HHL Spirit Festival

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Congrats - you're now registered for the HHL Spirit Festival! The Zoom link will be shared with you in a confirmation email. We can't wait to see you there!

HHL Spirit Festival (formerly known as HHL Homecoming) is back for 2021 - this time virtually! Come as you are, connect and grow!

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About HHLAA:

The purpose of the HHLAA is to promote the welfare of HHL and to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between HHL and its alumni. The HHLAA helps alumni connect with their alma mater and with fellow graduates through online services such as a global directory, events and activities as well as continuing education programs. One of the main events organized by HHLAA is the yearly Homecoming (now HHL Spirit Festival), where all HHL alumni are invited to Leipzig (this year virtually) to meet up with fellow students, professors and faculty staff again. Moreover, regional events are conducted throughout the year all over Europe. In addition, the HHL Alumni Association sponsors selected student initiatives and administers student awards.

Location and Times:

  • Location: we'll be using the same Zoom link for all parts. For chapter events there will be separate zoom sessions, as they will happen simultaneously.
  • Timezone: All times are CET (German timezone)
  • Chapter Meet-ups: In addition to the fully-virtual main program (HHL Spirit Fesitval), many individual chapters will be organising meet-ups in pubs, restaurants or Zoom. Check to see what your nearest chapter is doing and join in!



Friday, 12th Nov 2021

18:00 – 18:15 CET

Welcome and Virtual Kick-Off

18:15 – 19:00 CET

Online World Pub

  • Discuss with internationally acclaimed artists about similarities and differences between culture and business. The discussion will be livened up by videos from Leipzig's cultural scene.
  • Moderation: Tobias Wolff (M10), Vice President HHL Alumni Association
  • Special Guests: Leading figures from Europe’s cultural scene:

19:00 – open end CET

Chapters Unite!

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

10:00 – 11:00 CET

Online World Pub: "Breakfast Club" Networking Session

  • Moderation: Pam Taylor (M14), board member of HHL Alumni Association
  • We'll meet in Zoom and then progress to a networking session in wonder.me (login link to follow)

11:00 – 12:00 CET

Part 1: #LeadershipPioneers - "How to Measure New Work?"

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth, Professor of International Management at HHL and academic Director of HHL Executive Education. One focus of his academic work is on top management team research and projects in the context of New Work.
  • Moderation: Hanns-Christian Ehret (K22), President HHL Alumni Association

12:00 – 12:30 CET

Lunch Break

12:30 – 13:00 CET

“How to Become Your Life’s CEO”

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmen Schwalbe (P12), author, speaker, podcaster and self-marketing strategist.

13:00 – 14:00 CET

Part 2: #LeadershipPioneers - "Purpose meets Public Value: Lessons from the Leipzig Leadership Model“

  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt, Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and co-author of the Leipzig Leadership Model which aims to provide a purpose-oriented framework for leadership.
  • Moderation: Hanns-Christian Ehret (K22), President HHL Alumni Association

14:00 – 14:30 CET

Panel discussion: “Empowering Others”

    • Patrick Carré (K6), Vice President Global Commercial Road Transport at Shell
    • Thies Dibbern(MSc.6), Head Of Customer Service at VHV Versicherungen
    • Valerie Elsner (MSc.10), Commercial Director Personal HealthCare Europe at Procter & Gamble

14:30 – 15:00 CET

“Bringing it Home”

Format: Parallel panel discussions in breakout rooms

Breakout Room 1: "Entrepreneurial Parenting - How to Tailor Your Personal Family-Work-Balance"

  • A discussion with:
    • Special guest: Katharina Marisa Katz, Freelance Content Conception & Copywriter | Book Coach & Mentor for Authors | Autor of "Einfach Machen Einfach Gründen" & "Zwischen Laptop und Legosteinen"
    • Dr. Conrad v. Stechow (K22), Vice President HHL Alumni Association

Breakout Room 2: Women@HHL - "Women Empowerment: Fast track to leadership – The influential role of mentorship"

  • Moderation: Rieke Fehrenkötter, Doctoral Candidate & Research Associate - Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Panelists:

15:00 – 15:30 CET

"Leaders of Today Meet Leaders of Tomorrow" (Alumni & Current Students)

  • Format: Panel discussion, integrate questions from current student into the panel along the theme "what would I recommend to my ounger self”
  • Moderation: Moritz Hagemann (MSc21) and Ole Peters (MSc21), current HHL students
  • Panelists:
    • Julia Benary (MSc.12), Head of Sales Region at Allianz
    • Shilpa Kataria (M10), Head of Planning and Controlling APAC at Allianz Partners
    • Sina Warnecke (PMSc 7), Executive Assistant Management Board at Mister Spex)

15:30 – open end CET

Closing Event: "Leaders of Today Meet Composers of the Past"

  • Format: A virtual musical tour through the city of Leipzig! Get back in touch with old friends like Bach, Mendelssohn and Wagner!
  • Moderation: Tobias Wolff (M10), Vice President HHL Alumni Association
  • Special Guests: Leading figures from Leipzig’s cultural scene:

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