4th FLI Conference 2018

The Truth Behind Innovation

How can I act as a role model for innovation to inspire others?
How can leadership create conditions that drive true innovation in complex organizations?
What are the innovation strategies of leading corporations?

The FLI Conference in Tutzing Castle (Lake Starnberg) was a great success: Within two days, 120 exclusive guests and more than a dozen inspirational speakers explored future trends and new methods at the intersection of leadership and innovation.

Do you want to know how the participants and speakers perceived this event? Please check out our video blog and click on the button below: Here, you'll find insights, impressions and interviews of initiators, speakers and guests.

That was the 4th Conference on February 28th & March 1st 2018


How can I act as a role model for innovation to inspire others?

How can leadership create conditions that drive true innovation in complex organizations?

Which innovation strategies  do leading corporations pursue when it comes to creating diverse and creative ecosystems?

Are you ready to discuss the three key questions above? Then register for the 4th FLI Conference, get connected and learn with top executives, smart start-up entrepreneurs and young talents at the beautiful location of Tutzing Castle (Lake Starnberg). Explore future trends and new methods at the intersection of leadership and innovation. Strengthen your power to enable visionary ideas and projects and reach your best business results as a leader in times of digitalization. 

Amongst others, you'll meet Jeff Burton, co-founder of Electronic Arts (EA), which is the world's leading gaming Company; he will inspire us with his vision to revolutionize education.

Vodafone CEO Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter will talk about his ideas to innovate in the area of telecommunications.

E.ON's chief innovation officer Dr. Frank Meyer will tell us how his company is turning upside down from an energy oligopolist to a digital Service provider.
Harvard Professor Barbara Kellerman will provide insights on how to create a leadership system that fosters innovation.
The German entrepreneur Lin Kayser will show us how 3D printing can revolutionize and decentralize industrial production.

Confirmed speakers

Please find below a selection of the experts who will be inspiring you during this interactive event.

FLI Conference: Agenda

Interactive Session



Day 1: Innovate Yourself And Your Organization

FLI Conference Opening Ceremony: Welcome And Introduction
Innovate Yourself! Leadership For Navigating The Tensions Of Executing On Innovation - Interactive Session With
Alan South
(former CEO of IDEO Europe, current Director of Ripplewood Lmtd) and
Sebastian Morgner
(Managing Director MLI)

Find out how to become your most innovative self: what are 4 typical traps of innovation. Find which one applies to you and use state-of-the-art innovation techniques to adapt your leadership style and become a role model for innovation.

Join & Lunch: Take A Break, Enjoy And Get Connected
How Design Thinking Endures As Such A Powerful Innovation Tool - Keynote by
Alan South
(former CEO of IDEO Europe, current Director of Ripplewood Lmtd)

Based on his first interactive session, innovation expert Alan South explains the mechanics and rules behind innovation.

How I Re-invented Myself To Innovate Architecture - Keynote by
James Law
(CEO, Founder and Cyberarchitect at Cybertecture)

James Law, a globally renown Cyberarchitect from Hong Kong, revolutionizes the way how buildings are being created in the future and totally disrupts the construction business.

Innovation Leadership - It's A System, Not A Person - Interactive Session by
Prof. Barbara Kellerman
(Professor of Public Leadership at Harvard University)

Leadership is the ability to win active supporters to achieve strategic goals. By looking at innovation from a systemic viewpoint, you will understand what you as a leader can do and need to change to achieve sustainable innovation.

Piano & Promenade: Take A Break, Reflect And Get Connected - Optional: Informal Discussion with
Prof. Barbara Kellerman
: What The #MeToo Debate Has To Do With Leadership And Innovation!
Eat & Inspire: Take A Break, Enjoy And Get Connected
Generation Mentoring: Two Parallel Sessions: Senior Leaders Learn From Digital Natives and Young Talents Learn From Senior Leaders

Session A: “Digitalization Is The New Normal”

  • Steffen Iwan (Head of Business Development at Contiamo)
  • Veronika Gamper (Founder and CEO WeDaVinci)
  • Miriam Neubauer (Founder of Catena Capital and Blockchain Expert)

Senior executives ask digital pioneers about the “new normal” and learn what young talents expect from digitalization in the corporate world.

Session B: “How To Lead Your Own Career”

  • Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler (Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group)
  • Alan South (former CEO of IDEO Europe, Director of Ripplewood Lmtd)
  • Jeff Burton (Co-founder Electronic Arts, CEO of Woodside Creek)

Three very different careers – different insights and success formula about leadership. Young talents ask senior experts about their insights and learn what matters most to these experts.

Jazz & Jingle: Enjoy And Get Connected

Enjoy networking with an amazingly inspiring crowd of people in the beautiful saloons of Tutzing Castle.

Day 2: Innovate Your Organization And Your Ecosystem

Wake Up & Work Out: Lederhosen-Training at the shore of Lake Starnberg
Applied Innovation 1: Risk-Taking Culture with
Dorothea Anzinger
(Leadership Coach)
Participants experience first-hand what it means to live-up a risk-taking culture that allows innovation to happen
Is There Any Success-Formula To Innovation? Four Different Viewpoints - Keynotes by
  • Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter
    (CEO of Vodafone): “How Vodafone Drives The Gigabit Society”
  • Lin Kayser
    (Serial Entrepreneur): “Bold and Deep: Innovation Beyond The Buzzword”
  • Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler
    (Senior Advisor at BCG): “Innovating Big Businesses–Successful Examples and What Leaders Can Learn From Them”
  • Hanno Renner
    (CEO of Personio): “There is No Innovation Without Innovative People Leadership”

How to innovate the Gigabit Society?

Can corporates manage and plan innovation?

Are large corporates too bureaucratic to allow the freedom of thinking fundamental for any innovation?

Why corporate leadership often fails to foster innovation?

Four executives with different backgrounds share their essentials when it comes to leading innovation.

Coffee & Bites: Take A Break, Enjoy And Get Connected
Discovering The Roots Of Innovation: An Interactive Debate with
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter
(CEO of Vodafone),
Lin Kayser
(Serial Entrepreneur),
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler
(Senior Advisor at BCG),
Hanno Renner
(CEO of Personio)

Exploring the truth behind organizational innovation: The audience will challenge these four speakers to discover what is really needed leadership truly can do to create an environment in which innovation will happen.

Connect & Discuss: Speed-Networking

Get to know interesting people in short one-on-one conversations (5 minutes). Find common topics of interest you may futher discuss during lunch.

Join & Lunch: Take A Break, Enjoy And Get Connected
Applied Innovation 2: Experience The Freedom To Think Outside The Box with
Dorothea Anzinger
(Leadership Coach)
Rethinking Your Company: How To Successfully Turn Your Organization Upside-Down? – Keynote by
Dr. Frank Meyer
(Head of B2C Solutions & Innovation at E.ON)

Not long ago, E.ON was a huge oligopolistic operator of energy plants and grids. Now, the company is becoming a customer-oriented provider of electricity-based services. How can you turn an incumbent company upside-down, create a new mind-set and radically innovate your existing business models? Dr. Frank Meyer will show you how to make the impossible possible.

How Social Innovation Drives The Economy: A Case Study – with
Konstanze Frischen
(Leader of Ashoka North America)

Konstanze Frischen is leader of Ashoka North America. She is a pioneer in professionalizing social business. Ashoka call themselves „home of the change makers“ and support projects to drive business and social innovation around the world. Konstanze will prove why social innovation is always the driver of business innovation.

Coffee & Bites: Take A Break, Enjoy And Get Connected
Innovation City: Creating The Innovation Ecosystem Of The Future – with
Gabriele Semino
(Leader of WARR Hyperloop Team),
Christian Lindener
(CEO of Wayra Germany) and previous Keynote Speakers

In a co-creative Fishbowl-like format innovation thought leaders will create, together with all participants, a vision of how large corporates, start-ups, academic and other institutions can work together in the future to align their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. A graphic recorder will document the result of the discussion in real-time.

Reflexion - Collect your major insights and take-aways how you can lead innovation in your business environment.
Applied Innovation 3: Open Feedback Culture with
Dorothea Anzinger
(Leadership Coach)
Being Smart, Naïve or Courageous – What Does It Need To Become An Innovation Leader? – Keynote by
Jeff Burton
(Co-Founder of Electronic Arts (EA) and CEO of Woodside Creeks)

Which strategies, insights and methods referring to innovation can you adopt from a corporate history like the one of Electronic Arts (E.A.)? To which extent is success part of intent, to which extent accident? How much can leadership anticipate and create conditions that make innovation happen.

Future of Leadership Award Ceremony - with
Robert Wreschniok
Sebastian Morgner
(co-founders Future of the Leadership Initiative and Managing Directors MLI)

This years Future of Leadership Award is presented to the WARR Hyperloop team. Among hundreds of universities in a global competition, the self-organized team won Elon Musks SpaceX competition twice. This summer their latest prototype went through the test pipe in California with top speed of 324 kmh.

The team will be awarded for their spirit of collective, purpose-driven leadership.

Inspirational Dinner: Enjoy And Get Connected


For four years, the Future of Leadership Initiative (FLI) has been bringing together experienced executives, smart young talents and thought leaders  to investigate fundamental challenges of leadership in times of digitali-zation. The conference is the culmination of the FLI. During this two-day interactive event, the results of the annual FLI project are shared and 

discussed amongst young talents, thought leaders and executives from a wide variety of industries. It includes powerful keynote addresses and innovative interactive formats (hackathons, real-life business simulations, world cafés…).

Impressions from the last FLI Conferences between 2014 and 2016:

Future of Leadership Conference

Former FLI Conferences

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Our speakers and thought leaders of FLI 2016 were, amongst others …

Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens

Joe Kaeser
CEO of Siemens AG

David Rowan, Editor-in-chief WIRED UK

David Rowan
Editor-in-chief of Wired UK

N.S.Rajan, CHRO Tata Sons

N.S. Rajan
Chief HR Officer at Tata

Stefan Ries, CHRO SAP

Stefan Ries
Chief HR Officer at SAP

Rosa Riera, Head of Employer Branding and Social Innovation at Siemens

Rosa Riera
Head of Employer Branding and Social Innovation at Siemens

John Elkington, World authority of CSR & UN Global Compact Partner

John Elkington
World authority of CSR & UN Global Compact Partner

Martina Koederitz, CEO IBM Germany

Martina Koederitz
CEO of IBM Germany

Helge Hansen, former Commander-in-chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO

Helge Hansen
Former Commander-in-chief of Allied Forces Central Europe in NATO

Check our Youtube Channel and blog for more!

2nd FLI Conference (2015): “Vision Y”

During the FLI Conference of 2015 on “Vision Y”, participants discussed about what true progress means, investigating the generation Y´s future expectations and aspirations. Together they investigated jointly what the initiatives leading to a better future would mean for companies and the leadership of tomorrow.

Our speakers and thought leaders of FLI 2015 were, amongst others …

Bill McDermott, CEO SAP

Bill McDermott

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Juliana Rotich Social Entrepreneur of 2011 & Ted Speaker

Juliana Rotich
Social Entrepreneur of 2011 & Ted Speaker

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Professor

Barbara Kellerman
Professor at Harvard Kennedy School

Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

Sigmar Gabriel
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

Jimmy Wales, Co-founder Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales
Co-founder of Wikipedia

Barry Schwartz, Psychologist and Professor

Barry Schwartz
Psychologist & Ted Speaker

Janina Kugel, CHRO Siemens

Janina Kugel
Chief HR Officer of Siemens AG

Check our Youtube Channel and blog for more!

1st FLI Conference (2014): "Phantom Change"

At the FLI Conference 2014 on “Phantom Change”, young talents and experienced executives met for the first time to discuss the topic of “overcoming the phantom change”. Change, was one important conclusion, needs confidence. Leadership through uncertain terrain means providing followers with a compelling idea of what the future looks like, the tools they need to act with agility, the openness to continuously question yourself and with the confidence that whatever surprises come up, the team will reach its goal.


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