Stef Lauwers, CEO of Partena Ziekenfonds and partners, tried to enrol in Vlerick’s Advanced Management Programme on two separate occasions. Unsuccessfully so. His first attempt was frustrated by a merger. The second time around, he was forced to abandon after having to be resuscitated while out running. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale, and as we all know three is the magic number. We reckon the Lauwers family’s motto is probably along the lines of “the future rewards those who keep going”.
The Management Acceleration Programme literally shifted Lorenz Cocquyt's career into a higher gear. For this young manager, the programme was the decisive push to go abroad. Lorenz will soon be leaving for the US to manage an ambitious SME plant.
At Vlerick, we pride ourselves on our portfolio of insightful, relevant and practical programmes. Our expert faculty and in-depth research keep us ahead of the curve – and we continually review and refine our programmes to make sure they deliver exactly what our participants are looking for.
“The Tomorrowland of academic learning programmes”, is how Frederik Delaplace (CEO of Mediafin) described Take the Lead. And judging by the participants’ reactions – “Greatly inspiring”, “I’m looking forward to it”, “I am ready to get started right away” – the programme began in suitable manner. What was presented to the public? A spectacular digital success story from Belgian soil, a leadership analysis of Facebook's recent change of direction, a lively panel debate and above all: plenty of encouragement to grab the digital bull by the horns.
For the past 18 years, Elke Bossaert has been a manager at Mobiel21, a centre for knowledge development, education and behavioural influence in the field of sustainable and safe mobility. With the support of a social profit grant, Elke took the Executive Development Programme at Vlerick.