The Conference is the peak and closing event of the Future of Leadership Initiative. During that two-day interactive conference, the results of the annual FLI project is shared and discussed amongst young talents, thought leaders and executives from all industries. It includes powerful TED-like 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

4th FLI Conference (2018): “The Truth Behind Innovation”

February 28th and 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?

What are the innovation strategies of leading corporations? And how important are innovation ecosystems that combine large corporates, start-ups and academic institutions so they can cope with the challenges they face in times of digitalization? 


These are the major topics of next year`s FLI Conference at the beautiful venue of Tutzing Castle, by the shore of Lake Starnberg near Munich. 

This year, a research team comprised of CDTM students with interdisciplinary and international backgrounds investigated what truly drives innovation today. They interviewed more than 25 Thought Leaders from around the world on that topic. During the FLI Conference 2018 selected business leaders, students and Thought Leaders discuss their findings on innovation. 

Amongst others, you will meet Jeff Burton, co-founder of Electronic Arts, which is the world`s leading gaming Company. He will inspire us with his vision to revolutionize education. Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter will talk about his ideas to innovate in the area of telecommunications. E.ON´s chief innovation officer 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. You will also learn about the most promising user stories that have been developed in the FLI Future Lab on Urban Mobility.

Here is a selection of our confirmed speakers:

Pre-register now for the FLI Conference 2018

February 28th and March 1st 2018

We will inform you when the registration process starts so that you do not miss your chance to participate in the conference.


Register for a free webinar

In addition we offer several free Webinars in October and November 2017 as well as in January 2018. Here we describe in detail what you can expect from the conference and gladly answer any questions you might have.

Former FLI Conferences

3rd FLI Conference (2016): “Meaning@Work”

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

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

Joe Kaeser, CEO Siemens

Joe Kaeser
CEO of Siemens

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

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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 University

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

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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.


PMOs & Heads of Departments

Managing Directors


Learn more about the shared insights and discoveries on our blog!