November 23rd and 24th, 2016



How important is the perception of purpose in today’s business world?
What factors create or destroy meaning in today’s organizations?
And what is the impact of digitalization on the creation of meaning?



Insights from our Project 2016

Future of Leadership Conference

The vision of MEANING@WORK will be presented to the public for the first time at the FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.

The Future of Leadership Conference (FLC) is an interactive English-speaking one-day Think Tank that includes powerful keynote addresses, engaging Leadership Labs and a creative Real-Life Business Simulation. Participants meet in the spirit of global citizenship to investigate and discuss fundamental topics of modern and inspiring leadership.

At the 2016 FLC, internationally renowned thought leaders, top executives and decision-makers and brilliant young minds will come together to interactively explore how the notion of “Meaning Making” impacts an organization’s success. This cross-generational and interdisciplinary group will investigate how the creation and perception of purpose in the digital age impacts future leadership across all industries, both in terms of skills and technology.


The Future of Leadership Conference is an invitation-only event. If you are interested in joining the conference, please use the application form below to write us why you should be part of the FLC 2016. At the FLC 2016, we not only dedicate 1/3 of all tickets for free to hand-picked clever students from a broad variety of disciplines in their final year at university, we also reserve 15 free wild cards for exceptional and creative thinkers from the field of social and cultural work as well as arts and sports.

If you are the CEO or Director of a company or organization please click here to apply for a ticket.

If you are a student in your final semester, please click here to apply for a free ticket to the FLC 2016.


(all statements are subject to change)

  • 13:30RegistrationWelcome Smoothie
  • 14:00-19:00What gives Meaning to me?Sebastian Morgner, Managing Partner MLI Leadership Institute Munich
  • 19:30Speakers DinnerSpeakers and invited guests
  • 08:00RegistrationWith Welcome Smoothie, coffee and breakfast
  • 09:00Live Business Simulation Part 1: Sense KillingInteractive live role-play
  • 09:20Welcome SpeechConference Hosts
  • 09:30Purpose Game
  • 09:40How to Create Sense in Times of Digitalization?Presentation of research results by Professor Martin Högl (Head of the Institute of Leadership and Organization at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
  • 10:20Meaningful World CaféParticipant dialogue
  • 11:20Inspirational NotesKey notes and discussion of two international thought leaders on meaning
  • 12:30Lunch + Reflection
  • 13:30Leadership Labs: “Moments of Truth"Interdisciplinary teams of thought leaders, decision-makers and international students
  • 14:30Live Business Simulation Part 2: Meaning Making in Leadership PracticeInteractive live role-play
  • 15:30Aspiration Meets Reality: How Can Leadership Create Meaning?Panel Discussion
  • 16:15Coffee Reflection
  • 17:00Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens AG
  • 17:30Interactive Fishbowl and Wrap-Up
  • 18:302016 Future of Leadership Award
  • 19:00Dinner and Evening Reception in Tutzing Castle


Following a new old tradition we will meet at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, a place of peace and strength next to the beautiful Lake Starnberg in the Bavarian Alps.

Participants get the chance to take a step back from day-to-day challenges, calm down and discover why and how to “Make Meaning” of their work.

Learn more about the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing:

The Award


The Future of Leadership Award was born from the conviction that breakthrough ideas driven by exceptional people sometimes really can change the world.

In an open and democratically run vote following extensive discussion of candidates, students identify each year the top 3 Thought Leaders whose ideas influenced the minds and actions of an entire generation. Like the previous years, the winner of the Future of Leadership Award will be honored at the Future of Leadership Conference gala evening.

Last year, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia was awarded this prize.

Thought Leaders

Similar to previous years, a dedicated team of FLI associates spoke with prominent and diverse thought leaders and decision-makers from industry, politics and academia to discover more concretely: What key daily practices and situations create – and on the other hand destroy – meaning and motivation in today’s organizations, particularly in the digital age?

This year, we already had the pleasure of speaking to great minds like Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, Peter Michael Senge from MIT Sloan School of Management, who is president of the Society for Organizational Learning, Martina Koederitz, CEO of IBM Germany, Prof. Götz Werner, founder and board member of the dm-drogerie markt, Yale Professor Amy Wrzesniewski, who is one of the leading global researches on meaning, TED senior fellow and columnist at New York Times, Professor Barry Schwartz, General ret. Dr. Helge Hansen, former commander-in-chief of the Allied Forces Central Europe of the NATO, Saskia Thais Bruysten, co-founder of Yunus Social Business and Benson Wereje, former child soldier in Kongo and today social business entrepreneur striving to transform the African Society.

Dr. Michael Otto

Chairman of the board & former CEO of the Otto Group

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Arnold Picot

Munich School of Management, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

General ret. Dr. Helge Hansen

Former supreme commander of the light forces central Europe (NATO)

Prof. Götz Werner

Founder and supervisory board member of dm drogerie markt

Martina Koederitz

CEO of IBM, Germany and Manager of the Year 2015

Prof. Dr. Martin Högl

Head of the Institute for Leadership & Organization (ILO), LMU Munich

Prof. Dr. Simon Grand

University of St. Gallen, Academic Director of RISE Management Innovation Lab

David H. Kim

Pastor Center for Faith & Work Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Hubert Barth

Regional Lead-Partner Ernst&Young GmbH, Bavaria

Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth

Entrepreneur, founder of the Schweisfurth Foundation & pioneer in ecological production of food

Petri Kokko

Global Director at Google

Saskia Thais Bruysten

Co-founder & CEO of YUNUS socialbusiness

Peter Zollinger

Head Impact Research at Globalance Bank

Timm Richter

Chief Product Officer (CPO) XING AG

John Elkington

Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans

Brad Lomenick

Founder of BLINC, author of The Catalyst Leader & H3 Leadership

Future Lab

The intellectual input of the thought leaders provided the fundament for the interactive workshop among selected business representatives and compiled graduates and alumnis. Facilitated by the MLI Leadership Institute, they developed a common understanding of and future scenario for MEANING@WORK – LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF DIGITALIZATION. Same as every year, this workshop as central part of the research project unleashed the attending people’s knowledge-pool by an alternation of individual reflection, group breakouts, plenary discussion and voting, following a design-thinking structure.

The outcome of the Future Lab is a unique Vision of Meaning Making that features the most important levers through which leadership can influence MEANING@WORK. The findings of the participants will be documented as a remarkable learning map on Meaning Making that will be presented at the next Future of Leadership Conference in November 2016.

The FUTURE LAB on MEANING@WORK took place on January 23rd at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.


The results of the FLI research project on MEANING@WORK will be presented to the public and discussed among young talent and senior representatives from the economic, public and political sector during the next Future of Leadership Conference on November 24th, 2016. This Think Tank is a unique blend of minds, representing a diversity of perspectives from all over the world, bringing the academic world and the experiences of practitioners together.

Insights from the Future Lab