Vlerick HR Day

Vlerick HR Day 2022

HR practitioners meet HR academy

8 June 2022
9 AM - 5 PM (GMT +02:00)
Professional, Alumni
€ 795
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8 June 2022
9 AM - 5 PM (GMT +02:00)
Professional, Alumni
€ 795
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The Vlerick HR Day is returning for its 17th edition! Get on top of the newest HR trends and grow your network. And... we have 35 academic speakers and practitioners lined up to share their insights and experiences with you.

We look forward to welcoming you on our Ghent Campus on Wednesday, 8 June 2022!

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Want to get a flavour for the Vlerick HR Day? Watch the video to get a feel for the energy, atmosphere and connection you’ll experience at this must-attend event. Join us for expert insights, networking, new approaches – and fun. You’ll leave energised, and ready to make an even greater impact in your organisation.

Keynote speakers

Sangbreeta Moitra

Sangbreeta Moitra

Speaker, Strategist & Author

This keynote zooms into why we do what we do and how we can understand the minds of people during change (hacking human behaviour & transforming communication). Sangbreeta Moitra talks about how to persuade, influence and inspire your people. Her keynote addresses the ‘3 As’ of transforming leadership presence during change. After her talk, you will understand how to reinvent your story, career, brand and impact.

Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship London Business School

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, how can you position your organisation and your people for success? In this session, Professor Julian Birkinshaw shares insights from his research into the models and techniques that can help make your company ‘fit for the future’.  He will discuss the concept of adhocracy – a way of organising that promotes action and experimentation – and also the style of leadership that is needed to put it into practice. He will conclude his talk with practical advice on how you can enable initiative in the people across your organisation. 

Detailed programme

9.00 AM
9.30 AM
Registration & welcome coffee
Keynote 1
9.30 AM
10.20 AM

Dirk Buyens

Keynote 2
Keynote 3
12.00 PM
1.30 PM
Lunch & networking
Afternoon sessions PART 1 - CHOOSE 1 OF 6
3.00 PM
3.45 PM
Coffee break
Afternoon sessions PART 2 - CHOOSE 1 OF 6
5.15 PM
Reception & networking

Lunch & Learn

Optional: participate in a sponsored lunch & learn session!

Session 1 (Coachhub): As a manager, how do you successfully integrate Covid starters into the work environment?

Developing a personalised, digital and stimulating employee learning experience at Materialise.

Join us and Materialise to hear how they have nurtured a coaching culture that facilitates their people’s growth. "Thanks to coaching, our people feel empowered and are stimulated to become more aware, to learn, and to discover how they perform at their best in our organisation." This session will be presented by Patrick Rütten, Senior Behavioral Scientist at CoachHub and Valerie Van Sannen, Talent Development Manager at Materialise.


Session 2 (Loyens & Loeff): The secrets to successful mergers


1+1=3 … or how do you make a merger a success? Acquisitions or mergers often do not produce the success desired. So, how do you ensure that your company falls into the good third of the cases in which they do succeed? Where engagement and performance remain high, where the collaboration runs smoothly, together with the trade unions? Harmonising rules is already an important – and economical – step. How do you handle that? We’ll tackle that one. But even when you do that perfectly, you're still not there. The way in which you integrate teams, cultures, and so on also determines the degree of your success. We’ll zoom in on that part too. 

Presented by:

Bert Van Rompaey, Founding Partner SPHERE, Former Head of HR van Brussels Airlines during covid

Veronik Bongaerts, Founding Partner SPHERE, Former Head of HR Organisational Change BNP Paribas Fortis

Kris De Schutter, Vennoot arbeidsrecht, pensioenen en benefits, Loyens & Loeff advocaten

Loyens Loeff

Session 3 (Workday): Boosting Employee Engagement through Continuous Listening

Join us in this interactive session to discover how Euroclear has improved employee engagement through continuous listening to employee feedback. 

Presented by Dorien Roes, Country Manager Belgium and Luxembourg, Workday who will be speaking along side Bénédicte Ledoux.

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Interested in representing your organisation on this conference? Discover more about our sponsor opportunities for this Vlerick HR Day or contact orphee.vandegenachte@vlerick.com.


Xavier Baeten

Xavier Baeten

Professor of Reward & Sustainability

Xavier Baeten is highlighting the vital role of rewarding in helping organisations deliver their strategy and gain competitive advantage.

Smaranda Boros

Smaranda Boros

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

If you want to change the world, Smaranda Boros is here to guide, challenge and support you. 

Dirk Buyens

Dirk Buyens

Professor of Human Resources Management

Dirk Buyens is an authority on strategic HR, strategic talent management and organisational structuring, in line with business strategy.

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir is inspired by leaders who stand up and speak – and she is passionate about those who have the courage to sit and listen.

Koen Dewettinck

Koen Dewettinck

Professor of Human Resources Management

Koen Dewettinck improves the way we manage people to boost engagement and performance.

Andreea Gorbatai

Andreea Gorbatai

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Andreea Gorbatai explores the role of social interaction and emotion in entrepreneurship research

Barney Jordaan

Barney Jordaan

Professor of Negotiation

Barney Jordaan is an expert in negotiation and conflict leadership – and helps organisations build effective negotiation strategies.

Carine Peeters

Carine Peeters

Professor of Strategy

Carine Peeters is a firm believer in boosting company performance through people.

Karlien Vanderheyden

Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Karlien Vanderheyden focuses on how individuals can impact an organisation’s people, processes and performance.

Jos Akkermans BW

Jos Akkermans

Professor Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Peter-Andries Albrecht BW

Peter-Andries Albrecht

VP, Global Learning & Development

Zizou Bergs BW

Zizou Bergs

Belgian Tennis Player

Ann Biebuyck BW

Ann Biebuyck

CEO Lunch Garden

Julian Birkinshaw BW

Julian Birkinshaw

Professorof Strategy & Entrepreneurship London business school

Ingrid Ceusters BW

Ingrid Ceusters

Executive President CEUSTERS

Lesley Cordial BW

Lesley Cordial

Global Talent Manager and D&I Lead FrieslandCampina

Eddy Debrulle BW

Eddy Debrulle

Group Director HR Ageas

Hanne Decoutere BW

Hanne Decoutere


Alain De Dauw BW

Alain De Dauw

VP HR Shared Services Atlas Copco Airpower

Veerle Dero BW

Veerle Dero

Talent Acquisition Director Microsoft

Charlotte De Vos BW

Charlotte De Vos

High Performance Team Coach

Tamara Eelsing BW

Tamara Eelsing

Diversity Manager STIB-MIVB

Peter Genyn BW

Peter Genyn

Paralympisch Kampioen

Tom Jonkers BW

Tom Jonkers

Manager Talent Management Argenta

Sofie Liekens BW

Sofie Liekens

Chief Happiness Officer Upgrade Estate

Jeroen Meijerink BW

Jeroen Meijerink

University of Twente

Jo Mellemans BW

Jo Mellemans

CEO Het Poetsbureau part of Glowi

Sangbreeta Moitra

Sangbreeta Moitra

Speaker, Strategist & Author

Liesbeth Sabbe BW

Liesbeth Sabbe

Group Director People & Organisation Colruyt Group

Edward Still BW

Edward Still

Head Coach Royal Charleroi Sporting Club

Jan Van Acoleyen BW

Jan Van Acoleyen

Chief Human Resources Officer Proximus

Wim Van der Meersch BW

Wim Van der Meersch

Chief Human Resources Officer Bridgestone EMIA

Thomas Van Eeckhout BW

Thomas Van Eeckhout

CEO Partner EASI

Marianne Van Erck BW

Marianne Van Erck

Verantwoordelijke Personeelsbeleid Bank Van Breda

Sjoerd van den Heuvel BW

Sjoerd van den Heuvel

University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Karel Van De Sompel BW

Karel Van De Sompel

Country Manager – Managing Director Pfizer Belgium & Luxembourg

Ruben Van Gucht BW

Ruben Van Gucht


Niels Van Zandweghe BW

Niels Van Zandweghe

Belgian Rower - Double Scull

Ann Winten BW

Ann Winten

HR Director IBM Belgium & Luxembourg

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