The Transcultural Leadership Summit (TLS), a conference organised by students in cooperation with the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ, chaired by Professor Dr Josef Wieland, takes place once a year in November at Zeppelin University. The aim of the two-day conference is to provide a platform for professionals, entrepreneurs and scientists from a wide variety of industries and fields of knowledge for interdisciplinary exchange around the topic of transcultural leadership.
After concentrating on China, Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil over the last years, the 2019 summit will focus on Europe. The continent is viewed from different perspectives and the summit intends to offer a platform to scrutinise how individuals and companies, state and society interact within the globalised European area. With the title “Networks, cooperation and leadership – learning about the engine rooms of Europe”, the aim of the conference is to find out how Europe's potential can be best leveraged by transcultural leadership in the future.
This year's Transcultural Leadership Summit will take place on 14 and 15 November and is once again organised in the form of a ten-month project by a student team, who are not only able to gain first-hand experience of responsibility for event and project management, but also to be part of intensive research on what transculturality might mean for Europe. With around 200 annual participants from business, culture and politics as well as universities and featuring high-calibre speakers from all over the world, the Transcultural Leadership Summit not only perfectly complements the interdisciplinary approach of Zeppelin University, but also offers interesting continuing education opportunities and practical study experience.
From both the research and teaching perspective such formats are crucial. On the one hand, the TLS provides a learning and exchange arena for professionals and young researchers from all over the world, on the other hand, it also serves as a perfect training field for the students organising the whole event. In the course of almost one year of preparation, students develop ideas and discuss them with national and international speakers and stakeholders, thereby acquiring hands-on experience of leadership and transculturality. This is further reinforced through theoretical and practical training by LEIZ. The TLS thus contributes to the education of future leaders and simultaneously benefits a great deal from their creativity and spirit.
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In 2014 the Leadership Excellence Institute launched the Transcultural Caravan. In 2016 the Transcultural Leadership Summit was organised the first time with the focus on China. This first successful conference for approx. 200 participants was followed by a conference of the same size in 2017 focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa and in 2018 with Brazil as another pulsating topic. This year, on November 14th and 15, 2019 Europe will be x-rayed in network, cooperation and leadership aspects outside the EU.
After the yearly summits being organised by a group of ZU students and hosted by the LEIZ, there have always been interdisciplinary research projects following up the specific themes.