More than 100 inspiring lecturers and Q&A sessions. A few examples:


Online expert Q&A sessions

Building Mind Strength

Overcoming anxiety

Dr Jodie Lowinger is a Clinical Psychologist and the CEO and Founder of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic. Your team will be able to ask Jodie all about dealing with fear and uncertainty.

Jodie has worked in organisational, hospital and community settings for more than 20 years. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science (University of Sydney) and was awarded the University Medal for Psychology (UNSW). Jodie is also a Management Consultant and highly experienced Performance and Mindset Coach. Alongside her work at the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, she is the CEO and Founder of Mind Strength Consulting where she coaches CEOs and Executives and speaks in organisations. She is passionately committed to working with the media and speaking at global events to raise anxiety awareness and help individuals with the skills and strategies to conquer anxiety.

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Working from home (with kids)

With millions of parents having to work from home, there is a need for new rules

Mark McCartney is an executive leadership coach at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School and the School of Life in London. He works with a broad range of leaders who are also parents of young children. Your team will be able to ask Mark all about turning their homes into an office, and then back into a home. While they also take care of the children.

For many people it might be the first time that they’ve worked from home for a prolonged period. Mark will teach them to make the most of what will be a challenging period. During this session they will learn how to deal with (and anticipate) the positive and negative emotions that are sure to arise. How to reduce stress levels. How to use their home as an office an how to maximize productivity in order to benefit from the reduction in interruptions that we would normally experience in the office.

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Paradigm Shifts

How to reframe life in times of social distancing

Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialised in transformative thinking. Your team will be able to ask Karim all about how to reframe their professional and personal lives in times of social distancing.

Karim studied philosophy in England, the United States, and Japan. He has taught at Kobe University and directed research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In his career he has facilitated hundreds of reframing workshops for management teams around the world. He will focus on finding answers to questions such as: how your team can reframe their lives since they now have to work from home, take care of their children, bring their private life to a virtual standstill and implement social distancing? What should they do with regards to their work plans, meetings, and projects in the coming months? What basic principles are most important to them and how can they structure work/life balance in times of Corona?

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Crisis Management

How to manage during a crisis

Marjolijn van Oordt is an international expert in crisis management and crisis communication. Your team will be able to ask Marjolijn all about crisis management and leadership in crisis.

Marjolijn acts as a consultant and temporary member to boards facing situations in need of de-escalation. In this role Marjolijn has prevented, prepared and de-escalated a multitude of national and international crisis with severe impact on the economy at large. Marjolijn is an INSEAD certified board member, Harvard-trained negotiator, MfN certified business mediator and MBTI-certified professional. She is a guest speaker in crisis readiness at INSEAD for the International Directors Programme.

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How to prepare for after the crisis

Plan for a gradual return to (a new) normal

Marco Zannoni is responsible for Crisis Consulting Consultancy as part of AGRC in The Netherlands. Your team can ask Marco all they want to know how to return to a normal life.

He has over 20 years of strategic Crisis Management experience and is one of the leading experts in The Netherlands. He has extensive experience in crisis management training and consulting in both public and private sector. He is a leading expert in Dutch media on crisis management and Corona. The COVID-19 situation is highly dynamic. Societal impact and – as a result – organisational impact is increasing on a daily basis. The Crisis Management challenge is to adapt to these changing circumstances and to be prepared for the next phase. More and more aspects of daily business are impacted: from HR to Finance and from Business Continuity to Legal. This situation requires a timely ‘reset’ of the Crisis Management Organisation. It is important to start thinking about a plan of action for a gradual ‘return to (a new) normal’: a reversed continuity approach.

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Remote Working

How can your team become more productive when they start working from home

Saskia Langenberg has been supporting managers, leaders, and teams making the transition to productive remote work and successful online collaboration. Your team will be able to ask Saskia all about successful online collaboration, Online Coaching for managers and leaders of virtual teams. 

Saskia previously worked at Linz University as a lecturer in the International Management department where she taught the ‘International Business Project’ course around international remote teamwork, virtual teams and flexible work. There is more to virtual and remote work than flexible workspaces and the newest IT-solutions. Success depends on adopting a new mindset with new behaviors. It is essential that people learn to communicate using these new technologies. In the most recent years, Saskia has been supporting professionals to collaborate successfully online.

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Embracing uncertainty

Business opportunities that arise in times of uncertainty

Patrick van der Pijl is CEO of Business Models Inc., an international consultancy for strategy and business model innovation. Patrick is also the producer of the bestseller Business Model Generation. Your team gets the opportunity to ask Patrick everything on how to respond to business opportunities that arise in times of uncertainty.

Within uncertainty exist innumerable opportunities to design (or redesign) game-changing businesses. These opportunities are here for the taking if you know how to look for them. During his short introduction, Patrick will provide you with new tools, skills and mindset to harness opportunities born of uncertainty in order to design a better business.

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Epidemic Control Strategies

How do epidemic control strategies work

Dr Bharat Pankhania is an expert on communicable disease control at the University of Exeter Medical School. Your team will be able to ask him all about epidemics, control strategies and the current outbreak.

Dr Pankhania is head of Public Health Medicine teaching at University of Exeter Medical School and an expert in terms of pandemic Influenza outbreak planning and major plan testing exercises. He was the local Lead for Pandemic Influenza planning at Public Health England and became the reference point for outbreak planning, testing systems and control strategies. Teaching, training and mentoring have always been Dr Pankhania’s forte, he has been the training lead for Health Protection at his Public Health England, SW Region. Additionally, he has held honorary teaching positions, for over 15 years at University of Bristol, Imperial University, University of St Mark and St John, University of West of England.

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Dealing with adversity

How you cope with adversity determines how successful and happy you become

Frank Koerselman is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Utrecht. He was also head of the psychiatry department at Sint Lucas Andreas hospital in Amsterdam. Your team will be able to ask Frank all about how to deal with fear and uncertainty (including for children).

Every single one of us is currently dealing with adversity both in our professional and personal lives. Throughout his career, Professor Koerselman has helped hundreds, if not thousands of people facing adversity. In a short lecture, he unravels how people’s ability to deal with adversity is the single most crucial skill people need in order to be happy and successful in life. Professor Koerselman will give your team tips on how to cope with the challenges in these difficult times and of course answer all their questions.

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The Oxygen Class

How to keep your calm in stressful situations

Marjon van Opijnen is a trauma and respiratory therapist. She teaches at both Nyenrode and Webster University on business ethics and leadership. Your team will be able to ask Marjon all about how to keep calm in a stressful situation through breathing exercises. 

Burnout, stress, sleeping problems; these are typical complaints of our time. Especially during this crazy period. Knowing how to keep yourself calm in a stressful situation is not only good for your team’s performance, it is crucial to their health. In the event of stress or fatigue, we often look for a solution outside ourselves. With the right breathing technique, you can both relax and activate your body. Breathing is actually the only unconscious process in our body that we can control. Marjon is an expert in the field of breathing and takes your team on a journey full of insights and practical tools for immediate use.

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Teaching your children at home

Now that it’s become a daily responsibility, we show people how it’s done

Felienne Hermans has taught at the TU Delft and is currently a professor at Leiden University, where she teaches in the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science. Your team will get useful insights in ways that they can help their children with new knowledge and skills at home.

Felienne helps your people now that they are in charge of helping their children learn. After lots of years of experience teaching children, and a lot of learning and reading, she discovered what works best to help others learn. She shows us how our brain works when we try to learn something new. After a short talk, Felienne will take questions on all matters related to teaching children new things.

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Why do we pay people by the hour? Can we really always rely on data? Is the customer always right? Does input really equal output? Our socio-economic systems are based on assumptions. But sometimes a radically different view can offer new possibilities and insights. This lecture will show how you can reframe your own reality.

Karim Benammar studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan and taught at the University of Kobe.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci is known as an inventor and artist, but he was also an excellent observer. This lecture provides insight into Da Vinci’s way of working and shows how innovation is primarily the result of constantly being curious and wanting to improve the existing.

Professor Kwakkelstein is director of the Netherlands University Institute for Art History in Florence and professor of art history specializing in the Renaissance.

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Master forgers

What is ‘real’? How do you make a forgery of a Dutch master? And, above all, how do you recognise a forgery? Most of the time forgers have the same way of working, whether they are forging unique wines or a painting of one of the Dutch masters. This lecture will give you insights into the world of forgeries.

Judith Noorman is professor of art history at the University of Amsterdam. Judith Noorman obtained her PhD at New York University.

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Responsibility sometimes consists of making difficult decisions. But how do you make the right choices? Jelle van Baardewijk offers a valuable reflection on today’s society. We are all responsible for our own lives. We want to be healthy, but we also want to enjoy. We want to do our job well, but also spend time with our family. What if you can’t have it all at the same time? In this lecture, Jelle explains how ethics works and why ethics is mainly about saying ‘no’.

Jelle is a lecturer in business ethics at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is a philosopher affiliated with the Department of Public Administration and Political Science at VU University Amsterdam.

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Big data & ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data play an increasingly important role in our society. With all the benefits, but also with risks. Data can be manipulated and at the same time, Big Data, when used correctly, can bring us a lot. Youssef discusses Big Data’s ethics on the basis of case studies and intriguing stories. What can we learn from it?

Youssef El Bouhassani is a teacher and researcher at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. He also developed Learning Levels: an AI-driven learning platform and he is a member of the National Think Tank on Big Data.

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Mindsets for innovation

With a few interactive exercises, Rod shows you how you can switch from “yes, but” to “yes, and”. He uses well-known techniques from improvisation theater. The result? A more pleasant way of working together and a broader perspective on how to give each other more space. You also learn to feel better when you make a mistake.

Rod Ben Zeev is a facilitator and designer of innovation and leadership programs at the THNK School of Creative Leadership. He is the founder of the Tel Aviv Improv School.

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Programming will give you the ability to understand how computers work, to understand societal problems and to solve them, but also to make the most beautiful and craziest things. Programming is not just for developing websites and games, but can also be used to produce art, animations, paintings and music. Felienne Hermans explains how learning to program works. Writing code is a creative task. Very much like composing music. And people can learn such skills.

Felienne has taught at the TU Delft and is currently professor at Leiden University, where she teaches at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science.

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The presidential elections are only next year, but President Trump and the 24 democratic challengers are already in full campaign mode. During the lecture, Victor Vlam shows how the campaign is being conducted in the US. He worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012 and gives you a peek behind the scenes. With what brilliant rhetorical techniques does a campaign convince a voter to vote? How much money do you need and what the hell do you do with it?

Victor Vlam is a guest lecturer at the UvA and Tilburg University and author of the book ‘Thinking like Donald Trump’. As an America expert, he is often invited to (Dutch television and radio:) EenVandaag, Editie NL, 5 Uur Live, RTL Z and Radio 1 en 2.

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“How can you tell from a corpse whether murder is involved?” Udo Reijnders notes that even doctors have difficulty recognizing an unnatural death. As a result, murders are regularly overlooked. Udo talks about crime scenes in his lectures, to show what you should pay attention to in the event of an autopsy.

Udo Reijnders works at the GGD Amsterdam as a forensic doctor. He is also a senior trainer in Forensic Nursing and special professor of Primary Forensic Medicine at the UvA / AMC.

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Robert Wolfe lets you experience how you can use a story from your own life to really convey a message and to get the people around you. He also gives examples of the best storytellers and insights into talk techniques that are easy to apply.

Robert Wolfe is leadership coach and storytelling trainer at the THNK School of Creative Leadership. He has run management games for executives around the world.

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North Korea

How did the Kim ‘dynasty’ come to power and how has it been able to function for so long? Professor Breuker gives a unique insight into the incredible system that was set up to take a whole country hostage, where other oppressive communist regimes, such as in Eastern Europe, all collapsed after a few decades.

Remco Breuker is Professor of Korean Studies and Chair of the Korean Studies Department at the University of Leiden. He is also Director of the Leiden Asia Centre.

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Irene shows how creativity and choosing a different perspective can have huge impact. She also explains that you need guts and especially perseverance to be truly creative. With her easy to apply tips and tricks and especially with humor, Irene teaches us how to be just a bit more creative. Because sometimes it is a small change that can make all the difference.

After 16 years of FHV / BBDO, a large brand advertising agency, Irene Koel became a creative consultant for many companies. She is also a lecturer at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

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Merel gives an interactive and educational lecture about copyright. The main question she addresses is if copyright is still viable in the future. Who actually owns a photo or text? Can you use it for work or private or not at all? If you are depicted in a photo, is it then automatically yours? And can you share it on social media? Or can you get a fine or even end up in a lawsuit.

Merel Teunissen is a lawyer at Versteeg Wigman Sprey and teaches at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam. She’s editor at Mediaforum, a magazine about communication law.

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Everyone has their own secrets. At home and in the professional workplace. Secrets for colleagues, for other departments, for clients, regulators, media…  What kind of secrets do we carry with us? How do you keep something secret? And what is the impact of a secret for our mental and physical health? Andreas Wismeijer shares insights about the fascinating psychology behind secrets and explains what secrets teach us about human nature.

Dr. Andreas Wismeijer is affiliated with Tilburg University and holds a PhD in the psychology of secrets. He has written a large number of scientific articles and two popular science books on the subject. He also regularly performs on radio and television programs to talk about secrets and lying.

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The historical significance of smell

We breathe all day long and smell everything, but are rarely really aware of it. This is remarkable since scent has a direct link with our memory and evokes memories, images and emotions at lightning speed. So it’s not surprising that artists use scent to bring history to life. For example, look at the painting of the Battle of Waterloo and at the same time smell the mix of sweat, horses and gunpowder. Napoleon wore a heavy perfume every day to shut himself off from the world and completely panicked when he ran out of his perfume. Be amazed by the power of scent and learn how your nose influences you consciously and unconsciously throughout the day.

Caro Verbeek is an art historian and a curator with a focus on the lower senses. Her aim is to (re)construct a more sensory history of art by collecting and (re)creating historical scents.

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Psychology of selves

We all have multiple sides, but we do not always understand what makes us sometimes act as a joker, sometimes as a pleaser or as a pusher. Understanding ‘ourselves’ fully is one of the most powerful insights in life. Gijs Deckers challenges introspection. You suddenly understand that the quarrel about the toothpaste cap is not about the toothpaste, but about something completely different. Quarrelling will never be the same. You learn to understand yourself better and you will also recognise the patterns in others. The result: a better relationship with yourself and the people around you.

Gijs Deckers is a psychologist and coach. He teaches personal development and psychology at the School of Life and the University of Leiden.

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What are the consequences of China’s rapid growth in technology? Western news media are full of panic stories about Huawei, the social credit system, surveillance, artificial intelligence and big data, that China is supposed to use to build an Orwellian control society. This lecture examines whether this fear is justified, it explains the Chinese technology agenda and shows what the impact will be on the Netherlands and Europe.

Rogier Creemers is an Assistant Professor in the law and governance of China at Leiden University. With a background in Chinese studies, international politics and law, he mainly focuses on the Chinese government’s increasing use of technology in domestic governance processes, as well as China’s role in global cyberspace.

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Public speaking

Public speaking is very nerve-racking for many people. Michael Diederich knows how to take your presentation skills to the next level. He shares practical tips for learning to speak better in public, ranging from powerful body language, speaking with passion and how to connect with your audience. In addition to sharing useful insights, he takes you on fun exercises, making this a fun, bold and highly interactive lecture.

Michael Diederich is an actor and performer, both in theater and on television. He taught at various academies, such as InHolland and Codarts, Rotterdam.

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