We welcome you to Antwerp in 2021

No better way to inspire people than by hosting them in one of Belgium’s most inspiring cities. Its prime jewel, the Elisabeth Hall, will be our venue of the day. A great place to share ideas, promote innovative workplace wisdom and conceive the ideas considered crazy by others, but truly next step by us.

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Global Impact Speaker: Ricardo Semler

Ricardo Semler

Best known for his radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering, former CEO of Semco, Ricardo Semler is internationally recognized as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership.

As the best-selling author of the classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend, Semler advocates for leadership to rewrite their corporate narratives to be driven by values of trust, self-management and creativity. For bold innovators, Semler proposes a way to run a workplace that leads to greater productivity and greater flexibility for managers and employees alike. And for business leaders everywhere, he offers fresh alternatives to business as usual that inspire creative solutions to modern management problems.

Why did we invite him to Happiness@Work?

Happiness@Work believes in work environments where employees are acknowledged, heard and loved. Only then, they can truly be happy — and show off their talents and skills. Ricardo Semler has been described as ​‘a champion of the employee-friendly radical corporate democracy’, which he implemented as CEO of Semco Partners.
Just like we do, he believes in the power of the employee. Therefore, he wants everybody to ask why we do certain things the way we do it — and devolve power to employees. Because only then we are able to create wise and wiser companies: organizations that are simultaneously more productive and have a happier workforce. In other words… creating Happiness@Work

About Ricardo Semler

In 1980, Ricardo Semler became head of his father’s company in Brazil. That was the moment he began his decades-long quest to create the perfect organization. He studied and then implemented ​‘corporate democracy’: a way of working that bans hierarchy, and allows employees to design their own jobs, select their supervisors and define pay levels. With success!

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Local Impact Speaker: Iris Hond

Iris Hond

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Iris Hond is a popular speaker and inspirator in business and corporate events. Iris uses her exceptional experiences and talent to inspire guests on themes such as individuality, connection, dreaming, colouring outside the lines and courage. She achieves this not only with words in an inspiring speech, but often in combination with her own music and music by her beloved composers such as Chopin, Einaudi and Rachmaninoff on the grand piano.

Why did we invite her to Happiness@Work?

Iris Hond will use her exceptional experiences and talent to inspire every Happiness@Work guest. She will visually talk you through the pieces she’ll perform and will tell you a bit more about the years she was wandering the streets. Her intriguing life story is centered around an inspiring message: dare to follow your dreams and make real contact.
In terms of business, she’ll prove to managers as well as employees what the power of music can achieve. Next to that, she’ll showcase a whole new perspective on the term ​‘connection’.

About Iris Hond

At only three years old, Iris Hond already began playing the piano. From that very moment, it became clear that she was extraordinarily talented. She quickly became dedicated to becoming a concert pianist, which led to her being accepted at the most prestigious music academy in The Netherlands at only 14 years old.

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We’ll provide a healthy lunch and drinks, what did you expect?

Dr Elia

Workshops part 1

2 parallel exclusive workshops to dive deeper into the how’s and do’s

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Ann De Bisschop

Workshops part 2

2 parallel exclusive workshops to dive deeper into the how’s and do’s

About Ann De Bisschop

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Local impact speed case 1

Local impact speed case 2

Claude Silver

How to create a culture of belonging

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Tal Ben Shahar

The science and impact of happiness and happiness at work

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Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein

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After Drinks

Summer Bird Discount

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