10-12 JUNE 2019, PARIS, FRANCE

2019 Theme: New Directions - New Opportunities

This year’s Global Forum will highlight innovative ideas and initiatives that are transforming our world, inspiring leaders to act in new strategic directions, and helping create new opportunities for businesses, organizations and societies.

Each day the Global Forum program focuses on a different aspect of the central theme. 


10 June

The “Big Picture”—The Larger Context of Strategic Change, Leadership and Learning
Topic Sessions: Issues impacting business and societal realities and opportunities--geopolitics, international business, climate change, and the “New Deal” required for enhancing employee engagement. The merits or otherwise of Artificial Intelligence, “the surveillance economy” and “Big Tech” will be debated. Industry 4.0, and Globalization 4.0 will also be part of the discussion. Regional issues and developments will be discussed as well, including recent events and their underlying trends in Latin America, the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Among the invited speakers are Karel Lannoo, CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a think tank recently awarded “the best think tank in Europe”. Nicholas L. Johnson, the co-author of Modern Monopolies: What It Takes to Dominate the 21st Century Economy, Mike Rosenberg, author of Strategy and Geopolitics: Understanding Global Complexity in a Turbulent World, and Bernard Coulaty, author of New Deal of Employee Engagement: A Sustainable Body-and-Mind Management Model (most recently in French as Engagement 4.0: Pour une experience durable au travail, avec et par les collaborateurs).

11 June

Transformational Initiatives in Companies
Topic Sessions: Initiatives in companies, including leadership development, mentoring and coaching that aim to prepare future leaders to lead in new strategic directions and be open to embrace new opportunities.  Among those sharing their experiences and lessons learned will be practitioners from Amazon, Danone, DeLaval, DPDHL, Engie, Finnair, Lilly, Seco Tools, UPS, Vattenfall, Vossloh Cogifer, VW, and others yet to be confirmed. The evening will feature a private boat tour of Paris and dinner including the Global Forum/Robert L. Dilworth Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Achievement.

12 June

Advances and Experiences of Learning and Work
Topic Sessions: Transformational learning, exploring new advances in neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence, new technological advances, concepts of the “curiosity quotient”, “obligatory employee learning contracts” and the presentation of research on how to craft a genuine and purposeful vision in order to mobilize and foster learning and innovation. There will also be an open space session, an author’s session, and a wisdom panel. The Global Forum concludes with an interactive retrospectives session, announcement of the theme and venue of the 2020 Global Forum followed by a final dinner.

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