of martial arts: focus, concentration and letting go.
You’ll learn these skills and how to achieve a so called “beginners mind”, you experience how to handle the power of your rival on a physical, emotional and cognitive level.
Stefan and Sinja created an outstanding workshop tool, exclusively for our League of Leading Ladies Conference, bringing together findings from body psychotherapy, martial arts and brain research.
Dr. Sinja Rüberg Wiederseiner is born in Germany and founder & owner of Levista GmbH, based in Zurich. She is a lawyer and IBP/BSO coach and organizational consultant.
Stefan Labas was twice Karate European champion (1st Dan), speaker and executive health coach for mental and physical strength.
In our bodies we trust…. Really? Could we? How? And what for?
Let´s face the status quo: for women it seems that “the body game” is about control, not about freedom nor enjoyment and certainly not about trust.
In this workshop we introduce a different perspective and a different path.
What if we treated our body – our employee No.1 – with kindness and a well-lived discipline? What if mindfulness was not just another “tool” on the path to “perfection-city”. Or a luxury of time that we simply cannot afford.
And how could we turn tech-gadgets like smart wristbands to serve us, not to enslave us?
Florian Wolf will provide you with the hottest data and tools from research in stress management for high performing individuals and organizations.
Dr. Ursula Wagner introduces tips and results from her coaching work and how she helps high achieving women to outsmart stress.
Let´s be the masters of the game again. Let´s nurture and trust our employee No.1 again!
Florian Wolf is CEO of YourPrevention, a top brand in preventive medicine with a worldwide operating network of researchers, doctors and coaches. Florian also performs in triathlon events – just for the fun of it!
Dr. Ursula Wagner, MD of Coaching Center Berlin works an executive coach and coach trainer. Through her lectures in the International Master Program for Preventive Medicine her coaching work has spread around the globe. Ursula is a trained dancer, still highly active person and enjoys meditation, monastery retreats and walks in nature as a balance.
Mr. Peter Kämpfer manages the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa since October 2018. Grown up in a hotelier family Mr. Kämpfer’s career went from the Bürgenstock via the relaunch of the Chesa Guardalej to the Park Hotel Weggis where he took over the management in 1998. Within the following 20 years the Park Hotel Weggis developed impressively and the number of employees increased from 30 to 120. With his impressive professional achievements and experience, the passionate hotelier leads the Belle Epoque jewel VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU in Interlaken with a strong focus on authentic hospitality and a maximum of service attendance.
No reimbursement in case of cancellation without medical certificate after March 1st, 2019
PLEASE NOTE: Members of our partners like Ladies Drive Bargespräche-Club, SLIC, Womenbiz, Switzerland Global Enterprise and attendees of the Simmons Conference in Switzerland profit from a 15-20% discount. Please let us know by email before registering: [email protected]
Special Rate – Single Bedroom per night: CHF 340.00
Special Rate – Double Bedroom per night: CHF 440.00
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