The Wisdom Principles Series 2019

Category: Alumni Events

Join our Alumni activity series - The Wisdom Principles - consisting of 10 evening lectures, formerly called Personal Development Series, given by 10 top-level speakers and experts in the domain of human development.


Three lectures will be held in our Ghent campus, while seven will be held in our Brussels campus. If you register for the complete series, you can join at a reduced price: you pay for only five lectures, but you can attend all ten lectures.

The schedule of the evening is the same as last year: the doors open at 6:30 PM and we provide a light sandwich dinner. The lecture starts at 7 PM. We end the evening with a networking drink at 9 PM in the bar of the school. All lectures are held in English.

Vlerick Business School alumni that paid their membership dues for 2019, must register via the website of the school and then continue by clicking on the link to EventBrite for payment. EventBrite afterwards e-mails you your ticket and invoice. Third Parties and non-members must also follow these steps (first register, then pay using Eventbrite).


Wisdom Principles 1: People in change: why stability management is more important than change management by Prof. Peter De Prins

When? 11 February 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00pm
Where? Brussels Campus  

When we talk about change management, most of us have an image of taking a group of people in the organisation through a set of pre-defined logical steps, leading to a set of goals. This approach is mostly based on a rational analysis and planning, aimed at controlling each phase of the process.
We will use our newly developed integrative ‘6 batteries model’ on change that incorporates all the different perspectives on how to deal with change in your own personal journey and in those of the employees of your organization of the 21st century.

Wisdom Principles 2: Building resilience against burnout and depression by Mrs. Willemijn Van Dommelen

When? 28 February 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Ghent Campus

Speaker Willemijn van Dommelen is one of the leading experts on mental resilience in the workplace. Her rebellious approach to life led her to reaching rock bottom over and over again. Speaking from the heart and from personal experience, Willemijn not only knows how important mental resilience is, but has found the key to stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the passion and fire that burns deep within all of us. Join her on this journey of self-discovery that will change the way you view the world.

Wisdom Principles 3: World of insights: reinventing corporate learning through games by Mrs. Eliza Hochman

When? 2 April 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussel Campus

Elza Hochmen developed highly participative game-based learning experiences to transform corporate learning.
This engaging learning experience will show examples of transformative learning games on leadership, innovation and digital transformation.  

Wisdom Principles 4: How open are we really to welcome diversity? by Prof. Smaranda Boros

When? 7 May 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

Diversity is a ubiquitous buzz-word these days. In this session we will challenge some of the myths around diversity in organizations and some of the individual mindsets and organizational practices that are holding us back from engaging fully with it.

Wisdom Principles 5: Looking east by Mr. Harley Lovegrove

When? 16 May 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

In this fun and fast moving and interactive lecture, Harley Lovegrove will steer us on a journey outlining the emotional side of leadership. How can we engage our teams into achieving great things? From ordinary everyday situations to the mission critical moments when only the full commitment of those round us, will see us through.

NEW DATE: Wisdom Principles 6: Reinventing the relationship between humanity and technology by Mr. Rudolf Werthen

When? 24 October 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

Emotions guide our destiny.
Caring about emotional specifications for a job/role helps identifying the personality profile of the candidates that will most likely succeed in the job and get satisfaction of doing the job.

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Wisdom Principles 7: A leadership hierarchy by Mr. Jean Debrosse

When? 9 September 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

A common thought for many of us is that almost all leaders share more or less the same competencies and are equally able to manage complexity, as long as they are labeled "leaders". This is not correct.

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Wisdom Principles 8: Knowledge: a prime resource in the organization and in society by Mr. Jos De Neve

When? 23 September 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

Jos De Neve explains what we mean by knowledge and learning; the speed with which knowledge is being created, disseminated and adopted throughout the world; and the challenge this creates for learning at individual level and at the level of the organization.

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Wisdom Principles 9: The unknown unknown: freemasonry by Prof. Jean-Paul Van Bendegem

When? 7 October 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Brussels Campus

The aim of this lecture is to quite simply present what freemasonry is all about. In the Belgian context this society is largely unknown and veiled in secrecy. In this lecture Professor Jean Paul Van Bendegem wants to lift a corner of that veil

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Wisdom Principles 10: Transitions: coping with big changes in our life by Mr. Douwe Nutters

When? 25 November 2019
Time? 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where? Ghent Campus

Although changes in our life are inevitable, most people are not prepared at all. Transitions are the psychological processes that people ‘undergo’ while adapting to the new situation. It is possible to develop the requisite attitudes for dealing with transitions and changes.

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