Attention, attention

We're hijacking this month's Alumni Bulletin to give you a first look at what the HHL Spirit Festival (the annual HHL Homecoming) will look like this year.

Save the Date: Friday, 12 November - Saturday, 13 November.

The main stage is going to be fully virtual, but check in with your local chapter - they will be planning something local and in person (where possible)!

Speakers and local chapter meet-ups are still being added, so check back at the event page regularly to see what's new!

In-person meetings are a lot of fun, but then again, not everyone can make the trip. That's why we wanted to embrace the possibilies of a virtual Homecoming as much as possible, and encourage the whole HHL community to join - regardless of where they are!

With that in mind, we've made this year's HHL Spirit Festival completely free and open to alumni (members and non-members of the HHLAA), current students, faculty and staff, as well as current and previous exchange students.

Have questions? Reach out to me, Melanie Lohmann, HHLAA Board Member and head of the HHL Spirit Festival, on Slack!

Can't wait to see you there!


Register Now!


The event is free, but you'll need to register ahead of time via our Eventbrite page here:

Register here!


18:00 CET | Welcome and Virtual Kick-Off

- Special Guest: Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner (K5), Dean HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
- Moderation: Hanns-Christian Ehret (K22), President HHL Alumni Association

18:15 – 19:00 CET | Online World Pub

Format: Open discussion with internationally acclaimed artists about similarities and differences between culture and business. The discussion will be livened up by videos from Leipzig's cultural scene.

Photo: Photo by Dirk Pohlers via Unsplash

19:00 – open end CET | Chapters Unite!

- Individual chapters will be organising meet-ups in pubs, restaurants or Zoom. Check to see what your nearest chapter is doing and join in!
- For those of you who are somewhere that doesn't (yet) have a local chapter, we'll be having a virtual networking event in


10:00 – 11:00 CET | Online World Pub: "Breakfast Club" Networking Session

- Moderation: Pam Taylor (M14), board member of HHL Alumni Association
- We'll meet in Zoom and then progress to a networking session in (login link to follow)

Photo by Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash

11:00 – 12:00 CET | Part 1: #LeadershipPioneers

- Special Guest: TBD HHL faculty member
- Moderation: Hanns-Christian Ehret (K22), President HHL Alumni Association

12:00 – 12:30 CET | Lunch Break

Take a break from screentime or share your lunch with someone on the other side of the world - just be back at 12:30 CET for the next session!

12:30 – 13:00 CET | “How to Become Your Life’s CEO”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmen Schwalbe (P12), author, speaker, podcaster and self-marketing strategist.

Want to get a sneak preview of Carmen's style? Check out the exclusive article she wrote for the HHLAA community last month!

13:00 – 14:00 CET | Part 2: #LeadershipPioneers - "Purpose meets Public Value: Lessons from the Leipzig Leadership Model“

- Special Guest: Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt, Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and co-author of the Leipzig Leadership Model which aims to provide a purpose-oriented framework for leadership
- Moderation: Hanns-Christian Ehret (K22), President HHL Alumni Association

14:00 – 14:30 CET | Panel discussion - “Empowering Others”

- Moderation: Bibiana N. Barth (P11), Moderator, Journalist, Stock Market Correspondent ARD Börse (Hörfunk) at the ARD
- Panelists:
Patrick Carré (K6), Vice President Global Commercial Road Transport at Shell
Thies Dibbern (MSc.6), Head Of Customer Service at VHV Versicherungen
Valerie Elsner (MSc.10), Commercial Director Personal HealthCare Europe at Procter & Gamble

14:30 – 15:00 CET | “Bringing it Home”

Format: Parallel panel discussions in breakout rooms

Breakout Room 1: "Entrepreneurial Parenting - How to Tailor Your Personal Family-Work-Balance"
- Special guest: Katharina Marisa Katz , Freelance Content Conception & Copywriter | Book Coach & Mentor for Authors | Autor of "Einfach Machen Einfach Gründen" & "Zwischen Laptop und Legosteinen"
TBD (Stay tuned for more!)
- Dr. Conrad v. Stechow (K22), Vice President HHL Alumni Association

Breakout Room 2: Women@HHL - "Women Empowerment: Fast track to leadership – The influential role of mentorship"
- Moderation: Rieke Fehrenkötter , Doctoral Candidate & Research Associate - Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions
- Panelists:
Sybille Gedenk-Fleger (P1), Ministerialdirigentin at the Sächsisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen
Jennifer Schäfer, Founder UNMILK

15:00 – 15:30 CET | "Leaders of Today Meet Leaders of Tomorrow" (Alumni &Current Students)

Format: Panel discussion, integrate questions from current student into the panel along the theme "what would I recommend to my ounger self”

15:30 – open end CET | Closing Event - "Leaders of Today Meet Composers of the Past"

Format: A virtual musical tour through the city of Leipzig! Get back in touch with old friends like Bach, Mendelssohn and Wagner!
- Moderation: Tobias Wolff (M10), Vice President HHL Alumni Association
- Special Guests: Leading figures from Leipzig’s cultural scene

Photo: Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash


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