A Day for Change


The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a top-ranked, global provider of executive education has the great pleasure to invite you to experience a full day of <<Creative Leadership>> at its brand new campus in Brussels.

Inspiring topics, true leaders & top researchers brought to you by CCL during A DAY FOR CHANGE

09:30 - 10:30 Registration — Welcome coffee
10:30 - 10:40 Rudi Plettinx

Welcome by Rudi Plettinx, Vice President & Managing Director CCL EMEA

10:40 - 11:00 Ingar Skaug A DAY FOR CHANGE
by Ingar Skaug, CCL Chairman

CCL Board Chairman Ingar Skaug explores the rapidly changing world and the changes required by GREAT leaders of today & tomorrow. Ingar Skaug will highlight CCL's recent efforts to help clients adopt and respond to CHANGE.

11:00 - 11:30 Alison Maitland CREATE CHANGE
Adapting and Thriving in the New World of Work
by Alison Maitland, Co-author of the book 'Future Work'

Alison Maitland, co-author of the highly acclaimed book "Future Work", describes why organizational cultures and management attitudes need to change for businesses to achieve the benefits of the new work model.

11:30 - 12:00 Howard W. Gutmann LEAD CHANGE
Where we have been, where we are going?
By His Excellency Ambassador of the United States of America to Belgium, Howard W. Gutman.
12:00 - 12:30 Ignacio de la Vega EMBRACE CHANGE
Fostering Change through Leadership Development
by Ignacio de la Vega, Chief Learning Officer of BBVA

Ignacio de la Vega shares his own vision on how he embraced and positioned Change as a key success pillar for his organization.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Parallel Workshops 1

Leading Change in a "VUCA" World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous)

Vitamin-C for Collaboration

Mind your Mind, and Explore Neurosciences for Leadership

15:00 - 15:30 Networking coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 Parallel Workshops 2

Future Trends of Leadership

Contemporary Visual Thinking for Effective Leadership

Leading Positively towards a Boundaryless Work Future

17:00 - 18:00 Surprise activity
18:30 - 18:50 John Ryan Making the Future through Leadership by John R. Ryan,
CCL President and CEO

Drawing on his foreword to the second edition of the influential book "Leaders Make the Future" and "On Leading in Times of Change", CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan discusses several key leadership skills that individuals and organizations need to master for future success.

18:50 Cocktail reception

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®)
Call: +32 (0) 2 679 09 10
Email: change@ccl.org

Parallel Workshops 1:30 - 3:00PM

  • Leading Change in a "VUCA" world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). How do you lead people successfully through transition, instead of managing Changes?

  • Vitamin-C for Collaboration. Why organizations need it, how to generate it and how to sustain it! Collaboration is a business life critical element! Use the Collaboration Explorer Cards to discover what collaboration really means.

  • Mind your Mind and Explore Neurosciences for Leadership. It's early days in Neurosciences for Leadership. Still, this work enhances & accelerates Leadership development.

Parallel Workshops 3:30 - 5:00PM

  • Future Trends of Leadership. Challenges are growing but are Leaders growing? Discover the four trends that will shape the future of Leadership Development — based on a one year research project at Harvard.

  • Contemporary Visual Thinking for Effective Leadership. The Visual Explorer Application for the iPad is a tool for Leadership problem solving using powerful world-class photographers' images as a mediator for dialogue and metaphoric thinking. Don't miss it!

  • Leading Positively towards a Boundaryless Work Future. Empowerment, Trust, Accountability, Joy ... all you need is the right orchestration in a boundaryless work environment.

Howard W. Gutmann

Howard W. Gutmann
U.S. Ambassador to Belgium

Howard Gutman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009. Before being named Ambassador, Mr. Gutman was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. In his over twenty-six years with the firm, Mr. Gutman handled the full gamut of litigation, investigation, and counseling matters. Identified as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (December 2004, December 2007) and selected to numerous "Superlawyers" and similar attorney award lists, Mr. Gutman's areas of practice focused on the complete range of complex commercial litigation, including securities, contracts, antitrust, labor, banking, real estate, intellectual property, insurance coverage, international law and partnership disputes; the representation of some of the nation's leading law firms and accounting firms in malpractice actions and partnership disputes; the representation of corporations, labor unions, and individuals in a variety of high-profile white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions; and many types of tort actions. Such cases were located in various federal and state courts throughout the United States, before various regulatory agencies, and in foreign tribunals.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gutman served as a Special Assistant to F.B.I Director William H. Webster, focusing on counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence; as a law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart (retd.) on the United States Supreme Court; and as a law clerk to Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1977 graduate of Columbia University.

Mr. Gutman served as an adviser to a variety of Democratic candidates, including assisting in races for President, Governor, Senate, and Congress. He assisted the 2008 Obama campaign on constituency work, media and fundraising and was a Trustee on the Obama Presidential Inauguration Committee. He assisted the Gore campaign in the post-election litigation in 2000. Mr. Gutman has been a contributor to numerous television and radio programs, including frequent appearances on the Fox News Network during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Mr. Gutman appeared in several episodes of the HBO series "K Street," playing (not surprisingly) a Washington attorney and has made other movie and media appearances, including playing Tim Robbins' lawyer in "Noise" and a high school parent in the 2009 release of "Fame." Mr. Gutman has been an Editor of Litigation Magazine for over 24 years and an active participant in the ABA's Litigation Section. He is a member of the Board of the Washington Hebrew Home in Rockville, Maryland.

Alison Maitland

Alison Maitland
Co-author of the book
'Future Work'

Alison Maitland is a business author, speaker and conference moderator, specializing in leadership, diversity, and the changing world of work. A former long-serving Financial Times journalist, she is co-author of the critically acclaimed Future Work (Palgrave Macmillan) and the prize-winning Why Women Mean Business (Jossey-Bass).

She is a Senior Fellow in Human Capital at The Conference Board, and directs the Board's Europe-based Council for Diversity in Business. She is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London. She contributes regular articles to the Financial Times, The Conference Board Review and other media, and gives speeches in many different countries. In 2012, she received a "World of Difference" award from The International Alliance for Women (TIAW).


Ingar Skaug

Ingar Skaug
Chairman, CCL

Ingar Skaug is the Chairman of the Center for Creative Leadership and served as Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Maritime Industrial Group Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA from 2003 to 2010. Ingar held several Senior Management positions within the group from 1990. Previously, he was Vice President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of SAS Airlines. He holds an MBA from Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (University of Nurnberg) in Germany.

Ignacio de la Vega

Ignacio de la Vega
Chief Learning Officer, BBVA

Ignacio de la Vega is the Chief Learning Officer at BBVA. Previously he has held executives positions at different industries, Government Responsabilities in Spain and an extensive career all over the world as professor in Top Business Schools.

Rudi Plettinx

Rudi Plettinx
Vice President and Managing Director, CCL EMEA

Rudi Plettinx joined the Center for Creative Leadership as Managing Director, CCL Europe, in April 2000. Trained as an economist, Rudi has used the wealth of experience he gained during the course of his career in the "learning industry" to establish the Center for Creative Leadership as the premier brand in leadership development in EMEA.

The EMEA regional headquarters now has a multi-cultural team of more than 70 staff members from 24 different nationalities and four different continents. Additionally, there are more than 170 associate feedback coaches and faculty, making it one of the most culturally diverse working places in EMEA.

Under Rudi's direction, the Center for Creative Leadership has expanded to Africa and the Middle East, and created an office in Russia. Rudi has been instrumental in bringing CCL's Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) to the EMEA region. LBB aims to make leadership development more affordable and accessible for underserved populations, encompassing the social sector and educational institutions as well as young people and those on lower incomes.

Prior to coming to CCL, Rudi worked for Management Centre Europe, the European headquarters of the American Management Association, developing business across Europe and working with major international companies on their strategic learning needs. He began his career with the consulting company Alexander Proudfoot.

Rudi holds a Masters degree in Applied Economics (University of Antwerp). He is Belgian with Dutch native tongue, English fluency, and a working knowledge of French and German.

John Ryan

John Ryan

A retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Ryan joined CCL's Board of Governors in 2002 and became president in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States with 64 campuses and more than 400,000 students and 80,000 faculty and staff. Widely respected as chancellor, he was credited with enhancing SUNY's relations with faculty, students and lawmakers, securing record budgets to hire hundreds of new faculty and staff members for teaching and research and bolstering the university's overall reputation. Previously, Ryan served as president of the State University of New York Maritime College and as interim president of the University at Albany, where he strengthened academic programs, campus facilities and fund-raising efforts.

From 1998 to 2002, Ryan was Superintendent (President) of the U.S. Naval Academy, winning widespread praise for his focus on academics, strategic planning and fund-raising. A former Navy pilot, Ryan commanded squadrons, wings and forces in Asia, Europe and the Middle East during a 35-year career in the military.

As president, Ryan directs the operations of CCL, which is supported by more than 500 faculty members and staff at five campus locations in Asia, Europe and North America. Ranked by the Financial Times among the world's top providers of executive education, CCL works annually with more than 20,000 individual leaders and 3,000 organizations in the corporate, government, nonprofit and education sectors.

Ryan graduated with a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. He received an M.S. degree in Administration from George Washington University in 1975. He has also completed the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ryan received an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York in 2008.

Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for Cablevision (Bethpage, N.Y.) and CIT Group Inc. He is also Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board.