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04.06.2024 | Leadership between Connectedness & AI

Logo Leadership Horizon powered by MDI

Your conference dedicated to leadership success –

today, tomorrow and beyond.

04.06.2024 | Leadership between Connectedness & AI


1 intense day of development on 4th June

International leadership experts and practicioners

Top-notch leadership tools & strategies

In Vienna - the heart of Europe or join online

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Join us online or @ our stunning location SO/Vienna

Mark your calendars, Join like-minded leaders and discuss success strategies for Leadership for today, tomorrow and beyond and be ready to delve into the dynamic interplay between human connection and artificial intelligence.

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Address: Praterstrasse 1, 1020 Vienna

Speakers & Experts who will expand your Leadership Horizon

on Leadership between Connectedness & AI

Leadership Horizon powered Tobais Grünfelder
More about the keynote:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke. This keynote addresses the question “What can we learn from magic when it comes to dealing with new technologies such as AI?”.

Participants will learn why AI is not magic and why it sometimes feels that way. However, it is becoming increasingly important for leadership to develop a Wonder Mindset.

When we are in a Wonder Mindset, we feel curious and open, putting aside disbelief, believing in new possibilities, and being able to dream again. We view problems as new challenges, and we do not rely on old memories as our only source of inspiration.

About Tobias Grünfelder:

As an intercultural trainer, researcher, lecturer, and magician Tobias Grünfelder wants to help rethink how we cooperate, lead, and live in contexts of cultural diversity. In the last years, he has worked as an intercultural trainer and research fellow at the chair of “Institutional Economics and Transcultural Leadership” at Zeppelin University in Germany. His research focus is on the transcultural management of international organizations and the associated organizational and individual learning processes. In addition to his research, he works as an L&D expert, magician, and facilitator with Abracademy.

Abracademy blends magic, professional development and psychology to create unforgettable learning programs for organisations.

ryan jenkins @ leadership horizon
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Ryan Jenkins, CSP is a Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership author on the topics of team connection, generational differences, and the future of work.

Remote work, advancing technology, and an always-on work culture are fracturing our relationships resulting in deep disconnection. Ryan distills everything you need, showing you what’s causing today’s disconnection and how you can increase connection to boost belonging, engagement, retention, and performance with employees at every level (and whether their in-person or remote).

bailey parnell leadership horizon
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Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a 2x TED speaker with over 4 million views. 

The age of generative AI has been unlocked. Like many human-made tools before it, this technology can be used either to support our organizations and people or tear them apart. Bailey Parnell is here to help you ensure the former. How can we use AI to boost our organization’s productivity and our people’s wellbeing at the same time? How can we harness the benefits of generative AI without compromising on the ethical treatment of our people? How can average people already use this to make their lives easier? In this dynamic and unbelievably cutting-edge keynote, Parnell combines a decade of experience researching digital wellbeing with another decade teaching businesses the skills they need to succeed. 

By the end of this talk, you will be able to…
● Grasp the core potential and challenges of generative AI in contemporary settings.
● Understand how generative AI will affect your specific industry and function.
● Explain just how generative AI connects to employee wellbeing.
● Strategically integrate AI to bolster your own daily productivity and wellbeing (at the same time).
● Proactively navigate ethical questions associated with AI technologies.
● Feel more confident navigating the future of AI.

Iris Brachmaier at Leadership Horizon
More about the business case:

Advancing HR through AI: Elevating the Employee Experience at UNIQA

Join us to experience Iris Brachmaier’s engaging presentation on AI’s transformative role in HR at UNIQA Insurance Group. As Group Chief People Officer, Brachmaier will delve into the creation of a cutting-edge workplace, driven by AI innovation. Discover UNIQA’s path to an AI-enhanced Talent Intelligence Platform, reshaping talent management and enriching employee development. Gain insights from Brachmaier’s extensive leadership experience across various sectors, highlighting her pioneering strategies in people strategy and digital transformation. This talk is a must-attend for those eager to integrate AI in HR and enhance employee experience.

More on Iris Brachmaier: Iris Brachmaier has been Group Chief People Officer of the UNIQA Group since August 1, 2023. She is responsible for Group HR, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion in 18 countries. Before joining UNIQA, Iris Brachmaier held various top management positions in the Automotive, Paper & Packaging and IT sectors. As Vice President Corporate Development & Group HR at the global GG Group, she was responsible for strategy, ESG, organizational development and HR.

Her current focus is on the development and implementation of people strategy, digital transformation and organizational design as well as employee experience and leadership effectiveness.

Dr. Johannes  von Mikulicz-Radecki
More about the keynote:

Join us for this inspiring keynote session “AI-powered Leadership – Accelerating Growth Through Experimentation” as Dr. Johannes von Mikulicz-Radecki unveils the boundless possibilities that AI-powered leadership and experimentation hold for organizations seeking to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of the 21st century. Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine your leadership paradigm and accelerate your path to growth and success.

Dr. Johannes von Mikulicz-Radecki, leadership expert by passion since over 15 years, heading the leading and transformation unit @ Haufe Academy, corporate and consulting background in the international business.

His main statement in terms of future of leadership is: leadership is too important to be left only to managers.

 for michael kollegger Leadership Horizon powered by MDI
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Beyond the Hype: Practical AI for Today’s Leaders:

Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing business offering unprecedented opportunities for innovation and efficiency. This workshop demystifies AI for leaders, explaining its mechanisms, applications, and the transformative potential it holds.

We’ll explore the essentials for successful AI project implementation—strategic planning, resource allocation, and the cultivation of an AI-ready culture. Recognizing the challenges of adopting new technologies, we also address common pitfalls and implementation mistakes, providing strategies to avoid them.

Designed for leaders aiming to harness AI’s power within their organizations, this presentation offers a balanced view of AI’s capabilities and limitations. Attendees will gain actionable insights to navigate the complexities of AI integration, ensuring their businesses can effectively leverage AI to remain competitive in the digital age.

This Workshop is your guide to leading your team through the intricacies of AI, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

Dr. Michael Kollegger is a distinguished Senior Data Scientist with an illustrious career spanning over 30 years in the field of Data Analysis and AI. With more than two decades of experience specifically dedicated to Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Kollegger has consistently demonstrated his expertise in gathering and analyzing business requirements, leading to the development of innovative AI solutions.


Gunther Fürstberger at leadership horizon
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Opening Talk: “AI Experiments of a CEO”

 Gunther Furstberger is primarily curious about the question, “How should leaders deal with AI?” In his presentation, he will share his personal journey as the CEO of a Leadership Development Institute, focusing on developing the right approach towards AI, the most significant (r)evolutionary influence humanity has ever faced. His guiding principles for approaching AI have been passion and responsibility.

 Gunther will discuss how he has integrated AI into his daily activities and decision-making processes. Challenges and Triumphs: Discover the real-world challenges and achievements he has faced as a CEO experimenting with AI in a leadership role. This talk aims to provide a realistic and insightful perspective on the integration of AI in the life of a leading CEO, emphasizing both the practical and visionary aspects of AI in the professional world.

Vladimir Novac for Leadership Horizon 2024
More about the workshop

The “AI-Enabled Leader” workshop is specifically designed to equip emerging leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively utilize artificial intelligence (AI) as a powerful tool for driving innovation, enhancing efficiency, and making impactful decisions within their organizations.

Vladimir Novac  is an MDI Partner, a leading leadership trainer and coach who works with leaders worldwide. He’s a certified NLP Practitioner, Organizational Development Expert and Change Indicator Analyst, focusing on team development, self-leadership, emerging leaders, and managing change.

Driven by a strong personal mission, Vlad has been contributing his knowledge and passion to the MDI community for many years, making a significant impact. He’s at the forefront of developing new leadership programs, including the innovative “AI-Enabled Leader” workshop, where he combines expert insights with practical tools to help leaders thrive in a changing world.

Anita Berger for Leadership Horizon 2024 by MDI
More about the expert talk

Join us for “Past, Present, AI: Uniting Leadership & Connectedness,” a 30-minute talk that promises to be a melting pot of insights and innovations, hosted by Anita Berger.

This session features an impressive lineup of experts:

  • Dr. Johannes von Mikulicz-Radecki, a leadership visionary with over 15 years of experience and a strong advocate for the idea that “leadership is too important to be left only to managers”;
  • Bailey Parnell, a celebrated speaker, theorist, and humanitarian, pioneering the realms of Digital Wellbeing and GenAI, and the mind behind SkillsCamp Soft Skills and the Center for Digital Wellbeing; and
  • Elena Rajnak, a Global Human Resources Leader with a two-decade track record of impactful leadership in people and culture across various industries, recognized for her dynamic approach to organizational development and talent management.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these experts as they share their expertise and visions for harnessing advancements in technology and leadership to foster a more connected world.

Elena Rajnak for Leadership Horizon 2024
More about the panelist

Join us and Elena Rajnak for “Past, Present, AI: Uniting Leadership & Connectedness,” a 30-minute talk that promises to be a melting pot of insights and innovations.

Elena Rajnak, Senior Executive, Human Resources Director leads the AbbVie’s Human Resources team with responsibility for the business partnering with the second most strategic Research and Development site within AbbVie enterprise. The Research and Development site is based in Germany, and it is the only R&D site in Europe. She is driving organizational design, leadership development and change management across AbbVie Germany. Elena has been recognized with several awards for her work on EED&I by CEO and CHRO.

In the previous role with Roche, she served as Global Human Resources Partner dedicated to scientific environment, Global Quality and Regulatory and Research and Development. Elena was responsible for their transformation into modern and agile organization able to adapt to internal customer needs while fulfilling all regulatory and compliance requirements. In addition, she has actively advanced a work on internal HR Transformation.

Before joining Roche in September 2015, Elena established Amazon corporate site as HR Site Head on the green field. This was Amazon’s first footprint in Eastern and Central Europe, where she was instrumental in further growth of Amazon’s operations and establishment of several corporate site offices, including fulfilment centers in the region.

Elena Rajnak holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the New York University in USA, and master’s degree in Slovak and English Language and Literature from Comenius University In Slovakia.


Daniela Ekl for Leadership Horizon 2024
More about Daniela

Central to Daniela’s work is her mission to create understanding and connections between people and ideas. With a thoughtful approach and a pen always at the ready, she crafts visual stories that illuminate and inspire, embodying the spirit of innovation and connection that the Leadership Horizon event celebrates.

Daniela Ekl transitions seamlessly from journalism to HR and personnel development, with a broad experience spanning SMEs to multinational corporations and consulting. As a team-building trainer and Diversity Campus co-founder, she champions inclusive environments. Daniela moderates events like Diversity Breakfasts and apprentice honors, and creates engaging e-learning content. Her creative side emerges in Viennese jazz compositions. A first-generation academic, her path reflects a commitment to continuous learning and diversity.

Niels Cimpa for Leadership Horizon powered by MDI
Experience ChatGPT

We are thrilled to announce an exceptional opportunity for all our attendees to engage directly with Niels Cimpa, a ChatGPT learning coach, throughout our event. This unique chance will enable you to dive into your initial exploration of Chat-GPT in learning applications and practical use.

There’s a burgeoning conversation around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and an occasional need to kickstart AI projects. However, firsthand experience with Chat-GPT or other AI tools remains limited for many. This is where our event stands to benefit our attendees greatly: offering a spontaneous and guided introduction to these technologies matching your needs.

For instance, in a leadership seminar, while the foundational content might be delivered by a human, AI could handle individual exercises or queries more effectively. Niels also envisions significant potential for AI in autonomous learning environments, like online courses, where leaders could practice skills such as non-violent communication, receiving personalized feedback and explanations from AI. Discover more about his thoughts here

Marilena Maris for Leadership Horizon
More about Marilena:

Marilena Maris is a renowned business economist, personnel developer, and executive coach with a global impact, having worked in over 30 countries since 2008. She specializes in enhancing productivity and sustainable performance, delivering her expertise through workshops, keynotes, coaching, and training.

Marilena’s passion extends beyond her professional life; she is an avid traveler and part of a dynamic patchwork family of seven, residing between Austria and Germany. Her work reflects a deep commitment to fostering leadership and organizational growth, making her a pivotal figure in the field of leadership coaching and personnel development.

Peter Grabuschnig for Leadership Horizon
More about Peter Grabuschnig:

Peter Grabuschnig stands as a prominent leadership trainer, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to his role.

With a solid academic background in economics and significant leadership experience in the tourism sector on both national and international stages, he has dedicated over a decade to advising and training companies in personnel development.

His focus areas include crafting content for digital learning, fostering agile leadership development, enhancing learning transfer, and embracing the principles of New Work, Hybrid Work & Connectivity.

Grabuschnig is at the forefront of executive training, shaping leaders to navigate the complexities of today’s dynamic business environment with innovative and effective strategies.

Full Day Event Lineup on 4th June 2024

Please note that the program incl. content, speakers, & session times, are tentative & subject to change leading up to the event.
Leadership Horizon 2024 Full Line Up
Leadership Horizon 2024 Full Line Up
Leadership Horizon 2024 Full Line Up

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Join us as we collectively deepen our insight into the complexities of AI 

In the lead-up to our annual Leadership Horizon event, we’re engaging in interviews with AI and Leadership experts.

Hamza Khan Leadership Horizon

We aim to gain a better understanding of artificial intelligence and its impact on leadership in the upcoming years.

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Outtakes of our Leadership Horizon Events #LH23 #LH22:

Want to know how the LH23 went?

According to the follow-up report in Magazine Training, it was very successful. Read it here 🙂

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